Happy New Year!
Over the last few blog posts we’ve been showing you different ways to love a Bible alongside whatever you are currently doing to read the Bible. The Loved Bible Project is for anyone. You may be digging deep into scriptures or you may be new to reading your Bible. Whether you are following a Bible reading plan, attending a Bible Study, doing a daily devotional, or even scrolling Facebook or Instagram, we encourage you to get a compact size Bible and add notes, takeaways and highlight scriptures to it. Then… give it away. Over the last year I’ve been reading less and mediating more deeply, picking one book of the Bible a month to study and memorize portions of scripture. I’ve also been slowing down to read more scripture rich texts, which brings you to the book I’ve picked for our virtual Book Club.
To kick off 2018, we invite you to join our virtual Loved Bible Book Club.
God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible.
And that’s a good thing.
Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God’s limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.
(None Like Him by Jen Wilkin, back cover)
Here’s how it will work…
[ ] Purchase the book (or digital book!) “None Like Him” by Jen Wilkin at your favorite retailer.
[ ] Purchase a 4×6 (or similar) compact size Bible. The intention is to give this Bible away when you are done.
[ ] Gather supplies: Don’t overcomplicate this! Even though you will see lots of pictures on our website, Facebook and Instagram account, remember it’s not about art. It’s about your time in the Word, learning and knowing who God is. Our favorite supplies are blank index cards, sticky notes, washi tape, a pen and a highlighter. Check out the clearance or dollar bins at Target, Michaels and Hobby Lobby if you want to get a little creative
Read this summary of How to Get Started loving a Bible if you are new to the project.
[ ] Each week we will go through 1 chapter of the book “None Like Him”.
[ ] On Mondays, we’ll post a photo with simply the chapter name, if you are on Facebook, you can simply add a comment and share a picture of a Loved Bible entry. If you are on Instagram, post your photo with the hashtag #lovedbiblenonelikehim. Follow @thelovedbibleproject for inspiration and featured pictures!
Throughout the week, we will share photos from the Creative Team
[ ] On Saturday, we’ll share a photo with a prompt sharing the prayer at the end of the chapter. We encourage you to also take time to reflect over the questions at the end of each chapter, write it down and talk it over with a friend.
(If you are interested in more details and for a free Getting Started devotional – go here)
Week of January 8: Introduction and get your book, Bible and supplies together
Week of January 15: Infinite
Week of January 22: Incomprehensible
Week of January 29: Self-Existent
Week of February 5: Self-Sufficient
Week of February 12: Eternal
Week of February 19: Immutable
Week of February 26: Omnipresent
Week of March 5: Omniscient
Week of March 12: Omnipotent
Week of March 19: Sovereign
Week of March 26: Conclusion: Fearful and Wonderful
- Even if it’s your first time opening the Bible, do not be overwhelmed. This is a great way to get started. Do not hesitate to contact us – we will pray for you and encourage you along the way. Just take small steps.
- Anytime a scripture is referenced (for example, in the introduction on page 11 she references Psalm 111:10), go read it and highlight it.
- As with any book, sermon, blog post or podcast – anything other than the scripture is considered commentary. As you grow in you ability to read the Bible, it’s important to begin to learn how to read the Bible for yourself and then consider the commentary against what you know. Jen Wilkin has another book called “Women of the Word” and it is an excellent book to help you grow in biblical literacy.
- You might feel most comfortable just stopping there. That is fine! There are no rules. But the process of highlighting the verses and reading it for yourself and seeing where it is in context of the entire Bible will help you slow down as you process Jen’s comments and reflection.
- As you look at the scripture and Jen’s commentary, if something stands out to you, add a quote from Jen.
- At the end of each chapter she gives additional verses for meditation and questions for reflection. These are great to even add in your answer to the reflection question in your Loved Bible.
“None Like Him” by Jen Wilkin had such an impact on me personally. I refer to it regularly and when I’m praying for friends, encouraging others and during my own time of meditation, it shifts my entire perspective when I am reminded of who God is and changes how I read scriptures. I have done many of Jen’s Bible Studies and a consistent question she asks is to write down what aspect of God’s character is seen more clearly in the passage we studied. It transformed how I viewed the Bible. It is a book first about who God is, more than a book about who I am. Once I understood better how to meditate on the attributes of God, it helped me answer the question of who I am in relation to Him and answer the question often posed by Jen “What one step can you take this week to better live in light of this truth.”
My hope is that as you read the Word you will be able to read each passage of scripture with the question “Knowing that God is ___________ shows me that I am _______________” and you’ll stand in awe as you see God’s character with more clarity.