Thursday, February 21, 2013

Discovery Together Bible Study: Revelation {Review}


Discover Together Bible Study: Revelation by Sue Edwards

About Discover Together Bible Study:

Women need Bible study to keep balanced, focused and Christ-centered in their busy worlds. However, many find it difficult to set aside the time and discipline needed for an in-depth study. The Discover Together studies offer tiered questions to allow readers to choose a depth of study that fits with their individual lifestyles or schedules, even if they vary by the week, month or season.

This insightful Bible study uses the example of Paul's church in Ephesus to show readers how they can be victorious Christians, living in God's Word, and free from sin. Part of the discovery series, the Ephesians edition includes tips for either individual or group use, inspirational sidebars and short, 3-5 minute teaching videos. Scan the video QR code in the book with a smart phone or

visit the series website to watch Sue provide historical and cultural background, teach important truths found in each week's lesson, or ask thoughtful questions to encourage deeper discussion.

Join the online Bible study here. Just LIKE the page and then follow along. There will be a launch party for Ephesians on April 11th and the online Bible study will begin the following week on April 15th.

Women crave Bible studies that challenge them to grow in their faith. But after balancing carpools, sports schedules, or work deadlines, you may not be able to commit to another evening out of the house. Now you don't have to.
Whether studying with a small group or by yourself, you know can join popular Bible teacher Sue Edwards on the Year of Discovery. Sue will be leading women through her studies with online chats and discussions on
her Facebook page. All year long. Every week. Any time of day. From the comfort of home. Make-up and hair-do optional. Come as you are!

Each week you will find quotes, links to articles and other resources, and videos to help you as you study. Complete the lessons at your convenience.

Then visit any time of day to comment or ask questions. Sue will be there frequently to respond, encourage, and equip!

My Thoughts

I knew when I saw the Discover Together Bible Study on Revelation  I was very interested in reviewing it! Revelation is a book of the Bible I have very little knowledge of.

Many people are not comfortable studying the book of Revelation. It can be a scary book to read. However, as Christians we need to read this very important book of the Bible and follow the teachings of Jesus.

Sue Edwards has put together a very in-depth and thought provoking Bible study.

There are a total of nine lessons in this study. Each lesson has questions to ponder. The lessons can be done at your leisure. You can complete them all in one sitting. Which can take between an hour and a half to two hours. Or you can break them up throughout the week (or weeks) and dig into them as in depth as you wish. 

The way I am using this study is to read the lesson, then the Bible passages and finally answer a question or two each day. It will take me some time to get through these lessons as the first lesson alone has 22 questions.

There are also short 3-5 minute videos from Sue Edwards that go along with the study throughout the book. For those with smart phones there are video QR codes throughout the book that you can scan with your phone and watch directly on your phone. If you are like me and do not have a smart phone you can access the videos at the website posted above.

Another thing I like about this Bible study is that Sue gives suggestions for using additional resources such as a concordance, maps, chats and additional books to read to give you the opportunity to really dig into this study. Keep in mind that using these resources is not a requirement for using this study. You could do a very in depth study just using your Bible, the book and the provided videos. Those extras will just enrich your study.

The Discover Together Bible Study: Revelation. Is a great study for individual study and it would also make a wonderful group Bible study.


Meet Sue:

Sue Edwards (MA, Dallas Theological Seminary; D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) teaches full-time in the Christian Education Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. She has more than twenty-five years of experience teaching, pastoring, and directing women's ministries. In addition, Sue speaks at retreats, conferences, and seminars across the country. She is the coauthor of Women's Retreats and New Doors in Ministry to Women, and the author of the new Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study series.

Revelation: Discovering Life for Today and Eternity.

Join the online Bible study (2/4 - 4/8) with Sue Edwards! And  invite your friends to join you.

Sue will be posting weekly on the Year of Discovery Facebook Page and interacting with groups and individuals around the country going through the study at the same time. Women will be able to discuss the study with each other and ask questions via Facebook. Once readers complete the Revelation study, Edwards will be going through the Ephesians study in the same way. (An April 11 Facebook launch party will be followed by an April 15 – June 17 online study.)
Completing each lesson requires about one-and-a-half hours. Readers still receive in-depth Bible study but with a minimum time commitment. For those who desire a more thorough study, including an opportunity to learn more about the history, culture and geography related to the Bible, Edwards has provided “Digging Deeper” questions. Answering these questions may require outside resources such as an atlas, Bible dictionary or concordance and challenge readers to examine complex theological issues and differing views more closely.

More about the Revelation study: Edwards and Kregel are especially excited about the new Revelation study that has been added to the series. “I have focused on five special chapters—the first three and the last two—passages that I believe are most pertinent for Christians today,” writes Edwards. “I find a thorough investigation of these five chapters the most beneficial as we consider how God wants us to prepare for the end.” “The first three chapters paint a glorious picture of the resurrected Christ and record his seven letters to first-century churches. These early churches represent the different kinds of churches that have existed through the ages. The letters both commend and point out deficiencies in these churches, providing lessons to help us get ready for our future,” Edwards continues. “The last two chapters unfold with unspeakable energy, beauty and promise, as John describes what Jesus shows him: a new Eden, redemption’s climax and our eternal home. Walk with me through these incredible pages, and experience the blessing that God promised to all who read and heed.”
Purchase a copy of Revelation and join the on-line Bible study today.

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disclosure: I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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