Remember when I mentioned that we were doing “nothing” this summer? We may have not had a summer bucket list to fall back on but we we haven’t exactly been doing “nothing.” Over the past 7 weeks I have been meeting with a small group of women taking the study What Love Is: The Letters of 1, 2, 3 John
The major themes of 1,2,&3 John are abiding, knowing, and obeying all as signs of love toward both God and His people. These eternal truths are what I want to keep near me always. I want my children to know these truths and rest in God’s will so that they can see his love and experience the blessings in obedience.
If you’re looking for a great study, What Love Is will likely strike a chord. “In an age when opinions fly at us unbridled, John gives us the immutable gift of truth. When science and philosophy and your social circles say you can’t really know God, John says, yes you can. And perhaps most importantly, at a time when the word love means just about anything under the sun, and therefore almost nothing, John tells us ‘this is what love is…(from the introduction).’”
What Love Is is a 7 session study DVD-driven study featuring Kelly Minter. With an average length of 30 to 34 minutes. Kelly’s the kind of speaker and writer that you’d want to invite over coffee. She is very easy to listen to and to read… (she writes much the same way she speaks which is great!) This is a good study for a range of maturity along the journey of faith, but is definitely good for those who are still getting their feet wet. I loved that she included recipes scattered throughout the book. It contributed to making the book quite inviting!
The member book includes a small section for jotting down notes from the video and a set of discussion questions designed to help members reflect on their daily studies from the prior week. The five daily “homework” each week will take some commitment. With 4 to 5 pages per day, I spent about an hour a day to really dig into the scriptures, enjoying several “aha” moments, and also applied it to real life. I was blown away with emotions left and right.
This study really helped me to dive into the word and learn it more deeply while strengthening my faith and growing the relationships with the girls I did this Bible study with.
It has been an amazing journey and I can’t wait to start a new one.