"Judas went and hanged himself. Go and do likewise. What you are about to do, do quickly."
~ Matthew 27:5, Luke 10:37, and John 13:27
If you've heard the humorous story about the person who opened their Bible at random to find God's will and found the three verses above one after the other, you probably smiled at the folly of trying to read or study the Bible that way. At the core, the problem is simply bad hermeneutics ~ interpreting the Bible without taking into account things like context. Unfortunately, bad hermeneutics leads us to poor understanding and application of the Bible more often than we might realize.
We all interpret the Bible. We make decisions about what it means (interpretation) and how we will respond (application). As a small-group leader, you've likely encountered differences in opinion about a passage's meaning. How can you help your group arrive at an accurate understanding of the passage you're studying? Or is it okay for everyone in the group to have a different opinion about what a passage means?
Sometime during the first week of April, you are going to receive a leadership handout on hermeneutics written by Andrew Wheeler. I want to encourage you to take time to process through the material and make it a point to talk with your coach or myself about any questions you have. This is important stuff!
Thank you for your faithfulness, and count on my prayers for you and your group!
P.S. If you are interested in hosting a marriage small group after Easter, please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so that I can get your materials on order!