Welcome to our online Inductive Bible Study at the Women’s Bible Cafe™. Today we will begin our study of Job, “Trusting God in Times of Adversity” by Kay Arthur. This first week is our “Introduction” week and a time of getting to know one another and to answer any questions you may have about how this online Bible study works. We want your experience here at the Women’s Bible Café to be positive and enjoyable. Again, welcome!! We are so excited you are joining us for this Inductive Bible study on the Book of Job.
Adversity! It’s not a pleasant word. Dictionary.com defines adversity as “a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress.” No one welcomes times of misfortune and distress, but we will no doubt suffer times of adversity during the course of our journey through life.
We will suffer.
We will feel pain.
We will experience heartache.
We will shed tears.
The Book of Job is a divine manual on human suffering. Job is not a fictitious character. He was a real person who endured suffering and pain, just like you and I, perhaps even more so. He never understood why he was suffering; just like we do not understand our painful circumstances. But he knew God, and he knew God was bigger than anything he has ever suffered.
Have you ever asked the question, “why is this happening to me?” I know I have many times. I can just bet many of you may be going through a season of adversity at this very moment. Well, it’s no accident you are here. God brought you to this study for a reason. This is your divine appointment, and God has a fresh word for you.
Even if you’ve never studied the Book of Job before, I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “She has the patience of Job!” Where do you think that came from? You guessed right. Job endured so many hardships and suffering, but throughout his whole terrible ordeal, he remained patient and was faithful to God. How is that possible you might ask? Because he knew God, he had faith in God, and he trusted God. That is what this Bible study is all about…Trusting God in Times of Adversity! It’s going to be a wild ride, perhaps a bumpy ride, and we will travel up hill and down deep valleys. And when we ride our rollercoaster through life, we will learn from this righteous man how to remain faithful even during the times we feel like throwing in the towel and giving up.
So hang on to your hats, and come and see the story of this righteous man on trial. Hear him battle his enemy and how he cries out to God. Discover new meaning in the difficulties of your own life. Job’s inspirational example will help motivate you to trust God completely in times of adversity. And we will discover that we can experience joy in the midst of pain:
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
Before beginning this study, please take time to read the “How to Get Started…” on pages 5 through 10 of your study book. This is valuable information on how to use this study guide to help you understand the Inductive Bible study approach that we will be using each week. This is Part I of a 13-week study. Part II will be our summer study and will be announced at a later date.
PART I (Job Chapters 1-17)
“Trusting God in Times of Adversity.”
- Introduction Week (Read “Finding God in the Darkness” and begin Week One Study)
- Week One – Holding Fast Your Integrity (Pages 15-21)
- Week Two – Shall we Accept Good from God and not Adversity? (Pages 23-27)
- Week Three – I Wish I Had Never Been Born (Pages 29-35)
- Week Four – Does God Afflict the Guiltless? (Pages 37-43)
- Week Five – REPENT! (Pages 45-49)
- Week Six – Your Own Mouth Condemns You (Pages 51-55)
Each day’s study time will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes, sometimes less or sometimes more, depending on that day’s study. I urge you to set aside a quiet time of study with God free of distractions. I have found that if I make my appointment with God at the same time each day, I am better able to keep that time on a consistent basis. It also helps to have all your study materials in your special quiet time place, which will help you stay motivated: Your Bible, Bible study book, a notebook or journal, colored pens and pencils, highlighters, etc.
It is not necessary to purchase an Inductive Study Bible for the purpose of this study. The Observation Worksheets that you will need to do your study on the book of Job will be provided for you in the Inductive Studies chat room (see “Helpful Links and Resources”) by clicking “Files” at the top of the chat room beneath the cover photo of the open Bible. Click on the link that will take you to Bible Gateway where you can printout the entire book of Job. Then you can decide after completing this study if you would like to invest in an Inductive Study Bible for future Inductive Bible studies.
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 through the timeline in your small group and 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: Part I of Job consists of Chapters 1-17. Before you begin, consider reading these chapters in one sitting just as if you are reading a story book. This will help you get acquainted with Job before you begin your observations and daily assignments. Record your first impressions and thoughts in your notebook or journal. What type of literature is this book?
Assignment For the Week
- Make sure you registered for this online Bible study 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 your resident teacher, 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 is pinned to the top of the Inductive Studies chat room. Arrive to the private Facebook group for the one hour meeting that you chose to attend. A small group photo will be posted by the leader a day prior to your meeting time. We meet here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCInductiveStudies/
- Begin your study of Week One: Holding Fast Your Integrity in your study guide and complete the daily lessons in your notebook or journal.
Discussion Questions – Answer in your small group or post a comment below
- What motivated you or drew you to this online Bible study and what do you hope to receive from it?
- How do you normally handle suffering and trials? For example, do you get angry with God and have a temper tantrum? Place blame on God and others? Become numb and pretend it away? Or, do you seek God first in prayer?
- Do you fully trust God even though you do not understand why something is happening? Why or why not?
- How can you maintain integrity through trials and sufferings?
- How can our leaders and the other women in this small group support you in your spiritual journey throughout this study? Do you need encouragement, accountability, Bible study tips, or something else?