Years ago, I attended a women’s small group that was led by a gentle soul. She was warm and open, sharing her wisdom and her life with us. One conviction she shared has stuck with me all these years: She said Bible study was a nonnegotiable for her. She had determined to make time in the Word, with other women, a top priority; other social options would have to fit around Bible study or be skipped altogether.
This conviction of hers has been on my mind recently. I trust that is God’s Spirit, nudging me to dig into His Word. I would love to be in study with other women . . . but, as you may know, a certain stay in the mountains prevents me from attending one with my friends either at my church or my house.
It’s time to get creative. I’m hosting a virtual group . . . and you are invited! Starting Thursday, July 10, let’s read one chapter from the Gospel of John each day. With 21 chapters, that takes us to the end of July. (Convenient, huh?!) John’s account is one of my favorite books of the Bible, with rich passages like this one:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (vv. 1–5)
That’s all about Jesus. He’s the Word; he’s God; He made all things; He is life; He is the light. Wow! So much right there in the opening. I love John’s reference to Jesus as the light that shines in darkness. How I need the light of Jesus to shine in the dark corners of my heart and life. That’s why I’ve dubbed our virtual study Looking for Light: 21 Days in the Gospel of John.
How will our virtual group work? Well, I’ve never done one like this before, so we will have to roll with it! But here’s what I’m thinking:
- READ the chapter for the day: whatever translation your like, in paper, audio, or digital form.
- PONDER what the passage means: ask the who/what/where/when/how and especially why.
- APPLY the passage: ask God to show you how to respond (actions to take, changes to make, forgiveness to seek, etc.).
- SHARE with your virtual group: add your comments to the day’s post.
Easy enough, yes? I don’t plan to write an all-out reflective post each day, but at minimum I will post a verse from the reading so there’s a spot for conversation to begin.
So what do you think? Want to look for the Light with me? Let me know so I can be praying for you along the way. I look forward to meeting you here throughout July!