It’s been two weeks now since the ink in my workbook has dried finishing off the first of my two Bible studies and I have taken this time to take a step back and think about what I have taken away from this study.
About this study:
This is a 7 session study that takes an engaging look at “two contrasting realities: Jesus is supreme, yet Jesus is approachable.”
DVD-driven, each of the video sessions is 30 minutes to 39 minutes long. Although the video is a short compared to some of the studies I have done the sessions went by so quickly that it feels like we just begun and now it’s over!
Lisa is a great story-teller, you will find yourself captivated (as I did).
Each session in the member book includes a video guide designed to help everyone capture the key ideas in Harper’s teaching as well as a short set of discussion questions. In addition to these session resources the member book includes a weekly Bible study to be completed independently. The “homework” is quite introspective and I found that I did more soul searching than I was comfortable with but I missed flipping the parchment of scripture.
What I thought :
Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus is a wonderful study for new Christians but I felt like there wasn’t enough “meat and potatoes”. I loved seeing Lisa’s heart on those pages but unless you’re actively diving in the word yourself she really just skims over the book of Hebrews and dips her toes in Luke 5.
What I took away:
I liked that I could sit down and complete my homework over a cup of coffee but, I missed digging for those treasures hidden in scripture for myself. The videos could be used as a stand alone just make sure you’re reading the Book of Hebrews so your not missing all the richness found in those pages.
For example, week one’s assignment is to rent and watch To Kill a Mockingbird and think about several application questions. Not such an easy thing to do now in the post-blockbuster days and I’m not even sure if that title it’s available on Netflix to be honest with you.
So I skipped those parts. (yup, the girl who normally does every single question on every single page skipped those parts!!)
I did really enjoy the “extra credit questions for Bible nerds” section and I would recommend that you pay attention to those pages first if your not a “homework” kinda of student.
This study is perfect for Beginners as it speaks of the uniqueness of God while revealing that Jesus is supreme, yet approachable. God used this study powerfully in our life to guide and used the story found in Luke 5 to re-affirm the changes we are already watching Him making in our life.
The lesson I learned:
Only when we give Jesus His rightful place in our lives will everything else in life fall into its rightful place.