Welcome Ladies, to another online Bible Study at the Women’s Bible Cafe™. This is an amazing study, Breaking Free by Beth Moore. It is a ten week in-depth study based on the book of Isaiah. We have 900+ women from around the world participating in this online Bible study. Some of us are repeating the study because it’s just so good! My prayer is that you will have a deeper relationship with God through this life-changing study written by Beth Moore. May you identify and break free from your personal strongholds and obstacles to faith. May you be a different woman ten weeks from now than the woman you are today, standing firm in the promises of God.
As you read Breaking Free, you’ll discover that Beth Moore is open, honest, compassionate, bold, and grounded! She shares her heart candidly and often uses her testimony, as well as the stories of other women, to unveil a personal relationship with Jesus. “You will laugh, cry, be surprised, be happy, be sad, be angry, be compassionate…” says ministry leader Traci Pollard, “but you will grow, releasing the bonds of captivity along the way, realizing that it is only through God’s love, grace and mercy that continues on and on.”
Through it all, God says in His Word, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” It will be during the next ten weeks that God will meet us right where we are at, holding our hands, walk with us one step at a time towards releasing hidden bondage that has been holding us hostage… until we are free to stand, always giving the Glory to God!
We’ll be using the Breaking Free workbook (sometimes called member book) for this study. Each lesson should take about 45 minutes a day, five days a week. We encourage you to pray before you begin each lesson, and only read one session per day. In the back of your workbook you will find nine Scripture Memory Cards, which are to be memorized on the corresponding week. Video sessions are available for download from Lifeway.com, they are optional and not required for online study.
Create a daily appointment with God, and don’t let anything pull you away from intimacy with Him. A good plan is to read each morning Monday through Friday, allowing the weekend to make up any lesson you missed during the week. Keep your study time simple and free from distractions. You may find that keeping everything you need in one place will help you stay motivated. I have a basket with my Bible, workbook, journal, pens, highlighters, reading glasses and post it notes. If you are new to Bible study and don’t own a Bible yet, then use one of the many online versions at FREE sites such as BibleGateway.com or YouVersion.com or you may want to read this article~ How to Shop for a Bible
Sharing is voluntary and we do not expect you to share anything that will cause harm to yourself or another person. You are invited to participate in small group discussion via Facebook, or here at the website. To participate in a discussion here on the website, you will answer the questions below by posting a comment. The first week our small groups will have introduction sessions, where you’ll meet your leader and co-leader, as well as the other women in your group. You’ll have the option to connect with an accountability partner if you desire this for your Bible study.We’ll explain how the small groups function and help you get started in online Bible study.
Please note that the first week of study, the small groups are quite populated! Many women will visit the groups to “see what it’s about” and might visit more than one group during the week. The timeline will move VERY FAST during the first week and might challenge you or frustrate you. This only happens the first week….then the small groups adjust in size and the conversation is easier to follow. During the first small group meetings, you might need to refresh your computer screen F5 to keep up. You can always go back later and re-read the timeline for your small group or jot down the prayer requests. Mobile devices are not recommended, please use a computer to access the small groups if possible.
Assignment For the Week
- Write a letter to God on the inside cover of your workbook. Put today’s date inside your book and tell Him where you are in your life right now, and where you hope He leads you during this study.
- Pray before you begin reading. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart to wisdom.
- Begin reading Week One: Untying the Cords of the Yoke in your workbook
- Download the Answers to the Viewer Guide from Lifeway when you- click here and look under “support materials”
- If you are listening to the audio cd’s or watching the videos, watch Session One, available through Lifeway (not required for participation in the study)
Discussion Questions- Answer in your small group or post a comment below
- In your own words, how would you define stronghold?
- How would you describe captivity for a Christian?
- Galatians 5:1 NIV says “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” How would you define freedom?