What’s better the second time around?
Soup is always better the second day. Some books and movies are better the second time since you can catch things you missed when you know what happens next. Coffee with new friends is better when they are a bit less “new” and nervous. And bible study.
The second time I teach a book of the Bible is always better for many reasons:
- I know the whole book now. I can add a better understanding of the end of the story to my study of the beginning.
- The “nuts and bolts” detail work (like word studies and outlines) are done. Like having all the puzzle pieces turned faced up and sorted by color, I can put the whole puzzle together better.
- I have time to explore the tangents and rabbit trails that I had to skip the first time around.
- I have studied other scripture in the meantime which has (hopefully) added to my overall understanding.
- Since the main study is done, I have more time to work on the presentation, organization and illustrations.
- I have learned from the questions and comments I received after teaching the first time.
I’m teaching the book of James at Precepts Charlottesville.
I’m excited about returning to James — especially with a study guide written by Sheila Richardson! In addition to doing a rich inductive study on your own, you’ll discover that James is NOT a collection of wise sayings (like proverbs), rather the book has a strong underlying theme. James is about living our faith and how what we believe changes our lives. The Book of James has often been called “The Gospel in Shoe Leather,” because it explains what authentic faith looks like.