We often use the word justification in our conversations and groups, yet many are confused by the doctrine of justification. What does it mean, exactly? Not all denominations have the same beliefs on justification and it’s fascinating to examine the differences. The best resource is your local church pastor, who will usually explain this in a teaching sermon. Another good resource is a commentary or your study Bible.
“Justification is God’s action pronouncing sinners righteous in His sight. It is a matter of our being forgiven and declared to have fulfilled all that God’s law requires of us.” (Introducing Christian Doctrine: Second Edition, Millard J. Erickson, Baker Academic 2001)
“Justification is a forensic or declarative action of God, like that of a judge in acquitting the accused.” (Introducing Christian Doctrine: Second Edition, Millard J. Erickson, Baker Academic 2001)
“When one is justified, all of the eternal consequences of sin are canceled. This includes eternal death.” (Introducing Christian Doctrine: Second Edition, Millard J. Erickson, Baker Academic 2001)
When you meditate on a Bible verse, we sometimes use a method called personalization. Take the names or pronouns in the verse and replace them with your own name. Here’s an example:
Since (your name) has now been justified by his blood, how much more shall (your name) be saved from God’s wrath through him! Romans 5:9 NIV
You can also pray through the verses and stand on God’s promises. Here’s an example:
Lord, because I am justified by the blood of Christ, your Word says I will be saved from your wrath. Keep me from feeling oppressed and shamed by my enemies. Erase my past so it doesn’t destroy me. Amen.
Bible Verses For Justified and Justification
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Psalm 51:4 NIV
“I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 18:14 NLT
“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 18:14 NIV
“The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:35-37 ESV
For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. Romans 2:13 ESV
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22-23 NIV
For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Romans 3:28 NIV
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 5:1 NIV
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! Romans 5:9 NIV
1/2 – “The greatest truth you will ever discover is that God loves you, and He wants you to be part of His family forever.” He stood before millions and was admired by many. Yet, these words from #BillyGraham showed his true passion: sharing the hope of Christ. pic.twitter.com/YM4IjqYkOQ
And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:30 NIV
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:10 NIV
But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:10-11 NIV
We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2:15-16 NIV
So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:24 NIV
So show them your love, and prove to all the churches that our boasting about you is justified. 2 Corinthians 8:24 NLT
You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. Galatians 5:4 NIV
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7 NIV
But if you have anything to say, go ahead. Speak, for I am anxious to see you justified. Job 33:32 NLT
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. Romans 5:18 NIV
Digging deep into our second week of study, we’re learning about the characters of holy and loved. Many people are familiar with unholy, an easily identifiable condition of the heart. We see this in ourselves, in our past, and in our communities.
I’ve always said “negative is louder than positive.” We notice the unholy and reward negativity. Unholy is attention-seeking and often rooted in both rebellion and pride. We can’t “fail” at being unholy so it’s a wider, louder, and a seemingly easier journey.
In Scripture, Believers are warned …
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 2 Timothy 3:2-5 ESV
Did you see that LIST? Nineteen examples of unholy.
It would be wise for us to write these down. Study what displeases Our Father in Heaven and His angels.
Holiness is a framework for Christian living recognized by the word justification. But what exactly does this mean? Do we earn it through good works? A majority of the denominations stand on the doctrine of justification – being made right in the presence of God- is attained through Christ alone. However, these denominations disagree: Mormons, Jehovah’s Witness, and Christian Science.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
In contrast, “The Pharisee believed he could achieve righteousness through his own goodness..” Kelly Minter. There are numerous dangers in this false doctrine. God is looking for the seal of God upon you.
They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. Revelation 9:4 ESV
Holy. The Seal of God is a seal of holiness. Given in grace through Our Savoir Christ.
True LOVE shoots much higher than mere happiness. It shoots for holiness..the foundation on which thriving relationships find their footing. pic.twitter.com/GJXoS7RIGS
In a place of holiness we encounter agape love. Our abiding place where we draw near to His heart.
Knowing we are holy and loved..chosen by God… doesn’t elevate us above all mankind. It simple means we’ve chosen that which is good, and God is patiently waiting for them to choose it too.
You are loved.
Be careful. When you’re full. When your houses are big and beautiful. When your stuff increases. When your money doubles. This is when pride creeps in. When we forget The God who delivered us. I LOVE Duet 8. I never want to forget the One who rescues in the wilderness and wealth. pic.twitter.com/7u5iEqNcxY
Welcome to the Fitting Room Bible study! You will be reading two chapters from the Kelly Minter book The Fitting Room: Putting On The Character of Christfor the next seven weeks. These are easy to read chapters and the storytelling is memorable- perfect for a Summer Bible study!
The Apostle Paul writes, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12 NIV). Notice the five virtues in this single verse?
How do we “clothe” ourselves in these virtues when the world looks at our physical appearance and behaviors? Are we walking as a reflection of the virtues, or their enemies? Let’s dig into this during our discussion groups each week.
There are two methods for discussion at the Bible Cafe™. For the last 10+ years we’ve been meeting in a Facebook group with women around the world. All you need to do is join the group, look for the leader photo and answer the questions under the photo. Here’s my Monday group photo just to help you see how it works!
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Each discussion group has its own photo. Jump online and enjoy the discussion as you type (or voice to text) your answers below the photo. The groups last about one hour each week. Of course, if you miss your group there’s no need to worry! All you do it jump online later to see what you missed AND join another group that is meeting during the week. Our Facebook groups never close and they meet in one location.
Now, you’ve probably heard about our recent addition to the Bible Cafe™ with video conferencing! This is something NEW and exciting for our community and leaders. We meet once a week using ZOOM teleconferencing so members can join by phone or video. It’s an added feature and FUN to use. All you do is click the “Live Events” tab after you login to the membership site. Then select the best day and time for your schedule.
In the teleconferencing calls we’ve laughed together, cried together, and prayed for one another. These are deep connections and treasured experiences. I’ve made lifetime friends using this method of Bible study! If you’re interested, join as a PARTNER member.
Our ministry is fueled by coffee, tea and the love of our volunteers. We’re family- and you are too!
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When the enemy of God counterfeits he wants us to feel rejected and unloved. As we examine this through the Scriptures we discover TRUTH. These verses remind us the promises of God as His beloved. You are accepted, adopted, and unconditionally loved.
“For many are invited, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14 NIV)
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12 NIV)
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 NIV)
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. (John 15:19 NIV)
A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” (Luke 9:35 NIV)
In him we were also chosen,having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his willin order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:11-12 NIV)
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. (Romans 8:33 NIV)
“Do not touch my chosen people, and do not hurt my prophets.” (1 Chronicles 16:22 NLT)
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27 NIV)
“Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard.” (Acts 22:14-15 NIV)
And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted! (1 Kings 3:8 NLT)
Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” (John 6:70 NIV)
“I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.’ (John 13:18 NIV)
So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. (Romans 11:5 NIV)
So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.” (1 Chronicles 28:10 NLT)
For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. (Deuteronomy 7:6 NIV)
..for you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession. (Deuteronomy 14:2 NIV)
For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” (Genesis 18:19 NIV)
For what has God above chosen for us? What is our inheritance from the Almighty on high? (job 31:2 NLT)
“…and if she says to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too,” let her be the one the Lord has chosen for my master’s son.’ (Genesis 24:44 NIV)
Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people.” (1 Samuel 10:24 NIV)
Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. (1 Kings 3:8 NIV)
Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.” (1 Chronicles 28:10 NIV)
But now I have chosen Jerusalem for my Name to be there, and I have chosen David to rule my people Israel.’ (2 Chronicles 6:6 NIV)
“My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before him and serve him, to minister before him and to burn incense.” (2 Chronicles 29:11 NIV)
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant, ‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.’ (Psalm 89:3-4 NIV)
“Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42 NIV)
Reflecting on this today… In Colossians 4:17 Paul sends a special message to Archippus, “Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it.” I wonder what might have kept Archippus from paying attention to what God had give him to do? pic.twitter.com/yJAM3nuucD
He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy; (Psalm 105:43 NIV)
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws. (Psalm 119:30 NIV)
I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations. (Psalm 119:30 NLT)
May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. (Psalm 119:172 NIV)
I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’;I have chosen you and have not rejected you. (Isaiah 41:9 NIV)
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. (Isaiah 42:1 NIV)
You went out to rescue your chosen people, to save your anointed ones. You crushed the heads of the wicked and stripped their bones from head to toe. (Habakkuk 3:13 NLT)
“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. (Isaiah 43:10 NIV)
“Here is my servant whom I have chosen,the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. (Matthew 12:18 NIV)
We don’t have to walk around all day trying to figure out who likes us and who doesn’t. We can simply rest in the truth that we are completely and perfectly loved by God.
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? (Luke 18:7 NIV)
For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. (Mark 13:22 NLT)
Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” (Acts 1:24-25 NIV)
But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. (Acts 9:15 NIV)
He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. (Acts 10:41 NIV)
“But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. God has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.” (Mark 10:40 NLT)
For we know, brothers and sisters[a] loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 NIV)
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? (James 2:5 NIV)
And he will send out his angels to gather his chosen ones from all over the world from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. (Mark 13:27 NLT)
To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout … who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. (1 Peter 1:1-2 NIV)
He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. (1 Peter 1:20 NIV)
Every high priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers sacrifices for their sins. (Hebrews 5:1 NLT)
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him.. (1 Peter 2:4 NIV)
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” (1 Peter 2:6 NIV)
They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” (Revelation 17:14 NIV)
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. (1 Peter 2:9-10 MSG)
We are so excited to read The Fitting Room: Putting on the Character of Christ by Kelly Minter during our Summer 2019 Bible study. You’ll find the details below on how to join our community and make new friends as we study, connect and grow.
Kelly Minter Bible Studies are rich with storytelling and application. She doesn’t spoon feed her readers and encourages them to dig deeper as she lays a foundation. In this study she delivers a strong message of forgiveness- something you don’t want to miss.
When you read books by Minter, you’ll feel like Kelly is sitting across the table from you. She’s well-known for her “Living Room” series which incorporates studying the Bible, practicing hospitality and cultivating friendships.
At the Bible Cafe™ we carry a similar concept of togetherness. This book is lighter than other studies we’ve led, intentionally selected for your summer enjoyment. There’s no daily homework. If you have time to read two chapters a week- this one is for YOU.
What to Expect
Everyday, staring the week of June 24 we’ll have conversations around the character of the world and the virtues of Christ. You’ll agree- these are vastly different virtues! Join a discussion that is convenient for you.
There are many available times and options, and we have leaders who are facilitating study groups each day of the week. Based on Colossians 3:12 we want to understand how to “clothe” ourselves in Christian virtues like forgiveness, joy, patience, compassion. For many this is a renewal of how we see ourselves in the reflection of Christ. Can we really “dress up” in His character?
Each week we’ll read two chapters from Kelly’s book and discuss these virtues. We’ll have additional content and Scripture verses to enhance your learning. You could curl up in a comfy chair with your iced coffee or sweet tea and enjoy the lessons here. It’s perfect for summer.
You don’t need a theology degree to understand this teaching material. It’s written for every woman, not seminary students. You might read a chapter a day, or two chapters a week, or the entire book on a weekend at the beach.
Kelly Minter says if we let the Master Designer do the fitting, we learn to wear His virtues. Kelly also shares simple, down-to-earth explanations of tricky concepts such as justification and sanctification—stitching it all together with humor and honesty. There are no gimmicks, no guilt trips.
As a result this is irresistible invitation for women to enjoy a spiritual makeover. Put on a life that’s personally tailored by the One who knows and loves you best. If your self-image is not aligned with God’s will for you.. come JOIN US!
If your self-image is aligned with the character of Christ…we NEED you to teach this to others. Join our community and BE VISIBLE. It’s important you don’t miss out as you’ll meet women around the world and have opportunities to discuss this topic together.
Discussion Groups For Summer 2019 Bible Study
The Reading Schedule
Most Bible Cafe™ studies are deep dives into the Scriptures. Because of our intensity in learning, our leaders and community members use a lighter study for the summer. Kelly Minter has written some fantastic workbook studies, but “The Fitting Room” isn’t a workbook format. There’s no daily homework and all you need to do is ready two easy chapters a week. perfect for a summer of activities, vacations, visiting relatives, or kids out of school. Your time is limited- we know this!
June 24- Introduction of The Fitting Room study
July 1- Discuss Chapters 1 and 2
July 8- Discuss Chapters 3 and 4
July 15- Discuss Chapters 5 and 6
July 22- Discuss Chapters 7 and 8
July 29- Discuss Chapters 9 and 10
August 5- Discuss Chapters 11 and 12
Where to Find the Study Book
You’ll need a copy of the book “The Fitting Room: Putting on the Character of Christ” by Kelly Minter. Look for this at your local library or favorite bookstore. You can find it at Amazon when you click here. The book cover has changed since it was originally published. Either book is fine for our summer discussion. Disclosures: We facilitate online studies are not affiliated with the author or publisher. This site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com
How to Join The Summer Bible Study
Pray about your decision to join our community for summer Bible study and your level of participation. Facebook groups and free + fun. Video and phone conferencing are deeper experiences of fellowship and making friends. Both formats are excellent- come and see.
We asked our community “Why did you join online Bible study?’ This is the HEART of who we are as we study, connect, and grow together. We’ve celebrated births and Heaven bound lives. We’ve cried over hardships and rejoiced over blessings. We are the Bible Cafe™ come grab a seat and join us for online virtual Bible study groups.
Here are the reasons why women joined online studies at the Womens Bible Cafe™ and what keeps them coming back for each new study. We’ve been leading online studies for more than 10 years and completed at least 100 online Bible studies together.
“Time commitment works with my crazy work schedule. Good fellowship and encouragement.”
“I joined because I wanted more ways to study the Bible apart from just Sunday mornings. I stayed because of the interaction and friendships with other ladies.”
“Encouragement and a flexible study schedule.”
“To be in community with other believers. To learn about the Bible and strengthen my relationship with Jesus.”
“It’s like another family all over the world . Teaching you and encouraging you. Bible study becomes more then the study.”
“Interaction with like-minded believers and to grow in my relationship with my savior.”
“The truth! Whatever your reasonings are…tell them. Never know, it may encourage your friend to join one.”
“To learn about the Bible and grow and strengthen my relationship with Jesus. To be in community with other believers.”
“Because my church doesn’t have one.”
“To deepen my faith in my Lord. To fellowship with other believers.”
“I joined because the online Bible study fits my schedule and has awesome leaders, fabulous discussions & fantastic new friends. And, it keeps me accountable on a daily study.”
“Because of the time convenience! It works to have several days and times available to meet! Additionally, there is still accountability with women from around the world!”
“Health issues were keeping me at home a lot and I wanted to be involved with a group that really wanted to dig deep into the Bible. This has been an answer to pray and I have meet some really awesome women and leaders.”
“To fellowship with other ladies while I’m unable to get in a crowd because of autoimmune disease. Convenience of going any day of the week, though I did prefer my regular slot.”
“Because at the time I was unable to go to church physically and I was craving Bible Study and fellowship with Godly women.”
“I love digging in the word. I like the schedules and being able to study with other godly women.”
“To study the Bible, make new friends and grow in my relationship with Jesus.”
“Because I travel a lot, because there are so many options and times, because I don’t like leaving the house much for evening meetings because I’m a very early riser, because there seems to be more distribution of who participates, because it’s an hour. With travel most studies for me would be at least 90 min to 2 hours.”
“I wanted to get deeper in the Word. Online Bible studies provide me with focus on topics or specific books of the Bible. I also wanted accountability, which it is giving me. Little did I know that I would also find awesome fellowship.”
“I love the interpretations of scripture by each member of the group. It broadens my understanding of Gods word by sharing our views.”
“I am an introvert.”
“So I could learn more about the Bible with like minded sisters. In the comfort of my home due to being disabled it’s hard to get out of the house to go to any other type of study. And time values at times I can pick the day and time for my studies.”
“I joined to learn more of the Bible, become closer to my Lord and because in my rural community there are only bible studies while I am at work.”
“I’m reading, learning, doing something I really enjoy in the Bible and it gives me a chance to do all that with others seeking the same things.”
“Its a great way of learning from the comfort of home and still have some interaction with others in the group.”
“It is not easy for me to go to a ladies Bible study. I have some health issues. Online Bible studies work for me and my situation. Flexibility is key.”
“I have definitely grown spiritually. I have met some wonderful Christian women. They have become my heart sisters! I thank God for this ministry and online Bible studies!”
“A community to study with, pray with, have community with, and you can do it at your leisure, especially when you’re traveling from home, can’t drive in the dark, health problems, it’s a great place to study with others.”
“Great way to share and pray with others who love Christ. To share learn & reflect in the comfort of my home. It’s a blessing.”
“I want to draw closer to Christ. I want to learn all I can about my Father. The women are not afraid to speak their thoughts because of the distance. Great sisterhood and prayer warriors.”
“To become closer to Christ. And learn to spread the word of His teachings.”
“Because I can go in my pajamas! Seriously, because it meets at convenient times for me, I have grown in the Lord, and meet like minded people who encourage one another.”
“I joined because it was hard to attend to Bible study at church. Working contract jobs with different schedule. Then, often we get off the subject and I forget what was the discussion about and loose focus. I wanted to learn how to talk to God with the good and the bad. Learn how to listen for God’s voice to speak to me. I am here to learn. I have been in church all my life and growing up I missed how to pay attention and staying focused so I can learn in my own timing with the convenience at home. Everyone teaches differently. I had to find how I can understand without using words that I had to lookup in the dictionary because of the pronunciation. I am glad to be a part of this Bible study.”
“Because I was in a rural community and my church did not offer Bible studies. I found the Womens Bible Cafe and have been in continuous bible study for at least 6-7 years.”
“At the time I was very ill with a fibro flare and rarely left the house. I was drawn to a study I could do in my pj’s and stayed for study after study because I found a loving community of women who were committed to learning God’s Word and supporting each other in the journey.”
“I joined to be with a community of women looking and longing to grow with Jesus. I love the accountability and the views from Scripture. To support others in prayer brings joy to my heart. This community is exactly where God wanted me when he wanted me there!”
Being part of an online Bible study has been effective in keeping me in the Word as I make every effort to complete the assignments each week. God has blessed me & taught me on this journey.”
Because there was not one in my church.”
“I need to be in the Word. Also the community of believers is a great support, whether I personally know you or not. Thanks for all you do.”
“For me it was because I didn’t belong to a church at the time but wanted the community and accountability for staying in the Word. I am saddened that so many say their church does not have Bible studies! I wonder if God might want those to step up and be willing to lead one? It takes commitment and time to prepare for each lesson, but it would be worth it I think.”
“Because I love the fellowship and inspiration we get from each other.”
“To grow in faith with other women.”
“It allows me to grow deeper in my faith even though my schedule doesn’t work for an in person bible study.”
“Because of health issues and love to stay in the Word.”
“I needed a group of ladies to engage in the Bible with! I found acceptance and growth in God!!”
Author Dr Saundra Dalton Smith Joins Womens Bible Cafe Online Community
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