Discerning the Voice of God Online Bible Study | Week 1

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Welcome to womens online Bible study! We’re discussing WEEK ONE from Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. Our theme this week is OBEDIENCE and we enjoyed five days of focused study on this topic.

As children of the Lord, we have the choice to surrender our will for His. We can respond in love as Abraham does in Genesis, or we can act like spoiled kids, negotiating for our best interests and putting our needs first.

One choice leads to blessing while the other does not.

Let me share a personal example of this during my own faith journey. While discerning His voice back in 2009 women’s online Bible study was placed in my heart and in obedience this site was developed. All glory to God! For this calling I left my established career and moved into uncharted territory. Never did I realize my obedience would result in international studies and most likely if the Lord had revealed this to me early on… I would have hidden under a comfortable blanket. As I stepped into obedience the Lord tested me by saying “You can’t lead for profit and you can’t lead with pride.” So for many years I hid my name and face until He revealed it was time to be visible. He has faithfully provided employment and a family income to my husband- a blessing to support all four of us while I continue working 40 hours a week without income. It’s a servant’s heart- not profit- which drives me to obey.

Another example when God tested my obedience happened while I was still working in real estate. My husband lost his job from work, we had a 3 year old and a baby at home, and our school principal had a tragic family event. Her husband died suddenly of a brain aneurysm, leaving his wife and two kids without life insurance (he was laid off at the time).  It was not an easy decision and I wrestled with God over this for three days- then decided to help the widow and her kids. Since they were in sudden financial crisis I offered to help sell their house without any commissions and then sold them a replacement home within their new budget. I waived a total of $60,000 in income and I wrestled, “Really, God?” Obedience comes with discomfort… remember, we had no family income when I was called into obedience and my faith tested.

The story becomes woven with grace and love when you hear how God blessed my act of obedience. Remember, He was testing me and this happened before my calling to start online Bible studies…

We had been looking for a home to buy near our daughter’s Christian school and could not find anything affordable in the area. My husband lost his job and we stopped looking, but then just two months after helping the widow and her kids, we saw a home that was well priced and wrote an offer to buy. That house was on the market 12 months at a higher price- then it dropped into our affordable price range. We competed with five other offers on this house, prayed constantly, and bought the home. Two years later the home had increased in value…California prices. That home went up $500,000 in two years and we made the decision to sell it and downsize to something smaller. Exactly two months after selling that profit house the ENTIRE REAL ESTATE MARKET crashed! If we stayed in that house we would have lost the equity and missed the blessing.

My obedience decision to help the widow and her kids by waiving my income resulted in a blessing which allowed me to downsize our house and become a ministry leader. Now my friends…there is only One person who can orchestrate THAT! Not my will but His.

After the widow moved into her replacement home she held my hands and said, “Christine you will not believe this…the street address on the home you sold me is the exact date of when my husband died.” Drop the mic!!

Because we’re an international ministry I don’t often teach in terms of money or price- but I think this one time it’s important to magnify how God works in the life of a humble servant. May you see more of Him and less of me.

Your obedience calling is not going to look the same as mine, nor will your blessings.  Pray and discern what God is calling you to do…then write it down! Next to that write down the elements of obedience from page 19 of your study book and apply them to your journey.

Author Priscilla Shirer has asked numerous questions through this first week of study, and we’ll be looking at a few of them in with you in our discussion groups. Come join us!

This week ask God where you’ve delayed obedience and let the Holy Spirit reveal your perceived costs. Write these down in a journal, or inside the pages of your study book. Ask yourself:

  1. What is God calling me to do?
  2. How long has He been calling me there?
  3. What is my perceived cost? Is that in alignment with the Bible?

Please do NOT focus on any perceived blessings. There is no set pattern on how God surprises us and that’s the wrong theology of examination (prosperity preaching). Focus on the calling because you may not see the blessing for years to come. Instant gratification is not guaranteed. Looking back at my example, it was two years before I saw my blessing and I never “demanded” payback for obedience. I simply loved my Lord… obeyed in love… not for profit or pride. I still work for Him under these conditions.

Assignment For the Week

  • Visit our private Facebook group for a group discussion this week.
  • Read Week Two in your study book
  • Optional: watch Session Two, available for individual use through Lifeway.com

All glory to God!

 

 

 

Discerning the Voice of God Online Bible Study | Starts Today!

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Welcome to the Womens Bible Cafe™ a gathering place where we Study the Bible, Connect with women around the world, and Grow in personal relationship with the Lord! Today we begin Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer, a 7 week in-depth study designed to teach us to listen with greater confidence, clarity, and discernment.

We’ll be using the Discerning the Voice of God- Revised and Expanded (2017 edition) for this study. Each lesson should take about 20 to 30 minutes a day, five days a week.  Video sessions are available for download from Lifeway.com however they are optional and not required for online study. All of our discussion sessions are online, so your computer or tablet will be an important tool as well.  Although you can follow along with the small groups on your smartphone, we personally do not recommend it as the groups are fast paced and it can be difficult to keep up with the comments on smaller screens!

If you are new to Bible study and don’t own a Bible yet, you can create a FREE account at YouVersion.com or BibleGateway.com and download the handy Bible app.  Make sure that you take full advantage of the resources here at the Womens Bible Cafe™ by subscribing and receiving updates via your inbox. https://womensbiblecafe.com/newsletter

Small groups are happening all the time at the Womens Bible Cafe™ via our private Facebook group.  If you are unable to participate with the group that you regularly attend, please feel free to join a different group for that week.  Rest assured that we will be taking the journey together and each small group will be following the same lessons from the study book.  Look in our Facebook group for the Small Group Schedule- pinned post at the top of the page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/

We are delighted that you will be joining us along with many other women from around the world who are passionate about studying God’s Word. Our team of volunteer small group leaders are always available to help with the content and format of the studies. Once you select the day and time you’d like to attend (see schedule as pinned post in group) then your leaders will take attendance and pray for you each week. So, are you ready for this journey together?  Well, let’s GO!

Assignment For the Week

  • Register for Discerning the Voice of God if you have not already done so.  This is the best way to ensure that you do not miss the important updates each week.
  • Write a letter to God on the inside cover of your workbook. Pour out your heart to Him, be real.  He longs to meet you right where you are at in your life right now.  Write your declaration of faith for where you hope to see yourself at the end of this study.
  • Always take the time to pray before you begin your daily lessons.  God longs to be with you and you are opening the door of faith through taking the time to ask Him for wisdom and guidance first.
  • Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule. Arrive on time to the private Facebook group for the one hour meeting. We do not assign groups and our groups never close. Everyone is welcome!
  • Begin reading Week One: A Proactive Stance of Obedience in your study book
  • Download the Answers to the Viewer Guide from our private Facebook group (look under group files)
  • If you are planning on watching the videos, watch Session One, available through Lifeway (NOTE: these videos are not required for participation in the study)

We are so very excited about the journey we are about to take together.  All of our leaders are praying God’s richest blessings on you as you Study, Connect and Grow.  Let the adventure begin!

 

 

 

Turn Your Faith Into Relationship – September 2017

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Welcome back from summer vacation ladies! We’ve been planning several September events to turn your faith into relationship. Here’s a summary of upcoming events…

Prayer Study: Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer –> https://www.womensbiblecafe.com/2017/08/voice-of-god-register/

Several women asked us to lead an online Bible study on prayer, so we’ve selected the updated version of Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. You may know this author as the actor on the War Room Movie, or perhaps you’ve joined us for her Armor of God study. We’ve been leading her studies here since 2010 and are thrilled to go through this study again. Join us!

40 Day Sugar Fast –> https://www.facebook.com/groups/40dayWBC/

We have a committed group of women who are starting a 40 day spiritual fast on September 1st, 2017. Many are excluding sugar from their diet, while a few others have decided to fast from coffee, bread, or specific foods. There are no rules for this fasting group. Jump in and begin a 40-day fast with us. If you have a medical condition don’t fast from sugar or food without a doctor’s approval. 

Christian Leadership Coaching –> https://www.christineabraham.org/coaching/

Turn your calling into ministry with our monthly leadership coaching! If you’re an author, speaker, small group leader, or someone called into ministry- get into this group! If you’re too busy, send your virtual assistant or intern and I’ll coach them how to support you.

Monthly Book Club –>https://www.womensbiblecafe.com/monthly-book-club/

We have a monthly book club with discussions on specific books. Pick any book from the list, read before the end of the month, and then we start again the next month. Our goal is to read 12 books in a year, or if you speed read, 52 books (or more) in a year. Join us for book of the month discussion questions, meet the author, and fun book-related events!

September 2017 Book Club Selections and Discussion Days

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Sunday

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Prayers

We are heartbroken over the flooding in Texas and our Bible Cafe friends in the path of Harvey. Please know that we are praying for you constantly and you are not forgotten!

Our Monday small group leader Barbra is stepping down from leadership as her cancer is more aggressive.

Our Tuesday small group leader Renee is recovering from recent surgery.

Our Saturday small group leader Lisa is recovering from open heart surgery and will be on sabbatical for the next study.

Former small group leader Chasity is preparing for her toddler son’s open heart surgery in mid September.

Praises

Author Cheri Gregory is joining us as a small group leader on Saturday’s

Scripture

Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. Romans 5:2 NLT

Write down this verse… then ask yourself “What is my place of undeserved privilege?” Are you “confidently and joyfully” looking forward to the future, or dwelling in the past?