It’s the beginning of a new year and we are off to a fresh start with a Bible study on Genesis, which means The Beginning. Perfect! I hope you will Come Study with Us as we dive into The Promised One: Seeing Jesus in Genesis.
I learned about Bible study author Nancy Guthrie while preparing a talk for a women’s retreat. Since then, I have poured over, highlighted, and dog-eared my copy of The Lamb of God: Seeing Jesus in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. If we like studying The Promised One, maybe we can move on to Lamb of God next?
Nancy Guthrie has written several Bible studies. She has also written a few books on grief and hosts a marriage retreat that sounds amazing. This may be Wonder Woman in the flesh! You can read more about her here.
We started Come Study with Us with Inseparable, a Bible study by Ashley Linne, an author I met at a blogging conference. I really enjoyed it. We had a few regular participants on FaceBook, an interview with the author, and weekly posts, vlogs and printables by me. But I am left wondering…what could we do to make the process better?
On one hand, I want a flexible process that allows you to participate when it suits your schedule. I understand how hard it can be sometimes to make it to Bible study:
- Do you have a deployed husband and little kiddos, like I did at one time? You can connect after they go to bed.
- Do you work long hours and struggle to get dinner on the table, like I did at one time? You can check-in before work or at your lunch break.
- Are you a homeschool mom with tons of after-school activities, like me? You can be a part of this Bible study when your kids are doing their reading time or when the littles are taking their naps.
- Are you a homebody that struggles to get out at night, like me? You can grow your knowledge of God’s Word and enrich your quiet time, right at your own kitchen table.
On the other hand, with more flexibility comes less accountability. And for some people, the community aspect of Bible study was missing because of the self-paced nature of an online study. We checked in when we wanted to…but that made for less interaction. What can we do to make things better? To create more interaction? I’ll be honest, I am not sure. But I am not ready to give up on this yet…if we can improve it, we should try, right?
One option I’m considering is recording some group Bible study chats. That means I’m looking for participants who might be willing to meet via Skype to make recordings that will be published on Youtube. I am not sure this will work…our live interview with Ashley was a struggle…but I learned some new things from my vlogs with Amy, so I am hopeful that this idea is very do-able.
The question is: are you interested in seeing or participating in a Bible study via Skype? Please reply in the post comments, on FaceBook, or you can email me directly, below. Click here to sign up for notifications—don’t miss an update about the Bible Study!