Welcome back to online Bible Study for Women we’re discussing Week Three from the “Entrusted” study by Beth Moore. It takes 21 days to create a new habit, so if you’ve been completing one lesson a day, five days a week- CONGRATULATIONS! You’re in the habit of daily study and developing your personal faith. Come share your experiences at a live event this week as we gather around the Womens Bible Cafe™ online small groups.
One keyword that came across this week is ENTANGLED. It’s something that requires a divine supply of grace and we know the devil is prowling for under-graced situations or people. Put up your defenses and pay attention to the grace space in your life. Rather than looking at my grace, or your friend’s grace, why not look at your own reflection and pray on it? Do you see an entangled woman who needs to give herself grace, or a woman undeserving of it? If what you see is not a reflection of Christ, then spend time in prayer or seek a spiritual mentor to help you unclog your spiritual arteries. Otherwise, the devil is going to use that grace-starving mindset and come at you with a full frontal spiritual attack.
Did you enjoy learning the three metaphors in 2 Timothy 2:4-6 this week? Wow that was eyeopening. I like the method Beth uses to SLOW down our Bible reading and bring key concepts to our attention. This week I learned that as a mentor entrusted with the Word, I should:
- Please my commanding officer, God.
- Compete according to the rules, Bible.
- Receive my share of the crop, my inheritance as a Daughter of the King.
This study is so rich with concepts, if I read the lessons over and over again I’d probably discern a new truth each time! How about you? I really enjoy how Beth digs deep into Scripture. Did you see the five safeguards to minimize miscommunication of Scripture? WOW that’s another great lesson from week three of the study. Be sure to discuss with a friend what you’re learning, as your faith might be a spark for hers!
Study. Connect. Grow.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Read Week Four “Difficult Times, Difficult People” in the study book. We will discuss this NEXT week.
- (optional): Continue writing out 2 Timothy in the back of your study book and/or memorizing the verses
- (optional): Session four video/audio http://www.lifeway.com/Product/entrusted-video-sessions-individual-use-m00000492
- Download entrusted-answers-to-video-sessions and use to fill in blanks in your study book
- Come meet the women in this study when you join a small group meeting: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
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- “Grace is unmerited favor. Confining it is where we get into trouble.” Beth Moore #EntrustedStudy
- “There is no opportunity, opposition, action, or occupation where grace is ineffective.” Beth Moore #EntrustedStudy
- “Your calling is continually in process and under construction.” Beth Moore #EntrustedStudy
- “Your calling is not behind you. It’s in front of you.” Beth Moore #EntrustedStudy
- “Sometimes weaning from an addiction requires wounding by the addition.” Beth Moore #EntrustedStudy
- “To follow Jesus closely is to fulfill your calling completely.” Beth Moore #EntrustedStudy
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Your WBC small group leaders may use some or all of these discussion questions this week.
- Beth Moore teaches, “None of us will accidentally fulfill our calling. Fulfillment will require focus, stamina, self-discipline and, as reluctant as we are to accept it, a certain amount of suffering.” Let’s discuss these four requirements and why they are necessary for a calling. (page 84)
- In Second Timothy 2:10 we read: Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory (ESV). Have you endured suffering as the key to someone else’s faith? Explain your answer. (page 91)
- Have you ever experienced approval addiction? If so, how did you break your desire for human approval and affirmation? (page 93)
- Do you have someone in your life that is able to correct you without you getting defensive? How does this vulnerability magnify your faith? (page 95)
- What can we do to follow Jesus closely in order to fulfill our calling? (page 100)
- Second Timothy 2:22 says: So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart (ESV). Which of these four pursuits- righteousness, faith, love, or peace- has matured in your life and which needs nurturing? (page 102)
- We’re midway through this 5-week Bible study from Beth Moore. Share something that has taken root in your heart. What is a key concept that you’ve discovered during our journey together?
APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN
- JOURNAL: Look at page 89 and the five notes for Philippians 3:12-14. Which of the five speaks to you loudest right now and why?
- JOURNAL: When was the last time you became addicted to people approval? When did this first begin in your life? What things can you put in place to keep you from crossing the line from God pleasing to people pleasing?
- ACTIVITY: On page 81 Beth Moore shares the story of Barbara her grace-giving friend, a woman who possessed authority and submitted to authority. Look through your personal address book, or emails, or social media posts and identify the mentor in your life who is grace-giving. Reach out to her this week with a personal note card, phone call, or invitation to meet in person.
- ACTIVITY: On page 82 Beth Moore lists several Bible verses to define grace. Write these verses on an index card, or in your phone note app, or someplace where you can study them. Circle or underline keywords in the verses to reflect upon.
- ACTIVITY: If you struggle with people addiction, look for a book such as “The Approval Fix” or “Love Idol” related to this topic. Read the reviews and discern what you need to learn.
- ACTIVITY: If you enjoy Bible journaling activities, recreate the graphic from page 99 and make your own design.
Praying for illumination of your calling as we complete this study together! I’ll see you in the small groups this week!
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