How to Study Your Bible Online Inductive Bible Study | Week 4

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Welcome to Week 4 of our online Inductive Bible study at the Women’s Bible Café How to Study Your Bible. We are having an awesome time in our group chat sharing what God is teaching us on how to interpret His Holy Word to discover what it means, and how we can apply His Word to our daily lives.

This week we are going to dive deeper into our study by learning how to use an Exhaustive Concordance to study the original languages of the Old and New Testaments. We will also learn how to cross-reference Scripture to study all the places in the Bible on a certain subject (Let Scripture interpret Scripture). Our daily reading lessons this week includes:

  • Chapter 5: It’s all Greek to Me!
  • Chapter 6: Let Scripture Interpret Scripture
  • Appendix D: How to Use Word Study Tools

The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Aramaic (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament) and was later translated in English and other languages. In order to gain greater clarification and insight on the meaning of some of the Greek and Hebrew words in Scripture, we need to do “word studies,” which is a major process of Inductive Bible study.

Kay Arthur writes:

“The purpose for doing word studies is to understand the meaning of a word or words in the contest you are studying.”

“Understanding the Greek verb can be an important key to a correct interpretation and application of Scripture. Remember, however, context is the most important key to correct interpretation and application, since the Greek words get their meaning from the context. Context is king!

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Remember to always begin your Bible study by praying and asking the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth and to open your mind and heart for understanding.
  • Read Chapters 5 and 6 in How to Study Your Bible.
  • Read Appendix D: How to Use Word Study Tools.
  • Continue your observations on the Book of Colossians. Instructions are posted in the Inductive Studies chat room.
  • Practice doing a word study by looking up the Greek word translated “manifested” in Colossians 1:26. You can look this up in an Exhaustive Concordance (see Appendix D) or by using the online resources at http://www.blueletterbible.org/ Step by step instructions for using this online tool are posted in the Inductive Studies chat room. Write your findings in the margin of your Colossians Observations Worksheet.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in your small group or post your answers here):

  1. When studying a letter, how do you discover the author’s purpose for writing?
  2. What is the purpose of word studies and how are they helpful?
  3. What is the most significant thing you have learned so far about Inductive Bible study that has already impacted your Bible study in a new and exciting light?

Blessings,

Sheree Poole

Experiencing God Online Bible Study | Week 4

Week 4 Experiencing GodWelcome back to women’s online Bible study at Women’s Bible Café! This week we will be discussing Unit Four of Experiencing God by Henry and Richard Blackaby entitled “Love and God’s Invitation.” Our lessons this week took us into a deeper understanding of what it means to love God and be loved by Him. Great concepts but very intense and very powerful if we let them be.

Our daily lessons this week included:

  • Know God
  • Worship God
  • Love God
  • God Invites You to Join Him
  • Knowing Where God Is At Work

These concepts sure are building on one another each week, aren’t they? On the surface, it seems like the lessons are repeating themselves…because they are…but each week is taking us deeper.

Our memory verse for this week is John 14:21 “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” This verse summarizes what loving God and being loved by Him looks like.

There is such a difference between knowing ABOUT God and actually KNOWING God for ourselves. That difference is huge. Consider the difference between hearing someone describe a sunset and seeing one for ourselves – is there any comparison? Of course not! We have to experience the sunset for ourselves to really comprehend it. Likewise, we can only know so much about God from listening to others. When we experience Him for ourselves we get to know Him for ourselves. We get to know Him when we spend time with Him in prayer or in worship. We get to know Him when we join Him in whatever He is doing around us. We get to know God when we obey Him. We get to know God when we love Him. Do you know God for yourself, or are you depending on the experiences of others? Don’t be afraid to jump in and have your own personal love relationship with the one who made you!

YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a small group for study and fellowship.
  • Complete Week 5 in your Experiencing God workbook.
  • Optional: Watch the Session 5 video or listen to the audio.
  • Record your thoughts in your spiritual journal.

BIBLE STUDY TIP FOR THE WEEK:
Have you thought about how you can use your Bible study time to get to know God? How can you experience Him in a deeper way as you complete the lessons? The answer has nothing to do with the questions. It has to do with prayer. Are you taking the time to pray each day before you start your lesson? If not, try it today and see what a difference it can make! Start your lesson by going to God in prayer to ask Him to send his Spirit to help you focus your attention on the day’s lesson and to bind all distractions that may try to interfere with your Bible study time. Ask Him to guide you to what He would have you learn each day, to the lesson He has in these pages that is just for you. Ask Him to teach you and to reveal more of Himself to you each day. Prayer changes things, including the way we look at Scripture and our Bible study lessons. Use it and see what a difference a little prayer can make! You will be glad you did.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in your small group or post your answers here):

1. Describe an event through which you know you experienced God at work in your life. What name could you use to describe the God you experienced? (pg. 71-72)
2. Day Two’s lesson asks you to spend time in worship. If you did this exercise, tell us about your experience. (pg. 74)
3. How can you demonstrate your love for God? (p. 75)
4. How can you recognize God’s activity around you? What two factors are most important and why? (p. 80)
5. “What God initiates, He always completes.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why or why not? (p. 86)

I hope that this week’s lessons have challenged you to really get to know God in new and different ways. I pray that you have been able to keep up with the lessons in the midst of your hectic schedules. If you are behind, do not despair! Make a plan to get caught up – and do it. It is worth the effort!

See you next week!

Blessings,
Carla

Conversation Peace Online Bible Study Starts May 18, 2015

conversation peace online bible studyONLINE BIBLE STUDY: You’re invited to study Conversation Peace: The Power of Transformed Speech (2014 revised edition) by Mary Kassian, via the Womens Bible Cafe. During our six-week study you’ll experience the power of transformed speech. This award-winning Bible study was first published in 2001, and has been updated for today’s modern women. Our study begins on May 18, 2014 so get your books and join us! We start reading week one- The Power of Negotiation- on May 18th

  • Discover seven powerful speech-transforming elements
  • Master the skills of effective communicators
  • Strengthen your vocabulary with Words from the Word
  • Connect with others in a small-group experience
  • Freshen Your Breath with weekly Scripture memory

Each 20-minute daily Bible study lesson will be completed at home using your member workbook. You’ll then meet with your small group once a week to share your own testimonies and discoveries. Some of the weekly topics in the Conversation Peace: The Power of Transformed Speech book include:

  1. The Power of Navigation
  2. The Power of Cause and Effect
  3. The Power of Exchange
  4. The Power of Open Gate
  5. The Power of Construction
  6. The Power of Instruction

To participate in this online womens bible study, you need a copy of Conversation Peace: The Power of Transformed Speech (2014 revised edition) available at Lifeway Stores or Amazon. We have contacted Amazon to restock the books. They are temporarily out of stock so order now and they’ll deliver when available when you CLICK HERE.

The workbook is not available in Kindle or eBook format. There is also a chapter book, so if you are in an international country and unable to obtain the workbook with daily lessons, then consider the chapter book as an alternative. You’ll miss the benefit of daily lessons but still have enough information to join our small group discussions. To order the eBook version CLICK HERE

If you have never participated in online study at the Womens Bible Cafe, it’s pretty simple. You’ll read the book at home, then visit the Womens Bible Cafe to participate in online group discussions. We have small group meetings several days of the week, morning and evening, via a private Facebook group.  Choose ONE small group that best fits your schedule…and if you miss a session then you are welcome to attend another one during the week so you do not fall behind. We will post the small group schedule as soon as we know how many women are participating…about 1 week before the study begins.

Mary Kassian is an award winning author, popular speaker, and a distinguished professor of women’s studies at Southern Baptist Seminary. She has published several books, Bible studies and videos, including: Girls Gone Wise, In My Father’s House: Finding Your Heart’s True Home, Conversation Peace, Vertically Inclined, and The Feminist Mistake.

How to Join the Conversation Peace Online Bible Study

  • Post a comment below. Be sure to introduce yourself, tell us where you live and then answer this fun question: If you wrote a book about your current season of life, what would the title be?
  • Subscribe to the email updates for the Womens Bible Cafe if you are new to our studies- click here
  • Join us on Facebook for small group meetings- click here
  • Get a copy of the Conversation Peace by Mary Kassian Print version (CLICK HERE) Kindle version (CLICK HERE)
  • Make sure you read the WBC Getting Started page when you click here

I look forward to seeing you in the small groups!

With Love,

christine abraham

 

 

 

How do I know if I’m registered?

  • We do not have auto-responder email programs. If you post a comment on the website, you are registered.
  • Small groups are open attendance and you select your own day and time you wish to attend.
  • Once you register by posting a comment on the website, join our Facebook group for updates.
  • Facebook groups meet here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/

Anonymous Online Bible Study | Week 3

anonymous week 3Womens Online Bible study is a great way to develop your faith! We just finished our third week in the workbook “Anonymous: Discovering the Somebody You Are to God,” by Cindi Wood. Join us in our Facebook group for small group discussions. We’ll be learning about the woman who was bleeding for 12 years. Cindi Wood has identified her as “Hurting” and this week we learn about purpose in our suffering.

As women we often identity ourselves by our suffering. We identify ourselves as cancer survivors, domestic abuse survivors, recovered alcoholics, divorced, depressed, disabled, unemployed, menopausal, bipolar, etc. Sometimes the labels have advantages such as financial assistance, support groups and connection with like-minded women. Other times the labels are reminders of suffering, just like the label of the woman who bled for 12 years. Though she was healed in the most magnificent way, we still identify her by the label of her affliction.

Many of my friends are wearing “hurting” labels years after the event. One friend reminds me that her husband broke marriage vows by having an affair…30 years ago. Another friend whispers about a past abortion that happened 20 years ago. Do you see how we wear HURTING labels even after the suffering has passed?

If we are earthen vessels, how do our labels affect the work of Christ in us? These labels are testimonies of faith, just as the woman who bled for 12 years. These labels are evidence that we are forgiven, loved and known by God. Our vessels are not depleted and half-empty with stagnant waters of past suffering; they are filled with Living Water. While we may not delight in suffering, we are certainly revealing God’s glory inside us when we suffer beside Him instead of without Him. Read that twice.

Cindi Wood identifies four issues of hurting women: physical duress, financial hardship, emotional despair and shunned socially for her illness. It’s rare to find a woman who has not experienced these issues sometime in her life. Are you willing to let go of your hurting, or help a friend who is suffering today? Pray and ask the Lord to lead you into His will.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

  • Join a small group this week
  • Read WEEK FOUR in your book. You’ll read one lesson per day, each lesson is about 20 minutes.
  • Optional due to cost: AFTER you finish the reading assignment, watch video session four  available from Amazon or the publisher website.
  • If you have not yet registered and would still like to join us, please CLICK HERE.
  • Join us for a FREE live event with Bible teacher Cindi Wood Tuesday April 14 at 9PM Eastern, 6PM Pacific when you CLICK HERE.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK

  1. Cindi Wood describes a time when she experienced years of pain in her jaw. Have you ever been in physical pain for so long that you wanted to give up? If so, briefly describe how you felt during this situation. (Day 1, page 68)
  2. Where do you tend to fall on the “delighting” in suffering scale? 1= not at all, 5= need some work, 10= bring it on. (Day 1, page 71)
  3. Which phrase describes you today: “touched with affliction” or “commissioned to reach out to the hurting?” (Day 2, page 79)
  4. In Matthew 14:34-36 and Mark 6:56 we learn that those who are ill touched the garment of Jesus. If you suffer an illness, how would you feel about touching his robe?  (Day 4, page 89).
  5. The woman with the blood had four issues- physical, financial, emotional and social- as a result of her illness. Of these four, which one affects you most right now? (Day 4, page 90)

With Love,

christine abraham

Experiencing God Online Bible Study | Week 3

experiencing god week 3Welcome back to online Bible study at Women’s Bible Café! This week we will be discussing Unit Three of Experiencing God by Henry and Richard Blackaby entitled “God Pursues a Love Relationship.” Wow – how can we not get into that?

Our daily lessons this week included some great topics:

  • Created for a Love Relationship
  • A Love Relationship With God
  • Walking with God
  • God Pursues a Love Relationship
  • A Real, Personal, Practical Relationship

That’s right – we have been talking about love, relationships and God this week in a big way.

Our memory verse for the week sums it all up pretty well:
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)

That verse makes this seem like a simple matter, doesn’t it? But loving God in that way is anything but simple for sinful beings such as ourselves. So many things are constantly taking out time, our attention, and our “love.” We “love” so easily – we love our spouses, our kids, our friends, our jobs, our homes, our churches, our pastors, our cars, our favorite TV shows, our favorite restaurant, those new shoes we got on sale, the color we painted our living room, our iPhones, a good night’s sleep, the new Pilates instructor….but do we love God, really love Him, in the way this verse describes?

I know I don’t…at least not consistently. But God does love us that way – all the time. That’s quite a concept to grasp. He loves us, unconditionally, all day, every day, regardless of what we do, or say, or think. God takes the initiative. He pursues us. How cool is that????

This week we looked at the importance of building a relationship with the Lord that is real, personal and practical. That relationship is the cornerstone of everything – that’s right, everything. As Blackaby says “A love relationship with God is more important than any other single factor in your life”. It trumps the iPhone, the shoes, the TV shows, the food, the cars, the house, the job, the kids, the spouse… it really is everything. Are you willing to live like it is?

YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
– Join a small group for study and fellowship.
– Complete Week 4 in your Experiencing God workbook
– Optional: Watch the Session 4 video or listen to the audio.
– Record your thoughts in your spiritual journal.

BIBLE STUDY TIP FOR THE WEEK:
Pack your bag! Take your Bible and your workbook on the road with you – everywhere. I am often called a bag lady because I have a tote bag for everything under the sun! I have a work bag, a school bag, an exercise bag, and a Bible bag. They all hang out in the back seat of my car when I am not using them – that way I never leave home without them. My bible bag contains my NIV Life Application Bible, my Experiencing God materials, and a huge pencil bag full of my favorite pens, pencils, highlighters, and markers plus post it notes galore. By taking my Bible bag with me everywhere, I can use those extra minutes (which so often turn into hours a week) to complete my lessons. No, it’s not foolproof and like the rest of you, I often have to play catch up on the weekends but it certainly helps. Try it and let me know what you think!

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in your small group or post your answers here):
1. Can you describe your relationship with God by sincerely saying “I love you with all my heart”? (p. 53)
2. What are some things in your past that have a strong limiting influence on your life today? Do you think you are primarily shaped by your past or by your future? Why? (p. 57)
3. Look at the chart you made on p. 58. In what are you investing your life, your time, and your resources? Which of these will pass away? Which have eternal value? What adjustments do you sense God wants you to make?
4. How do you know God loves you? What evidence convinces you of His love for you? (p. 62)
5. Can you describe your relationship with God as real, personal and practical? Why or why not? (p. 66)

I sincerely hope that this week’s lessons have challenged you to look at your love relationship with your Lord and Savior. I pray that your relationship with Him is growing and that your find yourself “Experiencing God” in a new way as a result of this study. Not feeling that yet? Persevere and you will. This is still just the beginning!

See you next week!

Blessings,
Carla