My small group Bible study is done for the summer. I, however, cannot stop studying the Bible. If I stop, I dry up. I get cranky. I fall into depression. I have even been known to fall into the depths of despair.
Can you relate? Well, let’s not fall into the depths of despair this summer. Let’s clear the calendar, catch fireflies with our kiddos, sleep in late, and roast marshmallows. However, let’s not lag in our walk with God.
Past favorite summer reads
Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
This book is phenomenal. It is not for the faint of heart, but, gracious, will it enhance your view of Jesus’ thoughts on how His followers should truly live. I read a chapter a day. I took my time and Lloyd-Jones’ words changed me.
The following two books are easy ways to understand the book of Galatians and Romans. Timothy Keller writes in such a way to keep the reader engaged. He moves quickly and does not get bogged down in the details. At that the end of each chapter are questions to help the reader reflect on what the Bible is saying. There are 12 chapters in the Romans book and 13 chapters in the Galatians book. Each chapter takes about 2 days.
Remember this is not a competition. It is you engaging in a relationship with the God that made you. The more you put into it, the more you hear God’s voice.
Do you have to be in a Bible study group to do a Beth Moore study? No! You might not get as much out of the study without the videos and discussions, but these workbooks are just amazing. When I was in the stage of newborn baby, a small group was out of the question. I picked up The Patriarchs and, a few years later, Daniel by Beth Moore and it helped me get through those muddled days of hormones and crying babies.
Needing accountability to continue to pray? Try Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer by Beth Moore. I did this book/journal one summer and it gave me such hope for the upcoming school year. By regularly praying with focus, I was able to hear exactly what I needed to do in the upcoming year.
Pretty much anything by A. W. Tozer is going to speak to your soul if you are high on the feels (like me). I would highly recommend his book called The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life. I love this one because it helps to drive the focus off of me and back to God. I need constant reminders that I am not God and this book helps me to do that. It is a treasure.
What am I going to read and study this summer?
I have started studying If:Equip’s study, Anno Domini. It is an eight-week course on the first 500 years of the Church. I love history and this study really appealed to me. You have to download the IF:gathering app to get the study. (You can buy a book, but the study on the app is free. Yeah!) Each day has Bible verses, the lesson, and a short video. The gems in this study are reading the book of Acts and the wisdom found in the videos.
I am going to, also, tackle another Martyn Lloyd-Jones book this summer. It is The Assurance of Our Salvation (Studies in John 17): Exploring the Depth of Jesus’ Prayer for His Own. I will take my time. I chose this book because I was so struck by Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane during Lent that I wanted to learn more. I’ll let you know what I think.
What are my kids going to do this summer?
She Reads Truth is going to study Romans and they are offering a Kids Read Romans for ages 5-10. How cool is that? I have a 5, 7, and 9 year old. I will let you know how the study is going. The obvious by-product of my kiddos studying Romans is that I get to study Romans, too. Romans is a book in the Bible that works through what Christians believe and why.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Let us let these “clouds of witnesses” breath life into our summer and may we learn many new things about the great God we serve.