This 6-Week Hymn-Inspired Bible Study Starts in July!
Are you longing for more peace and joy in your daily life? Do you crave a deep, sustaining relationship with your Creator? Sarah Koontz invites you to join us for “It Is Well,” a free online Bible study inspired by beloved hymns. Reserve your spot today, and the first devotional will arrive in your inbox on July 6, 2020.
There has never been a better time to steep your soul in the sacred songs of the past.
This compelling Bible study includes the stories behind some of Christianity’s most beloved hymns. Each week, you will meet a new hymn writer and have the opportunity to study the theological truths woven into a familiar hymn.
This Hymn-Inspired Bible Study Will Help You:
- Fill your heart with songs of worship
- Fill your mind with biblical truth
- Meet the songwriters who shaped our faith
- Contemplate important theological concepts
- Establish a habit of daily Bible study
This e-mail based Bible Study consists of weekly lessons which include the story behind the song, a printable workbook with five days of hymn-inspired Bible study, and a devotional commentary to help enhance your personal study and application of the biblical text.
The estimated time commitment is just 10-15 minutes per day.
Thanks to the generous donations of our Discipleship Team and our Support Team, this study is available for free to anyone who wishes to participate. Don’t forget to invite friends! Bible study is always more fun with friends.
You will receive a welcome letter within the hour & the first devotional will arrive in your inbox on July 6, 2020.There has never been a better time to steep your soul in the sacred songs of the past. Join us for this free 6-week Bible study inspired by beloved hymns.
Article By: Sarah Koontz
When I was a young child, I attended a small Christian school.
Every week we memorized a passage of Scripture from the King James Version of the Bible.
Forevermore, the words of 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV will remain written upon my heart, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
There is great purpose and significance in our diligent study of the Word of God.
The Bible is trustworthy and complete, lacking no good thing; it is the only unchanging thing in this world of shifting sand.
Even though everything around us is changing, our Savior is the same, “yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8).
He actively loves us, guides us, and prepares us for what lies around the bend.
Several months ago, when I was explaining the COVID-19 pandemic to my children and communicating the many changes we would experience due to this invisible enemy, this comforting truth wrapped itself around me like a warm hug.
I reached out to my girls and pulled them close as I whispered biblical wisdom over their lives, “I know it seems like everything is changing, but I want you to know that God will never change. When there is no peace here on earth, we can always find peace with God.“
These are challenging times, and we are all worn thin from the trials and tribulations we are currently experiencing.
But God! He faithfully goes before us, and generously prepares a way for us (when we can see no way)!
Isaiah 43:19 NIV says, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
God is doing a new thing. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know how it’s all going to come together. But I do know that He is actively, presently, and enduringly faithful.
God is my comfort, my shelter, my salvation. And He is at work in this crisis. He has not left us alone; He will not stop working in our midst until the hour He returns.
Recently, my heart has been drawn to the comforting hymns of my childhood. They remind me of the hope and strength to be found in the enduring truth of Scripture.
As I studied the lives of the hymn writers and developed a better understanding of the biblical truth that inspired their songs, I felt a deep sense of hope being renewed within my soul.
The purpose of this study is to fortify and strengthen your understanding of biblical truth as it relates to key theological concepts of our faith. By taking the time to thoughtfully, and biblically, consider the answers to key questions, you will be prepared to “to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope” that is in you (1 Pet 3:15).
Each week, you will receive a thoughtful devotional commentary to help you better understand and apply biblical truth to your life.
I wrote the additional commentary so that you would not have to face these complex biblical truths alone. It is my hope that my personal insight will help guide your own process of discovery and give you additional “spiritual milk” to help nourish your soul and grow your faith (1 Pet 2:2).The purpose of this study is to fortify and strengthen your understanding of biblical truth as it relates to key theological concepts of our faith.
You will find that some sections are easier to complete than others. Some days will require little effort for you to complete, while others will demand that you dig deep and wrestle with what the Bible has to say about certain topics.
Do not allow the difficulties you experience throughout the process distract from the good work God is continuing in you (Phil 1:6).
Find comfort, strength, and peace in Him, friend! Draw near to the One who has promised to respond in kind (Jm 4:8). He is the way we get through this trial; He is the rainbow on the other side of this storm.
Topics Covered in our Hymn-Inspired Bile Study
Week 1: Pray
This week we will study and pray through the biblical truth contained in the hymn, “Be Thou My Vision,” accredited to a sixth-century Scottish monk named Dallán Forgaill.
Week 2: Ponder
This week we will ponder the many ways that creation points to and praises the Creator as we study the powerful truth contained in the hymn, “All Creatures of Our God and King,” by St Francis of Assisi.
Week 3: Praise
This week we will focus on the transformative power of praising God as we study the hymn, “Praise To The Lord, The Almighty,” written by a German preacher, Joachim Neander, in 1665.
Week 4: Profess
This week we will study “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name,” by Edward Perronet—a bold hymn that declares the majesty of Christ as it calls us to make Him known throughout the earth.
Week 5: Practice
This week we will practice declaring our dependency upon God as we search for eternal hope in the words of the beloved hymn, “It is Well,” penned by Horatio Spafford in the late 1800s.
Week 6: Persist
This week we will fortify our faith by studying the hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” written by Thomas Chisholm. We will persist in faith because we serve a God who is at work in our lives every day.
What To Expect During The “It Is Well” Bible Study
Each week you will receive several free resources to help you immerse yourself in the study of these sacred songs, including:
✔ The Story Behind the Song: These uplifting background stories will bolster your faith and help you better understand the life and testimony of the hymn writers.
✔ Five Days of Hymn-Inspired Bible Study: As we break the hymn down into individual stanzas, we will study the biblical truth upon which the song is built and seek to apply it to our lives.
✔ A Devotional Commentary: After you’ve worked through your own personal study and application of the daily Scripture, you will be invited to review additional commentary on the passage by Sarah Koontz.
✔ Original Hymn Art: We have partnered with Joy Books of VintageVerses.com to provide you with exclusive, printable hymn art throughout the study.As we break the hymn down into individual stanzas, we will study the biblical truth upon which the song is built and seek to apply it to our lives.
To celebrate the release of this hymn-inspired Bible study, we have partnered with several talented Christian creatives to offer an exclusive giveaway bundle worth more than $120. This giveaway runs from June 23 – July 6 and there are many ways to enter!
Joy Books of Vintage Verses donated an 8” X 10” original art print of “Praise to the Lord, The Almighty,” made with a hymn from a vintage hymnal with artwork added, antiqued, and printed on natural parchment in sepia tones. This piece of musical wall art is custom mounted in a beautiful professionally cut 11″ x 14″ double mat in black and gold making it a wonderful addition to any Christian home or office décor.
Alison Parrish of SoulInkt donated two “It Is Well With My Soul” Face Masks, made with 100% organic cotton on the inside layer and a polyester/spandex mix on the outside layer. This stretchy, non-medical grade mask can be washed and worn again.
This giveaway is open to residents of the USA only. The winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.
Jessica Manis of Marigold Lettering Co donated a KJV Hardcover Hand Painted Bible. The cover design is inspired by the beloved hymn, “It is Well,” and the interior has columns for journaling and notetaking. It comes in a single column verse format and a ribbon marker to hold your spot while reading!
Julie Bolagh of Juliet Rose Boutique donated a beautiful and incredibly soft Christian t-shirt featuring the words “His compassion fail not they are new every morning, Great is thy faithfulness. Lam. 3:22-23”. This beautiful stone grey women’s t-shirt has been expertly designed to not rub off, fade, or peel.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by the Living by Design blog today. I hope that you decided to join us for “It Is Well: A Hymn-Inspired Bible Study” this summer!So excited about this FREE 6-week Bible study inspired by beloved hymns. All you need is an e-mail address and 15-minutes per day to participate. Learn more + Sign up today!