My latest tips, resources, and reads.
Just in case you were curious.
ON BIBLE STUDY:
Why should you study the Scriptures when you’ve heard the stories before? God’s Word is rich enough to provide new insights every time you study, no matter how many times you’ve read the same passage. You have an opportunity to more fully understand the God of the Scriptures and what Jesus Christ has done for us. Because the Bible is transformational, as you routinely study, you can anticipate a closer walk with Jesus. God has so many blessings for those who seek him, blessings only found in his Word.
Precept and BSF studies have aided my growth in Bible literacy. I recommend both options for women’s Bible studies. Come September, I will be leading a group of ladies through the book of Ruth for an in-depth inductive study. If you would like to know how to get more out of your Bible study, check out the blog series How Can I Get More Out of my Bible Study? You can find the posts from this series here.
ON BIBLE TRANSLATIONS:
Although there are many good translations, my preferred Bible translation is the ESV. This is not only because my pastor uses ESV in the pulpit but because I’ve done some research.
About the ESV (Crossway)
“The English Standard Version (ESV) is an “essentially literal” translation of the Bible in contemporary English. Created by a team of more than 100 leading evangelical scholars and pastors, the ESV Bible emphasizes “word-for-word” accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning. Suited for personal reading, public worship, in-depth study, and Scripture memorization, the ESV is available in more than 200 print editions. Since its publication in 2001, the ESV Bible has gained wide acceptance and is used by church leaders, numerous denominations and organizations, and millions of individuals around the world.”
The study of theology is peace giving to the Christian and as a counselor, I have come to the understand that many life problems are rooted in theological error. It is my prayer that women would respond to the call of Matt. 22:37 and not be theologically shy. If we love God with our hearts, we must also consider our minds. Good theology reveals to you the greatness and holiness of the God who made you and takes care of you. Furthermore, how can we praise God when we don’t know much about him? How can we sing of his goodness if we don’t know what it is?
I encourage all Christian women to study theology and you can read more about that here. It’s crucial that we learn, understand, and apply the core doctrines of the Christian faith. I’m preparing to lead a women’s theology class beginning in the fall where we will be studying the Doctrine of God’s Creatures. In addition to good books, I use a variety of systematic theologies. For those women who might be new to the study of theology, I recommend Michael Horton’s Bible college version, Pilgrim Theology. Many women find the ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible helpful when connecting doctrinal truths to Scripture.
When doing Bible interpretation or in depth Bible study, consultation is where you may use reliable Bible helps, tools, and commentaries. I recommend you don’t go to them too soon, but use them to validate your own interpretation as you summarize the passage. It is my belief that pride alone would not consider good resources authored by biblical scholars who’ve devoted much of their lives to study and teaching. Truth is, if you consult two or more commentaries and none share your interpretation, you’d best abandon yours. Christ-Centered Exposition series is my absolute favorite for the layperson and is inexpensive to purchase in paperback. Another good, easily understandable commentary is the ESV Expository Commentary series.
Reading has the ability to stretch our thinking. When reading a novel, your mind is pulled into the life and emotions of a fictional character. Reading a memoir deepens our sense of empathy. Non-fiction reading expands our knowledge of topics and events. Books are a very important part of Christian culture and Christian life. I encourage all Christian women to take up the discipline of reading to honor God and for the growth of the church. My current reading choice is pictured.
Kindle Downloads: 12 Faithful Women: Portraits of Steadfast Endurance by Melissa Kruger and Kristen Wetherell, Forever by Paul David Tripp, Caring for One Another by Ed Welch, Desiring God by John Piper, Rediscovering Jonah by Tim Keller, God’s Glory Alone by David Vandrunen, The Unexpected Jesus by R.C. Sproul, Christ & Culture by D.A. Carson, Why We’re Protestant by Nate Pickowicz, Reviving New England by Nate Pickowicz, Humility by Andrew Murray, The Cross by J.C. Ryle
Audible Downloads: God Does His Best Work With Empty by Nancy Guthrie, Blessed: Experiencing the Promise of the Book of Revelation by Nancy Guthrie, and Why Should We Love the Local Church (from the Union Series) by Dustin Benge
I’m not a t.v. watcher so it seems I’m listening to more podcasts. I’m sharing some favorites with you.
“We are inundated with voices that claim to have answers. And we’re left empty and longing for something better. God’s word has the answers – superior, fulfilling, joyful answers! We’ll discuss how to filter the good from the bad so you can confidently rest and rejoice in the truth. We hope to inspire and equip women to passionately pursue beautiful, biblical truth on their journeys as women of God. When you choose truth, you’re choosing joy!”
“The Crossway Podcast is a show where we sit down with authors each week for thoughtful interviews about the Bible, theology, church history, and the Christian life.”
“Life’s a journey we were never meant to walk alone. We all need friends along the way! On the Journeywomen podcast we’ll chat with Christian leaders about gracefully navigating the seasons and challenges we face on our journeys to glorify God.”
Set apart from the podcasts above, I find Credo Magazine Podcast (linked below) to be an excellent source for theological truth.
“Listen to Elisabeth Elliot’s timeless talks via The Elisabeth Elliot Podcast. Hear weekly encouragement and wisdom from one of the world’s most beloved Christian women, missionaries, and mentors of the Faith.”