Summer has turned to fall…
We’re Ready for a New Bible Study!
Summer 2020 was our FIRST Virtual Ladies Bible Study, discussing the important messages in the Sermon on the Mount. Our group discussions were made richer by the diversity of our group…moms with young children and moms with grown children (some have flown the coop and others are back at home)…ladies with kids and grandkids…seniors with great depth of experience in life and in learning God’s word…and women from different countries, cultures, races, and ethnicities. And a great mix of those who are new to Bible study and those with a lifetime of Bible study. In a summer of masks, isolation and cancelled plans, we stored up for ourselves treasures in heaven and sought first God’s kingdom! Now we are looking ahead to the fall.
YOU ARE INVITED to study the Bible with us this fall!
We welcome ladies of all ages and from around the world to join us in our fall study.
Who should participate?
- All ages of women are welcome from any location
- Singles are welcome
- All levels of Bible knowledge are welcome…if you’ve never done a Bible study, this is a great way to start!
What is the format?
- 100% virtual Bible study
- We meet weekly via Zoom. Zoom is FREE and you can use your computer, smart phone, tablet or regular phone to join the meeting.
- We use a workbook for the lesson structure and questions (see below)
- There are 5 lessons each week for 9 weeks; you can do one per day or all at once as long as you do them before the weekly Zoom call. If you have a bad week and can’t do all of the lessons, it’s ok.
What are you studying?
- We will be studying 1 Peter. Here is a brief description:Our inheritance through Christ is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. In 1 Peter, a man of faith and flaws and eyewitness to the life of Christ challenges us to look beyond our current circumstances to a future inheritance. He shares his concerns on big picture issues for the early church, describes believers’ true identity in Christ, and ultimately helps readers discover what it means to experience the Living Hope they have in Christ. Key themes of humility, submission, and identity in Christ guide the study of 1 Peter as participants are challenged to read the book in its entirety each week.
- Here are links to a 5-min video of the workbook author, Jen Wilkin, describing the course, a sample of the workbook, and a video of Jen Wilkin discussing Bible literacy.
What are the dates?
- Start date is September 29, 9 weeks total
- Weekly meetings on Tuesday nights at 7 pm Eastern
What is the cost? How do I register?
- There is NO fee for the Bible study but you need to get a copy of the workbook (see below)
- You must complete the Google Registration Form. Note that your information will NOT be share with any third party.
What will I be expected to do?
- Get a copy of the workbook. You can order it from Amazon or from LifeWay.
- Commit to trying to complete the homework each week.
- Be ready to dig into God’s Word for yourself then share what you learned
- Enjoy laughing and learning together
What is Jen Wilkin’s approach?
Read this excerpt from the workbook introduction:
The Bible study you are about to begin may be different than studies you have done in the past. It will not cover a specific topic from all angles. It will not have poetry or stories that leave you laughing, crying, or inspired. It will not focus on answering the question, “What does the Bible say about me?” It will not aid you in self-discovery, at least not as its primary intent. What it will do is teach you an important passage of the Bible in a way that will stay with you for years to come. It will challenge you to move beyond loving God with just your heart to loving Him with your mind. It will focus on answering the question, “What does the Bible say about God?” It will aid you in the worthy task of God-discovery.
You see, the Bible is not a book about self-discovery; it is a book about God-discovery. The Bible is God’s declared intent to make Himself known to us. In learning about the character of God in Scripture we will experience self-discovery, but it must not be the focus of our study. The focus must be God Himself. This focus changes the way we study. We look first for what a passage can teach us about the character of God, allowing self-discovery to be the byproduct of God-discovery. This is a much better approach because there can be no true knowledge of self apart from knowledge of God….
Women are good at loving God with their hearts. We are good at engaging our emotions in our pursuit of God. But the God who commands us to love with the totality of our heart, soul, and strength also commands us to love Him with all of our minds. Because He only commands what He also enables His children to do, it must be possible for us to love Him well with our minds or He would not command it. I know you will bring your emotions to your study of God’s Word, and that is good and right. But it is your mind that I want to engage. God intends for you to be a good student, renewing your mind and thus transforming your heart.
- Send your questions to the Church Office via this form.