A New Series… 31 Days to Better Understanding (and loving) the Bible {Day 1}

31-days-bigThis series has been on my mind ever since Alli and I attended the Allume Conference last October. Our winter and early spring were full of sickness and a very full plate, but I finally feel like I might just have a little space to make this happen! Since I’ve never been in the habit of blogging daily, I’m not going to promise to start now! The 31 days will likely not be consecutive but I will do my best to keep this series going.

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Bible study is my passion… though it wasn’t always that way. When I was a teenager attending a discipleship school (shortly after re-committing my life to the Lord), I had a teacher challenge us to pray that we would hunger for the Word more than our favorite food. The Psalmists talk of this longing and hungering for the Word and I wanted that to be a reality in my life so I began to pray that prayer. The said teacher and his wife had started Bible schools all over the world and I knew I wanted to attend one and get into the Word. I had this strong conviction that if I were going to profess and live my life as a Christian then I ought to have a thorough and first-hand understanding of what I was professing to live my life for. I didn’t want second-hand knowledge about who God is and what Christianity and this life of faith is about. I love listening to sermons but I wanted to know the Bible for myself instead of having someone else tell me what it says and means. So I worked, saved my money, and bought a one way ticket to Malaysia to attend the school.

I learned so much over those 9-10 months. My whole way of thinking was renewed and the greatest gifts I came away with were a strong Biblical worldview and an appreciation for the transforming nature of the Word. I am so grateful for all that I learned but I feel as though I’ve been entrusted with a great treasure that I would be selfish to hoard. :-) My hope in this series is to pass on the little bit I know about the Bible in a way that encourages and begins to equip you to dig in for yourself. I feel like one of my life purposes is to encourage and equip Christians in Biblical literacy. If you have questions or topics you’d like to see covered, please email me or fill out the contact form on our website! I can’t promise I’ll know all the answers but I might at least be able to point you in a helpful direction as you hunt for and explore answers for yourself. I plan to cover things like the types of literature found in the Bible and how to interpret them, the importance of understanding the historical background to each book (and how you can find that), tools for inductive Bible study (and what that is), how to do character studies, and more.

I’d love for you to follow me on this journey to better understanding the Word… and my prayer is that we will develop a deep love and appreciation…a hunger and longing… for the Word. {Update: Click here to read all of other the posts in the series thus far.}

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“Two opposite errors beset the student of the Scriptures: the tendency to take everything second hand from others, and the refusal to take anything from others.” ~Charles Spurgeon

Written by Anne

Hi I’m Anne. My husband Grant and I have 3 young kids and we live in our hometown in Colorado. We homeschool (in a blend of Charlotte Mason, Classical, and Montossori styles). I love reading, books of all sorts, running, Pilates, bikes with wicker baskets, coffee, my friends, good conversation, the mountains, gardening, cooking for friends and family, experiencing new places and cultures, giving presents, teaching, writing, and creating things.

 

Comments

  1. Love your story! Love that you are young and understand the value of God’s Word! God bless! ~ gina duke.

  2. Susan Jackson says:

    I look forward to reading your series.

  3. Danielle says:

    Can’t wait to read!

  4. Katie M says:

    Hi there! I can’t find the link to start reading!

  5. thank you Im anixous to get started.

  6. Good look and blessings…

  7. Hi. I am impressed with your vision of learning the bible for yourself. I also know that I should have a “hunger” for the word of God. I’ve listened to many sermons, I go to a mission minded independant Baptist church and I have read the bible through at least twice but I still read it mostly every day. I have comprehension problems so sometimes it takes a while to understand what God is trying to say. Thank you for giving us the 31 days….it’s not a long period of time to commit to but yet it will be invaluable.
    God Bless.

  8. Looking forward to reading the rest of your series. You have great insight on the different styles of writing. I was not good in English so it will be very helpful to me.

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