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Ephesians: Free from Bondage God’s Way | Week 5

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Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Ephesians, “Free from Bondage God’s Way” by Kay Arthur.   We just completed Week Five, “Forgiven—And Able to Forgive!” Oh what lessons we have learned from God’s Word on how to walk in a manner worthy of the calling. So how are you doing on walking the walk you talk? If we say one thing but our actions show the opposite, what does this say about our walk and witness for Jesus Christ?

Paul says:

“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.” Ephesians 4:1

Do you struggle with forgiveness? Has your heart been so broken by someone that anger, bitterness, and un-forgiveness has taken deep root in your heart? Paul has given us great advice on how to walk in a manner worthy of the calling. But what is that calling? There is only “One” and we are one with Him.

One body (4:4)

One Spirit (4:4)

One hope of your calling (4:4)

One Lord (4:5)

One faith (4:5)

One baptism (4:5)

One God and father of all (4:6)

As you can see, He is “in all” and “living through all” which shows His active presence in the world and in the lives of believers.

Therefore, we are to walk in…

Humility (4:2)

Gentleness (4:2)

Patience (4:2)

Tolerance for one another in love (4:2)

Peace (4:3)

Truth (4:25)

Kindness (4:32)

You may be thinking, but I cannot walk in this manner with bitterness and un-forgiveness brewing in my heart, and you are right. We cannot truly walk the walk in our own human flesh.  We need the power of the Holy Spirit. And just as God has forgiven us, so we should also forgive each other:

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

These are Precepts for life, my friend. Meditate on them day and night, praying to the Father to help you forgive those who have wronged you, or perhaps you need to go to that person and ask for forgiveness. Whatever our situations may be, we are not alone in our walk. We are “one” with the Father, and He is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us (Ephesians 3:20).

And oh, the freedom and peace that comes from forgiving and being forgiven!

Kay Arthur writes in the Thought for the Week…

“If you are a child of God, you can forgive because you have the Holy Spirit and His power. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCInductiveStudies/
  • Complete your study of Week Six, “How Can I Walk in Love?”
  • Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
  • Do an online word study on “Walk” (Ephesians 4:1) at www.blueletterbible.org. Instructions for doing a word study are located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
  • Store in your heart Ephesians 4:1-3; Ephesians 4:32; Ephesians 4:1, 32 (Week Five, Day Seven)
  • Register for the Book of Job inductive Bible study when you CLICK HERE

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

  1. According to Ephesians 4:32, how are you to forgive others? Are there any conditions to this forgiveness?
  2. What is the difference between offending another person and offending the Lord Jesus Christ? Would your offense toward man or toward God seem greater? Why?
  3. Are there transgressions or sins that you don’t have to forgive others for because of how bad, cruel, or unloving they have been to you?
  4. If you refuse to forgive others, what happens to you? (See Matthew 6:12-15 and Matthew 18:21-35)
  5. According to what you have learned about your position in Christ, do you have the power, the ability, to forgive? Where is that power? How is it yours? If you have it and don’t use it, then are you walking as God called you to walk?
Blessings,
Sheree Poole
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Womens Bible Cafe Book Club | May 2016

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April showers bring May flowers….and two new books here in the Womens Bible Cafe Book Club!  We hope you’ll be joining us this month as we read Christian books together!

You can read answers to our Frequently Asked Questions here if you are getting started and want to know how to participate!

Here’s how the WBC Book Club works:

Each month, we read one nonfiction book and one fiction book.  You can choose whether to read one or both books with us each month.

We start reading on the first of the month.

There is no specific reading schedule or chapter requirement each week.

Our simple discussion format allows women to participate at whatever time works for you.  All month long I’ll post easy-to-answer questions in our Book Club chat room.  Anyone can participate in these “Quick Chats!”  They are not live discussions; you can post your answers at any time that is convenient for your schedule.

While all of our book selections are available in print, they are also offered in Kindle ebook format for our international guests.  You can find them on Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, christianbook.com, in Christian bookstores, or even possibly at your local library or church library.  Used books can sometimes be found on ebay or other online used book outlets.

So what are we reading? Here are the May books for the Book Clubshelter of gods promises

  • May nonfictionThe Shelter of God’s Promises by Sheila Walsh.  Sheila Walsh, bestselling author and long-time speaker at Women of Faith conferences, shares in this book how we can take heart because the promises of God are true and trustworthy.

  • May fiction: Made with Love by Tricia Goyer and Sherry Gore.  This is the first book in The Pinecraft Pie Shop Series, which is set in an Amish community in Florida.  You do not need to read the whole series in order to enjoy this book; it stands alone as a story about fresh starts, new beginnings, and using your gifts for God’s glory!

Both of our May books are currently a great deal for Kindle, so we hope you Kindle-readers grab the books quickly!  Please note that these sales can end quickly!

Join us as we read and discuss these books with our Facebook group!made with love

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/

Are you interested in reading with us? If so, post a comment and let us know and then be sure to join our Facebook group so that you can participate in the discussions.

Enjoy a good book with us!

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Fight Back With Joy Online Bible Study | Week 4

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Welcome back to the Womens Bible Cafe and Week Four of our online study, Fight Back with Joy by Margaret Feinberg.   I sailed into this week’s lessons lifted up on denying the joy robbers access to my joy, the lesson in Week Three.

The very first day of this week talked about rejoicing when it makes no sense.  What an on time message for me.  Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I say rejoice” (NKJV), I remember hearing this verse throughout my life and even sometimes saying it myself, but the real meaning of it didn’t hit home until this week.   Rejoicing lifts our spirits when we are facing difficulties in life, when we are grieving, when we are in despair.  It shifts our perspective back to God, to His grace, mercy and to the truth that He is in control, He is walking with us during this time.  As we learned, we are not rejoicing about the circumstance, but that we trust that God is in control. I loved the quote in the book, “You don’t drown by falling in the water, you drown by staying there.”  Translation for me: rejoice and change my focus to God!  This week, faced with an unexpected financial request, I really needed to rejoice when it didn’t make any sense.  God showed up and showed out!  Philippians 4:4 was my go to verse this week! Did you use this verse or a favorite praise song to get you through?

While I realized that I needed to rejoice during my crisis, I also learned that it helped me not to become a victim or become defined by the situation. We have the choice to be defined by our situation or to allow God to restore us and refine us in the process.  So ladies, guess what? We are not defined by our weight, we are not defined by our beauty, we are not defined by our health, and we are not defined by our status.  We are daughters of the most High King! He made us for good! Rejoicing and praising God kept my focus on Him and that I would be victorious no matter the outcome because God would be with me.  I would be able to take back what satan stole from me, with this situation, or with lies that he always places in our minds by rejoicing!  My choir sings a song at church and the chorus reminds me of this lesson, “I’m reaching the harvest God promised, take back what the devil stole from me and I rejoice today, for I shall recover it all.” The key is rejoicing, rejoicing always.

The untruths that we allow to define us motivate us to place masks over our real selves, over our real feelings.  But when we trust God, and peel off our masks of shame, regret, weakness, fear, insecurity we can freely show our true selves because God has forgiven us, God sees us for who we are: His creation.  Sure we will have imperfections, and we will make mistakes, but with God we are made perfect and He will provide all that we need to do His will.  It is a painful journey to shed our masks and expose our true selves, but one that we must take.

I encourage you to continue to rejoice when it doesn’t make sense, go to your special place or wherever you are, rejoice in the one who is able to give you the strength to complete this journey and take back your joy!

Are you ready to take your mask off and show the world the amazing woman God created?

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

  1. Attend a small group this week. We meet here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
  2. Read Week/Session Five in your workbook and complete the daily lessons.
  3. Memorize the scripture for the week, Romans 5:3-5
  4. Record your joys each day in the journal in back of the workbook or your own spiritual journal
  5. Peel away a mask this week, pray and ask God to help you become more real.
  6. Register for Laughing in the Dark a Job Bible study when you CLICK HERE

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)

  1. In what area of your life is Jesus asking you, “Do you want to get well?”  What will you do after He makes you well?  (page 115) (When you answer the question, put Q1 before your comment so we know you’re answering question one)
  2. Share one untruth (a lie the enemy plants in our mind) that you have been tempted to believe and then share a scriptural truth you have used you use to change your thinking. (When you answer the question, put Q2 before your comment so we know you’re answering question two)
  3. How do untruths (lies the enemy plants in our mind) disrupt our relationship with God and others? Share one way that you fight back against untruths.  (page 120) When you answer the question, put Q3 before your comment so we know you’re answering question three.)
  4. What parts or aspects of yourself do you spend the most time and energy trying to hide? (page 131) (When you answer the question, put Q4 before your comment so we know you’re answering question four.)
  5.  LOVE YOURSELF: Finish this sentence: I appreciate myself because: _________ (page 135) (When you answer the question, put Q5 before your comment so we know you’re answering question five)

 

Taking back my joy with you!

sonya morris nelson

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