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Patriarchs Online Bible Study | Week 10

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Well what a journey!   We have reached the end of our Beth Moore online Bible study of the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  We have grown a deeper love for scripture as we dug into our study each week.

This final week brings us to, “Epic Endings to the Beginning,” where we witness the final leg of Jacob’s life.   We have studied four generations, and seen their struggles along the way.

Just like when I read a book, I was anticipating the ending.  Would it be a cliffhanger, would it be a good ending or a bad ending?  Our lesson shows us that God is the master as setting the scene and wrapping it all up in the end.

We see the dramatic reunion of Jacob and his son, Joseph, whom he had mourned the death of some years before.  I can imagine what an emotional time it was for them both.  But what I love about this study is that in the end we see the God has turned what some saw as a tragedy into a blessing for all.  Joseph was not dealt a great hand in the beginning, betrayed by his brothers, only to be used by God to bless his family in the end.  Don’t you love how God make all things work out for us, even when we don’t see Him working on our behalf?  And the best part, He never leaves us!

Throughout these ten whirlwind weeks of study, we have experienced many emotions as we shared together in our groups.  But one emotion that I remember and felt the strongest was thirst. I thirsted for more of the word with each week and day of lessons.  This story of God walking with generations of a family fascinated me and gave me hope that He can and will do the same thing for my family, for you and your family.  The blessings from God are never ending and He will always be with us.

My Sisters, I leave you with this final thought, I was recently at a conference for ministry leaders, and the worship team for night one sang a song and the chorus really resonated with me: “You’re the overflow, the sustainer of my soul, pouring out of me. Living water for the weary, bless me so I might be a blessing, heal me so I might bring healing.  Cover me, so that I might be a covering for You.”  I remember being in tears praising God as I was singing.  Beth Moore asks us to make a pact to be intentional about blessing others and seeking God thru His word all the way to our last conscious breath. (page 237)

Will you make that pact with her, with us, with God?

Thank you for sharing with us during this study! We invite you to register for our Summer Study, “Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity” which begins the week of Monday, June 19th

May God continue to bless you and I look forward to once again, Study.Connect. Grow. with you in two weeks!

Patriarchs Online Bible Study | Week 9

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Our Patriarchs online Bible study continues with Week 9 from Beth Moore, A Fragile Band of Brothers.  We are in the homestretch of the study! Push to finish strong! After finishing these last nine weeks of Bible study you’ve developed habits of devotion, explored Bible topics, and discovered personal applications. Well done ladies, well done!

Recently I travelled to Dallas, Texas for work.  I had decided that I would carry on so I didn’t have to check my bag.  This would make travelling a little easier and timely, right?  Wrong.  When I got to the gate, I was kindly told that my bag was over the weight limit and would need to be checked. My bag being over the limit led to additional expenses and time that I was hoping to avoid.  Reminds me of our lesson this week.

Baggage…Emotional Baggage, Financial Baggage, Addiction Baggage, whatever baggage we carry from our past will always weigh us down and hinder our growth until we, as our author suggests, exchange it with God’s provision, and restoration.

While we see Joseph prosper and his character is grown thru his past pain, we still see that his old wounds are still there.  Perhaps, you, like me have really tried to mask the truth that things that happened in the past still at times sting hard.  When we live in denial of these feelings, we never fully escape our past hurts and heal.

I can only imagine the flood of emotions that Joseph must have felt seeing his brothers after the pain they caused.  But what really hit me this week, was that even though he had suffered so much, God provided him with new blessings and a way to bless and provide for his family in the end.   God had a plan and used the evil, the hurt for His glory and for blessings to come forth.

I pray that you will continue to seek God during times of sufferings and trust that He is working on your behalf, even when you do not see Him moving.

Meet us during this week for one of our small group discussions.  Continue to connect with your Prayer Partners and leaders this week to share.

BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENTS THIS WEEK:

One more week to go ladies!

 

Women of Christmas | Week 4

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women-of-christmasWelcome back to our final week of “The Women of Christmas” by Liz Curtis Higgs. We have just finished reading this wonderful book about Elizabeth, Mary and Anna.

This week, we meet Anna, another ordinary woman with extraordinary gifting from God.  She was at the right place and the right time, because the Lord prepared her for this. While she didn’t know the exact day, and time the Messiah would arrive, as she waited, she kept her heart and mind on the Lord. She fasted and prayed, and kept near to Him. Anna was convicted and believed…and she waited for God to reveal Himself. How often are we sitting and waiting for God to reveal Himself today? Is there a certain situation that you are waiting for God to respond to?

Her devotion to God blew me away! Our lesson tells us that, “she spent all the minutes, hours, days, months and years of her long life, fasting and praying, worshipping God.” Can you imagine? Waking up each day with a mind to serve and worship God all the day long! How often is it hard for us to find the time to attend worship service, or Bible study with our varying work and home schedules? To be in God’s presence all day long…sounds wonderful!

As you celebrate this Christmas month, I encourage you to join me in prayerfully considering how to fast and pray just like Anna. You might want to fast from television, the internet, coffee drinks or something else that the Lord places into your heart. Pray and seek direction from the Holy Spirit. Ask how you may draw near to God…into that quiet corner that Anna found, waiting and praying for His presence in her life.

  • Believe that the Lord will answer your prayer.
  • Believe that the Lord is present in your heart and mind.
  • Believe that the Lord sent His One and Only Son for you.
  • Believe in the Power and the Presence of the Holy Spirit.
  • Believe in the miracles and the angels.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, the women of Christmas did their part, anticipating the Lord’s advent, dedicating their lives to his service, and honoring his sacred name even before he was born. Liz Curtis Higgs

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

All the information you need for the next study will be listed at the link above.

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Your WBC small group leaders may use some or all of these discussion questions this week.

  1. Read this scripture where Jesus told His disciples, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 (NASB). How might you show God’s love to a stranger who crosses your path? A person you see while riding an elevator? A person you see while shopping at the grocery store? A new coworker at your job? A new visitor or member at your church?
  2. The Holy Spirit played a quiet but significant part in this week’s lesson, revealing to Simeon that he wouldn’t die until he saw the Messiah. When people bring you troubling news or a word of caution, how do you respond to them and what might you ask of God?
  3. How did Anna’s faithfulness in the temple, constantly praying and fasting, strike you? (Did you think it was beautiful, encouraging, over the top?) How might a modern woman follow her example? How might you follow her example today?
  4. In what ways might God be asking you to dwell more closely with Him in the year ahead? (fasting and praying more? Studying the Bible more? Trusting Him more? Forgiving someone?)
  5. Is there something you learned about Elizabeth, Mary or Anna in this study that would inspire you to be a role model for others? What did you take away from the study that you will apply to your own life?
  6. Just as Anna “turned her loneliness into ‘aloneness’ with God,” we all have seasons when we’re on our own and could use that solitude to deepen our relationship with God. How do you spend that time? What portion would you consider giving solely to God and how might you do so?
  7. Simeon was from Jerusalem, and he had been waiting in the Temple Courts a long time to see the holy child Jesus.  We know nothing of Simeon except the meaning of his name (he has heard) and the attitude of his heart (devout). What would you need to know about someone before you invited him or her to attend your weekly Bible study? Join your family for Christmas dinner? Take your newborn son/daughter from your embrace? Sit next to you at church, on the bus, at an event?
  8. After reading about Elizabeth, Mary and Anna and seeing that God used each of them in the story of Christ’s birth, what common characteristics, or behaviors did each woman of Christmas have? Do you see any that you can apply to your life to strengthen your faith and growth in God?
  9. What did you like most about this study?  How has it changed the way you will celebrate the Christmas season this year?

We want to thank you for your warmth and commitment you have shown during this study! You have blessed us each week!  It is our greatest wish that you and your loved ones have the gift of Faith, the blessing of Hope, and the peace of His Love as you celebrate His birth this Christmas season!

sonya morris nelson

 

 

 

 

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Women of Christmas | Week 3

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woc3aWelcome back to our third week of womens online Bible study- “The Women of Christmas” by Liz Curtis Higgs. This week we celebrated our gift from God. It’s a boy! He’s here! Mary’s baby boy has arrived!

This week’s lesson reminds me of the times I shared in the joy and pain of pregnancy and labor of my family and friends.  Do you remember when you were expecting and waiting to meet your new bundle of joy? And then, when he or she arrived, you were so happy and wanted to shout, “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!”  Everyone wanted to come and see the baby!  I remember the stories my momma would tell of all the hours of labor she went thru with each child.  How each pregnancy was different.  But it was so worth it, to be able to hear her bundle of joy cry and to hold them.

The words “faith and obedience” came to my mind over and over this week.  The faith and obedience that both Mary and Elizabeth showed throughout their own personal journey.  Elizabeth had to remain faithful thru the years that she was barren and the challenges she faced from neighbors, family and friends.  Even when she became with child, she still had to remain faithful to God thru the entire 9 months as her husband was unable to communicate with her in the normal way.  Mary was a child, a virgin, who was to be married but was with child.  Her faithfulness to God had to be strong.  She would have been talked about, stared at, and maybe even worried about how this would all play out.  Two different women, two different paths, two different blessings, but they were both faithful and obedient to God’s will for their lives.  Both women were common women, just like you and me, full of promise but not perfect.  But their faith was remarkable and notable.   The promising truth here is that we are not perfect, nor do we have to be! Whew! Takes the pressure off, doesn’t it?  I asked myself am I willing, faithful and obedient to God? Are you?

Zechariah’s response to his restoration to full health was one of praise to God! Can you imagine.  Being unable to speak and hear for 9 months, then after you are obedient to God, you are immediately healed! And scripture tells us that he began to praise God!  This really took me back to times when I was whiny about my circumstance.  “Why me?” “This isn’t fair” “I must be unworthy” “If I had prayed more.”  Just one complaint and whine after another. I realized that praising God keeps my whiny and complaining words at bay.  When faced with disappointment, praise God.  When I am faced with heartache, praise God.  When I am faced with sickness and pain, praise God.  No matter what I am facing, praising God helps me get thru it increasing and activating my faith and obedience to Him!

My most moving take away from this lesson was the obedience of each woman in the giving the name of their child.  “John and Jesus” Each one was told what to name their son, and they obeyed.  Remember when you were thinking of a name for your baby? The thought that was put into the name was sometimes long, sometimes after a relative or parent, sometimes with a special meaning.  Elizabeth and Zechariah, Mary and Joseph obeyed God’s command to name their children.  There’s that obedience again!

“The Savior, yes the Messiah the Lord has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” Luke 2:11 (NLT)

Yes, he was. Your Savior and mine. All because one woman said yes to God. – Liz Curtis Higgs

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Read Chapter Seven and Chapter Eight in your book or e-book.
  • Come and meet the women in this study when you join a small group meeting at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
  • Spend some time this week thanking God for the gift of His son.
  • Over the next week, give God praise for something each day and record it in your journal.

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Your WBC small group leaders may use some or all of these discussion questions this week.QUESTION 1: When Zechariah’s health was restored and he could speak again, the first thing he did was praise God.

  1. QUESTION 1: Do you think praising God is more for our benefit or His? How does the act of praising God change your attitude or perspective?
  2. QUESTION 2: What part of the story of the birth of Jesus impacts you the most?  Why?
  3. QUESTION 3: Read this scripture, “…He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” Mark 10:14 What are some admirable qualities that children have?  In what ways could you become more childlike in your faith?
  4. QUESTION 4: Music proclaiming the joy of our Savior’s birth has been around for thousands of years.  How does music remind us to celebrate the miracle of the birth of Jesus? How does some Christmas music distract us from the true meaning?
  5. QUESTION 5: How will you put Christ at the center of your Christmas this year?
  6. QUESTION 6: Read Job 5:17, “Blessed is the one whom God corrects,” and Proverbs 3:12, “The Lord disciplines those he loves.” If Zechariah’s silence wasn’t punishment, it still might have been God’s discipline. How would you describe the difference between punishment and correction? Think of a time when God was disciplining or correcting you. What did you learn from the experience?
  7. QUESTION 7: We see Elizabeth and Zechariah’s obedience in naming their son “John” despite the objections of their relatives.  Remember, both came from priestly families so names were critical in the cultural time period. How does being obedient to God affect our relationships with others? (family, spouse, children, friends) How does it affect our relationship with God?
  8. QUESTION 8: Share one thing that has moved you the most in the study so far.

So, I ask you, my Sisters, will you present yourself willing to go where God calls you? Will you be obedient to Him? Will you praise Him at all times, thru all, the good and the bad? Will you open your heart and say yes to Him?

sonya morris nelson

 

 

 

 

 

Women of Christmas | Week 2

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Welcome back to our 2016 Christmas online Bible study- “The Women of Christmas” by Liz Curtis Higgs. There are exactly 27 days before we gather around in our homes with family and friends to celebrate Christmas, the day that we celebrate our Savior’s birth! Are you ready?

As I read chapters three and four this week, I was really in awe of Mary’s mature response to her role in this amazing Christmas story.  I remember back when I was 12 years old, I still played with my favorite cabbage patch baby and my favorite Barbie doll and doll house, oh and of course wanting those pair of cowgirl boots that I just needed so bad. LOL.  Memories!  Do you remember what you were like when you were 12?

I also thought about my daughter today, she is mature in some ways, but still is a little girl, my little girl and never in a million years would I think she could handle this type of responsibility and be as emotionally mature as Mary.  Or could she? Am I limiting what God could do thru her, or even thru me? Thinking about that makes me appreciate the awe and wonder of God and how He can and will use anyone to fulfil His plan.  Mary was willing, and I ask myself, would I have been?  Would you have been? Am I willing now to be used? Are you willing to be used?  Blows your mind, doesn’t it?

I would have had so many questions, but Mary had only one: “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” Luke 1:34. Even in this question, she showed her faith and trust in God, she believed and trusted, she just wanted to know how.   Not the how that I would have wanted, not the details I would have asked for like, what day, where at. And for those who know me,  what shoes will I be wearing? Or “Ew, boys, yuck!”  This is where I often get of track, wanting to know too many details, instead of just trusting what God has said He will do.  And the angel’s next words rang so strong in my ears: “For no word from God will ever fail” Luke 1:37. WOW! What God says He will do, He will do!  Do you believe?

Mary shared this news with Elizabeth, the person who had experienced God’s power and, let’s face it, the only other person that would understand what she was going thru, as our author says, “they shared faith in a wonderworking God.” Elizabeth and Mary are filled with the Spirit of God, while Joseph and Zechariah are absent from scripture for the next three months.  Both women were not depending on men, they were depending on the Father. They surrendered to the Authority. Elizabeth trusted God with her high-risk pregnancy and her muted husband. Mary trusted God with her life- she risked death by stoning as an unwed mother- and risked rejection from her future husband. Fueled by love, both women gave their all to God.

We learn this week that despite who Mary was, a young woman of low status, a lowly servant girl, God had taken notice of her.  He saw her, He saw her as precious in His sight.  And guess what? He sees me the same, and He see you as well.  I mean He really sees us! Not just for the clothes we wear, or the color of our hair, He sees our hearts, He sees our desires and our hurts, and most of all He sees our potential and our purpose!

Last week I encouraged you to list those things that were place holders in your heart in your journal. Now that the obstacles are out of your way, let’s consider the areas of our lives that we are not giving over to God. First consider what Mary and Elizabeth gave:

  • their bodies
  • their marriages
  • their relationships with family and friends
  • their own plans for the future
  • their reputations and their pride

As I looked in my journal, I realized that there are a few areas that I have not totally surrendered to God.  By totally I mean all of it, not some, but all.  Are there any areas you have yet to surrender? Or have you given half to God, or only those that you trust Him with, but keep those that you don’t really believe He can handle? Perhaps are you still holding on to control of everything? Are you trying to fix the mess of your marriage on your own? Are you trying to save your children instead of releasing them over to God? Have you offered yourself as a vessel for God to use, or do you think that you are too old, not well versed, too out of shape, or too young?  Whatever area you have not surrendered, remember what Mary and Elizabeth taught us this week about surrendering to their wonder-working God, who is our wonder-working God as well, even today!

Will you say yes to Him in all areas?  I am reminded of a favorite hymn of mine written by Judson W. Van DeVenter: “I Surrender All.”

“All to Jesus, I surrender, all to Him I freely give.

I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live.”

I surrender all, I surrender all.  All to Thee my blessed Savior, I surrender All”

 

Will you surrender all today?

Never doubt for a moment that women matter to the Almighty. Liz Curtis Higgs

For the next seven days ask yourself this important question: What things in my life am I not giving to God? Pray and the Holy Spirit will guide you.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Read Chapter Five and Chapter Six in your book or e-book.
  • Come and meet the women in this study when you join a small group meeting at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
  • Read Luke 1:26-38
  • Spend time praying for God to reveal the areas you have not totally surrendered to Him. List them in your journal and commit to surrendering them with God’s help.

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  • “God takes us as we are and uses us as he will, for our good and for his glory.” – Liz Curtis Higgs
  • “God didn’t choose Mary because she was unique Mary was unique because God chose her.” – Liz Curtis Higgs
  • “Then why do we throw up roadblocks when God drives a tank? He can remove any obstacle, overcome any challenge, mow down any opposition.” – Liz Curtis Higgs
  • “Immanuel, God with us, God with me” – Liz Curtis Higgs
  • “He had a plan for Mary’s life and He has a plan for yours” – Liz Curtis Higgs
  • The truth is, God’s strength is fully revealed when our strength is depleted.”― Liz Curtis Higgs

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Your WBC small group leaders may use some or all of these discussion questions this week.

  1. When the angel Gabriel visited Mary and told her she would have a child, she asked: “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” What questions would you have asked Gabriel if you were Mary?
  2. Read this verse: “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37 NLT) What things in your life seem too hard to handle? If you truly believe that nothing is impossible with God, what must you to do embrace that reality?
  3. Think of a time when you felt blessed or favored by God. Were you eager to share that experience with others as Mary did with Elizabeth? Why or why not? How might each of them benefited from their three-month visit?
  4. In the end of our readings this week the Holy Spirit takes center stage.  What role does the Holy Spirit play in your life?  When and where have you sensed God’s Spirit teaching you? Sending you? Flowing through you?
  5. Share why you believe bringing up children is our God given ministry?
  6. During their visit, we see no jealousy from Elizabeth towards the younger Mary.  How can we share in the blessings of others without jealousy?
  7. How can we lay aside our doubt and disbelief and recapture our ability to take the Lord at his Word and trust Him completely as Mary did?
  8. What steps can we as Christian women, take to strengthen and enhance our spiritual relationships with others of different generations (younger, older)?
  9. Why might we not fully surrender areas of our lives to God?  What does this say about our faith in His plans for our lives? About our trust in Him?

I am determined to surrender my all to Him, will you join me?

Remember, Immanuel, God with us. God with me, God with you!

sonya morris nelson

 

 

 

 

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Women of Christmas | Week 1

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women-of-christmas1Welcome to this week’s lesson of our study, The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs.  What a wonderful week chapters one and two provided! We watched a miracle unfold! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas isn’t it? The real reason we celebrate.

Travel back with me to the very first Christmas you remember where you wanted that certain present more than anything in the world and you just were not sure that you would get it.  But even at that age, your hope and faith in your parents, grandparents, in Santa was so strong that you just couldn’t wait to wake up on Christmas morning!

This week we meet Elizabeth, our first woman of Christmas, and her husband.  A loving and serving couple, busy doing the work of God in their community. Our author reminds us of the greatest gift God gave us many years ago and what it meant to us:

  • Love, unwrapped in swaddling clothes
  • Hope, nestled in a manger

Imagine, these two gifts. Timeless, freely given and unblemished. Gifts that travel both sides of eternity. No expiration date, no expired warranty. Freely given, though not always accepted. Pause for a moment and think about this…if you had a small box of hope or love sitting beside you, what would it look like inside that box?

Inside my small box would be the name Jesus. Yes, not a specific thing or request,  just His name.  A name that has the power to heal, save, redeem, a name like no other, a name that just by speaking it can change my situation, your situation, all situations.  Don’t you want to open your gift now? Are you preparing room in your heart for Him?

We see God’s power and strength working in the lives of Elizabeth and her husband, “blessings piled on their heads” as Liz Curtis Higgs describes it. They received these blessings because they opened their hearts to the gift. So my question for you is…have you opened your heart to receive His gift too? Where is your heart this time of year? Some of you may have “heart arteries” clogged with financial worries, relationship struggles or unbalanced health. When your focus is on your troubles, then your clogged heart is not focused on God. Zechariah and Elizabeth prepared their hearts to receive the gift, through obedience and relationship with the Lord.

In this week’s reading, our author tells us that “Believing is what Christmas is all about. Believing Jesus is the Son of God. Believing he was born of a virgin. Believing he came to earth to rescue us from our doubts and save us from our sins.”  Do you still believe?

Our author tells us that It’s one thing to believe in Jesus and celebrate Christmas with family and friends. On a deeper level, do you believe that Our Lord is bigger than your troubles and He would bless you with your own miracle?

Now, let’s revisit our trip down memory lane from above and fast forward to an older version of yourself, when the wishes are much bigger and more emotional: for a healing, for a child to turn to God, for addiction, financial blessings.  We still have the hope and faith that all will be well, but because our journey has been challenged at times, we forget that blind and innocent faith from our childhood.  I invite you to pick it back up and believe God for your miracle today!

Remember what the Word says in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” (NIV)  Amazing isn’t it?

My Sisters, just as Elizabeth soon discovered that no matter her age, God still saw her as precious in His sight, God still would bless her and provide her with her miracle…. He is the same God that He was back then, and He is ready to do the same for you, and you, and you, and you and for me.

Will you believe?

Will you prepare room in your heart for Him?

Will you open your heart and receive your blessing and miracle?

Get Ready. Get Prepared. To Receive your miracle.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Read Chapter Three and Chapter Four in your book or e-book.
  • Come and meet the women in this study when you join a small group meeting at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
  • Read Luke 1:5-18
  • Prepare for the Christmas season and this study with prayer, begin to let go of the place holders in your heart and prepare room for Him.

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  • “God takes us as we are and uses us as he will, for our good and for his glory.” – Liz Curtis Higgs
  • “That’s the real test of our faith, isn’t it? To believe that God’s promises are true – not just in theory, but in our everyday lives.” – Liz Curtis Higgs
  • “God sees you as well, beloved, with compassion in his eyes.” – Liz Curtis Higgs
  • “What we call miraculous, God calls business as usual.” – Liz Curtis Higgs
  • In the end the women of Christmas quietly stepped aside, making room for the One who truly matters.” -Liz Curtis Higgs
  • “First the Lord used Elizabeth, who was ‘too old,’ then he used Mary, who would be ‘too young’ by today’s standards. At any age, we can serve the Lord.” -Liz Curtis Higgs
  • The truth is, God’s strength is fully revealed when our strength is depleted.” -Liz Curtis Higgs

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Your WBC small group leaders may use some or all of these discussion questions this week.

  1. If you know a modern Elizabeth, a woman who lives her life in biblical terms, what specific things does she do that you find exemplary (representing the best of biblical womanhood)? How might these biblical women (Proverbs 31, Elizabeth and the woman you just mentioned) inspire you to change the way you”ll serve God in the future?
  2. Read this verse, 2 Peter 1:3: “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” What happens when we praise ourselves- if only in our minds- when we do something right? How can you combat the human urge to take credit for your good behavior when it belongs solely to God?
  3. Zechariah was silenced for nine months of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. How might this be a challenge for them individually and as a couple? If the Lord silenced you even for a day, what lessons might you learn?
  4. In Ecclesiastes 7:8, it reads, “The end of a matter is better than its beginning and patience is better than pride.”
  5. In what ways does Elizabeth’s story illustrate that truth? If you are also waiting for a specific blessing from God, how does Elizabeth’s story challenge you? How does it encourage you? How does it give you hope?
  6. How has remembering the true meaning of Christmas began to open your heart more to God? How have you begun to grow closer to Him during this week?
  7. Remember a time when you felt disappointment but suffered quietly. How did knowing that you were chosen by God and His daughter help you get through this time?
  8. How do our doubts and fears keep God from working in our lives?
  9. How does Elizabeth’s story show us that God’s timing is always best?
  10. How will you begin to make room for Him in your heart right now?

Stop thinking in human terms and get the big picture.

Liz Curtis Higgs

 

I am believing with you!

sonya morris nelson

 

 

 

 

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