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Philippians: Discovering Joy Through Relationship (Discover Together Bible Study Series) Paperback – November 27, 2015
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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, and is author of the Discover Together Bible Study Series.
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What I like about this particular study on Philippians is the emphasis on relationships. Edwards focuses on Paul's strong relationship with God and his deep friendship with the Philippians. She highlights the need for face-to-face community in this age of technology.
Edwards deals with issues of personal spiritual growth as well. For example, she notes that in Phil. 3:12-13 Paul is very open about his own limitations and inadequacies. She asks us if we struggle to admit ours. That could lead to a great discussion in a trusted group of friends.
There are lots of application questions in this study, taking Scripture and applying it to everyday life. There are questions like, “How can you act on this?” There are lots of good discussion and reflection questions too.
This study can be used on an individual basis or in a group. Group leaders can download a free guide to aid in leading. There are short videos to watch, linked with a QR code (or accessed at the study website). There are verses that can be memorized too.
This is a great eight week study reminding us of our need for community, using Paul as an example.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
Enter Sue Edwards’ Discover Together Bible study series. The newest addition to the Discover Together series is Philippians - Discovering Joy Through Relationships. Like other studies in the series, this Philippians study helps women dive deeply and quickly into the word through several integral components:
Rather than focusing on Philippians along, this study establishes context. Who is the author? Why is he writing the letter? To whom is he writing the letter? What is the historical setting of the recipients? This is information is critical to the true study of any Bible passage.
Admittedly, I’d encourage any believer to learn to research this information for themselves, just to know how to do it. But, as a wife and mom with a very full slate of responsibilities, I appreciate the blessing of having all the resources right here in one place.
A true study of Scripture must also explore how a passage or book fits into the grander picture of the whole Bible. This study pulls passages from throughout Scripture to explore the message of Philippians in this greater context.
A memory verse is included in each lesson. Although the verses are not all from Philippians, they all correspond to that lesson’s focus.
Basic, Yet Thought-Provoking, Questions
The format of the questions makes weekly progress very manageable when studying with a group. But, there is also a depth to the questions that leaves some women desiring to slow down and spend two or three weeks on each lesson. And that’s just at the basic level.
In the margins, those processing through this study will find quotes from authors, pastors, and theologians as well as notes from Sue Edwards. But, they will also find “Digging Deeper” options, encouraging even more thought and processing regarding the application of lessons from Philippians. Feel free to take your time!
Video supplements are available at discovertogetherseries.com or via QR codes embedded in the study. While the videos are not necessary, they do add to the fullness of the study.
Philippians - Discovering Joy Through Relationships can be completed alone, with a group, or even through Facebook chats with the author. There is also a general Discover Together series leader guide, offering tips for leading a small group. This will be considered by some as the drawback or negative, as there is not a leader's guide for this specific study.
I went through this study quickly and on my own for the sake of this review. But, I look forward to going through it again more slowly, and hopefully with a group, in the future. I will be recommending it to any woman seeking a Bible study option.
This book was sent to me by Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.
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