I love to read.
I especially love to read things that give me hope and bring me nearer to the One who has cleansed me from within. Every fall I am giddy to sign up for Bible study. And then I’m giddy again in January when I do it all over again. For me, consistent, regular time in the Word is absolutely necessary for my life. The first food we should feast on.
Over the past 3 years I’ve done different studies, but mainly I’ve done Precept Upon Precept by Kay Arthur. They are incredible and allow you to dig deep in the word. There is plenty of underlining and circling and use of colored pencils, which I, of course, love.
So when Kay came to speak at last years women’s conference at our church I was ecstatic. When I was in college I studied Covenant by Kay and it was life changing for me. So when the opportunity came about to review one of her 40 minute, 6 week studies, I was all over it. I chose “Breaking Free from Fear” because really, who doesn’t struggle with that from time to time.
It’s excellent. The study by Kay is composed as a 6-week, no-homework study meant for groups. Although I did not do this in a group, I felt that it was definitely still worth while to complete on your own. Each week is broken down into Observe & Discuss portions. These would be perfect for small groups. You walk through a portion of scripture, observing and marking the text in true Precept form, and then she poses questions pertaining to the text you just observed. I can see how in a group the questions would be great for discussion although again, there is something here even for the individual student.
As far as the topic of fear, Kay does a great job walking through the different aspects of fear while giving encouragement through the scriptures. Fear is all around us taking on many different forms and through the study she touches on many of the areas and allows for personal reflection.
I would definitely recommend the study for groups of individuals and those studying on their own. It is a great tool for studying the Bible and diving deeper into Scripture.
Have you done any of Kay’s studies? If not, I’d highly recommend it!