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There is no substitute for God’s Word. No amount of sermons, Bible studies or small groups will fill you up the way the Holy Bible with the Holy Spirit in you will.
Although I was raised Catholic and attended church as a child (you can read more about my story of faith HERE), I did not read the Bible until I was saved by the blood of Christ.
As soon as I became a believer, I had an insatiable thirst for God. I wanted to know all I could, but when I tried to read the Bible, I was confused (the geneology – oh my!). So, I did what any good Christian woman would do and joined Bible studies and bought Bible studies and read Bible studies. Do you see where I am going here?
Instead of eating one good meal when I was hungry, I snacked all day long and was never satisfied.
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Don’t get me wrong, Bible studies are a good thing. In fact, they are a great thing, but they are not a substitute for God’s own Word.
The Bible can be overwhelming or difficult to understand. (Especially the King James Version with the thees, thous and thys!) We feel that we may not be able to discern the meaning or lesson in the scriptures without help.
“No matter how impossible individual Bible study may seem from where you are right now, God is not a God of confusion. To the contrary, He is the God of illumination. He meant for us to read, know, and understand His word because through it He reveals Himself. We march confidently into Bible study with this as our assurance.” – Summer Lacy, from His Word Alone
What to Expect in His Word Alone
In Summer Lacy’s book, His Word Alone: A Call to Put Down Your Bible Studies and Pick Up Your Bible, Summer teaches readers how to read and understand the Bible through a five step process and practical guidance including:
- Step 1: Pick a book of the Bible.
- Step 2: Study the context of the book.
- Step 3: Read the book.
- Step 4: Respond to God’s word.
- Step 5: Be changed by God’s word.
In His Word Alone, you will learn how to follow these steps an feel confident in picking up and reading your Bible.
I particularly enjoyed the “Dig Deeper” section of each chapter. The study and reflections portion helped me to look at God’s Word with fresh eyes instead of relying on a Bible study to guide me.
This book changed the way that I look at the Bible and gave me the confidence to draw closer to Him through His Word.
My plea is that you will pick up this book today and satisfy your hunger for God’s Word alone. I strongly encourage you to check it out today.
The author, Summer Lacy, has a free companion guide on the Book of Genesis. You can find it on her website.
Because of Him,
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