Have you all thoroughly enjoyed your summer? I always feel it goes far too quickly … and that the winter months last far too long. I should probably live somewhere other than the Northeast, don’t you think?
As summer winds down, I am gearing up for our next season of Big Word. The past couple months (away from the drama of ancient Israel) have been refreshing, but it’s time to get back and finish the story.
If you’re new to this site, you may not be familiar with Big Word. It is an in-depth exploration of the Old Testament, hosted both in my home and here on the website. All the study guides are provided as free downloads via the Big Word Bible Studies tab in the top menu bar. We meet just twice a month. I post video blogs to encourage discussion. You can participate in person, online or even start your own small group from a distance.
So far we’ve gone through Judges, First and Second Samuel and First Kings. This season (Fall 2013) we will continue our chronological jog through history and the Divided Kingdom.
Are you ready for Second Kings?
Because the two books were originally written as one, First Kings ended rather abruptly with King Ahab’s death — You remember him. He was the crazy, wicked king married to an even crazier, more wicked woman: Jezebel.
Second Kings picks up right where we left off. It begins with a bit about Elijah (the prophet who confronted Jezebel’s 400 prophets of Baal) and Elisha (Elijah’s second-hand man) and then sends us back to the monarchies and their quests for power with or without God.
The big application questions of this book is: How can we be distinct? We are called to be living lights in this dark world, but running counter to culture isn’t easy. Throughout this study we will discover some who did it and find inspiration in their stories for us today.
A little change to our Big Word schedule:
Due to a few shifts in my personal responsibilities and some exciting things happening at my home church, we need to adjust our Big Word schedule. We have consistently met the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. We will now meet on THURSDAY nights.