Welcome Back to the Womens Bible Café™! This week in our study of What Matters Most: A Study of Philippians by Karen Ehman, we read Week One: The Gospel. We took closer look at Paul’s Greeting to the believers at Philippi in the verses in Philippians 1:1-19. It was a moment of humble truth, where the Apostle Paul describes himself and his companion, Timothy, as servants of Christ Jesus. Let’s review a few Key Points:
- We are born into sin and sin rules our lives (Romans 3:23).
- Jesus guarantees freedom from the bondage of sin through the sacrifice of His death on the cross (Romans 3:24; Romans 5:8).
- We are no longer slaves to sins but are servants of Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 7:22-23, Romans 6:6-7).
- Because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we have been given the opportunity for new life and a new name. He calls us ‘Saints’ (Philippians 1:1). This is not by anything we have done but because of what God is doing within us. (Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 1:6).
- Paul carefully chose words were all-inclusive. God doesn’t leave anyone out of His gift of grace and peace.
Take a moment and soak all that wonderful truth in.
The Apostle Paul shares one of the most beautiful scriptures in verses 3-7, “I have you in my heart.” Imagine those tender words being spoken from the heart of an imprisoned Apostle in a barren cell. It is here we learned the value of faith, friends and fellowship in any and every situation. We then studied 5 important verses about friendship (pg.19).
Just over a decade ago I found myself alone and without friends and fellowship, living as a missionary in the cartel-controlled area of Mexico. It was a dry and desperate time of my soul and although I knew what I needed, it wasn’t to be found. That is when I stumbled into the online fellowship of the Womens Bible Café. God heard the heartfelt prayer of a desperate momma who needed to be surrounded by an inspirational group of likeminded women of faith. Been here and blessed ever since. 😉 These precious saints, the studies, and the time of fellowship have been a life-line for me as a missionary momma.
Dear One, take this time and allow the Lord to cultivate your soul. Never forget that you are deeply loved and although there are times that you may not feel as if you are worthy, God has called you “Saint” through grace and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ.
RESOURCES FOR WHAT MATTERS MOST ONLINE STUDY
- If you have not already done so register here
- Join a discussion group this week.
- Meet author Karen Ehman LIVE on Thursday May 17 at 8PM Eastern on our Facebook page
- Complete Week Two: Heavenly Minded & Earthly Good in the study book and be ready to discuss it next week.
- If you want to memorize verses during this study, look for the verse card in back of your study book.
- Optional video and audio sessions are available at Lifeway.