God grows faith and understanding in us when we hear and read His Word.
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130
There are lesser known stories and books of the Bible that take more discipline to read (Leviticus anyone?!) but they are still valuable as the Word of God. They point to Christ and our salvation.
This is what I [Jesus] told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. Luke 24:44-45
Our spirit wants to grow in the knowledge of God’s Word but our flesh is weak. Just as Paul warns the Hebrews we are warned...
Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14
We want steak for dinner, right?!
Jen Wilkin, author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible With Both Our Hearts And Our Minds, doesn’t just tell us to “get in the Word” she shows us how. She doesn’t exaggerate or tell us that studying God’s Word for ourselves is a piece of cake. She looks us in the eye – and like most things that are valuable – tells us that this is going to be hard work but oh so worth it.
Our Bible study format incorporates some of the tools that Jen Wilkin mentions in her book. I highly recommend that you read her book for further insight! If you would like to learn about it you can read our book review here.
All right, let’s dig in. Time to use big words like metanarrative and exegesis, ladies.
Here‘s what you need: - A Bible without study notes OR print the Bible text double spaced with 12 font and place in a binder. - Holy Hen House Bible study worksheets. Here is this week's pdf Introduction to Luke. I print and keep all of them in my binder. - An additional Bible translation to compare (NIV, NKJV, NASB, & ESV are some reliable ones) - A trusted Bible commentary - I have this one Luke (People's Bible Commentary) - If you are not printing the Bible text you need a notebook, journal, OR a journal Bible with margins. - A regular pencil & colored pencils - A Holy Hen House annotation bookmark - better believe I'm laminating it!
To print off the introduction to Luke Bible study click here.
We will answer one question a day for the introduction to Luke Bible study. Let's encourage one another throughout the week by sharing images of us studying the book of Luke on Instagram and Facebook using #HHHBibleStudy. It is an extra motivation to know we are reading God's Word together!
If you haven't already, don't forget to join our private online bible study Facebook group! That's where we will be discussing our answers and thoughts throughout the week.
Next week we start Luke 1-2!