Today we begin our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Philippians, “That I May Know Him” by Kay Arthur and David Lawson. We are so excited you are joining us and to learn that we can have deep down heart-felt joy in every circumstance because of what Jesus Christ did for us on the Cross.  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.

Let’s face it! Life is tough! Not one of us are immune to the tribulations and trials of difficult times. Things may go smoothly for a season and then we reach that bump in the road of unexpected tragedies and heart-breaking experiences.  How do you handle difficulties in your life? I know I have had my share of them.  Some worse than others, but despite it all, I have to keep going…one foot in front of the other, one step at a time, one day at a time…

We recently completed an Inductive study on the Book of James.  James tells us to “Consider it all joy when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance…” James 1:2-3.  You may be thinking, but how can you be joyful during the pain of a divorce, the loss of a child or a parent, a chronic illness, and the list goes on and on.  That is what we are going to discover in this study of Philippians.  We can claim deep down, heart-felt joy despite what difficulties come our way.  And it’s only through Jesus Christ where our joy lies.

Many of you are just beginning your first Inductive Bible study.  Therefore, please take time before beginning this study to read “How to Get Started…” in your study book on pages 5 through 8.  It contains some helpful information on how to use this Bible Study Guide to help you understand the Inductive Bible study process that we will be using each week.

Order your Bible Study guide by clicking here –>  Philippians.

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, 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.  Our entire ministry team will be praying for you.

We will begin discussing WEEK ONE in your Bible study workbook the week of August 28th.

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Before you begin the lessons each week, read through the entire Book of Philippians from start to finish.  I also like to read the Scriptures in several different versions to really grasp the depth of the message. This will help you get acquainted with Philippians, Record your first impressions and thoughts in your notebook or journal. What type of literature is Philippians?

Assignment For the Week

  • Be sure to register click here –> register for this online Inductive Bible study  so that you receive email updates each week on Monday.
  • Write a letter to God in the journal or notebook. 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 reading. 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 click here –> 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 on Page 11 in your study guide and complete the daily lessons in your notebook or journal.

Introduction Week 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, and what do you hope to learn from your study time in Philippians?
  2. What do you think of when you hear the word “joy?”
  3. How would you describe the “feeling” of joy?
  4. What is the difference between “happiness” and “joy”? Is there a difference? Explain.
  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?