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JAMES: “Living a Life of Faith” | SUMMER REVIEW BEGINS JUNE 5

Join us this summer for a review of the book of James, “Living a Life of Faith” by Angie K. Smith.  If you were unable to complete the lessons in our spring study, or if you missed out on our study of James, here’s your chance.  We will be reviewing the Book of James beginning on June 5th.  There will be no small groups to join. Instead, we will have weekly blog posts each Monday morning where we can all join in the conversation at a time that is convenient for you throughout the week.

This powerful study of James is for everyone whose faith wavers and you feel like giving up and throwing in the towel.  Have you ever had days like that?  I do quite often, and this study changed my outlook on so many of the trials I am going through today so that I can respond in a more positive and joyful manner instead of feeling defeated.  Don’t let defeat and despair get you down. It is possible to remain joyful in painful circumstances, but it’s only through Jesus Christ that we are able to do that.

Angie writes:

“Seeing our trials as tools in the hands of a loving God is not enough; we must let God accomplish what He desires.”

We cannot control something that is beyond our control and that results in frustration and feelings of failure.  But what we can do is let God work through us as we go through trials.  How do we do this? Well, first of all we have to be in His Word daily and to stay closely connected to Him through prayer to keep our faith strong.

James tells us to Consider it all joy when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4.

James doesn’t say if trouble comes your way but when it does.  We will no doubt suffer many trials in our journey through life on planet earth.  So you may be asking, “am I supposed to be happy when difficult times come?”  Of course not, but we can have a positive outlook and turn our hardships into times of learning and trusting God.  This is how our character is strengthened in a godly fashion, and God can use our lives as a testimony to help others through their struggles and show them how to depend on God.

So let’s join together in another round of James so that we will be complete, lacking in nothing.

If you are new to the study of James, you may purchase the workbook version or the Kindle version of James through Amazon (Click Here).

If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to follow my blog at https://shereepoole.org/  Scroll to the very bottom and type in your email address so you will receive these weekly blog posts in your email.

Last, but not least, don’t forget to register for our Fall and Winter Inductive Bible Studies Philippians and Colossians “That I May Know Him”  by Kay Arthur and David Lawson. We will begin the study of the book of Philippians on August 21, 2017 and Colossians will begin on September 16, 2017.  Register click here.

Blessings,

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Philippians/Colossians | Fall & Winter Online Bible Study Registration – Study Begins August 21, 2017

I am so excited to announce our next online Inductive Bible Study will begin on August 21, 2017. Registration is now open for Philippians and Colossians “That I May Know Him” by Kay Arthur and David Lawson. We will begin the study of the book of Philippians on August 21, 2017 and Colossians will begin on October 9, 2017.

Where can we turn for a clear picture of who Jesus really is?  In this life-changing study of Philippians and Colossians, you’ll discover for yourself the truth about who Jesus Christ is and the difference He can make in your life.    In James 1:2-4, we are told to “consider it all joy when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”   In this study of Philippians and Colossians, we will find joy in all our circumstances which will empower us to walk in a manner worthy of our high calling in Christ.

Purchase the paperback book or Kindle version at Amazon.  You will also need a notebook or journal for working on your assignments and recording your insights.

How the Online Bible Study Works

  • Every Monday morning – I’ll post a brief weekly summary along with the discussion questions in our private Facebook group where we will hold all our discussions.
  • Small Groups – All you have to do is pick a day and time that fits your schedule and jump into the discussion via our private Facebook group. There will be a group photo that the leader will post announcing the day/time of the discussion. The schedule will be posted to the top of our private Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/InductiveBibleStudies/

How to Register for the online Inductive Bible Studies

  • COMMENT BELOW to register for Philippians/Colossians 
  • Join our private Facebook small group. Click the link below to join.  All our discussions will take place in this private Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/InductiveBibleStudies/
  • If you would like to follow this blog and receive all posts delivered to your email, scroll to the bottom of this screen and enter your email address and click “Follow.”

Use this break to review your study of James and to complete any lessons you may have missed. Invite a friend to join us on August 21st.  We look forward to meeting with you!

Have a very happy and safe summer!

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JAMES “Living a Life of Faith” | Week Two

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.” James 1:13 NAS

Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible study on the Book of James, “Living a Life of Faith” by Angie K. Smith.  We just completed Week Two of our study, and have learned some amazing nuggets of truth for the treasure chests of our hearts.  This has been such a rich and powerful study.

Let’s camp out on something we all struggle with…temptation!  We’ve all been there at some point in our lives and as long as we live on this side of heaven, we will continue in our struggle to overcome temptation.  None of us are immune from the lure of the bait dangling like a worm on the end of a hook …. waiting …. watching ….wanting…. gotcha!

Temptation comes from evil desires with us.  It’s that sin nature that sets it off.  It all begins with an evil thought, and then it becomes sin when we dwell on that thought, and then the thought turns into an act.  It has a snowballing effect, and the sin grows more destructive the more we let it have its way.

People who live for God often wonder why they still have temptations.  We ask ourselves, “God, why are you tempting me?”  However, God does not tempt anyone.  God allows Satan to tempt us in order to refine our faith and help us grow in our dependence on Jesus Christ.  The good news is that we can resist temptation to sin by turning to God for strength and choosing to obey His Word.

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. James 1:12 NAS

So how do we escape temptation?  We may never escape it, but we can overcome it, by staying in God’s Word.  God’s Word gives us the power to deny temptation!  Jesus understands what we are going through when we experience temptation in our lives, because of His own experience with temptation.

Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:18 NIV

Jesus has experienced everything we experience, and He has compassion on us when we are suffering pain and temptation.  Jesus understands our struggles, because He faced them as a human being Himself.  This is such a comforting thought to me, and I hope it brings you much peace as well.

When you are facing a difficult trial or temptation in your life, go to Jesus for strength, patience, hope and confidence.  He promises to give us a new stamina to make us mature and complete.  Drink in God’s Word and allow it to transform you into self-controlled, loving, holy followers of Jesus Christ.  His promises are everlasting to those who seek Him with a whole heart.

What a powerful week of study it has been.  I cannot wait to meet with you in Week Three!

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Read through the book of James in one sitting before beginning your homework.  Write out James Chapter 2 in your journal or notebook.

DIGGING DEEPER:  Mark the key word tempted/tempt in James 1.  Do an online word study on tempted at https://www.blueletterbible.org/.  A word study form is posted in files in the private Facebook chat room.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a Small Group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
  • Complete your study of Week Three, “An Active and Loving Faith.”
  • Pray before you begin your study.  Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK TWO (answer in small groups or post a comment below:

  1.  “Let no one say when he is tempted, I am being tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone” James 1:13.  Have you ever found yourself asking God why he would tempt you with something you feel unable to resist?  Have you felt He was tempting you with a proverbial carrot? If so, explain. (Page 25)
  2. Do you have a pattern of defeat in your life? If so, what is your struggle?  Can you identify areas where you have allowed the weeds to choke out the life you know you were meant to live? (Page 33)
  3. When you are in a situation where something personal or dear to you is being questioned, what is your first inclination? (Page 39)
  4. “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” James 1:22.  If we have humbled ourselves and received the word implanted in our hearts, what should naturally happen as a result? (Page 41)
  5. When you come in contact with others throughout your day who need someone to talk to, an extra hand with a project, or an extended word of encouragement, do you think of it as an opportunity or an inconvenience?  What is your initial, honest response? (Page 48)

Blessings,

JAMES “Living a Life of Faith” | Week One

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Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible study on the Book of James, “Living a Life of Faith” by Angie K. Smith.  We just completed Week One, and what an amazing week of study it has been!  We have been having some incredible sharing time in our discussion groups this week.

So what do we know about James?  First of all, James was Jewish, and he was one of Jesus’ brothers, son of Joseph and Mary. He was also the head of the Jerusalem church according to Acts. James wrote this letter to the Jews (the twelve tribes) who were believers in the Lord Jesus who had been dispersed from their homeland of Israel.

NOTE: These Jewish believers were probably dispersed during the persecution against the Jerusalem church in Acts 8. Or they could have been those scattered during the Babylonian sieges of Judah many years before. Those Jews then heard the gospel where they were and believed in Jesus.

James knew his readers well and the deep pain and suffering they were experiencing. He encouraged them to consider it joy when encountering various trials, because the testing of their faith produces endurance so they will be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2-4).

James doesn’t say if trouble comes your way but when it does.  We will no doubt experience pain and suffering on this side of heaven.  We do not have to pretend to be happy about it when we face pain, because let’s face it, no one wants to be in pain.  However, what James is telling us is to have a positive outlook and to consider it an opportunity for great joy because of what troubles can produce in our lives.  We can turn our hardships into times of learning.  God has much to show us through our times of pain and suffering, and it’s during these times that teach us perseverance and faith.

Angie Smith sums it up so perfectly, “If we never have anything to endure, we will never learn endurance; if we are never forced to persevere, we will never grow in maturity.  It is in the trenches of hardship that we learn the most; it is in our brokenness that we grow in grace and wisdom.  If I were capable of living a perfect life, I would expect perfection of those around me.  If, though, I am forced to live a life of hardship, exposing my own inadequacies and need for a merciful God, those very hardships give me the opportunity to absorb grace from Him, which in turn makes me want to lavish it on others.  Through this process, we are all given the opportunity to become more Christ-like as we give grace where it is not deserved.”

The book of James challenges us to see our trials with a new perspective, and to consider them joy.  This is going to an ongoing theme throughout this study of James. Since we cannot change our circumstances, we can change our perspective on how we view our trials.  Oh, how prevalent this message of hope and faith is to us today.  I can hardly wait for us to share with one another what we discover in our study of James in the coming weeks.

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Read through the book of James in one sitting before beginning your homework.  Write out James Chapter 1 in your journal or notebook.

DIGGING DEEPER:  Mark the key word faith in James 1.  Do an online word study on faith at https://www.blueletterbible.org/.  A word study form is posted in files in the private Facebook chat room.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a Small Group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
  • Complete your study of Week Two, “A Tested and Triumphant Faith.”
  • Pray before you begin your study.  Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK ONE (answer in small groups or post a comment below:

  1. When James says, “knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance” immediately after his request to consider trials as joy, he is not commanding that they now learn that the testing of faith does so. Rather, he is presuming that the persecuted Jewish Christians already understand through experience, that the testing of their faith brings about endurance; therefore, they can consider it joy when they encounter the trials that they do. (Page 5)  Can you look back on your life and recognize ways in which you have learned to endure greater burdens as a result of previous suffering?  In what ways have you seen your endurance grow?
  1. “And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:4.  What do you think this verse might be saying when it suggests that endurance will make us perfect and complete, lacking in nothing?
  1. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5.  When you personally ask for wisdom, what do you feel you are requesting of God?
  1. What might cause you to doubt God when you ask for wisdom?
  1. “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12.  When the refining process is over, when all our enduring is done, we will come to an end beyond our most glorious dreams and receive the crown of life (Page 22).  How might keeping your mind focused on the crown of life help you to persevere today?

Blessings,

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JAMES “Living a Life of Faith” | Introduction Week

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Welcome to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of James, “Living a Life of Faith” by Angie K. Smith.  This first week is our “Introduction” week and a time of getting to know one another and to answer any questions you may have about how this online Bible study works.  We want your online Bible Study experience to be positive and enjoyable.  Welcome aboard!

Has your faith ever wavered?  Have you ever wondered if God knows your heartache and pain?  Then this Bible study is for you. Through this online Inductive Bible study on the Book of James, we are going to understand how to truly rely on God in faith through ALL our circumstances.  We CAN change our outlook on life even when we are going through deep pain and suffering.  We will discover how to respond in an optimistic positive manner instead of letting our circumstances control us.  We are going to dig deep in the book of James and learn how to depend on the light of God’s grace rather than listening to the lies of the enemy.

This is a 7-week in-depth Inductive Bible study in which we will study six central themes of faith:

  • Introduction Week:  Introductions and getting acquainted
  • Week One:  A Tried Faith
  • Week Two:  A Tested and Triumphant Faith
  • Week Three:  An Active and Loving Faith
  • Week Four:  A Controlled and Gentle Faith
  • Week Five:  A Peaceful and Humble Faith
  • Week Six:  A Prayerfully Patient Faith

Each day’s study time will take approximately 30 minutes, sometimes less or sometimes more, depending on the day’s study.  I urge you to set aside a quiet time of study with God free of distractions.  I have found that if I make my appointment with God at the same time each day, I am better able to keep my appointment with God on a consistent basis.  It also helps to have all your Bible study materials in your special quiet time place, which will help you stay motivated:  Your Bible, Bible study workbook, a notebook or journal, colored pens and pencils, highlighters, etc.  It is not necessary to purchase an Inductive Study Bible for the purpose of this study.  The entire Scriptures in the NASB version of James are included right in your Bible study workbook for those of you who do not like to mark in your Bibles.  If you are using the Kindle version, you can printout the entire Book of James (click here) at Bible Gateway.

I also encourage you to participate in a small group to discuss the lessons you are learning each week.  Sharing is voluntary, and we do not expect you to share anything that will cause harm to yourself or another person.  We meet in a private Facebook group, or if you prefer, you may answer the discussion questions here on this website by posting a comment below.  This first week our small groups will meet for a time of introduction and fellowship where you’ll meet your leaders and the other ladies in your group.  Our entire ministry team will be praying for you.

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Before you begin the lessons each week in your Bible study workbook, read through the entire Book of James in one sitting just as if you were reading a novel.  This will help you understand the historical background of both the writer of James and his readers.  Most Bible scholars agree that the book of James was written by James, the half-brother of Jesus.  You may also want to read the book of James in several different versions to really grasp the depth of the message.  Some of my favorite versions are the New Living Translation, The Message and the New King James Version as well as the New International Version.  This will further help to get you acquainted with the book of James.  Record your first impressions and thoughts in your notebook or journal.

ASSIGNMENT FOR WEEK ONE

  • Make sure you registered for this online Inductive Bible study so that you receive email updates each week on Monday.
  • Write a letter to God in the front cover of your Bible study workbook or in your notebook or journal. Date your letter and tell God where you are in your season of life right now, and where you hope He leads you during this study. We will not ask you to share your letter. This is personal between you and God.
  • Pray before you begin your study time. Ask your resident teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
  • The small group schedule will be pinned to the top of the private Facebook group.
  • Arrive to the private Facebook group for the one hour meeting that you chose to attend. A small group photo will be posted by the leader a day prior to your meeting time.  Begin your study of Week One: “A Tried Faith” in your study guide or Kindle and complete the daily lessons in your Bible study workbook, notebook or journal.

Week One Introduction Discussion Questions – Answer in your small group or post a comment below

  1. What drew you to study the book of James, and what is one thing you hope to gain from it over the next several weeks?
  2. How do you presently handle trials in your life?
  3. What trials trouble you the most?
  4. One day in eternity, we will get to meet all the writers of God’s inspired Word. Isn’t that incredible?  What question would you like to ask James once you meet him face to face?
  5. How can our leaders and the other women in this small group support you in your spiritual journey throughout this study? Do you need encouragement, accountability, Bible study tips, or something else?

Blessings and prayers,

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JAMES | Spring Online Inductive Bible Study Begins Feb. 20, 2017

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Our Spring Online Inductive Bible Study will begin on February 20, 2017, James, “Living a Life of Faith by Angie K. Smith.  We will dig deep into the book of James and discover how to live out our lives in faith when we face suffering, temptation, guilt, favoritism, conflict, gossip, fear, doubt and so much more.  This in-depth, highly interactive, verse-by-verse Inductive Bible study on the book of James will change our perspective when we are challenged by the trials of everyday life.  This study will encourage us to see ourselves through the light of God’s grace rather than the lies of the enemy.

You may purchase the workbook version or the Kindle version of James through Amazon (Click Here).

Reading Schedule for James, “Living a Life of Faith” Online Bible Study – Book or Kindle version is REQUIRED for this study!

  • Launch Week- February 20, read Week One (introduction)
  • Week 1- February 27, read Week Two (discuss Week One)
  • Week 2- March 6, read Week Three (discuss Week Two)
  • Week 3- March 13, read Week Four (discuss Week Three)
  • Week 4- March 20, read Week Five (discuss Week Four)
  • Week 5- March 27, read Week Six (discuss Week Five)
  • Week 6- April 3, catch up on lessons (discuss Week Six)

How the Online Bible Study Works

  • Every Monday morning – I’ll post a brief weekly summary along with the discussion questions in our private Facebook group where we will hold all our discussions.
  • Small Groups – All you have to do is pick a day and time that fits your schedule and jump into the discussion via our private Facebook group. There will be a group photo that the leader will post announcing the day/time of the discussion. The schedule will be posted to the top of our private Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/InductiveBibleStudies/

How to Register for the  study of James

  • COMMENT BELOW to register for James. If you have previously pre-registered, you do NOT need to register again. 
  • Tell us where you are joining us from (State or Country) and what you hope to gain from studying James.
  • Join our private Facebook small group. Click the link below to join.  All our discussions will take place in this private Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/InductiveBibleStudies/
  • If you would like to follow this blog and receive all posts delivered to your email, scroll to the bottom of this screen and enter your email address and click “Follow.”

Welcome to our Spring Online Inductive Bible Study on the Book of James! We are so excited you will be joining us!

Many Blessings,

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Lord, Teach Me to Pray | Week One

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Welcome to Week 1 of our Inductive Bible Study, “Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days” by Kay Arthur. This week we learned to pray God’s way by observing the ingredients of effective prayer.  Each sentence in the Lord’s Prayer is a topic which covers every aspect of prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). How incredibly awesome is that! This is the model prayer Jesus gave His disciples and told them, “Pray, then, in this way” (Matthew 6:9).  Prayer is a skill, and with time and practice we can develop this skill into a powerful prayer life by following the Words of Jesus on how to pray.

Kay Arthur states, “Prayer is a discipline that when exercised will give you a greater intimacy with your Father but when neglected will make you feel distanced from Him.”

Do you want to have an effective powerful prayer life and a greater intimacy with God?  I know I do, but many times I feel like my prayers are not going higher than the ceiling. I feel disconnected which leaves me with feelings of frustration and failure.

We can always go to the “Expert”…God Himself, and give Him our frustrations, our doubts, our fears and our desires.  We can ask Him to teach us how to pray.  The Disciples did that very thing…

“Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

Prayer is a form of worship and communication with our Heavenly Father. Think about it as a conversation.  Each sentence in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) is a topic that helps to keep our prayers organized.  Kay Arthur states, “If you use the Lord’s Prayer for what it is, the way to pray, it will not only keep you balanced when it comes to prayer, but it will also be an invaluable guide—a road map.”

Keep in mind that when you begin to pray you are entering the presence of God.  Acknowledge Him for Who He is…the one true God, our Sovereign Creator, our Holy God, Jehovah—Lord, the self-existent One…

Our Father who is in Heaven 

Hallowed be Your Name

Hallowed!  This is the highest regard we give to God.  It is worshiping His Name.

The Greek word for “Hallowed” is hagiazo, and it means…

  • To render or acknowledge
  • To separate from profane things and dedicate to God

We are worshiping God when we “hallow” His Name.  We are acknowledging who He is.

Kay Arthur states, “Worship becomes the basis of everything that follows in prayer:  allegiance to His kingdom, submission to His will because He is, after all, God!  Such prayer is petitioning Him for what you need because you are acknowledging that the earth and everything it contains is the Lord’s.”

I urge you to practice this week hallowing God’s Name.  Use the list of God’s Names on page 47 as a guide.  And I’ll see you in the next lesson.

Praying for you!

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Write Matthew 6:9-13 on index cards and read them out loud three times  a day.

DIGGING DEEPER:  Review the Names of God list on page 47.  Write each name on a separate index card along with the Scripture reference.  Pray this week using one of the Names of God.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a Small Group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
  • Complete your study of Week Two, “It’s All About Him”
  • Pray before you begin your study.  Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment below:

  1. According to the Bible itself, the Bible is God’s Word and it is truth, God’s communication to humankind.” (Pages 19-20). With that thought in mind, what role is prayer to take in our lives? How important should it be?  How important is prayer to you in your life right now?
  2. “If you want God to hear you and provide what you ask, then you need to ask according to His will.” (Page 16). How do you know that your prayers are according to His will?  What is an example of a prayer not in His will?
  3. Each sentence in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) is a topic that helps to keep your prayers organized (Page 30). Kay Arthur states, “If you use the Lord’s Prayer for what it is, the way to pray, it will not only keep you balanced when it comes to prayer, but it will also be an invaluable guide—a road map.” (Page 35).  Which topic in the Lord’s Prayer touched you the most in your current season of life?
  4. “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (Page 37).  What are you to believe when you come to God in prayer?
  5. Review the Names of God chart on Page 47. Which name or names of God deal with where you are today?  List some ways you are learning to hallow God’s name.
  6. How has God been answering your prayers this week?

Blessings,

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Lord, Teach Me to Pray | Week One Introduction

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Happy New Year!  Welcome to our online Inductive Bible Study “Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days” by Kay Arthur.   This first week is our “Introduction” week and a time of getting to know one another and to answer any questions you may have about how this online Bible study thing works.  We want your online Bible Study experience to be positive and enjoyable.  Welcome aboard!

What do you think of when you hear the word prayer?  The first thing that comes to my mind is talking to God.  Prayer is our communication with God.

We pray…He listens…He answers…we listen to Him…

He may not answer our prayers immediately, because when He answers our prayers, it is according to His perfect will and His perfect timing.

Prayer strengthens our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  It’s the same in a marital relationship and all our relationships.  Communication is what keeps our relationships alive and thriving.  If we fail to communicate in our relationships, the relationship fades and eventually dies.

Over the next few weeks, we will be observing The Lord’s Prayer in quite some detail.  We will discover exactly what Jesus meant when He told His disciples…

 “Pray, then, this way”… (Matthew 6:9)

Jesus gave His disciples a perfect pattern for prayer…the Lord’s Prayer, the model prayer, which is also given to you and to me in His Holy Word.  I am certain you memorized the Lord’s Prayer at a very early age as I did, and over the years we have been reciting the Lord’s Prayer in our churches, Sunday schools, and at football and baseball games, etc.  But do we truly know what the Lord’s Prayer really means? That is what we will discover through this study “Lord, Teach Me to Pray.”  Kay Arthur will equip you and me to be used in God’s Kingdom.  In just four short weeks we will learn God’s basic precepts on prayer, which will strengthen our prayer muscles and give us a deeper understanding of this crucial area of life.

Kay Arthur states, “The Word of God is the foundation for everything else in our lives. According to Jesus Himself, man lives by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.  The Word of God is God-breathed.”

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16 NASB)

Before beginning this study, please take time to read the “As You Begin…” on pages 5 through 7.  Kay always begins with some helpful tips to get us started.  Posted below is our reading schedule for the next five weeks.  Each new week begins on Monday.

Week of LORD, Teach Me to Pray by Kay Arthur Small Group
Beginning on Mon. READING SCHEDULE Discussion on:
1/2/2017 Introduction Week (Begin Study of Week 1, Page 11) Intro
1/9/2017 Week 1: Learning to Pray God’s Way (Begin Study of Week 2, Page 17) Week 1
1/16/2017 Week 2: It’s All About Him (Begin Study of Week 3, Page 99 Week 2
1/23/2017 Week 3: You Belong to God (Begin Study of Week 4, Page 143) Week 3
1/30/2017 Week 4:  Staying in the Word Week 4

Each day’s study time will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes, sometimes less or sometimes more, depending on the day’s study.  I urge you to set aside a quiet time of study with God free of distractions.  I have found that if I make my appointment with God at the same time each day, I am better able to keep that time on a consistent basis.  It also helps to have all your study materials in your special quiet time place, which will help you stay motivated:  Your Bible, Bible study book or Kindle, a notebook or journal, colored pens and pencils, highlighters, etc.

I also encourage you to participate in a small group to discuss the lessons you are learning each week.  Sharing is voluntary, and we do not expect you to share anything that will cause harm to yourself or another person.  We meet in a private Facebook group, or if you prefer, you may answer the discussion questions here on this website by posting a comment below.  This first week our small groups will meet for a time of introduction and fellowship where you’ll meet your leaders and the other ladies in your group.  You will find the small group schedule pinned to the top of our private Facebook group.  Our entire ministry team will be praying for you.

We will begin discussing WEEK ONE in your Bible study workbook the week of January 9th.

So let’s take a moment now and read the Lord’s Prayer together:

Our Father, who is in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

Your Kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13 NASB

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Write the Lord’s Prayer in your journal or notebook.

Assignment For the Week

  • Make sure you registered for this online Inductive Bible study so that you receive email updates each week on Monday.
  • Write a letter to God in the front cover of your Bible study workbook or in your journal. Date your letter and tell God where you are in your season of life right now, and where you hope He leads you during this study. We will not ask you to share your letter. This is personal between you and God.
  • Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
  • Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule.  The small group schedule is pinned to the top of the private Inductive Studies Chat Room.
  • Arrive to the private Facebook group for the one hour meeting that you chose to attend. A small group photo will be posted by the leader a day prior to your meeting time.
  • Begin your study of Week One: Learning to Pray God’s Way in your study guide or Kindle and complete the daily lessons in your notebook or journal.

Week One Introduction Discussion Questions – Answer in your small group or post a comment below

  1. What motivated you or drew you to this online Inductive Bible study on Prayer, and what do you hope to gain from it?
  2. What do you think is our biggest hang-up concerning prayer?
  3. How can we keep our minds from wander­ing when we pray?
  4. Do you have a favorite quiet place where you like to pray? If so, where?
  5. How can our leaders and the other women in this small group pray for you as we begin our study on Prayer?

See you in our small groups.

Praying for you,

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2017 Winter and Spring Online Bible Study Registration

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Woo Hoo!! Registration for our 2017 Winter and Spring online Inductive Bible Studies begins today!

Our Winter online Inductive Bible study will begin on January 2, 2017, with “Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days” by Kay Arthur.  Through this study on prayer we will learn how to pray, what to pray and what to expect when you pray.  Kay Arthur gives us practical insights into the Lord’s Prayer, which is the model prayer Jesus gave His disciples and all His believers.  This study is going to transform our prayer lives!

Reading Schedule for Lord, Teach Me to Pray Online Bible Study – Book or Kindle version is REQUIRED for this study!

  • Launch Week- January 2, read Week One (introduction)
  • Week 1- January 9, read Week Two (discuss Week One)
  • Week 2- January 16, read Week Three (discuss Week Two)
  • Week 3- January 23, read Week Four (discuss Week Three)
  • Week 4- January 30, catch up on lessons (discuss Week Four)

You can purchase the printed book or the Kindle version through Amazon.

Our Spring online Inductive Bible Study will begin on February 20, 2017 with “James, Living a Life of Faith“ by Angie K. Smith.  We will dig deep into the book of James and discover how to live out our lives in faith when we face suffering, temptation, guilt, favoritism, conflict, gossip, fear, doubt and so much more.  This study will change our perspective when we are challenged by the trials of everyday life.  We will be encouraged to see ourselves through the light of God’s grace rather than the lies of the enemy.

This study can also be purchased through Amazon in the printed book or the Kindle version.

Reading Schedule for James, Living a Life of Faith Online Bible Study – Book or Kindle version is REQUIRED for this study!

  • Launch Week- February 20, read Week One (introduction)
  • Week 1- February 27, read Week Two (discuss Week One)
  • Week 2- March 6, read Week Three (discuss Week Two)
  • Week 3- March 13, read Week Four (discuss Week Three)
  • Week 4- March 20, read Week Five (discuss Week Four)
  • Week 5- March 27, read Week Six (discuss Week Five)
  • Week 6- April 3, catch up on lessons (discuss Week Six)

How the Online Bible Study Works

  • Every Monday morning – I’ll post a brief weekly summary along with the discussion questions in our private Facebook group where we will hold all our discussions.
  • Small Groups – The schedule will be posted to the top of our private Facebook group so all you have to do is pick a day and time that fits your schedule and join our discussions. There will be a group photo that the leader will post announcing the day/time of the discussion.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/InductiveBibleStudies/

How to Register for the online Inductive Bible Studies

  • COMMENT BELOW to register for one or both of these studies! 
  • Tell us where you live and which study you are registering for (either one or both).
  • Join our private Facebook small group. Click the link below to join.  All our discussions will take place in this private Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/InductiveBibleStudies/
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Welcome to our 2017 Winter and Spring online Inductive Bible Studies,

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