Find the Relationship in Bible Study


As I continue to study the Bible, I find more and more that a central theme is relationships. Born-again Christians rarely skimp on the phrase, “it is not about religion; it is about relationship.” I myself have said this for some time now, but only recently has it been shining with a different kind of light.

I have been reading The Shack by William P. Young and am finding this message reinforced in a powerful way. The lesson that I am hoping to take away from this great book is this: when studying the Bible, where is the relationship?

2 Kinds of Relationships

It seems that all of the stories have to do with one of two (or both) kinds of relationship:

  1. a God-human or
  2. human-human

How does one story emphasize the importance of either type of relationship? How is relationship one touched on in Moses’ burning bush story? How is relationship two addressed in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount? These are the questions I hope to ask myself, and others, in future Bible studies.

The Greatest Commandments

This question is addressed when Jesus tells the man the two most important commandments (Matthew 22: 35-40):

  1. Love the Lord your God with all
    your heart, mind, strength, and soul
  2. Love your neighbor has yourself

Do you see how both questions are summed up here? The general purpose of human life is summed up in those two points. It addresses both kinds of relationship mentioned above. Jesus was one smart fellow 🙂

My Challenge

I challenge any who read this to find a story in the Bible, even if flipping to one at “random”, and read through it asking the question, “Where is the relationship?”