I recently completed Complete in Christ: Illuminating the Pure Truth of Jesus, Jenni Keller’s excellent Biblestudy on Colossians, and would highly recommend it for personal study or to work on in a group.
Unlike many studies, in which hopefully you connect with the author’s personal anecdotes and applications or you don’t, Keller structured this study as an in-depth look at what the Scripture says, inviting readers to dig deeply into the text and then make their own applications. She provides just enough background and insight to enrich the study and give a framework without asking leading questions that let you get away without really studying.
The study is structured to take about 30 minutes per day, six days per week, for six weeks. For each day in a given week, you read the same passage and look at it from a different angle. I found that emphasis on slow, deep study very helpful and got a tremendous amount out of the study. Because I read the same passages again and again, I feel like the verses really sank into my heart in a different way than doing a chapter by chapter approach or even a passage-per-day structure.
The book itself is available on Kindle for $2.99, which is super affordable, especially for what a great study this is. You can also purchase it as a direct download via the author’s website (where you can also look at sample pages). I printed out my copy and filled in every available space and the backs of all the pages with my notes and responses. In hindsight, I might suggest keeping your answers and what you learn in a separate notebook–it would be less messy! Another thought I had was that the structure of the study would lend itself to memorization. I started out to memorize Colossians months ago, but sort of petered out after the first chapter. I think a study like this would be even deeper if, in addition to your daily reading of the passage, you worked on memorizing it throughout your week.
As I said at the beginning of this post, I would highly recommend this study. I thought it was a great thing for my daily Biblestudy individually, but I think it would also be terrific as a group study. I met Jenni at a local event (she lives in my area) and she said she had tested the study in a private Facebook group with a group of women from her church. I thought that was a brilliant way to do a Biblestudy, especially for women who can’t necessarily commit to regular in-person studies due to work or family schedules. In any case, if you’re looking for a great study, check out Complete in Christ.
What Biblestudies have you found helpful lately?
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon, but my link to Jenni Keller’s site is not an affiliate. I received a review copy of the study from the author, but the opinions in this post are my own, and are based on my personal experience going through the study.