Welcome to the brand new Bible Studies for Life blog. We’re so glad you stopped by to check things out.
There is nothing in this world more important than knowing how God’s Word applies to our lives. The living, vibrant Word of God transforms, deepens, develops and strengthens us for the Master’s service. It illuminates the thoughts and intents of our hearts so we might walk in God’s ways at all times. It lights our path, helps us to walk straight, and prevents us from stumbling. It is as sweet as honey to our lips.
This is why I am excited to share about a new responsibility I have taken on related to Bible Studies for Life. In 2012, LifeWay was looking for an opportunity to involve church leaders in developing curriculum. They asked me, a pastor, to take on the role of General Editor and to assemble an advisory council of church leaders to frame out a study that would be a response to a great need within churches today. It was a privilege to assemble 13 men and women in ministry, for whom I have tremendous respect, to explore how a Bible study could provide for the spiritual needs of today’s men, women, boys and girls. The result is the new Bible Studies for Life, a study created by churches for churches that meets people right where they are in life with biblical truth. We will be releasing studies for all ages for use in Fall 2013.
Our desire through this study is to develop people who know Christ and His gracious work, who are contributing servants in the community of faith, and who can effectively engage culture without losing distinction.
Bible Studies for Life is for people who want to know Christ. Jesus said, “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ who you have sent” (John 17:3). It is our goal with this series to see both leaders and learners know Jesus Christ deeper. By extension we want people to know Jesus Christ’s gracious work. There are yet many who do not know that the grace of God who brings salvation has appeared to all people. This series will help us explore and explain the saving, maturing, and keeping grace of God.
Those who use Bible Studies for Life will get a fully biblical sense of what it means to be a part of a community of faith. How do I serve in my local church? What is my giftedness and what does God want to accomplish with it? These things are essential for bringing people from the edges of attendance to ministry.
We know Jesus loved the church and gave Himself for it. We also know we are commanded to assemble together as His body, and even more so as we recognize the nearness of Christ’s return. Thorough Bible study prepares us to live in community around the Gospel. God’s Word cleanses us for fellowship and service, strengthening us and our faith family.
Today, believers seem to have an ongoing struggle with exactly how to engage culture. Some fear to even try and some seem to fall headlong into the midst, nearly losing their Christian identity in the process. Jesus said that He would send out His disciples as sheep among wolves, and that we should be in the world but not of the world. Our ongoing challenge is how to live in a way that defines us as believers in Jesus while being close enough to unbelievers for them to both hear the Gospel and see lives empowered by it.
Of course the key to all of this is that we study the Bible. This is not merely a study on helpful sayings for life, but what does God say about life? It’s through His Word that His grace informs and transforms us.
I want to encourage you to follow this series closely as we study the Bible for life. In the meantime, you can preview and give feedback on the new resources at biblestudiesforlife.com. I know our team would appreciate hearing what you think.