As you probably know if you’ve been reading my blog, I do yearly projects. They started in 2011 and the inspiration comes from a friend who decided that New Year’s resolutions should be things we enjoy, to encourage us to actually follow through. And I’ve had a lot of fun with the projects over the years.
This year I’ve decided to do an academic study of the Bible. I’ve been a Christian all my life, but I feel like I’ve been spoon-fed for most of it. Over the last few years, my faith has morphed and I’m finding a yearning for more. I want to have Truth for myself and to do my own research and study for a better understanding. I think the Bible’s a good place to start and I thought that if I could dig deeper into it, then maybe I can have a more solid foundation to build from. I want to look at historical and cultural context, the original language, and among other things, find out how it affects me today.
As always, I will be blogging about my project. The 12 books I’ve decided to study are: Job, James, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 1 Timothy, Philippians, Galatians, Jeremiah, Isaiah, John, Acts, and Revelation. I might not get to all of them this year, but as faith and it’s deepening should be a life-long journey, I will certainly continue beyond 2015. I just want to be more intentional about it for this year at least.
Because this is such a broad and vague idea, I’m going to see how it goes as time goes by and make adjustments as needed. I do plan on studying until I feel like I’m “done” with a book, then I’ll move on to the next. I hope you’ll take this journey with me and please share any insights you may have.