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My Advice to Students—Karen Jobes Says, “Don’t Lose Your Love for the Word of God”

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9780310244165It’s been said, “If we’re going to do the Lord’s work, we have to learn to do it in the Lord’s way.”

For Karen Jobes, author of the ZECNT 1, 2, 3 John commentary, that has meant stopping work on Sundays, even—and, perhaps, especially—studying the Bible.

She acknowledges “it’s kind of weird to say I’m not going to study the Bible on Sundays. But I’m not going to study the Bible in the same ways I do the six other days of the week.”

While not a strict Sabbatarian, from graduate school until now she has tried to set aside Sunday as a day of rest, fellowship, worship, and priority for friends and family.

There’s a reason for this. When you hear it it makes perfect sense.

Students, listen to her advice. Because following Jobes’ lead will ensure you don’t lose your love for the Word of God in your academic studies.

-Jeremy Bouma, Th.M. (@bouma)


"My Advice to Students" videos are designed to advise and guide students who are studying for a future of ministry in the Church, whether in the academy or in congregations. In these specially curated videos, leading scholars of biblical studies share their seasoned wisdom to help you navigate this important season of preparation.

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