Do you have the kind of friends who will ask you that question, point blank? I do, and I’m so glad. I have really come to value spending time in God’s word: on my own with only the Bible, going through a study by myself, or using a study and meeting with a group. Regardless of the poor habits I fall into at times, back-to-school always reminds me to get back to the important ritual of Bible study. Circumstances, schedules, or personal preference might prevent us from joining up with a group (which is personally my favorite way to study since it enables me to fellowship, be held accountable to do the study, and learn from the others in the group), but there are many great stand-alone resources available for everyone at reasonable prices.
I will be starting Bible Study Fellowship again in a couple of weeks. This year's study is Matthew, and if you are looking to join a group study, consider this your personal invitation. I enjoy it because it is in-depth, yet easily accessible even to those who have never really studied the Bible (especially the study in Matthew). Classes will be starting worldwide after Labor Day. I plan on blogging through my study again, as I did last year with Romans (but hopefully I'll get into a better schedule of posting, so that I don't get out of rhythm by being too far ahead or behind).
I have reviewed three Bible study books on 5 Minutes for Mom today, as well as a free online study that is available for all. There are giveaways, too, so please click on over! I generally try to work through something on my own in addition to participating in an organized class, and studies like this are perfect for that.