Vítek and I have been hanging out regularly for the last couple of years. I got him hooked on studying the Bible last year by taking him through the book of Romans one chapter at a time. A few times I took him back to the Old Testament and showed him the passages that Paul was quoting in Romans and how they connected (like Romans 10 and Lev.18:5; Duet. 30:13-14). That convinced him that he needed to go through the Old Testament with me. It was so fun to watch him explore the word on his own, ask questions, and struggle with stuff he didn’t understand. His eyes light up when he discovers something new about God.
As we began studying the Old Testament this year I told him to invite others to join the study. Martina (on the left just after her baptism) started studying with us last January. She soaks in whatever she can. She also challenges what I teach her. Martina keeps me on my toes. It’s been a pretty quick survey of the OT. I choose passages that give the gist of a section and have them read it ask questions. We then plot it out on an Old Testament timeline. It has been fun to see students discover that the first ¾ of the Bible actually are interesting and have application to daily life. Vítek grew up in an atheistic home and so never heard the Bible stories from the Old testament before. He is discovering them for the first time. Martina has been reading the Bible a bit longer than Vítek, but she comes from an atheist background too. What a joy to lead these two in searching the deep truths of God.