This term in Durham the CU small groups (‘Impact’) are working through 1 Peter.
One of the things that I do on Thursdays, which is my ‘Durham day’, is leading a SLOBS group. SLOBS stands for ‘Study Leaders’ Own Bible Study’, and in practice means that I meet up with four or five of the small group leaders, from different college CUs. We look at the Bible passage that they’ll be studying in their next Impact group, so that they can think about what it says, understand and it apply it to their own lives, and think through how they’ll help their Impact group to do the same.
Something that we’re making an extra effort to do in SLOBS this term is to help the leaders think through the practicalities of leading a Bible study, and especially, helping them to appreciate the different ways that people learn, and so encourage them to incorporate different ‘learning techniques’ into their studies.
With that in mind, a couple of weeks ago when we were looking at the first half of 1 Peter 2, I got the Impact leaders to draw me a picture.
The assignment was to demonstrate, artistically, the various ways that the passage explains that the Christians have changed since they became Christians. I’m not sure that anyone in the group would describe themselves as ‘natural artists’, but they all did wonderful jobs at portraying the change.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
In summary: a people, pictorially.