Look at the Book

For those of you that may admire the teaching ministry of John Piper, you may be aware of his latest project over at Desiring God, Look at the Book.  Recently we have begun to use Discovery Bible Studies as a simple way to not only read the Bible and discover truth within it, but as a way to easily discover how to follow Jesus and obey His teachings.  A resource like this is incredibly helpful for teaching how any and all Christians can discover the Word of God for themselves. Below you'll find a description found online along with a terrific video and an example of what a single LATB passage looks like.

There’s no book like the Bible. Learn to read it for yourself.

Look at the Book is a new online method of teaching the Bible. It’s an ongoing series of 8–12 minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher. You will hear John Piper’s voice and watch his pen underline, circle, make connections, and scribble notes — all to help you learn to read God’s word for yourself. His goal is to help you not only see what he sees, but where he sees it and how he found it.  

Check out how John works through Luke 12:32 below.

Luke 12:32

Fear Not, Little Flock

Principle for Bible Reading

There are often riches and depths of meaning in the simplest verses. Luke 12:32 is one verse with two short propositions, but there are riches buried in its simplicity. Pastor John gives a few tips for meditating on verses like these and seeing all that’s really there. In this case, it reveals several reasons not to fear.


Introduction/Prayer (00:00–00:36)

Tips for Meditation (00:36–08:29)

  1. Take words or phrases in your passage and restate them in your own words (e.g. “fear not”).
  2. Ask yourself why the writer chose the words he did (e.g. “flock”).
  3. Look for meaningful connections between words and phrases in a passage (e.g. God as a Shepherd, a Father, and a King).
  4. Look for meaningful connections between words and phrases in a passage (e.g. God as a Shepherd, a Father, and a King).
  5. Identify individual propositions (subject + verb) and the connecting words between them (e.g. “for”).

Summary (08:29–09:50)

  1. In God, we have a Shepherd, Father, and King.
  2. He enjoys freely giving us the kingdom at great cost to himself.
  3. Therefore, we should not fear.

Study Questions

  1. What pictures or metaphors are used to describe God in Luke 12:32?
  2. How is “for” connecting the two propositions in Luke 12:32?
  3. Take the verbs in Luke 12:32 (“fear” and “give”) and restate them in your own words (other words that mean the same thing). What do you learn?
  4. How many reasons not to fear do you see in Luke 12:32? What are they?