Understanding Worthy: Worthy of the Calling Bible Study Review
My blog launched in August so I’m pretty new to the whole blogging-sphere, however I did recognize the name Sarah Koontz. So when the promotion to help her launch her new bible study came passing through my Pinterest feed I jumped at the chance to be apart of her launching team for a few reasons.
First, I wanted a way to engage and connect with other bloggers to hopefully build some relationship and community.
Second, I thought it would be a great opportunity to gain experience about what all goes into launching a bible study.
But I also really enjoy the book of Ephesians. It’s one of my favorite books in the bible and I was interested to study it from someone else’s perspective.
Logistics of the study
I honestly have to say that I wasn’t expecting the level of detail and thoroughness of the study given that it is free! I didn’t think it would be shoddy or anything but Sarah is clearly passionate about this Worthy of the Calling study. The images are great and she compiled a group of incredibly talented women to provide the readers of the study with four free digital gifts throughout the 31-days.
The daily emails will also only take you about 10-15 minutes a day to complete. I greatly appreciate the understanding that we are all busy. At the same time, Sarah utilizes those minutes with great insight into the daily reading. The reading schedule is five days on with two days rest. I think that will allow for catch-up if necessary, but also a time to revisit the previous week’s emails.
Bringing relevance to today
I enjoyed Sarah’s knowledge of history and providing insight into the text. She utilized other scripture verses to ensure the reader has a solid foundation of Paul’s relationship with the Ephesians. She then used various styles of imagery to help bring the history into today’s understanding.
My favorite thing about the Worthy of the Calling study was the weaving of Paul’s teachings to the Ephesians with great imagery and relevance for my day-to-day life. Sometimes bible studies can delve so deeply into understanding the scripture verses but then struggle to connect it to our current daily life. Sarah does this beautifully!
Here’s what I didn’t expect. I didn’t expect to be moved. That may sound harsh. I don’t mean it that way. Like I said, I’ve read Ephesians before. Many times. I just wasn’t sure what else Sarah was going to bring to the study that I hadn’t read or thought of before.
God has a great way of creating humility in a person when they start feeling proud, right?!
On day four, Sarah broke down Ephesians in a way I hadn’t noticed in previous times reading the book. “[Paul] wanted the Ephesians to understand who they were in Christ (Eph 1-3) so he could teach them how to walk with Christ (Eph 4-6).”
I’m a planner and a doer. I make lists and schedules. My days are often busy and I enjoy completing tasks. With that said, I’ve always put more stock into chapters four through six of Ephesians. Chapter four starts out with Paul giving the people a blueprint on what to do and how to live life “worthy of the calling you have received”.
After reading Sarah’s explanation of the breakdown of the chapters I started the study over.
I’m not a very sentimental person. That requires vulnerability. I don’t really like to be vulnerable because it leaves me open for potential wounds. But that also means I don’t really leave myself open for many close relationships besides with my husband.
In going back through the first three days of the study I read slower and allowed the words to be personal to me specifically.
Sarah wrote, “Before God created the world, He knew your name and loved you with an everlasting love. Because of this, he chose you to be adopted into His family…” Cue tears.
That has always been so hard for me to accept and acknowledge.
I know my deeds and acts are not what saves me. It is only grace alone, through faith, that I am saved.
But receiving God’s love simply because He has chosen me has always been harder for me to grasp. I can hang my hat on the tangible things I do and have achieved! And yet, God loves me because I am His and He created me.
Truthfully this is how I have understood the love from others in all of my relationships. They love me because… xyz abilities.
I know this to not be true for other people. I love my husband, children, friends, and family members because of who they are. But I haven’t allowed myself the same understanding.
Sarah’s Worthy of the Calling bible study is rich in insight and nuggets of truths. My copy is marked up with comments, statements underlined, starred and added exclamation marks. I could go on for a good long while of each point that spoke to me but I would like you to experience those enlightenment’s for yourself.
All I can humbly say is ‘Thank you’ to Sarah Koontz for helping me in my understanding worthy as God intended it.
I hope that this post meets you where you are and encourages you to dive deeper into God’s word and understand just how worthy you are! Again, check out the bible study at https://livingbydesign.org/worthy/
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