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Believing God Online Bible Study | Week 2

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We’ve finished our second week of Believing God by Beth Moore and learned “God is who He says He is.” This is a critical part of our theology, because if we don’t believe in His character and existence then doubt will creep into our hearts. A good visualization of this is seen in the movie God’s Not Dead, where an atheist professor challenges a student to prove God’s existence, and frames the question around the parameters of the scientific community. How do we believe something we cannot see?

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We are blessed with free will from God and this allows us to choose what we want to see and believe. Second Corinthians 5:7 says we walk by faith and not by sight. Apologetics is defending the Christian faith. Read any apologetic book and you’ll discover that in reality the scientific community makes decisions on faith too. They cannot see gravity, yet they have the faith to know it exists. We can see the Bible, which currently has 5,500 verified manuscripts including the Dead Sea Scrolls. Our faith is rooted in eyewitness accounts recorded in Scripture. Many secular documents from the same time period validate key events recorded in Scripture. If you’re interested in learning more about apologetics, read “Reasons For Our Hope” by House and Jowers, or Mere Apologetics” by Alister McGrath. There is also a free resource online called Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.

Beth Moore asks “What are you risking if you decide to surrender to a life of present-active-participle believing God and what are you risking if you don’t (page 43)? I really like this question and hope you spent some time contemplating your answers. 10 years ago I wrote this answer: releasing guilt and self-hatred when I surrender; risking depression and repeating past sins if I don’t. Wow…I’m amazed I even felt that in my heart! This was a stone-breaker moment for me in my journey and I pray it breaks the hardness of your heart too! Today my answer reflects my spiritual maturity and I wrote on page 43: I’m risking social acceptance by believing God, and soul freedom if I don’t. Stop for a moment and raise your two arms in praise if you agree \o/ HALLELUJAH!

I’d love to know how you completed the exercise at the bottom of page 43, yet I realize that it would be impossible to read all of your answers. Why don’t you do this instead: find one friend you trust in person on online and share your answers to this question. Open a conversation and express your heart. Our ministry leaders are all AMAZING listeners so if you want to share your answers with your small group leaders they will listen and encourage you to break the stones of fear and reluctance. There is no shame and condemnation, only love.

Assignment For the Week

  • Calendar your study time and small group time. Use a reminder alarm on your cell phone.
  • Pray before you begin reading. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart to wisdom.
  • Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule. Arrive to the private Facebook group for the one hour meeting.
  • Begin reading Week Three: Believing God Can Do What He Says He Can Do in your workbook
  • Read Romans 4 at least two times this week, in a translation of your choice.
  • If you are listening to the audio cd’s or watching the videos, watch Session Three, available through Lifeway (not required for participation in the study)

 Discussion Questions- Answer in your small group or post a comment below

  1. On page 32 Beth Moore lists both formal and informal teachers of theology. Which has impacted your spiritual life the most: conversations, television, nature, parents, schoolteachers, preachers?
  2. Second Corinthians 5:7 KJV says “We walk by faith not by sight.” Reverse this and complete the sentence: I walk by sight when I____________.  Give examples of how we might choose “sight” over “faith.”
  3. What did you learn about yourself after completing the “Test of Faith” on page 35:  Would you describe your journey as active/adventurous (mostly a’s and b’s), moderate (mostly b’s and c’s), or uncertainty/fear (mostly c’s and d’s)? What factors do you feel may have you there? (page 36)
  4. How did you do your second week of study: stuck on the Hebrew words, enlightened by the “Test of Faith, or not much meat this week? What are some things that touched your heart this week?
  5. In our study this week Beth Moore gives an example from an apologist, someone who argues and defends the Christian faith. How do you feel about being in a situation where you need to defend your faith? The question is important because we need to first defend it to OURSELVES: Do you believe God is who He says He is? Is there anyone that needs prayer in this area of her spiritual life?

With Love,

 

christine abraham

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Believing God Online Bible Study | Week 1

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This week we’re Believing God  as we discuss our first reading assignment from Beth Moore. It was exciting to see women gather in our small groups last week for the introduction sessions. I like to imagine that we’re sitting around a huge round table, big cups in our hands with coffee or tea, and intimate conversations in our hearts filled with the Holy Spirit. I’m visual.

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A common theme I saw in our small groups last week is a need for accountability. To me this demonstrates a lack of self-confidence and a need for prayer. I’m asking our ministry leaders to write your names on index cards and to pray diligently for you as we continue this study of faith. One of my goals is to teach you to become self-feeders of God’s Word. So you’ll crave more of Him and spend less time on distractions, such as social media or television. We all have 30 minutes a day in our schedules, yet we find it difficult to get started because of procrastination. If you want to break through this annoyance, imagine that Jesus is in your living room. Monday through Friday, He is there waiting to meet you. Bring your workbook, your Bible and your heart to Him. Pour out your thoughts on the journal exercises in the daily study. If you’re a visual personal like me and struggle to imagine He is there, then pour the Lord a cup of morning coffee or tea as a reminder you are not alone. Do whatever it takes and after three weeks you’ll create a habit that shatters your need for accountability.

Let’s talk about the reading assignment. On page 17 in the workbook, Beth Moore asks us to record what Christ says about faith. One verse in particular caught my eye:

“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20 (NLT)

When I read this I wrote in my workbook: NOTHING HAPPENS WITH UNBELIEF. Then I prayed over this and immediately realized how diverse our churches are today. Some churches believe in miracles and they see miracles, while others do not. Outside the church community, what do you believe? Are you a miracle-believer of great faith, or a conformer?

If you want to explore this further, do some research on missionaries and their miracle stories. Also research the numerous claims of miracles in third world countries, yet not witnessed in modern societies. The topic is fascinating! Perhaps we’ve tamed our faith within the realm of acceptance and approval? Keep praying and seek answers from the Holy Spirit about this.

Beth Moore has this terrific quote on page 18- “We want to continue in our God-testing unbelief and still see Him move mountains.” If we sat at a table together I’d be raising my hand and shouting AMEN. Unbelief and mountain moving… sit with Jesus and have a conversation about that this week!

Post a comment below and tell me one thing you learned this past week of study. I want to know what Bible verse or thought really moved you from Week One.

BIBLE STUDY TIP: If you encounter a difficult question in the workbook, sometimes Beth Moore provides the answer in the next paragraph below. Pray through your lesson and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Skip the question and come back to it later rather than sitting there in “stuck” mode. Once you learn her teaching style you’ll have less difficulty with the answers. She does not give the answer immediately and encourages her students to seek the Bible before they seek Beth.

Assignment For the Week

  • Pray before you begin reading. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart to wisdom.
  • Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule. Arrive to the private Facebook group for the one hour meeting.
  • Begin reading Week Two: Believing God is Who He Says He Is in your workbook
  • Read Romans 4 at least two times this week, in a translation of your choice.
  • If you are listening to the audio cd’s or watching the videos, watch Session Two, available through Lifeway (not required for participation in the study)

 Discussion Questions- Answer in your small group or post a comment below

  1. Which of the Five Statements of Belief do you currently struggle with: 1) God is who He says He is  2) God can do what He says He can do  3) I am who God says I am  4)  I can do all things through Christ  5) God’s Word is alive and active in me.  Let the Holy Spirit convict you of your answer. What is He saying to you right now?
  2. On page 16 Beth Moore asks you to consider some of the biggest obstacles you encounter in diligently seeking God. What are some of the answers you wrote in your workbook?
  3. What are some of the rewards you’ve already received from seeking God? (page 11)
  4. On page 21 Beth Moore invites us to read Romans 4 and suggests using a Post-in note in your Bible to record the date each time you read the chapter. Have you tried this learning tool? How would you summarize Romans 4 (page 23)
  5. How did you do your first week of study: slow to start, jumped off a diving board, or sitting at the edge of the pond and still reflecting? What are some things that touched your heart this week?

With Love,

christine abraham

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Beth Moore and Kay Arthur Online Bible Studies Start Today | Welcome

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WELCOME! We’re starting two new online Bible studies today: Believing God by Beth Moore and The Holy Spirit Unleashed in You by Kay Arthur. This week you’ll begin reading your workbook or study book, join a small group, and spend each day with your Bible. Our entire ministry team is praying for you. Sharon Seymour Lewis has created a special message for you to watch:

Each week on MONDAY you’ll receive an email update for the Bible studies (as long as you registered for the study and confirmed your email address). You’ll receive an email with updates for BOTH studies because several woman are participating in both of them. It’s easier to send one email than to send multiple emails on the same day…and easier for you to not miss important updates with a SINGLE EMAIL each week.

If you have any questions please message me and I’ll assist you.

 

With Love,

christine abraham