Study Released in July 2020


This Free 6-Week Bible Study is Now Available On-Demand

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. 

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 6-Week 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 tomorrow morning.

Topics Covered in our 6-Week Hymn 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 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 Perroneta 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 dependence 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, and make a commitment to persist in our faith in spite of difficulty or opposition.

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. 

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Get to Know Your Bible Study Partner

Photo by Kristin Crosby

Sarah Koontz invites Christians of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design through her writing at LivingbyDesign.org. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. “It is Well” is Sarah’s ninth free online Bible study, and she hopes to write many more in the years to come.

Sarah and her husband, Ryan, have established a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to support this ministry and invite you to partner with them in their mission to “Feed God’s Sheep.” Every $1 donated to our ministry helps 5 people receive free Bible study material in their inbox.

Sarah and Ryan live on thirteen acres in the heart of the Black Hills, SD. They have two beautiful daughters, Anya (12) and Nadia (11), a rowdy flock of chickens, and a house full of foster kittens. Sarah is an avid gardener, a faithful coffee drinker, lover of one-pot-dinners, and an unexpected homeschooler.

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