Why should you consider participating in a Women's Bible study this year? I can think of a couple of really good reasons.
First, we all need regular intake of God's Word to nourish and strengthen our walk with our Lord. This does not have to be a chore - when you study with other women, it becomes a delight as you look forward to sharing what you are learning, or sharing what you are struggling to understand and hearing the insights of others. Just because you used to study the Bible in the past does not mean you can stop! One of our older women at ECC recently told a staff member that she ONLY reads the Bible for an hour a day and could she please have some study materials that she can use at home because she just needs MORE. I am humbled....
You need the fellowship and encouragement and exhortation of other women. Let's face it, we need each other. Our lives are full and busy and we do not take the time to develop or nurture relationships with other women. We older women need younger women, to remind us of the enthusiasm and joy they find in learning about Jesus and following Him more closely. Younger women desire relationships with older women who have walked with Jesus longer and who can help them navigate the waters of today's culture and family life. We can spur one another on to love and good deeds by spending regular time together in God's Word.
Finally, this is a great opportunity to bring a neighbor or other friend to explore Scripture together. Don't be scared away because she (or you!) might think it is too hard. You might need to encourage her or help her along at first, but she will find an accepting and encouraging environment here. None of us (least of all me!) have all the answers and are all seeking to learn more. What better way to introduce a friend to Christ and to other Christian women, as well as to deepen your friendship?
So, here are the opportunities we have to dive into God's Word this coming year.
On Thursday mornings, Wendy Detroy and Jennie Baumgartner will be leading a study using the book "The Wisdom of God: Seeing Jesus in the Psalms and Wisdom books" by Nancy Guthrie. This is a 10 week study of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon, where you will see the wisdom of God and also how these books point to His Son Jesus. This study meets every other week in the church office and begins on September 8 at 9:00. You can order the book through Wendy Detroy by August 25, or get your own copy on Amazon.
On Tuesday mornings (9:00 am-11:00 am) and evenings (7:00 pm-9:00pm) beginnning September 6 and meeting every other week, I will be leading a study on 1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ, using the study guide by Jen Wilkin. We will also be watching the teaching sessions on 1 Peter from The Gospel Coalition Women's Conference this past summer which many ECC women attended. If you came to the conference, come dig into 1 Peter again and refresh your memory of the talks from the conference! If you were not able to come, this is your chance to learn why the women who went were so excited about it!
Thursday Morning Moms meets on Thursday mornings (yeah, obvious) every other week beginning September 15 from 9:15-11:00 am. This year we will be focusing on Hospitality - in our homes, at church and in our neighborhoods. We are making this more practical by actually engaging in several hospitality projects during the year to give us all some practice. We will also be introducing a new element into TMM as we split into smaller discipleship groups to encourage one another throughout the year. Childcare is provided, including a 'school room' where homeschoolers can get their morning's work done.
All of these opportunities are just waiting for you to step out and say YES. Contact Colleen Grogan (542-9025 X15, or email@example.com) for more information about any of these, or check the ECC calendar on the website. Books are available from Colleen for the 1 Peter studies, and from Wendy for the Wisdom Books study. Come join us. It is going to be a GREAT year in God's Word.
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