The REDEEMED Bible Study

I guess I’ve written, and re-written, this note to you no less than six times in the past few weeks. I have good news to share. A new work to announce. But it hasn’t been the right time to tell you one more thing about me. I’m actually re-writing this note again today, but more at peace with it’s timing and message.

This past year, I’ve written a new Bible Study called REDEEMED. LifeWay will release this new DVD study on August 1st. Several months ago, we all imagined a “marketing campaign” would roll out this summer, promoting the content of the study. We brainstormed many creative ideas to let folks know the study is coming soon.

I’m writing to you this morning after the most recent senseless killing of three Baton Rouge police officers, with three other officers injured. Amid each new report of tragedy in our country, or around the world, I could not find a way to “promote” my work or celebrate it’s release. I couldn’t stomach the thought of tweeting pithy words about myself, or encouraging you to pre-order a book.

Watching the news last night with our family, my daughter voiced the question we’re all asking, “What can we do?” I told her the only thing I knew, “Until God shows us what else to do, we must be diligent to pray. This thing will not change until the souls of men and women are redeemed and then, keep being redeemed by the grace and mercy of God.”

Last night, I felt God release me to tell you about this new study called REDEEMED. Not for the purpose of lifting up my name, or celebrating my accomplishment, but simply because of it’s message. REDEEMED is a study centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. The aims of the study are:

  • To teach the Biblical truths of redemption in simple and understandable ways.
  • To invite those who are not followers of Jesus to follow Him. To be redeemed.
  • To equip followers of Jesus to better understand their faith, so they can share their faith.
  • To challenge followers of Jesus to continue being redeemed in their everyday lives, in everyday ways.
  • To remind the followers of Jesus of the hope to which they’ve been called. The steadfast love of our Lord never ends.

With this announcement, I also want to honor the very beautiful people who worked diligently so the REDEEMED message could be delivered in the most useful and glorifying ways possible. These people possess hearts so good and so wide that I do not want their diligent and faithful work to be lost in my reluctance to “promote myself” during these turbulent days. They persevere and serve behind the scenes, not to be known, but to make Jesus known and I bless them.

LifeWay Christian Resources in all its departments and capacities. It’s an honor to partner with your people and your mission.

The staff at LifeWay Customer Care. They are right not to call you the sales department because you actually have a phone and email ministry to the people who serve churches and organizations all over this world. Thank you for what you do in the unseen to spread the fame of our Redeemer. A special thank you to Patrick Canfield for all the care you give to this author.

LifeWay Christian Stores. I do not know how many times I have heard the same story from a hurting person: I walked into a LifeWay store not knowing what I needed. The person there listened to my story, guided me to just the right book, prayed with me and encouraged me. Thank you for the tireless ways you serve the Redeemer and His message.

Faith Whatley – Thank you for being the kind of woman who models what it looks like to be filled with the tender love of Christ and lead with purpose from the strength of His wisdom.

Amy Lowe – Thank you for managing a publishing world of messengers and messages with grace and poise, kindness and compassion. Thank you holding up the arms of so many and exalting the name of Jesus. Thank you for holding up mine.

Michelle Hicks – Thank you for being a tireless champion of the work God calls others to do. Your ministry does not measure people by status, only by their heart. You rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep, and your love for me is my blessing.

Rick Simms and my entire LifeWay Production team – Bill Cox, Steve Fralick, James Patterson, Lisa Turner, Greg Smith, Justin Wylie, Mike Breece, and Eugene Whitaker. Thank you for your diligent, creative, prayer-filled work to reach this world with the good news of the Redeemer. I am humbled by your excellence.

Heather Wetherington, Matt Lehman – Thank you for a REDEEMED cover that is both relevant to our message and our culture.

Angela Reed – Thank you for the patient attention you gave to every REDEEMED word and your commitment to the centerpiece of the gospel on each page.

Larissa Roach – Thank you for the creativity and enthusiasm you bring as we invite the whole world, Come and be redeemed!

HomeLife Magazine and David Bennett – Thank you for inviting me to welcome readers to HomeLife and the encouragement you give to families every single day.

Paige Greene – Thank you for inviting this messenger to speak the message of REDEEMED. Even more, thank you for walking alongside me in all these years of being redeemed.

Carol Maxwell, Michelle Parrazzo and Ashley Ethridge – You ministered the grace of God as you cared, laughed, sang, organized and step-by-step, walked me through the details of filming REDEEMED.

This world continues to prove what many of us have already realized for ourselves, we cannot be changed, or forgiven, or transformed by our own strength. Each one of us desperately needs a Savior and Jesus is the answer, Jesus is the way.

I’m humbled to offer this study to you during these days. This is not the way, and these are not the days, I would have chosen. I pray nothing I post, nor any word I write, will fall on your ears as self-promotion. The timing of this feels all wrong, and yet, I now believe the timing is exactly right. We must be redeemed.

And so, I offer this project to you, wrapped in my prayers,

May we all be redeemed by the grace and mercy of Jesus. And then, as the redeemed, may the everyday details of our hearts and lives continue being changed by His grace, for His glory. Father, come redeem our minds, our hearts, our motives, our speech, our dreams, and our actions. Teach us how to truly love as You love, serve as You serve, bless as You bless, see as You see and speak as You speak. Do not let us grow weary in becoming the more true and beautiful image of Your Son. And sweet, blessed Lord, will you begin right here with me?  In the name of Jesus, amen.

Humbled by my need. Grateful for God’s grace. I am redeemed. And I am being redeemed.

With love,

Angela Thomas Pharr



  1. Lyndsey July 27, 2018 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Dear Angela,

    I just wanted to say thank you for writing this study. Actually, I want to praise God for all the grace He has worked in your life to bring you to the place to write this study for all of us! Your deep knowledge of God’s Word, your solid theology of redemption and salvation, and your humbly accurate knowledge of the human heart and condition undergird a fantastically accessible study for all of us. What depth and riches of the knowledge of God and His grace are ready to be found in this study! Most especially, because you have distinctly taken the time to point us back into God’s Word, the Psalms, to let us clearly encounter HIM and let HIM do the work in our hearts. I was amazed and humbled that your book encouraged us to spend more time with His Words each week than with yours. And your words flowed so wonderfully along with His. Thank you thank you, for writing this book and humbly submitting parts of your own journey of redemption so that the rest of us might join you on that daily redemption path. Praise God for the work He is doing in and through you! Amen!


  2. June Browning January 11, 2018 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Dear Angela, I did this Bible study with our women’s group and it changed my whole perspective on redemption. Sure, I understood what redeemed means, but this study made it real. I felt your prayers for me, I prayed more than I had ever prayed, and it opened my heart and eyes to actually knowing what it means to start the day with the Lord. I couldn’t wait to get to my day’s study…I actually rushed to get my coffee ready so I could sit down with you and Him. I keep praying for wisdom and longing to have the same enjoyment of the Lord as I experienced during this study. After the study was over, I kept going in my Bible every morning for a long time! I have been thru the Redeemed book two more times, and re-reading is also a huge blessing. There has not been a study that has hit me in such a personal way before!

    I wish there was a version of this book with a summary of the video content instead of the fill in the blank sections for each week. I know several women who don’t attend church regularly or go to Bible studies, or ladies across the miles that I would have that delivered to. They might not invest time in watching “religious” videos, but they might be willing to read a bit. What if it captured their hearts? What if it brought them close enough to experience Jesus?

    What a blessing you have been inspired to share!! Thank you so much for your work, your loving, real and heart changing words!!

  3. Becky P May 8, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Dear Angela, I daily read Psalms and your book Redeemed. It has blessed me and strengthened my walk,I was also raised in the church but quit going after I got married. I am now separated from my husband and my love for God has grown ever so stronger since that day. I am worshipping God and I can’t imagine one day without prayer or praise to Him. Please pray for me. My life is a bit complicated. Thank you for writing this study. It has brought me closer to my Savior, In Christ, Becky

  4. Amanda Smithers October 12, 2016 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Hi! I will be leading this study for a group of women starting in November. We have several hearing impaired ladies so I was wondering if these videos have closed captioning?

    Thank you so much!
    Amanda Smithers

  5. Al Moon August 25, 2016 at 12:57 am - Reply

    I just finished day one! Woah! Hit me in the gut and knocked me to my knees in prayer.

  6. Terri E August 16, 2016 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Is there a place to watch the videos online while doing the bible study? I am an individual doing it alone and can’t really afford to purchase a kit, but would like to get the full bible study experience. Please let me know.

    • Angela September 16, 2016 at 11:54 am - Reply

      Hi, Terri!

      This is Ashley with Angela Thomas, Inc. To answer your question, yes, you can go to and purchase the videos on a weekly basis for personal use. I believe they are $6.99 per week.

  7. Elizabeth Davis August 8, 2016 at 8:22 am - Reply

    A group of us in North Houston will begin a bible study on Redeemed next week. Glad I read your commentary first. Makes me want to dig in this study. Thank you for providing the tools for our hearts. And the timing is perfect.

  8. Kathy Mitchell July 25, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you Angela for answering the call to write such relevant and life changing Bible studies. Just finished Stronger today at our county jail and the ladies really relate to you and your message. Redeemed is the study that we are starting the fall off with two groups of ladies at our church. Blessings from Fargo, ND.

  9. Katrina July 20, 2016 at 3:03 am - Reply

    Hi, I live in Australia and was wondering how I can purchase your new study?

  10. Lisa Cinanni July 19, 2016 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Thank you Angela. Your message this morning brought me to pray for all who are lost. Looking forward to reading Redeemed, to strengthen my resolve for Jesus!

  11. RHONDA MAYER July 18, 2016 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait for our ladies to gather and delve into the gospel!

  12. Penny B. July 18, 2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I had pre-ordered my book and it came about a week ago, and those of us at Theresa Baptist Church, Roxboro, NC can’t wait to dive into this study this fall.

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