Welcome to our Summer Online Bible study on the book of Hosea! Make sure you have the member book “Hosea: Unfailing Love Changes Everything” by Jennifer Rothschild. We’ll be using this study book for daily reading lessons and small group discussions. During this study, you will find that this is the place where we can study, connect, and grow together! Are you ready to experience God’s unfailing love and see how it will transform your life? I am excited to begin this journey with you!
Over the next 6 weeks, we will study about God’s unfailing and never ending love for us and how that love transforms us. Some of us will learn for the first time that God loves us and thru His love we are restored, while others will be reminded of this truth. The book of Hosea will show us how God will restore us with His love when we are broken, whether our brokenness is caused by others or our own choices. Sound too good to be true? Oh, my Sisters, it is true and what joy it brings when we really know and believe that God love us! What freedom we have in Him when His love restores us. It is going to be an amazing journey, I can feel it. Can you get excited about learning more about God’s love for you?
During this week, you will join a small group discussion via our private Facebook group. All small groups meet in the same place each week, so if you miss your regular group you are welcome and encouraged to join another group discussion. This unique flexibility for Womens Bible Café online studies will ensure you will have access to our group fellowship when your schedule becomes chaotic! Our leaders keep attendance lists to help you stay accountable, will pray for you, encourage you, and journey thru this study with you, so when possible, choose one primary day and time for your meeting.
Your small group meeting will be a mixture of diverse women from different denominations around the world. We find a common ground of discussion, based on the workbooks we study. Another unique feature of the Womens Bible Café is that we remove barriers to spiritual growth because you will not be judged by your appearance, marital status, economic status, age, knowledge, health, etc. We don’t divide our small groups and all women are treated with equal respect. Your voice matters most and our ministry leaders are equipped to help you share your heart and grow in faith.
When you join the chatroom, you will see a SMALL GROUP schedule pinned to the top of the group. All groups are open attendance. Select the day and time that works best for your schedule. Look for the leader photo on the day and time, and then join the discussion which takes place right under the photo.
A FEW GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE BIBLE STUDY
IMPORTANT: During the first week of online Bible study, many women may be exploring different small group. Some groups will be larger and move very fast, while others will be smaller and easier to read and follow. This will all change during the second week as the women settle into the groups they have decided to join. Please be patient – the second week becomes much easier to follow!
CONFIDENTIALITY: Anything shared in the group is not to be repeated outside of the group. Please respect the women who are transparent with their testimonies.
SENSITIVITY: Please be sensitive to the discussion by not interrupting with Facebook symbols or links to outside videos or articles (these can be shared at the end of the chat if necessary), Please also remember that nothing discussed is about one individual; it’s about the Holy Spirit, so please allow everyone a chance to share. Finally, we want this to be a place where women can share what they are going through or felling without being told how to “fix” things. Somethings we all simply long to be heard rather than be told what to do.
NON-DENOMINATIONAL: As a diverse group of women, we have different church doctrines, Bible translations and theologies. This is a place to respectfully disagree, rather than judging one another, so that you may grow and understand different viewpoints. It’s okay to question and see things differently; however, we ask you to be kind and sensitive to the feelings of others.
Are you ready to get started and be transformed by the unfailing and never ending love of God? I can’t wait to meet you in the chat room!
ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK
- Join a small group this week- https://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
- Choose a time and place where you will complete each lesson, set a reminder for yourself
- Begin to pray for your growth during this study.
- Read Week/Session ONE in your book. You’ll read one lesson per day, each lesson is about 30 minutes.
- Optional due to cost: AFTER you finish the reading assignment, watch video session One available from Amazon or 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.
- What motivated you to join us for this study? What do you expect to get from it?
- This study requires approximately 30 minutes of daily Bible study, five days per week. When do you plan to do your studying – morning, evening, another time? Do you have a particular place where you plan to do your studying? Describe it to us.
- Hosea shows us that God loves and accepts us and that His love for us can change us. On a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being “ready to run” and 5 being “ready to change” what is your current reaction to the thought of being changed?
- What will be your biggest challenge during this study? How will you overcome this challenge?
You are loved!