The Word One to One is designed in such a way that anybody can use it.
You don’t need a theology degree, or to be a seasoned church leader to do it. It’s been made so you can read one to one with a friend – whether that’s in a coffee shop, at home or in an office – anywhere to be honest. The resource gives you everything you need to have a one to one. It includes the Bible passage, questions, answers and side notes. Each session takes a chunk of John’s Gospel and explains what it means and how it affects our life. Depending on your style and personality each session is designed to take between 25-40 minutes. As you work through the sessions, you’ll eventually go through the whole of John’s Gospel. In all there are 38 sessions.
ASK YOUR FRIEND IF THEY WANT TO READ THE BIBLE WITH YOU
While it might sound scary, many people want to find out what the Bible really says, they just need some help. You may be fearful at first to ask a friend to read the Bible with you, but we urge you to give it a go. You’ll be surprised how many people are happy to try it! God is in control of who says "yes' to meeting - it's not about you! On average, one in five will agree to meet for the first session.
Not sure how to ask? Sometimes an opportunity presents itself really naturally in conversation, so ask the Holy Spirit to help you see and take those opportunities.
Richard, co-author of the notes, tends to ask someone in this way:
“The Bible has sold more copies than any other book in the history of printing. Haven’t you always thought that one day you might try and read it? Don’t you wonder if it’s got some good stuff in it for helping us how to live?
"Well, there is one section of the Bible written by John, which is unique because it starts with a really helpful overview. This summary is only 18 verses long and I’ve got these great notes which help you look at what it says.
"Please can I buy you a coffee to look at this overview? All I will say at the end is “Did you enjoy that? Would you like to meet again?”
EVERYTHING YOU NEED IS IN THE RESOURCE
On the left hand page is John’s Gospel in plain clear English. It’s broken up into manageable chunks, so that it isn’t overwhelming.
USE THE QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS IN THE MIDDLE SECTION
These can be used however you like – perhaps interactively with your friend, or rhetorically. Either way, all the answers are on the right hand side, meaning your friend isn’t embarrassed if they don’t know the answer – and so you can have confidence in explaining what the Bible passage means. The questions are clear and easy to understand without being too simple. In places there’s even extra information given, to help you and your friend understand the historical context or the tricky bits.