Welcome back to online Bible Study for Women. This week at the Womens Bible Cafe™ we’re discussing Week Two from the “Entrusted” study by Beth Moore. We’re glad you pushed through the first week and continued your study to learn and grow. Beth reminds us on page 60 in the study book that “Thinking you lack what it takes to be a great student of Scripture will lower your level of participation.” We saw a few women struggle the first week and we saw many women in our small groups encourage them and help them not quit. I had a similar experience on my first Bible study and I’m forever grateful that a friend said “If you quit now then Satan wins.” Sometimes we need encouragement and the only way we find it is through being vulnerable and telling someone how we feel. Reach out to your small group leaders or a friend if you are struggling and ask for help to get back on track. We know with 100% certainty that you will be blessed as you learn and grow spiritually.
As we discover our role in mentoring or being mentors, Beth warns us that “Spiritual daughters are not meant to look and sound like their spiritual mothers.” She reiterates that our calling is unique to our spiritual equipping and we cannot model the work and history of another disciple. As ambassadors for Christ we carry our own story of faith, redemption, grace, love. While mentors provide encouragement and prayer, they are not creating opportunities to clone their work. God will not honor work that is not designed by Him, through you. We are called to reflect Christ and not our mentors.
Study. Connect. Grow.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Read Week Three “Strong in the Grace” in the study book. We will discuss this NEXT week.
- (optional): Continue writing out 2 Timothy in the back of your study book and/or memorizing the verses
- (optional): Session three video/audio http://www.lifeway.com/Product/entrusted-video-sessions-individual-use-m00000492
- Download entrusted-answers-to-video-sessions and use to fill in blanks in your study book
- Come meet the women in this study when you join a small group meeting: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
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- “God is astonishingly faithful. What He wills, He works.” Beth Moore #EntrustedStudy
- “A guilty conscience can’t keep it’s mouth shut.” Beth Moore #EntrustedStudy
- “A guilty conscience does not guarantee humility. It guarantees misery.” Beth Moore #EntrustedStudy
- “A life that risks no loss is no life at all. Divine love does not spare itself.” Beth Moore #EntrustedStudy
- “The goal is Christlikeness, not us-likeness.” Beth Moore #EntrustedStudy
- “Spiritual daughters are not meant to look and sound like their spiritual mothers.” Beth Moore #EntrustedStudy
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Your WBC small group leaders may use some or all of these discussion questions this week.
- In 2 Timothy 1:3 Paul is grateful for serving with a clear conscience. Given his past history of persecuting Christians, it’s a HUGE statement! Why is it better to serve God with a clear conscience instead of a guilty conscience? (page 47)
- Beth says she asked God to give her a “supernatural love” for the people she serves. Why do you think this is important for your calling? (page 56)
- On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being “I barely notice how other Christians act,” and 10 being “I’m totally mortified by how some Christians act,’ how on target is this for you? Share your number. (page 61)
- Beth writes, “The enemy doesn’t have to tempt us into some heinous sin to render us ineffective. All he has to do is bet high on our low threshold for embarrassment.” What boundaries can you set to personally strengthen your embarrassment threshold? How can you avoid becoming THAT person who embarrasses others for the benefit of the Satan? (Page 62)
- This week we examined Paul’s doctrine of grace: “a favor done without expectation of return.” How else would you describe grace? (page 64)
- On day five Beth Moore introduces the topic of spiritual refreshers, “Servants of God to the scorched and thirsty.” When is the last time someone refreshed you spiritually? How did she/he do this? (page 75)
- Beth writes, “What we won’t let God access will eventually abscess.” Are you denying God access with an unspoken longing? Share if you are willing and we will pray over you right now. If too personal, just type the words “pray for me.” (page 76)
- Onesiphous the “refresher” chased every lead until he found the man he was looking for. Have you ever searched for someone with such passion? Did you find him or her, or are you still searching now? (page 77)
APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN
- JOURNAL: Take a look at 1 Peter 4:4 NLT which says “…your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you.” How does it feel when you are slandered? Have you ever slandered your friends? Journal your thoughts.
- ACTIVITY: Christian band DC Talk has song called “Jesus Freak.” The words include “What will people think when they hear that I’m a Jesus Freak? ” Ask two friends your version of this question and listen to their answers.
- ACTIVITY: On the bottom on page 75 Beth Moore refers to “refreshers’ in your life. Set a plan to honor them sometime before the end of this year. It could be as simple as a heartfelt card or a face-to-face meeting
- ACTIVITY: Handwrite the spiritual refreshers from the top margin on page 76.
- ACTIVITY: Confess your sins and repent. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a clear conscience.
Praying for illumination of your calling as we complete this study together! I’ll see you in the small groups this week!