A BIBLE STUDY
A DESIRE TO BE
What is a Study?
Greek: ἅγιος (hagios) | Latin: sanctus | English: set apart for God (holy, saint)
A series of Bible studies (with companion mobile app) designed for you to study scripture through the eyes of men and women who devoted their lives to living for God.
Since the 4th century, Hagiography (biographies of the lives of holy men and women) was an integral part of daily reading for Christians. The examples of those "set apart" (hagios) that counter-culturally adopted what God called them often inspired more toward Jesus than Holy Scripture - which, for centuries, was often unavailable to the lay Christian.
Today, we see numerous studies around the holy men and women chronicled in the Bible, and rightly so. It's also important we look to study the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ who lived after the 1st century AD for insight on how we take the Word of God to live just as boldly in our own time.
Each Hagios Study will invite men and women to go on a type of “pilgrimage through study.“ Various points of the study will invite the reader to pause, meditate, and place themselves in the Gospels or in the time of the featured person. By connecting to the study in this way, the reader can better understand how they themselves can live as “hagios“ (set apart) in their own life.
Each Hagios Study deals with real historical faith-filled people who were challenged to live out the scriptures just as we are today. They too were challenged to have faith in what they could not see. In each study, we place ourselves in their shoes to “experience” the way they lived out scripture and why their bold faith was chronicled for generations to read in the vault of Church history.
Each Hagios Study will focus on a specific section of the Gospels (the teachings or life of Christ) that impacted the choices of the historical person chronicled in the study. How did they live out Jesus' words in their life? How did they apply these truths? The study sets to inspire how we can also apply these truths to our lives, within our own time and culture so we may "offer [our] bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God .... [as a] true and proper worship.” (Romans 12:1)