The closest I ever got to reading the Bible growing up was the Bible as Fiction class I took in college.
Wait. Scratch that.
I did have a religion class I took in high school. (Think Catholic. All Girls. Blazers. A sobering realization later in life that not everyone gets a brand new car on their sixteenth birthday. Yeah.)
I remember having to tab those really thin, practically see through pages and either accidentally sticking the pages together or ripping them apart.
So I easily equated the Bible with equal parts frustration and anger over the years.
Plus it’s antiquated, right? I mean look at us now. All evolved and emotionally sensitive to each others’ needs.
I’m sorry. I just fell out of my chair from all the laughing. And the idea of me wearing a blazer.
Okay, so what if it’s not antiquated? What if it applies even if socially things have changed a bit over the years? How does this book reflect our lives and more importantly, how does this book guide each individual human being on the planet to become the living embodiment of Christ’s love on earth?
That’s a pretty big ask in my book. And I know what wearing polyester on a daily basis feels like.
So, where do we begin?
I always like to begin at the beginning if only to live my life like a Lewis Carroll novel. And I find that beginnings are easier when you have back up.
Enter the Bible Project.
The Bible Project is a series on YouTube that breaks down what exactly the Bible is, how to read it, and how it connects with Jesus in ways that’s hard to fathom for us simple plebeians who are still lamenting the fact that Hanson is no longer played on the radio.
Above is their What is the Bible? video. Every video of theirs is beautifully animated, well-researched, and put into understandable terms that WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.
Take that super annoying and not at all useful Bible tabs.
But because these guys have built such an amazing ministry and have a heart for truly spreading the Good News to others, they also have a website where you can download written materials that take studying the Bible to the next level.
And I don’t know if you know anything about me but studying is how I like to get my party on. They don’t call me Party Pants Clay for no reason. And by “they” I mean me. And my dog. She’s half-chihuahua so you know she’s legit.
The Bible Project crew offers study notes on various topics, but I’m linking their How to Read the Bible study notes here.
“But Ericka, I don’t even own a Bible and don’t have the magnificent shoulders necessary to pull of a blazer like you do.”
I know, you guys. I know.
It’s called the Read Scripture app and breaks down the Bible into digestible chunks and even sprinkles their informative videos and meditative/prayer opportunities throughout.
And again, no tabbing required.
I cannot stress that enough.
I’m creating a resources page on my site that will have this type of info handy for you all.
I know what it’s like to live in the darkness. And there will be plenty of opportunity to get into the nitty gritty of my past life. But just know, it only seems like the end because the end is whispering hard in your ear.
But so is God.
It’s up to you to decide who you’re going to listen to. And the Bible can help you do just that.
No blazer required. Fortunately.