Next week, we’re going to begin a study of the book of 1 John over on the NLT Facebook Page. We’ve never done anything like this before, and so I’m not really sure how it is going to work, but here is the plan:
- We will post a Note with a chunk of text from 1 John and a seed question, along with some background or commentary as needed.
- Everyone is invited to comment with their thoughts and questions on the passage, as well as their answer to the question(s) posed in the Note.
- A couple of times throughout the day, we will edit the Note to include follow up questions, comments, and clarifications based on the conversation that begins to happen in the comments.
- All discussion will need to be focused on the text of Scripture–any comments that are a distraction to the study will be deleted at the Page administrator’s discretion.
I’d love to see this be a place where we can engage with the Scriptures together and learn from one another.
One more important point needs to be made before we begin: This Bible study will be led by Keith Williams, who works as an editor for Bibles and Bible reference works at Tyndale House Publishers. The opinions shared on the Notes are his, and do not reflect the “official” interpretations of the New Living Translation or Tyndale House Publishers. He has been teaching through 1 John in adult Sunday School at his church over the last several months, and this will be an online extension of that teaching opportunity.
Do you have any suggestions for how to do this kind of thing in a more creative or useful way on Facebook? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
I hope you’ll choose to join us for a (hopefully) transformative experience with God’s Word! If you aren’t already a fan of the NLT on Facebook, become a fan so you can join in the journey.