Covenant Week 1 | Online Bible Study

By January 18, 2015Covenant
Covenant Online Bible Study

Covenant Online Bible Study

Welcome to online Bible study at the Womens Bible Cafe! We’re discussing Week One from the book Covenant: God’s Enduring Promises by Kay Arthur. It’s not too late to join this online Bible study, our small groups are open attendance and everyone is invited to participate! If you want to register for the study please CLICK HERE.

This week we studied “In Covenant with Him” and our lessons included:

  • Covenant Beginnings
  • A Saving Covenant
  • Covenant Love
  • As Sure as God Himself
  • Covenant Works

Broken promises. Shattered dreams. Heartbreak. Pain.  So many mixed emotions spring forth from our hearts when someone breaks a promise to us.  When I think of the word covenant, the first thing that comes to my mind is the sacredness of the marriage covenant.  Our society today does not take the covenant of marriage seriously.  Divorce is on the rise at a staggering rate daily.  The whole family is affected when the covenant of marriage is broken.  The pain is excruciating and almost unbearable. Some people have even committed murder because of the broken covenant of marriage. One sin leads to another and another until it snowballs out of control.  But there is good news!

Take a look at the front cover of your Covenant workbook.  There are two interlocking rings, that have no beginning and no end. God is the beginning and He is eternal. The good news is when we are in covenant with God, His love surrounds us with no end, and the bond cannot be broken no matter how hard we try.  God does not break His covenant promises to us. But because of sin in the world, we do.  My marriage covenant was broken. I thought it would be forever. I didn’t see any warning signs. I could have let this brokenness destroy me, but God had other plans.  His love surrounded me with no end, and He healed me with His covenant promises, and all I had to do was trust Him and have faith that He would heal all wounds. And He did just as He promised.  Everything God does is based on covenant, and He wants us to be in covenant with Him.

Kay Arthur says, “you are going to be thrilled and overwhelmed with what it truly means to belong to God, to be born again; to be forgiven and saved; to have the Son of God, Jesus Christ, living within you–all because of a covenant cut for you. This study is very personal, “all about you” in a healthy, biblical way!” Take a moment now and pray to God. Ask Him to reveal to you what He wants you to know through this study of Covenant. He is the God of truth, the alpha and omega, and by studying His Word diligently each day, you will discover for yourself nuggets of truth to hide in your heart forever.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students! We meet in this Facebook group. Send a request to “join group” and we will approve it: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCchatroom2/
  • Basic Study: Complete week 2 in the Covenant workbook, about 20-30 minutes each day.
  • Optional due to cost: Watch session 2 video or listen to the audio and follow along in your workbook on page 37.
  • Write a prayer of praise to God for what He is revealing to You from His Word. (Write this in the margin of your workbook).

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)

  1. What did you discover about God from marking the word “covenant?”
  2. What do you think of when you see a beautiful rainbow in the sky?
  3. What does it mean to you personally to be in covenant with God?
  4. Did you find marking key words in Inductive Bible studies to be helpful, confusing, or just plain too much work? How has it helped you? How has it hindered you?

Blessings,

Sheree Poole

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Author Sheree Poole

Sheree currently lives in South Carolina and is mom to four adult children and grandmother of six children. She travels every year to Precept Ministries to attend women’s conferences, workshops and training sessions. She has taught children’s Bible studies for 25 years and teaches women how to study the Bible using the inductive method of Bible study by Kay Arthur.

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  • Diane M Barney says:

    1) A covenant with God is eternal he never forgets his covenant with me, therefore, I should never forget my covenant promises before God.
    2) Ever since I was a child I have known about this covenant promise between God and man. It has always been a blessing and a reminder of Gods promise. It should also have made me realize just how powerful he is this day as he was in the day of Noah. His promise still stands as a reminder of who created the Earth and who commands all that is on the Earth.
    3)To be in covenant with God means even when I fail to keep up my end of the covenant God does not. He does not leave or forsake me he will not relent when it comes to having a relationship with me.
    4) I am finding the inductive study confusing and a hinderance at times to observations and application. I’m trying, however, to learn it in order to squire a deeper understanding of the text.

  • 1)That God is faithful to His part of the covenant.
    2) Rainbows make me think of God’s promises and His power.
    3) This study is opening my eyes so much already. I have been asking God to show Himself to me as a “personal” God whose promises and words are for me. This study is showing me that I am part of a bigger picture, part of God’s plan right from the beginning. God is My Father, I’m His child and He will fulfill all His promises to me even though sometimes my circumstances make it look like I have been forgotten, I haven’t and I have to refer back to His word and His nature which is what is true and unchanging.
    4)I’m enjoying the inductive study because it forces you to keep going back over the text to underline the words and it really makes you focus on certain things. The only frustrating thing is sometimes feeling like maybe I’m not getting what the author wants me to. I’m praying about it and asking God to give me revelation and I know He will.

    • Sheree Poole says:

      Thank you for sharing, Jen. We learn by repetition. I love this about the Inductive Bible studies, because when we read the Scriptures and then re-read and mark the text, we see things we did not see the first time around. We will be sharing these questions in our group time tonight (Wed. at 9:00 pm) and then on Saturday at 9:00 am if you cannot make it tonight. I hope you can join us for the fellowship and fun 🙂

  • Q1: God made two covenants with Noah; one requiring obedience, the second did not require conditions to be met.
    Q2: God’s promise to never flood the earth again.
    Q3: To turn to God, Jesus, His Holy Word daily. To allow and accept the feelings of connection to the Holy Spirit placed in my body by God. And that His love for me is great.
    Q4: 1st time, it’s a bit cumbersome but I’m hopeful that will get better with practice. It’s helpful because it makes me read slower, and more carefully. Rather than just skipping over what I don’t understand and hoping I pick it up later 🙂

    • Sheree Poole says:

      Thank you for sharing, Juanita. We will also be discussing these questions in our small group on Wed. and again on Saturday. Hope you can join us for the fellowship if you can 🙂

  • 1) God is the one who initiates the covenant
    2) A Rainbow reminds me that God is a covenant keeping God
    3) My life has been forever changed the day I entered into a covenant with God through Christ. Tho I was dead in my trespasses and sins I am now alive unto Christ I am his child and a joint heir with Christ because of Hos covenant with me.
    4) I LOVE inductive study. Marking the key words helps me develop lists to better understand the text. and makes me more aware of the subject and context of the passage.

    Rhonda Stoppe
    NoRegretsWoman

    • Sheree Poole says:

      Thank you for sharing, Rhonda. We will also be discussing these questions in our small group on Wed. and again on Saturday. Hope you can join us for the fellowship if you can 🙂

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