Grow In The Word

On February 8, 2013 by Lisa Avell

grow in graceMy husband and I have decided to take a Bible study class together – it’s called Grow in the Word, and it’s a study of the Old Testament.  (enter dry boring cough here)

Yeah, it might sound boring to many people, but really it’s not boring at all – the challenge it seems at this point is getting through the mounds of interesting info and discussion in the short time we have for class…

I missed the first week – last week – but tonight’s class included an overview of the missed material.  That coupled with the amazing binder that comes with the class is enough to get me excited about digging into God’s Word this way!  The binder has so many easy-to-use resources; there are maps, memorization tools, timelines, study guides, and questions all designed with the idea of helping the student “grasp the flow and message of the Old Testament in a manner that is understandable and easy to recall.”

I’m in!

Today’s review and class discussion was about Genesis and also included an overview of the timeline of events in the Old Testament, which can be actually be pretty simply broken down for the sake of study.  The book of Genesis is one of my favorites as it outlines how God created the Earth, animals, and us.  We studied all of these things tonight, as well as a few Christian theories about the Creation of Earth, and we ended tonight’s discussion with the subject of  the fall of Man.

Now why is it important for me to not only read, but to study things that people did thousands of years ago?  Now I’m a Christian, so the answer for me is easy: anything God wrote in His book is what He wanted us to know, so I should do my best to learn it, know it, and treasure the knowledge in my heart.  Timothy 3:14-17 says:  “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

But before I was a Christian, honestly the only reason I ever even thought about picking up a Bible was to maybe brush up on the Jeopardy category that gave me the most trouble – and I never did it because I didn’t think I would understand what I was reading anyway…  So now I’m excited to be in an open learning environment where this extremely important content can be taught to me in a patient and fun way by a very knowledgeable person!

I do enjoy my evenings at home but so far the class has shown to be quality time spent with Hubby while also nurturing my heart and brain – something I probably really needed and had no idea how else to get…  so I find myself thanking God once again for leading me to a better relationship with Him, when I was once again growing distractingly ignorant.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-17 says:

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as first-fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.  He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.  May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

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