This week, I am pleased to welcome as my guest Nivine Richie. Nivine is a professor of finance at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and the author of Enduring Faith: An 8-week Study Guide to the Book of Hebrews.
I thought my life was busy when I had babies in the house, but I was wrong. Not long after the diaper years came the grade school years, and to our schedule we added ballet and little league and scouting and swimming lessons. Then just when we thought life couldn’t get much busier, we joined the teenage world with final exams and marching band and part-time jobs and college applications. Time seems to have sped up.
Why This 8-Week Bible Study?
As a young mom, I enjoyed participating in and leading in-depth women’s Bible studies, and homework that required an hour or more each day didn’t scare me off. But as I’ve moved from one season of life to the next, I’ve found that I and others in my small groups can’t always find an hour to do homework.
But we still need time alone with God. We still need sound teaching that we can sink our teeth into. Something that will challenge us to mature as Christians.
This desire to study the Bible in a more focused way led me to write Enduring Faith, an 8-week study of Hebrews. What started as a series of homework devotions and discussion questions written for my small group grew into a full 8-week devotional Bible study that outlines and explores one of the more challenging books of the New Testament.
I want to say that I wrote this book because I considered all the great lessons of the Bible and settled on faith as the one of primary importance. But the truth is simpler than that. I was reading Hebrews in my quiet time, and I kept seeing lesson after lesson focused on Jesus. Who He is, what He’s done, and who we are as a result.
Many great lessons can be drawn from any book of the Bible: redemption in the Old Testament book of Ruth, joy in the New Testament book of Philippians, and many more. In Hebrews, we find the story of faith, the kind of faith that relies on Christ. I hope readers will be encouraged to cultivate that kind of faith.
I am a women’s Bible study teacher in Wilmington, N.C., where I live with my husband and our two teenage children. I’m a university finance professor, and I’m actively involved in the Christian faculty association on campus. I’ve participated in and taught many small group studies over the years. I welcome the opportunity to serve as a guest speaker to help you launch your women’s Bible study. Please feel free to contact me if I can encourage you in this way.
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