If you are like me, you may be struggling with what to study this coming summer when BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) takes a break. It’s important to always be in the Word of God, but it can be challenging to do so.
Here are some suggested summer Bible studies you can try, or see if your local church is doing any to join.
The Faithful by Priscilla Shirer, Kelly Minter, Beth Moore, and more
I will be using WordGo’s Bible studies and posting my answers, similar to what I did last year. These will begin sometime in June and run through the middle of August. The great thing about these summer Bible studies is that they are short, so they aren’t a big time commitment.
It doesn’t matter which summer Bible study you choose; all that matters is that you pick one.
Have a great summer everyone!
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Choosing a Bible study can definitely be challenging. There are hundreds to choose from, so how do you know which one is right for you? Below, I’ll examine some tips you can use to try to narrow your search to finding a great Bible study, and contact me with your questions!
TIPS TO CHOOSE THE BEST BIBLE STUDY
Decide if You Want to Go Solo or in a Group
There are many excellent Bible studies, and many are broken down to ones you can do alone or in a group. Decide first if you want a group setting where you can learn from others, or you prefer to do one on your own.
Decide How Long You Want to Commit to a Bible Study
Many people love studying the Bible in-depth and doing prescribed Bible studies, but they can’t commit to a long time frame. Decide if you want a short Bible study, or a long one like Bible Study Fellowship that runs all school-year long.
Decide On Preferred Format
Bible studies in general come in two formats: Print and Video. The preferred format for your Bible study is largely a personal preference and can depend on what type of learner you are.
Once you’ve narrowed down your Bible study criteria, it’s time to commit to one. In truth, God just wants you to show up. Don’t worry about the rest; He’s got it!
Studying the Bible is one of the best ways to grow your faith and grow deeper with God and Christ. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and you can even do it in 10-minute segments throughout your day. Do your research, and find the perfect Bible study for you. The invest the time, and you’ll be amazed at what God does.
Most of us have no time anymore, even with COVID concerns. It seems that the days, while chugging along, are always filled. So how do you study the Bible in the midst of personal chaos?
5 TIPS TO STUDY THE BIBLE WHEN YOU HAVE NO TIME
Listen to the Bible. If you drive anywhere (which is the vast majority of us), you can listen to the Bible while in the car. Even if you are only driving five minutes to the grocery store. Any time with God is better than no time with God.
Pick a Bible verse and memorize it. There are so many good (and short) Bible verses to memorize, and it takes very little time. Choose one every week, and you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve memorized of the Bible.
Put Bible verses around your home. This can be on whiteboards, on the fridge, on your bathroom mirror, on your BBQ grill, and on your home gym. Sticky notes fit anywhere!
Pray. When you pray, you don’t need anything — only a heart right for God. It’s that simple.
Decide to read the Bible for 5 minutes every day. That’s it! We all have 5 minutes to spare, so just do it!
I just wanted to let you know I am taking a couple of weeks off from blogging before the BSF’s study of the Book of Acts begins. I’ll leave you with a beautiful picture to contemplate where it may take you.
In this second part of our series on what does it mean to serve, we’ll take a look at a few more meanings of this elusive term. Contact me with questions!
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A SERVANT OF GOD?
A servant does his master’s work. The servant performs God’s work for God, or on God’s behalf. We carry out God’s will and labor for Him willingly. Paul said, “I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.” (2 Corinthians 12:15).
A servant follows his master. Where God leads, you go through green pastures and dark valleys. He takes up his cross (Luke 9:23) to remain pure in an evil world.
A servant is satisfied with what his master pays. We are content with what God has given us in this world. We don’t grumble.
A servant defends the honor of his master. A servant defends God and speaks up for Him to others.
We are called to be servants of God. But what exactly does that mean? In this blog post, I’ll dive into that question. Contact me today!
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A SERVANT OF GOD?
A servant serves one master. When we’re called to be servants of God, it means that we serve only one master: God. We let go of our sins, and we joyfully use our lives for God. In the end, we’ll have eternal life (Romans 6:22).
A servant follows God, not himself. We are to do God’s bidding, not our own. Servants listen for God’s voice, and follow it.
A servant is bound to his master, in this case, God. Through our faith and baptism, we have promised ourselves to God — a promise we cannot break.
Responsibility these days is hard to find. No one wants to take any. That’s why when asked what is your responsibility as a believer, many Christians have no idea what that is. In this blog post by AtoZMomm, we’ll answer that question for you. Contact me with questions!
YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A BELIEVER
Unwavering belief in Jesus as the Son of God and in his resurrection and death for our sins.
“Standing firm, letting nothing move us” and “always giving ourselves full to the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
If we have no eternal home or earthly ramifications then we will be “tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14).
God has given us everything; we need to give to him everything in return.
WORK FOR THE LORD AND AS HE LEADS
Until the Lord returns, there are souls to reach and ministries of every sort to be performed. We are responsible for our money, time, energy, talents, gifts, bodies, minds, and spirits, and we should invest in nothing that does not in some way contribute to the work of the Lord. James tells us, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26).
We are to work for the Lord always and faithfully. Our work is eternal benefits in heaven.
“Since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:24).
We’ve been taking a look at influential Bible scholars of the past. Here’s the last post in our series. Contact AToZMomm with questions!
INFLUENTIAL BIBLE SCHOLARS OF OUR TIMES
Francis of Assisi (1182-1226). Perhaps best known as the priest who loved animals, Francis of Assisi was one of the primary influences of orders within the Catholic church. He is a saint who founded the Franciscan orders and is credited with setting up the first live nativity scene.
Jerome or Saint Jerome (347-420). Saint Jerome’s primary contribution to Christianity is translating the Bible into Latin (the version known as the Vulgate, which was the official Bible of the Catholic Church throughout the Middle Ages), and he wrote commentaries on the Bible.
Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). Teresa of Avila was a nun who reformed the Carmelite Orders. She wrote extensively on Christian mysticism and meditation and was an apologist for Catholicism
Karl Barth (1886-1968). Karl Barth was a Swiss Reformed theologian who is most well known for his landmark The Epistle to the Romans and his five volume theological summa the Church Dogmatics. He is the father of “neo-orthodoxy” and influential in the movement to reject theological liberalism.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on Bible scholars as much as I have. Contact AToZMomm with questions!