I received this book as a review copy from Matthias Media in exchange for an honest review. I was intrigued by the product description for One to One Bible Reading. As a result, I requested it. One of the things that has struck me the most in the Christian life is the importance of Bible reading and prayer. Ultimately, every single Christian work of literature should be examined in light of its biblical accuracy. Sadly, too many professing Christians derive their theology and practice from what extra-biblical authors say the Bible says, rather than looking at the Bible themselves to see if it actually does say such things. Helm seeks to rectify such a scenario in his present work.
Helm identifies three different segments of people – unbelievers, new believers, and longtime believers. He proposes that a simple framework of Bible reading and discussion (accompanied by prayer) utilized in meetings with individuals in any of those three categories will be extremely beneficial. She even urges readers who feel intimidated such an arrangement to reconsider their reluctance. He urges them to simply ask someone – unbeliever, new believer, or long-time believer – If he or she is interested in such meetings. The worst that may happen is a person declines the offer. Helm reminds the reader that he or she will not have every answer to every question, and it is okay to do further research to find answers before the next meeting.
I remember having meetings such as this during Bible college and growing immensely as a result. Somewhere along the way we begin to think we need more than the Bible and prayer. I appreciate the author’s call to return to reading and studying the Bible together. He also urges prayer before inviting others to participate, and prayer during the meetings. The book has explanatory outlines of how to organize the meetings. Helm supplies an introductory approach and also a more in-depth approach. The author also tailors these approaches to be genre specific and supplies outlines which may be photocopied or downloaded from the Matthias Media website.
I truly appreciate David Helm’s accessible writing style and the approach to disciplemaking which he sets forth here. Again, there is nothing earth shattering here in this book. But, that was not the author’s intention. Helm as a pastor and a Christian man is simply calling God’s people to utilize what God has given to the church for her mission of making disciples. It should be obvious to every Christian that the most important things in the Christian life are the things we find ourselves neglecting the most – the Word of God and prayer – in our personal lives and relationships with nonbelievers and believers alike. I recommend this book as a helpful tool for making disciples in and outside of the local church.