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Imagine knowing you only have several more hours to live. Picture the faces of your loved ones gathered around you. Allow the emotions to rise up in your heart.
What would you say?
John 13–17 records Jesus' last words to the disciples before His death, revealing what was most important to Him. When we study those words and prayers today, we enter deep into the heart of Jesus and come away changed: overwhelmed by the love of God, inspired to follow Him, and empowered to spread the gospel.
His Last Words is an 7-week Bible study that plumbs the depths of Jesus' final teachings to the disciples. It features:
Jesus' last words are words of eternal life—powerful and full of love. If you've been longing for more intimacy in your relationship with God, more meaning in your life, and more boldness in your witness, His Last Words will draw you into just what you need: the Word of God.
His Last Words by Kim Erickson is a seven week study of John 15-17, exploring what Jesus did and said in His last few hours on earth.
If you knew you only had a few hours to live, what would you do? Would you tell your friends and loved ones all of the things you think is really important? That is Kim Erickson's theory: that what Jesus said and did in His last hours was what He wanted us to know most, what He thought was the most important for us to know.
Each week consists of four short lessons. The reader is to read the assigned passage in their Bible, and then slowly work through the study. The studies consist mostly of a little bit of reading, but mostly journaling and reflecting. After each question, there is a lot of space to write, and Erickson does not pressure the reader to fill in every blank if they have nothing to say. She urges the reader to go through the study slowly, because going fast can mean that you miss out on understanding.
This study is written for women, and the author recommends that you do it with a group, or at least one other person. She includes discussion questions for a group after each lesson.
I found that each day's lesson was short enough to be doable without taking up too much time, but they were still very impactful. I do recommend taking your time and not just rushing though the questions, so make sure you work on the study when you have some time to spend on just that.
Overall, I gave this study 4/5 stars and would definitely recommend it.
I have been going through this study for the past few weeks and it has been great. Kim is so incredibly personal throughout the study. She shares her heart in such an applicable, relatable, and encouraging way. Her voice is so down to earth. The language she uses is easy for anyone to understand, mature believer or new Christian. The daily work is not too strenuous where you would get discouraged after a few days. It's just the right amount of work that will keep you thinking about the material all day. I love that the 5th days of each week are set aside for review and summary. I often find when I'm doing a study that I forget what I learned on day 1 by the time I am on day 5. It was really helpful to go back and review all that's God had been showing me throughout the week before moving on to the next weeks material. As a bible study leader, the discussion guides at the end of each week are so valuable. Sometimes there is so much good stuff in a lesson that it is hard to narrow down and choose what to talk about in group discussion. These guides really bring discussion into focus and help me as the leader prepare and feel like the discussion will be valuable for everyone. This study would be great for a group of all ages and biblical knowledge. Kim does a great job of explaining concepts and asks questions that will challenge you and make you think. I found myself writing all over the pages because I couldn't stop thinking of stuff to say in response and it wouldn't fit in the space provided! I love the charts and writing about what we learn about God from that verse. I had never done a study like this. Now I find myself doing this whenever I'm just reading in my bible. It's such a good habit to be in. This is a great study. Kim has a beautiful heart for the Lord which is evident in the study. Also, the book is beautiful! The different colored fonts help you clearly see what is reading material and what is question. The colors used are calming and easy to look at. Give this study a try! You won't be disappointed.