Hello friends. My name is Arjay B. Araña, and this is my study journal for Swordsman of the Word™ — my essays-blog about God, the Bible, and the Christian faith. The essays that I will write someday find their beginnings here. This is their birthplace.
Unfortunately, most of my works for Swordsman of the Word (and the larger Swordsman Network) are indefinitely suspended, and writing for this study journal, Swordsman Beginnings, is the only thing I can do for now (and in the foreseeable future). Still, this doesn’t mean that this blog gets less than my best. In fact, working on this study journal is my very testimony that, despite all the hindrances and delays, I’m still not giving up on my blogging ministry.
Now, being a Swordsman of the Word is about rightly wielding “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph 6:17). Basically, this means being both competent and careful — and filled with truth and love — in proclaiming God’s Word, which has the power not only to build up souls but also to destroy if used carelessly. And while speaking the truth in love is not a new concept, it is a deep passion with me, and the one distinctive characteristic of my ministry is my willingness to share to others how the truths of God are lived and manifested in my own life. For me to be honest and to be genuine as much as possible.
For my posts in this study journal — even though they are only the beginnings of my future essays — I’m already following these principles of being a Swordsman of the Word. And so one consequence of this is that my posts are always personal and have a direct relation to life. For there is just so much materials to study, and so many topics to write about; following these principles gives me some direction and some focus to my blogging.
My primary study resource is, of course, the Bible. (I’m using a number of study Bibles to help me in my reading and writing.) However, I also listen to online lectures and sermons, and I read other books, and so I occasionally write about them too. For those of you who wants to know, I’m a silent student of Ligonier Ministries (R.C. Sproul et al.) and Grace to You (John MacArthur), benefiting greatly from the resources they’ve made available for free on the internet.
As to my theological convictions, I’m seriously studying Reformed theology, and I’ve adopted as my own The Gospel Coalition Confessional Statement.