People often ask me what are the best Bible studies for women, and since I have completed more than 50 online Bible studies in the last few years I do have some favorites. Bible studies vary and will fall into two categories: personal study and topical study. They also vary in length, some studies are six weeks long and others ten weeks long. Below is a list of my 10 favorite Bible studies for women…those studies I would recommend to my Mom, Sister and Girlfriends.
1. Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God by Henry and Richard Blackaby (personal study). A modern classic that has sold millions of copies worldwide, Experiencing God is based on seven Scriptural realities that teach us how to develop a true relationship with the Creator. By understanding how God is working through us even as we try to fathom His ways, we can begin to clearly know and do His will and discover our lives greatly and gracefully changed.
2. Breaking Free: The Journey, The Stories by Beth Moore (personal study). This in-depth women’s Bible study draws parallels between the captive Israelites of the Old Testament and New Testament believers in Jesus as the Promised Messiah. Beth looks at the Book of Isaiah through the lives of the kings who ruled during the prophet’s ministry. These kings exemplify many of the obstacles to freedom with which we must deal. Using Scripture to help identify spiritual strongholds in your life, no matter how big or small, Beth explains that anything that hinders us from the benefits of knowing God is bondage.
3. Nehemiah: A Heart Than Can Break by Kelly Minter (topical study). Nehemiah s heart was so broken for those in need that he left the comfort of his Persian palace to help them. Like Kelly s other studies in the Living Room Series, you ll find authentic Bible teaching, recipes, and a relational approach. Nehemiah also includes seven video sessions and real-life ways to put feet to your faith. Are you ready to let God break your heart for a hurting, lost world and move you in compassion to be the hands and feet of Jesus?
4. Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman by Beth Moore (topical study). Join Beth in a very personal examination of this great story of threat and deliverance as she peels back the layers of history and shows how very contemporary and applicable the story of Esther is to our lives today. If you’ve ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the Bible study for you. Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther’s day, it’s tough today. This portion of God’s Word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried, and pressured lives.
5. Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy by Kelly Minter (topical study). Ruth’s journey of unbearable loss, redeeming love, and divine legacy comes alive in Kelly Minter’s Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy-the second study in the Living Room Series. This 6-week Bible study delves into the virtuous character of Ruth, her unique relationship with her mother-in-law Naomi, and her blossoming love with Boaz. If you’ve ever felt devastated, struggled as a stranger, longed to be loved, or wept along the way, you’ll find a loyal sister in Ruth. This study includes stories, recipes, a leader guide, interactive Web site extras, and free bonus videos.
6. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver (personal study). An invitation for every woman who feels she isn’t godly enough…isn’t loving enough…isn’t doing enough The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet…but the daily demands of a busy world just won’t leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him…yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy.
7. True Woman 101: Divine Design by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian (topical study). What does it mean to be a woman? The current cultural ideal for womanhood encourages women to be strident, sexual, self-centered, independent — and above all — powerful and in control. But sadly, this model of womanhood hasn’t delivered the happiness and fulfillment it promised. The Bible teaches that it’s not up to us to decide what womanhood is all about. God created male and female for a very specific purpose. His design isn’t arbitrary or unimportant. It is very intentional and He wants women to discover, embrace, and delight in the beauty of His design. He’s looking for True Women!
8. Invisible War: What Every Believer Needs to Know About Satan, Demons and Spiritual Warfare by Chip Ingram (topical study). Some Christians believe strongly in the existence of demons and spiritual warfare. Others downplay or even ignore the idea. With such divergent views, how are Christians supposed to know the truth about demonic forces at work in this world? The Invisible War examines what every believer needs to know about Satan, demons, and spiritual warfare, offering a balanced look at this controversial subject. This provocative book will help Christians understand what the Bible says about these threats and will show them how they can safeguard themselves and their families through prayer.
9. Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer (topical study). What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! In this 7-session Bible study, Priscilla redefines interruption and shows that interruption is actually God’s invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city.
10. Believing God by Beth Moore (personal study). In-depth women’s Bible study based on Isaiah 43:10 that explores what it means not only ‘to believe in God’ but ‘to believe Him.’ The bride of Jesus Christ in our generation is nearly paralyzed by unbelief. God is calling His bride to a fresh and lavish anointing of faith. Through studying the lives of Abraham, Moses, and others as examples of persons who believed God, Beth encourages women to deepen their own trust in God and receive a fresh word from Him.
11. (bonus) Faith Dare: 30 Days to Life Your Life to the Fullest by Debbie Alsdorf (devotional study). Jesus came to give us abundant life. So why are so many Christian women living with worn-out faith, struggling just to get by? What if there was something more? What if we could be set free from worry, fear, and the constant cycle of searching for significance?
The Faith Dare is a 30-day challenge for women who are tired of ho-hum living and want to break the pattern of self-reliance and people pleasing by putting their trust in God alone and learning to live to please him. This energizing book will change a woman’s focus from her moods and attitudes to living in the power of God’s Word. It will encourage her to take the next step and begin to live out real faith in her real life.
Some of thee studies are so amazing, I have completed them more than once! Breaking Free (four times), Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World (twice), Faith Dare (three times) and Invisible War (twice). I would absolutely study Experiencing God a few more times!
Here’s TIP… I like to put a coil edge on my workbooks before I begin the study. I take the book to a local printing shop, they cut off the book edge and replace it with a spiral edge so its easier to write in my workbook.
Here’s another TIP… “Topical Bible study is the study of the topical teachings in the Bible. You may limit the topic to a single book, such as a study of the teaching in the Book of James about the use of the tongue. You may also trace the topic throughout Scripture, such as a study of the miracles in the Bible. The topic can be narrow, such as prophecies about Jesus’ birth, or it can be broad and lengthy, such as prophecies in the Bible.” (via BH Publishing) A personal study is more “me-focused,”sometimes emotional and is a subcategory of topical studies. An example would be James by Beth Moore as topical and Breaking Free as personal in nature.
Last TIP… rotate your studies with different authors. While Beth Moore, Kay Arthur and Proverb 31 have excellent studies, if you only focus on a specific author then you may be tempted to focus on the author instead of the Bible. Balance the different approaches to scripture.
Do you have some favorite Bible studies? If so, please post a comment below and tell me what you like most!