I’m so glad you’re here! I can’t wait to dive into the Word with you, but before we get started, I thought it would be good to give you the story behind the studies.
Like some of you, I grew up in church, and though I’m incredibly grateful for that background, for the most part, I was biblically illiterate by the time I got to college. Don’t get me wrong. I knew the stories, and I knew tons of verses by heart, but I couldn’t see the “Big Picture” of the Bible. I was clueless.
It was sitting in an Old Testament class at Mississippi State that Israel’s story was first broken down for me. And it was in the New Testament class the next semester that I formed a picture of what the early church may have looked like. Those classes ignited within me a passion and hunger for teaching the Word of God to the people of God. So, after I graduated from State, I went on to seminary, and I’ve been writing and teaching ever since.
Becoming a Student of the Word
Reading the Bible can be intimidating, to say the least. As if figuring out where to start isn’t hard enough, once you get going, there’s the problem of deciphering what in the world the text is saying. But I’m here to tell you that studying the Bible doesn’t have to be hard or difficult. It just takes practice.
In these studies, we’ll look long and hard at the God who has chosen to reveal Himself to us through the pages of scripture. We’ll walk slowly through the Word, and ask ourselves two questions along the way: What is this saying about God? And What does it teach me about myself?
It’s my hope and prayer that studying an entire book of the Bible in this way will give us a fuller, richer understanding of God as he is revealed in scripture and what that means for us. I pray that our study will honor and please the Lord, and that he will bless and reward the time we spend in his Word. May he reveal himself to us through the truth of his Word and transform us into his likeness through the work of the Holy Spirit. To God be the glory.
Amen and amen.