In his introduction to Knowing God, JI Packer writes: “Knowing about God is crucially important for the living of our lives. As it would be cruel to an Amazonian tribesman to fly him to London, put him down without any explanation in Trafalgar Square and leave him, as one who knew nothing of English or England, to fend for himself, so we are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing about the God whose world it is and who runs it. The world becomes a strange, mad, painful place, and life in it a disappointing and unpleasant business, for those who do not know about God. Disregard the study of God and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfold, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul” (pg. 14).
Have you ever felt that the world is a strange, mad & painful place, and that life is a disappointing and unpleasant business? If so, has it ever occurred to you that knowing God may be the solution?
I can attest to this. In a particularly difficult time when I felt plagued by panic and fear, there were no to-do lists or plans of action that could keep my emotions at bay. I finally determined that, each time I felt my stress rise, I would force myself to sit down with the Bible for 15 minutes and read – stories about God’s care for people and passages which highlighted His absolute power and sovereignty. At the beginning, I was on that couch every hour or two :). As time went by, I was able to cope longer. Knowing God better brought me the peace and strength that I needed to weather the storm.
Because of this experience, I am committed to teaching others to know God through His word. I am convinced that the better you know Him: His priorities, His plan, His ways and His nature, the better you will be able to navigate your own life.
To that end, Northview Women is beginning an “Overview of the Bible” study in September. Over 27 weeks we will work through a birds-eye view of the Biblical story from Genesis to Revelation. Studies will highlight the broad strokes of God’s plan, how it unfolded through history, and how people’s lives were transformed as they encountered Him. We would love for you to join in.
The first session will be on Wednesday, September 11th at 9:15 am. We aim to finish the first 14 weeks this Fall, and the final 13 weeks in the Fall of 2014. If you are interested in taking this course, but cannot participate on Wednesday mornings, please email me (email@example.com) and I will see what we can arrange, depending on the number of people interested.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spiritof wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:17-19)
Pastor of Women