Children Of The Day Online Bible Study Week 8

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image via Maria Theodosiou

Congratulations on your perseverance and completing this online Bible study with us! I’m sure you had many distractions over the course of the study, and even encountered spiritual warfare along your journey. Yet you have arrived at your destination and completed Children of the Day by Beth Moore..I am so proud of you! I would love to end our online study as we do in my local Bible study groups: with a banquet table and a celebration feast filled with memories of our time together. Yet this is one of the downsides to online study so we’ll make do with the resources we have. Maybe you can celebrate with a girlfriend or family member and report back to us how you spent that time.

Our study of Thessalonians concludes with a reminder to seek peace. This is often difficult in a world saturated with social media, where nonverbal cues and tonality are lacking in our communication. Women are easily offended, sometimes hurt and display public contempt towards one another. We are cautioned by Beth Moore, “Perhaps only one thing is more dangerous in a pulpit than ignorance. It is dangerous thing to treat contemptuously those whom God has called.” Keep this in  mind as you fill your assignment for God. Be loving towards one another, just as Christ loves you. Be a reflection of His Light, even when you are struggling with hurt feelings or hormonal emotions. God has created an action plan for you..all you need to do is open the Bible and read from Genesis to Revelation. Look for your identity in Christ.

As a reminder, Beth says “I don’t think people set out to become critical or cynical or irresponsible. I think more often than not, we catch it from somebody.” If you’ve spent enough time online then really consider the word “viral.” You can catch more than popular votes and “likes” when you are online! Guard your hearts and minds.

Finally, “We as the church in this time and place have been given the Word of God and a mission to share the good news of Jesus Christ. As we wrap up our time together, please place a marble in your pocket or purse.  Let it travel with you each day as on ongoing reminder that you’ve got the ball; YOU are the bearer of Gods good news to the world.  Let His Word influence your interactions with your sisters in the Lord.  Let Him change the way you relate to those in your home. Let Him work through you to call others to His side.” Beth Moore

May you continue your journey with Jesus. Walk in the Light.

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PRAYER REQUESTS

The prayer wall is a great place to post prayers, find the monthly Womens Bible Cafe prayer calendar and to pray for one another. Be sure to visit the page when you click here.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK (share answers in small groups)

  1. Question from page 202: without mentioning names, describe a destructive attitude you seen go viral among believers.
  2. If you have one primary thing you believe this eight week series has been about between you and Jesus, what would it be?
  3. From page 185,  What do you think it means to keep yourself in the love of God? How are you planning to keep yourself in the Love of God after this study?

 

 

 

Children Of The Day Online Bible Study Week 7

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Welcome to online Bible study for women as we continue working through Children of the Day by Beth Moore. If you have stuck with the program so far, then you are truly blessed by these lessons! If you are behind, don’t worry you have plenty of time to finish the reading assignments before our next online Bible study begins. Don’t give up now… these final weeks are filled with rich ideas. If you are participating in small groups then you will experience another amazing discussion this week. Beth Moore has prepared some awesome discussion questions on her blog and we’ve shared them here and also in our small groups.

While reading this week I accidentally reversed the numbers in the Scripture verse on the bottom of page 166, and so I found myself digging deeper into Matthew 15:16 and was not disappointed with my error. I stumbled upon these verses as I looked in different translations with my parallel Bible:

  • “Don’t you understand yet?” Jesus asked. (NLT)
  • “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. (NIV)
  • Jesus replied, “You, too? Are you being willfully stupid?” (Message)

In the passage Jesus was speaking to Pharisees and calling them hypocrites, yet He went on to teach them and correct their theology. His example for us as His disciples is to correct, not condemn. We are not called to be unforgiving and bitter servants; we are called to be like Christ.

Beth Moore gave many examples in her personal testimony this week, where she had an opportunity to be bitter towards those who wronged her. She took the higher road and did not give glory to her attackers by giving them more attention than they deserved. Sometimes our emotions will lead us on the wrong path: we might gossip, slander, shout angry rants and act very un-Christlike in our behavior. When you are on a path not walked by Christ, then you must stop your journey and break the strongholds before you move forward. Otherwise, you’ll be carrying the baggage of resentment and bitterness while wearing a name badge that says “Hello, my name is..and I’m a Christian.” Know your identity in Christ and walk the path that gives glory to the Father, even when you are wronged.

After completing a course on Revelation at Liberty University, I was delighted to see this book of the Bible mentioned here in our study. One word of caution though…on page 177 Beth Moore writes about the 42 months in Rev. 13:5-10, “Scholars throughout the centuries have argued over what this segment of time refers to and whether it should be taken literally or figuratively…if plain sense makes plain sense, seek no other sense.” What she doesn’t clarify is that there are several methods of interpretation for Revelation and while she might adopt the “dispensational premillennialism” method of interpretation, your local church may adopt a different approach. I highly recommend The Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation or The Book of Revelation Unlocking the Future by Ed Hindson. Both books present the different interpretation methods and are useful tools for understanding Revelation. I encourage you when learning Scripture to understand the different methods of interpretation and choose one in alignment with your local church theology. Beth Moore has a complete study on Revelation, DVD lecture series, available on her website. All of these tools are useful for understanding and then defending your position on Revelation! It’s a beautiful book to study.

PRAYER REQUESTS

The prayer wall is a great place to post prayers, find the monthly Womens Bible Cafe prayer calendar and to pray for one another. Be sure to visit the page when you click here.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK (share answers in small groups)

  1.  2 Thessalonians 2:3a, ESV, “Let no one deceive you in any way.” page 168 Have you ever been duped by someone who proved to be an impostor?
  2. Pages 180-181 – Choose one of those three sections that hit you the most personally and discuss why. For instance, have you experienced a sifting season (Question page 180 what do you think any process of sifting can be meant to accomplish?) Or a thorn in the flesh? Share something you filled in on pages 180-181.

Children of the Day Online Bible Study Week 5

A bolt of Greece lightning” is how the National Geographic characterized Thessaloniki in its “Best of the World 2013″ list. Thessaloniki is the European Capital for 2014. (Photograph by Peter Schickert, Alamy)

A bolt of Greece lightning” is how the National Geographic characterized Thessaloniki in its “Best of the World 2013″ list. Thessaloniki is the European Capital for 2014. (Photograph by Peter Schickert, Alamy)

Welcome to another discussion for Children of the Day by Beth Moore. We are meeting in small groups again this week as we discuss week five, “Children Of the Light.”  Do you remember the words of Beth Moore this week? She writes, “We can keep our heads buried in Scripture and believe everything we read, but if we study only God’s acts and not His character, our sum-total god still won’t be the God of the Bible. A lesser god is not our God.” What does that mean to you personally? Do you understand the message she is delivering… studying God is not the same as knowing God. She encourages us to be awake in the Lord and has a beautiful message on page 121 in the study guide.

I remember several times when I have been awakened by God, and sadly, this is also a reminder that I have slumbered. Maybe you recall similar events? In our small groups today several women shared how a relationship, financial hardship or health issue pulled them out of their slumber. The commonality in their testimonies is love and I’m reminded how Jesus is  Christian love. It is in Him and through Him that we are awakened to God.

This week we contemplated online relationships vs local relationships. We can edit our words and delete our comments in the social media world (Facebook, Twitter, etc) yet at the same time we have a larger audience for our message. I’ve seen women lose their tempers, condemn others, make suicide threats and even post comments while drunk. Yet they are ashamed to be truthful with their closet friends because they do not want to be accountable. Why is it easier for them to be authentic online than in person? Some hide behind fake profile names and then reveal their true self.

Remember that God sees, whether you are online with your real name or a fake name. He sees when you are transparent online, or when you are filled with lies. He sees when you build up the church and when you bring it down. He is ever present..and you should always be speaking for an Audience of One…online or in person!

Don’t be a people pleaser, online or in person. Be an authentic woman of God, Daughter of the King.

God calls you to be Christ-like, not social-media acceptable.

As I write this I am attacked with another round of spiritual warfare. Have you noticed intense pushing from Satan as you read the book, discuss the book or even grow closer to God because of the book? Wow… today’s been fierce as the enemy pushes hard to keep me distracted or silent. I am praying 1 Thessalonians 5:8 NLT over myself and you as well:

But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.

There is a beautiful intercessory prayer for awakening by Beth Moore on page 129 of your study guide. I hope you keep this prayer where you can see it, and consider praying it for the next 30 days.

PRAYER REQUESTS

The prayer wall is a great place to post prayers, find the monthly Womens Bible Cafe prayer calendar and to pray for one another. Be sure to visit the page when you click here.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK (share answers in small groups)

  1. On page 121 Beth Moore asks “What one event in your life shook you to your most awakened state?”  If you feel spiritually unawake, talk about a way that you really need the Lord to awaken you with His Spirit and to His presence and His activity in your proximity.
  2. Beth Moore makes a powerful statement when she says “We feel free to ask astonishingly personal questions to complete strangers, yet we’ve grown increasingly timid face to face.” (page 132) What implications do you see from getting into the habit of drawing fewer boundaries with the wider social arena and airtight boundaries with your closest companions?
  3.  How do we warn someone who is irresponsible without the person feeling judged? (page 133)

Children of the Day Online Bible Study Week 6

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Thank you for joining me in another online Bible study for women as we discuss Children of the Day by Beth Moore. We’ve finished reading week six in the study guide called “Mobilized For Ministry.” As Beth reminds us, if you are a child of God then you have a ministry and are called to serve Christ. You may be called to minister to one, or minister to many. The number is not as important as the calling.

Don’t be confused by your calling.

When I look back at my calling, I see how God has continued to change my path, yet never the destination. I can never see to the finish line, because only God knows when I am finished. Meanwhile, I look for fresh directions and follow his navigation system.

Often in business we are taught to create the vision, map the plan and reach the goals. Yet Scripture tells us…pray, then trust God. If you can hear Him speak to your heart, you have all the direction you need. Let God lead.

I think we have so much pressure from the world to follow a certain model or role, that when God calls us we are looking for complexity rather than simplicity.

When your calling is fueled by pride, then you are self-serving rather than God-serving. There are many examples of this in the Scriptures. Stripped of pride, you will accomplish more for His Kingdom than you will for your own. Pray often, listen, and follow where God leads. Negativity, bitterness, unforgiveness and resentment destroy callings. Don’t allow Satan to put these thoughts and words into your mouth. Pray constantly for a pure heart centered on God’s will.

PRAYER REQUESTS

The prayer wall is a great place to post prayers, find the monthly Womens Bible Cafe prayer calendar and to pray for one another. Be sure to visit the page when you click here.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK (share answers in small groups)

  1. Notice the words on page 143: “No one else can fulfill your calling.” Other people can do what you’ve been called to do, but they cannot be you doing it. Did you get any insight in your calling for this season? If so, what?
  2. What do you look like when you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength? (page 145)  What do you want to do most when you’re filled with that holy fire?
  3.  What have you enjoyed most about the study since we started?

Children of the Day Online Bible Study Week 4

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He Loves Me! Those words can make your heart full of joy everyday if the giver is the right person.  As I read week four of online Bible Study, Children of the Day by Beth Moore, one thing struck me: that God has loved us to the fullest before I knew and loved Him!  How amazing is this to realize, in a world where we often don’t love to our fullest until we have known a person for a considerable amount of time.  God’s love is perfect love, unconditional and is freely given to me and to you.

1 Thessalonians 4:10, Paul writes, “And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more,” – As Christian sisters, how can we love each other more and more? Does this mean have a little more patience with each other, pray more for each other, hug each other more, etc. The list could go on and on.  But what’s important is that we show each other the love that God has shown to us and as we grow in our relationship with God, His love will shine through and we will love each other more.

Offer up a praise to God for loving you to the fullest even before you knew Him!  Let your light shine on others so that they may experience God’s love through you!

Sonya Nelson

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

The prayer wall is a great place to post prayers, find the monthly Womens Bible Cafe prayer calendar and to pray for one another. Be sure to visit the page when you click here. We also have a Facebook prayer group with almost 7,000 women… you can find it here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCprayers/ (login to Facebook before you click the URL).

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK (share answers in small groups)

  1. What are you most curious about concerning end-time events? (page 106, week four, day five)
  2. Did one day of homework stick out the most to you in your journey with Christ these past two weeks? If so, which one and why?
  3. Turn to p.71 in your Week Three homework and glance down the page at the two questions on the equations. First, if you wrote any additional “minus hindrance” equations, I’m dying to hear them. Don’t stress if you didn’t add one but share it if you did.  Second, were there two equations among those I listed in the lesson that resonated with you? If so, which ones and perhaps even why?