Finding time for Bible study can be difficult. Having the Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Romans bundle and Faith Journey Bible Series: Philippians studies from Julie Naturally has been just the encouragement that I needed to dig deeper into the Bible each day.
Although I understand that individual Bible study is incredibly important, I don't always make the time for it as I should. In the back of my mind I'm thinking, "We read the Bible and study together as a family every day. That's enough, right?"
The truth is, together time with my kids isn't enough. I need to be filling my own cup, otherwise, I have nothing to give to them. I also need to set an example by spending quiet time in the Bible myself. It's hard to get kids to do the things that we aren't willing to do ourselves.
About the Studies
The Faith Journeys Bible Studies are digital downloads, not a physical product. The studies can be printed and placed in a binder, or you can also type your answers directly into the PDF and save it.
Each study includes memory cards to help you memorize the corresponding verses. These can be placed around your home in places where you will see them often, or you can use them as flashcards during your bible study time. Because they are digital files, you can print as many copies as you need.
Each lesson includes a short reading selection from the Bible and several follow up questions to help you think through the passage and apply the lessons to your life.
These aren't bible studies that include a lot of commentary or personal opinion from the author. The questions are meant to lead you straight into God's Word to interpret the scriptures for yourself. I love that I'm not being told what to think or what is meant. Instead, I'm encouraged to listen to what God is saying through those passages.
Philippians Bible Study
The Faith Journey Bible Study Series: Philippians study takes you on a 4-week journey through the entire book of Philippians.
Before beginning the study, be sure to print out the provided memory cards to help you memorize the four verses from the study. Over the course of the 4 weeks you'll be learning the following verses:
- Philippians 1:6
- Philippians 2:13
- Philippians 3:14
- Philippians 4:13
You'll begin each day by reading a passage of scripture as laid out in the lesson. After reading, there are 3–5 questions that walk you through analyzing and understanding the passage that was read. While the questions are thought-provoking and thorough, most can be completed within 15–20 minutes. There were some that took a little longer because they prompted some serious soul searching!
During those times when the questions prompt deeper thought and contemplation, there are some beautiful coloring pages that you can work on. Keeping my hands busy with something typically helps me to concentrate and focus my thoughts, so I appreciate the included coloring pages!
Romans Bible Study
The Faith Journey Bible Series: Romans bundle is a bit longer than the Philippians study. It covers the entire book of Romans over an 8-week period. The Romans study also includes an additional component—videos!
The author, Julie Polanco, has provided eight videos to be viewed once each week while going through the study. These are very relaxed and personable videos that offer some additional insight into the author's purpose for writing the series as well as her personal thoughts on the passage that is being studied.
If you'd like to get a feel for the author's style, you can watch the following video where she tells you more about the Romans study and why she created it.
The rest of the study is laid out in much the same way as the Philippians study.
There are eight Bible verses to learn with this study, and memory cards are provided that you can print out.
- Romans 1:16
- Romans 3:22
- Romans 6:4
- Romans 8:28
- Romans 10:9
- Romans 12:1
- Romans 14:8
- Romans 15:7
The questions are as thought-provoking as those in the Philippians study and are set up in much the same way. Each day, you'll read a short passage from the book of Romans, then the study guide provides 3-5 questions that lead you through analyzing the passage.
Coloring pages are also included with this study if you'd like to utilize those.
Is It Worth It?
When it comes to digital products, I am always very picky about what I choose to spend my money on. With physical products, I can always resell it to get some of the money back if I don't particularly like it. Not so with digital products!
These would be great studies not just for individual adults, but also for teens and even a small group study.