Scattered is a series of Bible Studies you can do at home, alone or with others. They don't depend on a group, a leader, or someone to tell you if you've got the right answer. Of course, they can be used with a group if you wish. But during the Covid-19 Lockdown I was asked by people isolated in their homes, with limited opportunity to join virtual groups, if they could be helped with Bible Studies suited to the times. Scattered is my response.
The title of the series comes from the way Peter begins his first letter, addressing it to "strangers in the world, scattered throughout" what was then the known world. The Covid-19 lockdowns had the effect of isolating most of us almost as much as if we had been scattered. Here are Bible Studies you can do on your own ... or if you prefer and have the opportunity, together with others.
Reading and studying the Bible is not mechanical, but nor is it mystical! The plain meaning is usually the right meaning. But sometimes we need help to see that meaning, to be sure we've got it right, and to relate it to our lives.
These Bible studies encourage readers to learn what God is saying by looking thoughtfully at the Bible passage being studied. The questions don't ask for opinions, or extensive knowledge of other parts of the Bible. When another part of the Bible helps, or when extra insight or knowledge is needed, the studies give that help. But for most questions, you won't need to have someone check your answers, because you will see from the Bible itself what the right answer is.
It's good, though, if you can share your thoughts, answers, and questions with at least one other person. When you do that, you "encourage one another and build each other up" (1 Thessalonians 5:11). That is good for others and good for ourselves. If you can't meet virtually or in reality, perhaps you can phone them.
I’d also love to see your answers and questions: email or post them to me (details here) if you want to. If I can, I’ll answer you – but if not, be assured every response contributes to the development of these studies.
Please feel free to pass them to others. They can be downloaded, copied, emailed, printed and distributed freely.