Faith

4 Reasons To Come to a Women’s Bible Study

Chances are you have a Women’s Bible study happening at your local church.  Maybe you have been invited, scanned over the blurb in the church bulletin, or have seen it promoted online and you thought, “I should go to this.  Yes, I’m going!”

Within that same moment you also begin to think of the one hundred and one reasons why you can’t go.  Your lack of time being number one, followed by, ” I don’t want to go in there by myself,” to the standard, “I’m just too busy”.

We are busy, oh so busy, in a world that has more modern conveniences than ever before.  How is that possible?

My good friend always says this about being BUSY

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Oh so true.  He loves to keep us BUSY, wasting our time on things that will not catapult us toward God.  He wants to keep us status quo, so he can wear us down to the point where we won’t even remember the last time we opened our Bible.  The last time we simply sat in the quietness of God’s presence, where God’s grace, mercy, hope and peace flow.

As a Women’s Ministry leader I am always coaxing women to come to Women’s Bible Study and here are my top four reasons:

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You will Increase Your Bible Knowledge

The more time you spend in something, the better you will know it.  As you devote yourself to learning more of God’s Word, that knowledge will take up a residence within you, that you carry for the rest of your life.

Your Faith Will Grow 

As you read and study God’s Word and the lives of the people within the pages of the Bible, you will see two things:  Their Lack of Faith, or Their Great Faith.  Your faith will grow by studying both.

You Will Become a Woman of Prayer

Prayer will take on a fresh meaning to you, as you pray for the needs of the women around you and they pray for you.  You will wonder how you’ve made it this far in life without it.

You Will Find Community 

You will sit around a table with women who you may have not met otherwise, and you will laugh and cry together.  They will become your friends, your confidants, your sisters, and you will find the wonderful bond of community.

As Women’s Bible studies are kicking off in churches all over this Fall, answer the call dear friend, dear sister, you will be happy that you did.

If you are in my area, I would love to have you at our Women’s Bible Study, kicking off this week at Bethel Life Worship Center, in Greenville, PA

Here are your bulletin blurbs!

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Immersed in the Word

When we hold our Bible, we hold God’s living and active Word in our hands, nothing will replace it, nothing.  There are great studies out there that can add to our experience, but nothing replaces plunging into God’s Word for ourselves.

Immersed 

plunged or sunk in or as if in a liquid

I remember reading a great study and thinking to myself, “I wish I could understand God’s Word like she does.”   Second hand was no longer good enough, I wanted it first hand, for myself. Somehow I had fooled myself into thinking I wasn’t smart or educated enough.

The truth is ladies, we have to know God’s truth first hand.  It is the measuring stick for our lives. First I had to get a grip and realize a few things:

God’s Word is Not About Me, It is About Him

It seemed that no matter what I read, I wanted every verse to be about me, or speak to me directly.   What if simply knowing God’s character more, changed me?

Don’t Go It Alone

I have come to realize that the times I have gleaned the most, were times I spent searching God’s Word with others.   Pray, ask the Lord to send you a few ladies and then immerse yourselves.

Make God’s Word a Priority

I had to make the time, set an appointment.  Time to plunge in and sink deep. To read small portions slow and then re-read them again.  To think about what I read.

Who was speaking?

What were they saying?

Who were they saying it to?

Change Your Approach to God’s Word

Cherry picking verses that made me feel good had to stop.  I am going to use the much quoted Jeremiah 29:11 as an example.

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Who doesn’t love this verse?  I love plans, especially good plans.  Even better that they are the Lord’s plans for me.  He plans to prosper me.  Keep me free from harm.  Give me hope. Give me a future.  Do you see my common thread?  Me…me…me.

I short change myself when I fail to read this verse in context.  I miss important action steps and miss even more promises from the Lord.

Context

the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect

As I look at the entire chapter of Jeremiah 29 I see some answers to my questions.

Who was speaking? The Lord of Israel is speaking through the prophet Jeremiah

 What were they saying?  He is telling them words of instruction and encouragement

 Who were they saying it to? Israeli captives in Babylon

In context: 

10 For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.  Jeremiah 29: 10-14

Some facts:  

The Captives would remain in captivity for seventy years

The Lord was coming to visit them with good news, He was bringing them home

The Lord is very clear about His thoughts toward His people: 

Thoughts of peace not evil

Plans for a future and hope

There is some action required on their part: 

Call upon the Lord and Pray

Seek  Him

Search with all of your heart

There are some additional promises from the Lord:

He will listen

He will be found

He will bring His people out of captivity

He will gather His people

He was the one who placed them in captivity, but why?

 So they would Call, Pray, Seek and Search

In that place of captivity God was doing a work in the hearts of His people, but He realized they needed a glimmer of hope.

What Do These Verses Say to Me Today?

These words are for God’s children and as believers,they also fall onto us.

Throughout our life we may find ourselves captive to many things.  God knows we are in that place of captivity, He has allowed us to go there.  All along the journey His thoughts toward us are peaceful .  In that place He is doing a good work within us and He is planning for our future.   Grab on to that glimmer of hope and then Call, Pray, Seek and Search, He will be found by us and He is bringing us home.

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Something Beautiful

Last night we gathered around the Gospel of John together, for the first time.  There is something beautiful about women gathering, heads bent over God’s Word.  Something beautiful about women laughing and crying together.  Something beautiful about women becoming vulnerable with one another.  Something beautiful when you hear the woman beside you praying to the Father on your behalf.

Last night as we kicked off our Fall study of LOVED – A Journey through the Gospel of John it was simply beautiful.

If you would like to join in you can listen to the teaching sessions here Women of Worth Bible Study

My prayer for each woman is this –

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I am obsessed with the book of John.   I’ve read it many times.  This time I am taking a slow walk through, real slow.  Unpacking it piece by piece, then repacking it into a little study I’ve titled Loved. I honestly cannot get enough of it. The character and love of Jesus is so big, so bright.  I’m overwhelmed.

I have a sweet gal over in Columbus Ohio making coloring graphics to go along with it.  They are lovely – she is lovely.  You can find her here Happy Flower Printables

 

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I can’t wait to see the pages fill with color!

Not only am I reading John’s book but I am thinking about John and his relationship with Jesus.  He was called the disciple that Jesus loved.  John  walked and talked with Jesus, he even leaned on Jesus.

One of the disciples, the one Jesus loved dearly, was reclining against him, his head on his shoulder.  John 13:23 Msg

What I am learning about John:

  • He had a job and was a fisherman by trade
  • He first, was a disciple of John the Baptist.
  • He was willing to leave everything to follow Jesus
  • Jesus had a nick name for him and his brother, James – The Sons of Thunder.
  • Along with James and Peter, John was in Jesus’ inner circle.
  • John was not perfect and had moments when selfishness and anger ruled him
  • He experienced the love of Jesus first hand.
  • As He hung on the Cross, Jesus passed the care of His own mother to John.

What I am learning about Jesus:

  • He is the Light of men and the darkness cannot comprehend Him
  • He is the Word of God in the flesh
  • He is a miracle maker
  • He is calling disciples to Himself
  • He is patient
  • He is kind
  • He is filled with zeal for His Church
  • He is our friend
  • He loves
  • He sacrifices

I want these things, I want to lean on Jesus, my head on His shoulder.  I want to know Him more.  Do you?

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