Not Idle Words

Not Just Words on a Page


Why are we called to read God’s Word? Kathleen Nielson, Nancy Guthrie, and Carrie Sandom sit down at the 2012 Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference to talk about Scripture and why it’s important to read God’s Word. Kathleen Nielson is Director of Women’s Initiatives for The Gospel Coalition and the author of Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word. Nancy Guthrie is the author of Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament, and Carrie Sandom is Associate Minister for Women and Pastoral Care at St. John’s Church in Tunbridge Wells, UK. 


Kathleen, Nancy, and Carrie reminded us that the Bible isn’t about us—it’s about God. When you read Scripture, do you typically resort to thinking about what it means for you? Why or why not?
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Scripture is about God’s purposes and His revelation. What has God revealed to you in His Word?
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Kathleen, Nancy, and Carrie all talked about the importance of reading the Bible in context. What does that mean? What are some ways you can ensure you’re reading Scripture in context?
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Reading the Bible isn’t meant to be a chore; on our best days it allows us to lean into God. What Scriptures have helped you grow closer to God and experience His purposes in your life?
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Even experienced readers of Scripture can begin to see the Bible as merely words on the page, but it’s so much more than that. Scripture is God’s life-giving Word to His people. What do you need to do to rediscover the joy and relevance of Scripture? 


For more information about the Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference, click here.