Jeremiah Online Bible Study | Week 6

Jeremiah Online Bible SutdyWelcome back to online Bible study at the Women’s Bible Café! Week six completes our study of Jeremiah, Daring to Hope in an Unstable World by Melissa Spoelstra.  This week, we studied “Finding the Source of our Hope: The Promised Messiah”.  What a wonderful lesson to end our study.  Our week was action packed with the following lessons:

  • An Audience of One
  • Good Plans Ahead
  • Hope That Brings Us Back
  • The Promised Messiah
  • Full Access

There is much to take away from this week’s lesson. I challenge you to spend time working on administering the antidote to the fear of people and circumstance into your life so that you can move into the fear of God and free yourself of the bondage fearing other things.  Remember Jeremiah 29:11, a verse that is full of hope that God will always love us and bless us even when circumstances seem grim and we lose hope.  There is much hope in God, reflect on how having VIP access to God through Christ will give you hope, increase your relationship with Him, strengthen your prayer life, grow your faith, awaken your hunger to learn more about Him.

Here’s a short sample video for Session 6

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students!
  • Register for the next study- click here

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)

  1. Have you ever struggled with the fear of people and circumstances? How did you move to the antidote which is the fear of God?
  2. What can make it hard for you to trust God when circumstances are difficult?
  3. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for well-being and not for trouble, to give you a future and a hope.” Think on this for a moment. When struggles come in your life, do you find it difficult to believe that God’s plans for you are still good? Why is it difficult even when Jeremiah 29:11 tells us differently?
  4. When have you had to stand alone for God? During this time, how did God sustain you?
  5. Let’s revisit our first week, Jeremiah is a story of hope in an unstable world. After completing the study, do you have hope in God and His word over the circumstances in your life?

 

With Love,

Sonya Nelson

 

Womens Bible Cafe Books of the Month: January 2015

A new year and new books!  What a great way to begin 2015!

We hope you’ll join with the Womens Bible Cafe as we read Christian books in January!  We love learning about Christian authors and discussing the books we read with each other.  At the WBC Book Club, you’ll find a fun place to fellowship, make new friends, share a passion for reading and deepen your faith.

While these selections are available in print, they are also offered in Kindle ebook format for our international guests.  You can find them on Amazon, in Christian bookstores, or even possibly at local library or church library.

Join us as we read and discuss the following books with our Facebook group!  Our theme for January 2015 is Hope.thestorminside

Our non-fiction Book of the Month for January is The Storm Inside: Trade the Chaos of How You Feel for the Truth of Who You Are by Sheila WalshWell-known speaker and author, Sheila Walsh, shares about 10 ‘storms’ women commonly face and how to find the hope of Christ in each of them.

Our Fiction Book of the Month for January is Where Do I Go? by Neta Jackson.  This is the first book in Neta Jacksons’s Yada Yada House of Hope series.  For those who loved the Yada Yada Prayer Group books, we hope you’ll also love reading about the House of Hope!  If you’re reading a Neta Jackson book for the first time, this is a great place to start!  wheredoigo

Looking for a weekly Bible study, as well?  Our Bible Study Group will be offering two studies in January:  What Love Is by Kelly Minter and Covenant by Kay Arthur.

You will start reading your books in January.  There is no specific reading schedule or chapter requirement each week. All you need to do is complete the book and be ready to discuss it during the month. It’s that simple! We meet in a private Facebook group or you can post your comments on our website for discussion; either method is fine.

How to Join the WBC Book Club

To join the Facebook group, LOGIN to Facebook first then click here:

Book Club: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCbooks/

 

 

Jeremiah Online Bible Study | Week 5

Jeremiah online Bible study week 5

Welcome back to online Bible study at the Womens Bible Cafe! We’re discussing week five from the book Jeremiah, Daring to Hope in an Unstable World by Melissa Spoelstra. We’re almost finished with the study! This week we studied “Quitting the Blame Game: Personal Responsibility” and our lessons included:

  • Good Discipline
  • Finding a Target
  • Perilous Pride
  • Going Through the Motions
  • Rescue with Repentance

We’re having some great discussions in small groups this week, as we talk about trusting God, sowing and reaping, and spiritual dryness. Spend time in prayer this week, asking God what He wants you to do with this information. Where is He asking you to make corrections? What is He asking you to let go? How does He want you to spend your time for the remainder of this year and month?

Here’s a short sample video for Session 5

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students!
  • Basic Study: Complete week 6 in the study guide, about 20-30 minutes each day.
  • Deeper Study: Read Jeremiah chapters 45 to 64 in a Bible translation of your choice.
  • Digging Deeper resources are available at: http://www.abingdonpress.com/jeremiah
  • Optional: Watch session 6 video (optional due to cost).
  • Memory Verse:  For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)

  1. Have you every compared yourself to others around you and thought that God was unjust? How can you apply the message of “trust God alone” to your situation? (page 136-137)
  2. What lessons have you learned the hard way according to the sowing and reaping principle? (page 138)
  3. How does the media portray Christianity? Do you think the media’s posture toward faith in Christ ever resembles that of the people of Judah toward Jeremiah’s message? If so, in what ways? (page 151)
  4. Which areas of spiritual life did you check that may have lost their freshness in connecting you with God? (page 157). What action steps or changes in routine is God calling you to implement? (page 158)
  5. As we end this week on blame, what was your biggest take-away?

Christmas at the Cafe

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 A voice is calling, ‘Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness: make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.  Isaiah 40:3

Thanksgiving is over and the remnants of Black Friday madness are strewn throughout the local Walmart like toys scattered about a toddler’s bedroom. We stumble into the holiday season with preparations to be made, parties to go to and presents to buy.  It’s no wonder that so many people struggle with depression during the winter months.  We are overloaded and overwhelmed with expectations that the Lord has never intended for us to carry.

It was nearly twenty years ago that our family was on a mission trip and found ourselves short on funds trying to get to the next destination.  As the snow began to fall, we realized that this particular night we would have to stop and sleep huddled together in our  truck.  After reading the Nativity account from the gospel of Luke, we prayed with the girls as we do every night, tucking them into their big bed in the back of our covered truck.  It is one of my most cherished memories.  There was no frantic Christmas shopping, no rushing about, there was just the joy of being a family trusting in our Most Wonderful Savior to provide for the next need.  And He always has.

There was nothing to do but pray and rest that cold night.  Although we parked near some lights, it was still too dark to read so I was grateful for the scriptures I knew by heart.  Eventually we all fell sleep and awoke to a winter wonderland the next morning.  When we stopped for breakfast, a complete stranger gave us a wad of cash.  To this day I think he was an angel.  It would not have been the first time and most certainly wont be the last.  There is always reason to hope when we are in Christ.

Today marks the beginning of the Advent season, a time of preparation to welcome the birth of Christ on Christmas Day.  Advent means “coming” and it is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of Christians around the world each year.  During Advent, which is the period of time marked by the 4 Sundays before Christmas, families get together and reflect on scripture and light a candle.  Each of the 4 weeks has a meaningful significance and many families celebrate by setting aside time for daily devotions.  The first week is usually marked by a reflection on the hope we have in Christ.

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:5

If we could just be still long enough to stop and listen, what would we hear Him say to us this holiday season?  Because He is calling, He has been calling us since the foundations of the world.  He is calling you and I to clear away the clutter in our hearts and lives and make room for Him there.

It is our greatest desire here at the Women’s Bible Cafe to help women around the world grow in their faith as they study God’s Word.  It can be difficult to carve out time during the holidays to participate in an online Bible study so we will be sharing inspirational themes this Christmas Season.  Please feel free to share your thoughts as you reflect on the messages and scriptures.

21730756_sHere are some verses to reflect on this week:

1 John 1:1-2

Lamentations 3:22-25

Luke 2

You may wish to begin a new Christmas tradition and create your own Advent wreath.  It is a beautiful way to encourage a family devotional time each week as the children help light a candle while someone shares a small portion of the Christmas Story.  You don’t need to by anything fancy, just four small votive candles and some pretty ribbon or pine sprigs and cones.

Finally, begin a Christmas Journal.  Write down those special people and moments as well as the verses and sermons that ministered to you the most and drew your heart closer to the Lord.  Memories are such a beautiful thing as they often inspire a greater hope when we see how far we have come and all that the Lord has done for us in our lives.

Can you hear His voice calling to you this Christmas Season?

“Clear the way, make preparations to receive your King.”

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