Ask the Experts: Getting the Most from the New Testament in Your Small Group

Ask the Experts: Getting the Most from the New Testament in Your Small Group

Scot McKnight is a Professor of New Testament and award-winning author

Scot McKnight is a college professor, an Anglican minister, a prolific writer, and blogger. He’s a first-rate New Testament scholar but approaches the Bible with a pastor’s heart. He’s just as apt to present a paper to a room of PhDs as he is to unpack a biblical text to the “plumber in the pew.” Scot is the author of numerous New Testament commentaries and theological books including The Jesus Creed, The King Jesus Gospel, and A Church Called Tov.

Scot, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions today. You have a real passion for the Bible. It’s not just a professional tool; I have heard you talk about your love for the Word. Where does that come from and has that always been part of your makeup?

I can only say from God. I had a rededication experience at 17 years old and the day that happened–a summer day at a Christian camp–I wanted to read and study the Bible. I began a commitment to read the Bible through the first year after that and finished nine months, and then I began– with the aid of my youth pastor–to teach myself Greek. I went to college to study the Bible and everything else was in my way! I have been studying the Bible now for 50 years.

Some groups use the Bible mechanically. It’s a tool to get to a point someone is trying to make. How can a small group leader keep a group from falling into that trap?

This is a hard one as some people see what they see no matter if it is there. I often compare Bible reading to taking the Rorschach Test. It’s a test of mirrored images administered by psychologists who ask a client to tell them what they see. Of course, what they see is not there because the images are of nothing. Bible reading can ...

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