Welcome to our online topical Bible Study at the Women’s Bible Cafe™. Today we start our study on Joseph using the book “Joseph, the Journey to Forgiveness” by Melissa Spoelstra. I’m looking forward to writing the weekly updates for you and joining the small group discussions. The LORD has given me many opportunities to forgive others and I’ll be sharing some of my personal stories with you.
When I took a recent poll in our private facebook group 151 women said they need to forgive themselves, 88 need to forgive a family member, 48 need to forgive a parent, 25 need to forgive a spouse/boyfriend/fiance. (100 more women answered but did not click a poll button so their comments are not recorded in the final results).
Asked in January: I need to forgive_____ #josephstudy
This reveals to me that we’ll be dealing with tender hearts in our study and I encourage you to pray for the women in your small groups. Write their names down on the inside cover of your study book. If your group is large, then start with 15 names and add a few more names each week to your prayer list.
Before you begin this study, please take time to read the Introduction at the beginning of your study book. Then decide which format you’ll be using:
- Lighter study with five daily lessons from the book, 20 to 30 minutes per day.
- Deeper study with historical background via http://www.abingdonpress.com/joseph
- Lighter commitment– do what you can.
- Optional- there are video sessions for individual use via DVD set from Amazon or Lifeway
7-Week Lesson Plan
- Introduction Week
- Week 1- Acknowledging the Pain
- Week 2- Waiting to be Remembered
- Week 3- Dreams Come True
- Week 4- The Roller Coaster Ride
- Week 5- Grace and Boundaries
- Week 6- Moving Forward
Each day’s study time will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes, sometimes less or sometimes more, depending on that day’s study. Some women will go deeper and expand their time with devotions, journaling, and prayer… while other women will stop after completing the daily lesson. I’ve found that a routine helps me to stay consistent and on track. When I study at the same time each day, in the same location of my home, I’m more likely to finish each day without getting sidetracked.
You’re welcome to use any Bible translation of your choice. The book author is using New Living Translation as her primary source, and then quotes from other translations as well. You’ll find online Bible’s or Bible apps very useful for study. I use http://BibleGateway.com or for deeper study I use http://blueletterbible.org
I also encourage you to participate in a small group to discuss the lessons you are learning each week. Sharing is voluntary, and we do not expect you to share anything that will cause harm to yourself or another person. We meet in a private Facebook group, or if you prefer, you may answer the discussion questions here on this website by posting a comment below. This first week our small groups will meet for a time of introduction and fellowship where you’ll meet your leaders and the other ladies in your group. Our entire ministry team will be praying for you.
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, so please use a computer to access the small groups if possible.
One week from today we will begin discussing WEEK ONE of the lessons you studied this first week.
BIBLE STUDY TIP: Think of your Bible study time as an appointment with Jesus. Put this appointment in your calendar and schedule time for Him. Set a reminder on your cell phone for the small group meetings each week.
Assignment For the Week
- Make sure you subscribe to our email updates so that you receive email updates each week on Monday.
- Write a letter to God in your notebook or journal. Date your letter and tell God where you are in your season of life right now, and where you hope He leads you during this study. We will not ask you to share your letter. This is personal between you and God.
- Pray before you begin reading. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
- Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule. The small group schedule will also be pinned to the top of our private Facebook Group. Arrive to the private Facebook group for the one hour meeting you chose to attend. A small group photo will be posted by the leader at least one hour prior to your meeting time.
- Read Week One: Acknowledging the Pain in your study book and complete the daily lessons.
- Optional: Watch video session one if you are using the DVD set- available at Amazon (Lifeway sold out)
- Download Answers to the Video Session from our facebook group (Look under files tab in group)
Discussion Questions – Answer in your small group or post a comment below
- Joseph belonged to a large family of brothers and was the firstborn to his mother. Where were you born and if you have siblings, where are you in the birth order- youngest, oldest, or middle? (When you answer the question, put Q1 before your comment so we know you’re answering question one).
- We’ll be learning about emotions as we study the journey to forgiveness. Do you tend to stuff, spew, or leak your emotions? (When you answer the question, put Q2 before your comment so we know you’re answering question two).
- What will be your biggest challenge during this 6-week study? (When you answer the question, put Q3 before your comment so we know you’re answering question three).
- How can our leaders and the other women in this small group support you on your spiritual journey? Do you need encouragement, accountability, Bible study tips, or something else? (When you answer the question, put Q4 before your comment so we know you’re answering question four).
Praying for you,