New daily devotional and online Bible course launches
FAITH NEWSWIRE – A revolutionary new daily devotional and online course, aimed at helping Christians get closer to God, has just launched.
Tech entrepreneur Andy Schick has taken content developed by his grandfather over 40 years and 3 generations to develop Knowing God, a daily devotional and fully integrated online course.
Knowing God is a daily devotional that takes members on a four year journey through the Bible, chronologically. Delivered through a daily online bible study program, members of the group start and journey through the program at the same time, getting to know one another, discussing, encouraging and sharing their learning journey together.
Knowing God also consists of 19 paperback and Kindle editions.
As a former Hillsong College student, as well as having been involved two churches in New Zealand, Andy not only saw the opportunity to publish the printed guides, but also had the technical ability to develop the online component.
“This project is very close to my heart,” Andy stated. “A daily devotional that my grandfather spent 20 years of his life writing, it is exciting to see it hit the marketplace. Knowing God takes the reader on a four year journey through the Bible. It is a really unique mix of expositional and personal devotion teaching for the Christian who wants to go deeper in their bible.
“Whilst we live in and have adapted to a hyper-connected environment, we still have traditional expectations of what the Bible should look like, which can put us on a path of dis-engagement and guilt. In my opinion, quiet times aren’t always meant to be hidden or alone, and devotions aren’t meant to just be personal. Exploring the Bible can also be done in community, with people who can encourage us, support us, share their revelations and learnings with us, get curious with us and keep us accountable. That’s why I created Knowing God.
Instead of watering down the deep content that my Grandfather created to make it more ‘accessible’ to today’s audience, I decided to make it easier to go deep into God’s word by creating an encouraging and collaborative community where there is a sense of belonging. I believe there is a genuine hunger to know God in a deeper and more intimate way, but many people need to be taken on a journey, and a community to journey with.
“The other unique element is that we have set it up so online classes go through the material together, so they can learn together in community, ask questions of each other, and encourage each other when the journey gets tough.”
Each day, those doing the online course are sent their study for the day, either by email address or Facebook Messenger. They receive a Bible passage to read, as well as related teaching. Members don’t need a physical bible or need to switch to a different app; they can read the bible passage directly from the study page, including switching between a range of translations.
Course members can study each page, as well as highlight anything they like, saving it to their journal for review and reflection at a later date. They can also comment and discuss particular passages with the community.
Each day after the reading, members are asked to contribute to the group what they thought, learned, wondered or questioned. They are then asked to find at least two other contributions from others, replying to them with useful thoughts or words of encouragement.
Members also receive days of reflection and review, whilst being encouraged to put their thoughts into the community. Outside of the daily bible study comments and encouraging replies, members can join a private Knowing God Facebook Group, deepening their connection and sense of community along the way.
For more information, or to join, visit www.knowing-god.co .