Editor’s Note: As a reminder, we aren’t meeting in person for our final session of Jude, but we encourage you to read this last Toolbox piece by Jamie Harms and a summary of Jude 24 and 25 from Kathleen Harwood, both shared below. Then, tomorrow, you’ll find a reflection piece from Andi Hines on Jude, and to wrap up our study, we encourage you to listen to Jackie Hill Perry’s concluding session at lifeway.com/jude. You can either pay for the audio download or the video. Both are the same teaching. As always, reach out to us through the “Contact” tap on the blog or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments.
Before the seeds and starts of my garden can actually go into the ground, I curl up inside under a blanket with a cup of tea, my gardening book, and a paper and pencil. I sketch out my garden to create a visual of the space in my mind and then add and rearrange the elements of my garden for the new year. Taking time to sketch out my garden helps me see more of what is currently there and where it could go in the future. The tools we are talking about today are some ways to engage with Scripture that will give us a better layout of the land, helping us to make connections and to understand truths in a new way.
Until we moved into our current house, I had lots of garden space. I let my tomato plants sprawl, my cucumber bushes take over large plots of space, and my squash vines creep into the yard. However, now that I am more limited in space, I am contemplating some additions to my garden — beautiful iron tomato cages to force my plants to grow up and some colorful ceramic pots to contain my other sprawling plants. I technically don’t need cages and pots for my garden to grow, but these extras would give my garden a bit of pretty pizzazz. The three Bible study tools that we are going to talk about today are very much like cages and pots. They are not foundational to study, but they are extras that enhance our time in God’s Word.
The sun taunted me this week as I am itching to get out into my garden and put some plants into the ground. I have my gloves and spade next to my backdoor, and they are set and ready for the first day following our last hard frost. I did end up contenting myself with planting some seeds for starts in my window sill, but the outside garden must wait a few more weeks. However, when the day comes, my gloves and spade — my good old standbys — are ready to go. I always take them out with me just in case I need them. They are not specialty tools like the stump grinder we talked about last week, but they are foundational to daily life in the garden.
We have tools to study God’s Word that help us till the soil and plant seeds of truth, so it can be fruitful … For the next few weeks, we are going to take a look at specific tools that will help in our study of Jude. Some of them Jackie uses in our study guide but can be applied to any study we do in the Bible. We will not use every tool each week, but we’ll have them available when the need arises.
Welcome to the first week of Bible Study Toolbox with Jamie Harms. In this Sunday series, she will share different tools to help us study Scripture accurately and to apply God’s Word to our lives.