In the Bible, God reveals Himself through His many names—names that reveal more clearly who He is and how He works in our lives. To know God’s names is to know God.
In He Is … : Knowing God by Name, author Carrie Rogers invites you to look deeply into the character of God as she introduces eleven of His names. This ten-week study offers you an intimate approach to knowing God by name. In the process, you will be wooed and wowed by the stunning power, perfection, and presence found in each of His names.
Five daily lessons a week will encourage and strengthen you to lean into God’s name in a personal and practical way. If you want to know God more and you long for bigger faith and more trust, this study is for you!
• free weekly video download
• leader’s guide with discussion questions
• He Is poem
“Personal, practical and profound—that’s how I would describe He Is … Knowing God by Name. It’s personal because Carrie Rogers has written it in such a way that we can relate each of the names of God to our own heartfelt needs. It’s practical because this Bible study points us in the direction of applying the great truths about God to our daily lives. Most important, the He Is … Bible study is profound because it leads us to a place of awestruck wonder as we examine the attributes of Almighty God revealed through His names.
—Karol Ladd author of Becoming a Woman of the Word
“Hello. My name is …”
Learning a name is the first step we take in getting to know one another. It’s also the most important word to each one of us because it carries with it our identity. Yet as important as a name is, learning someone’s name can also feel like a daunting challenge.
How many times have you met someone and walked away two minutes later having completely forgotten their name?
Are you good at remembering names? Rate yourself on a scale from 1 to 10. (1 = I never remember. 10 = I remember every time.)
If I had to rate myself, I’d probably be a 4. However, though I might not remember your name, I can promise you that I won’t forget your face. Over the next 10 weeks, you and I have the opportunity to come face to face with our God by digging into eleven of His names - eleven names that will give us a clearer picture of who God is and how He works in our lives. While I hope we can remember each of His names, it’s His face I hope we never forget.
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Exactly what is in a name? Naming a child in Biblical times was very different from how most of us name our children today. While we usually give our children a first, middle and last name, Hebrew children were given only one name, and with that name came great significance. The child’s name usually reflected a prophetic description of his/her personality, character or nature. For example, God changed Abram’s name, which means “exalted father”, to Abraham, “father of many”, when He entered into a covenant relationship with him in the wilderness (Genesis 17). Sarah named her son Isaac, which means “he laughs” after she finally gave birth at 90 years old (Gen. 18, 21). (I would have laughed too.) And Jacob was rightly named “he grasps the heel” or “he deceives” when he hitched a ride out of the womb by holding on to his brother’s foot (Genesis 25).
What if you were known by your nature or most dominate personality trait? What might your name be?
In very much the same way, each of the names of God reflects a different aspect of His character. Every time the Bible refers to the name of the LORD or His name, it is talking about the very essence of God Himself. God’s name reflects His character, His very nature.
In this study, we will take an in-depth look at many of the names of God. As we dig into each name, we will gain insight into God’s character and nature. In doing so, we can begin to understand more clearly who He is and how He works in our lives. To know God’s name is to know God, and that is our goal.
A.W. Tozer says, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us”. How we view God determines how we view everything else. Everything.
Try to imagine the way we view God as the lens through which we view the world. When our perception of Him is small or limited, the things of this world will appear large and all-consuming. But as our view of God grows, the things of this world will begin to take their proper shape. God is bigger than we think He is – no matter how big we currently view Him.
The way we view God also affects how we relate and respond to Him. If our perception of God is limited, then the ways we respond to Him are limited too. For example, if we have only known God as the ultimate Big Brother – watching our every move and waiting for us to mess up - then we’ll only relate to Him as such. We can’t grow in how we relate to God if we never grow in our view of Him.
Who God is doesn’t change based on what we think about Him. God is who He is. It’s our privilege and responsibility to align our thoughts of Him with the truth found in His Word.
Read Jeremiah 24:7. What does this verse tell us about our ability to know God?
God wants to be known by His children so much so that He gives us a heart bent towards knowing Him – a heart that can recognize, understand and be intimately acquainted with Him.
What does it mean to you that our God wants to make Himself known to you?
At the heartbeat of this Bible study is the desire to know God more. As we begin, write out a prayer to the Lord. Talk to Him about your desire (or lack of desire) to know Him more. Tell Him honestly. No matter where you fall on the spectrum of desire, ask the Father to grow in you a passion to know Him more – a hunger and thirst for Him that will never be quenched.
I want to lay some groundwork that serves as a foundation for the rest of this study. Here are three facts that you should know about God’s names:
Carrie Rogers is passionate about God’s Word and its practical impact on the lives of women. She is the founder of Carried Away Ministries, which seeks to encourage women to engage in a passionate pursuit of Jesus. Carrie and her husband, Erik, along with their three children, reside in McKinney, Texas.