Womens Online Bible study is a great way to develop your faith! We just finished reading WEEK TWO in the workbook “Anonymous: Discovering the Somebody You Are to God,” by Cindi Wood. It’s not too late to join us…grab a book and meet us in our Facebook group for small group discussions. We’ll be chatting about the woman who anointed Jesus with her alabaster jar. Cindi Wood has identified her as “Judged,” and if you’ve ever felt judged by others- including Christians- then please join us in the discussion and this online Bible study.
Romans 5:8 ESV says: but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
It doesn’t say that He died because we were sinless. Jesus laid down His life. So if Christ is in you, are you laying down your life (and your judgment) of modern sinners? Do you condemn alcoholics, adulterers, homosexuals, and others… rejecting them from your church and your heart? Or are you loving as Jesus loved the woman with the alabaster jar?
The love of Christ is unlike human love.
In the Anonymous study, Cindi Wood says about the woman with the Alabaster jar “the fact that she was nameless is very gracious. Her name does not go down in history with her sin.”
This made me wonder if perhaps there are WBC members who would like to share a “nameless story” of redemption and grace? When we add a name, then the testimony has an identification based on human standards: age, hair color, geographic location, job title, marital status, etc. When we are nameless sinners, then the focus is on the one we can easily IDENTIFY: Jesus
This week we are reminded not to judge others and if we are on the receiving end of judgmental people, then leave the accusers with Jesus. “Make no mistake,” says Cindi Wood, “He will deal with them in His time.”
ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK
- Join a small group this week
- Read WEEK THREE in your book. You’ll read one lesson per day, each lesson is about 20 minutes.
- Optional due to cost: AFTER you finish the reading assignment, watch video session three available from Amazon or the publisher website.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK
You will have the opportunity to share your answers to these questions during your small group time. You may also post them here. Consider also recording your answers in your spiritual journal.
- In what ways do you struggle with what other people think of you? How often do you let what God thinks of you trump your fears of what others think of you? Why is that?
- Remembering that you are God’s handiwork, list THREE positive qualities about yourself. You are not bragging on yourself but on God. (day 4, page 56)
- What are some ways that you can change the narrative in your mind from “judged” to “forgiven,” not worrying so much about what others think about you but focusing on what God thinks about you?
- Share some of the words Jesus uses to defend you before your accusers (such as forgiven, loved, free, etc.).
- Have you or anyone you’ve known struggled with worries about losing your salvation? Describe the feelings that accompanied this struggle. (day 4, page 53)