Word Writers is a new Bible study series that examines one book of the Bible at a time, verse by verse, without skipping anything, and then provides a beautiful space to write out the daily verses.
Each study in the Word Writers series helps you:
- capture the overarching message of that book of the Bible.
- dive deep into a few verses each day.
- reflect on practical ways to respond in word and deed.
- learn to pray the words of Scripture each day.
- remember Scripture better as you write it down.
- create a beautiful keepsake of the written Word of God.
By the end of each study, you’ll have written out an entire book of the Bible — a beautiful heritage you can pass on to your loved ones.
A traditional Inductive Bible Study uses three key approaches to God’s Word: observation, interpretation, and application. Word Writers adds a crucial fourth dimension to the Bible study experience: saturation — the opportunity to write the Word.
Because when we write it, we remember it.
In this new Bible study (complete with devotions, questions, and blank pages in the back), you will . . .
READ: Find out what the verses say.
REFLECT: Discover what the verses mean.
RESPOND: Apply the verses to your everyday life.
REWRITE: Rewrite the verses to inscribe them on your heart.
The best way to remember God’s Word is to saturate ourselves in its truth.
Writing the Word helps us slow down. It prevents us from skimming too quickly over the daily reading. It helps us to meditate and ruminate on the Word.
When we immerse ourselves in truth, we overflow with grace.
If you’re looking for a new Bible study — one that will draw you deeper into the heart of God through His Word — join us as we begin our newest journey through the book of James on February 17, 2017.
The Book of James
Every time I venture back to the familiar passages in his book, it’s like going home. Because there’s something comforting about listening to someone tell it straight.
The book of James reads like a collection of proverbs; in fact, many of his admonitions echo Jesus’s words from His Sermon on the Mount. James isn’t interested in impressing people with a lyrical style. He’s more practical than poetic. His purpose is to help believers become more like Christ, and he does so in a straightforward manner.
Coming February 1, 2017
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The Book of Ephesians
Paul knew his last days were drawing near. With every dip of his quill in ink, the metal links of his chains clanked and clattered about him. Affixed to a Roman guard, Paul understood the reality of his likely execution. His remaining days were few.
The letter we call Ephesians reads like a farewell address. In his other letters, Paul wrote a decisive response to a particular problem that arose within a specific community of believers. But not in Ephesians. These were his final, parting words, his last chance to impart what was most important to him, for it succinctly summarizes God’s plan of salvation and the practices believers in Christ should follow.
In many ways, Ephesians is the New Testament counterpart to the book of Joshua in the Old Testament. In Joshua we see God’s people engaging in battle to move into the Promised Land and claim their physical inheritance from God. Then in Ephesians we see Paul beginning with our spiritual inheritance in Christ and finishing with the admonition to “put on the full armor of God.”
Joshua goes from battles to blessings — in the physical realm.
Ephesians goes from blessings to battles — in the spiritual realm.
You’re invited to travel through this timeless letter, where Paul speaks life and encouragement to those who believe. God is greater than any battles we may be facing. In this letter we see the way our beliefs inform our behavior, and we’re empowered to live more like Jesus every day.
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The Book of Philippians
Every Sabbath a few women would make their way to the river, and together they would pray and sing and worship. Something about this small band of women caught God’s eye, too, for He told Paul in a dream to visit the province of Macedonia — where Philippi was located. Paul obeyed God’s command at once, and when he reached the city of Philippi, he heard about the women who gather by the river to pray. So he preached the cross of Christ to them, and Lydia and her whole household were baptized.
And the first church in Europe began. This church would eventually grow to become a core group of believers, influencing the entire region for Christ. That’s what can happen when women gather.
Years later, while sitting in chains and waiting for his trial in Rome, Paul writes a letter to his dear friends in Philippi. The church then shares his letter with everyone. In time, this personal letter from their mentor will be inducted into the canon of Holy Scripture. The book of Philippians is the subsequent fruit born of a few women. Lydia and her friends serve as beautiful examples of what can happen when women gather to pray and worship and study the Scriptures. That’s my prayer for us.