Last night, my church small group launched into a new study called 12 Neighbors. The related study material includes a number of individual scriptures and passages that are meant to deepen our understanding and open our hearts to the heart of God for those around us.
Today, as I was looking up the scriptures for study, I found myself daunted by the 20 individual passages I am being asked to focus on throughout the week. I knew that if I was feeling overwhelmed, then my group was likely going to feel overwhelmed and discouraged as well.
I was originally going to take a “brute force” approach and simply copy/paste each scripture reference individually into the search engine and then copy all of these links into a single reference for myself and for our group. Then I discovered something pretty cool – using BibleGateway.com, you can pull up multiple scripture references simultaneously by simply using comma separate values.
Since my study includes quite a few passages, I thought it would still be worthwhile to create three groupings of scripture to make it easier to digest. Here are the groupings I created for our small group study:
- Group 1: Isaiah 58, Isaiah 61:1, Jeremiah 22:3, Jeremiah 22:15-16, Matthew 19:21, Matthew 25:35-40, Luke 4:18-19
- Group 2: Luke 10:25-37, Luke 11:41, Luke 12:32-34, Luke 14:15-23, Luke 18:18-22, John 21:15, 1 Corinthians 13:3
- Group 3: Galatians 2:10, James 1:27, James 2:8, James 2:17-18, 1 John 3:17, 1 John 4:20
This is also convenient because you can use BibleGateway’s ability to switch between translations quickly, allowing readers to use their preferred translation, and allowing for comparison of passages to deepen our understanding. I hope that this time-saving tip blesses you and makes it easier for you to dive into studies that explore multiple passages simultaneously.