The purpose of Women's Bible study is threefold: to praise and worship God in community, to learn and apply Biblical truths, and to provide prayer support and care for each other. Study begins in September and continues through May. All women are invited to join us at any time; feel free to invite your friends. Childcare is available at our Wednesday morning study only. Doors will open 30 minutes before each study begins. If you have questions, please contact Amber Cameron at firstname.lastname@example.org
This year, Women’s Bible Study will focus on the Minor Prophets, namely; Hosea, Joel, Amos, and Micah. We will also study the books of Ezra and Nehemiah in the winter, followed by our Spring elective studies (TBA). We will begin September 6th with the study of Hosea. You will be able to register beginning August 19th at the women's event, and on August 20, 27, and September 3. The cost for the study is $13, due upon registration.
The book of Hosea is the love story of Hosea and his wandering wife Gomer. It is the story of God’s love for His wayward people Israel. Ultimately, though, it is the story of God’s unfailing love for us. Like Israel and Gomer, we are prone to wander from His love. God loves us too much to let us go though. He goes to extraordinary lengths to bring us back to Him. Hosea is a deeply personal and passionate love story, yet it’s a difficult story and still we find in its midst a rare and pure gem: the truest and purest of loves, a love that really does change everything…God’s love.
The study of Joel, Amos, and Micah will allow us to continue to learn more about God’s love for His people and His cry for them to return their hearts to Him. Because of the rebellion in their hearts and their worship of idols, they chose paths that caused them to stray from God’s will. Yet, we see in these books how God lovingly calls them back to Him, warns them of the coming judgment if they continue to stray and patiently waits for their return. Unfortunately, they sought to worship what they created rather than the Creator. Even today, we often do the same. God’s call has not changed. We are to return to Him, to rend our hearts over to Him, and to worship Him only. The study of these four books reminds us that in a world filled with idols, we are to lament when we have chosen to worship anything other than God, to repent of our sins to our God who forgives, and to allow Him to repair the broken places in our hearts and lives.
Our winter studies of Ezra and Nehemiah will encourage us to take our place in God’s kingdom: to serve Him and partner with Him as He is the Great Restorer. Both books focus on rebuilding. Ezra and Nehemiah follow the exiles back to Jerusalem. As God had promised in Joel, Amos, and Micah, destruction came as a consequence of the rebellious hearts of God’s people and as a result, the Temple and the walls of Jerusalem were destroyed. However, God had also promised that a time of repairing would come. Ezra and Nehemiah tell how a once defiant people, joined together again in worship of God and through Him, repair the Temple and the walls of Jerusalem. Like God’s people of long ago, we also have the privilege to take our place in the communities He has set us and join Him to repair and restore. True restoration and redemption comes from God alone, yet He commands us to go out and make disciples of all nations, to love our neighbor, and to be charitable to the lost. When we do these things we have the honor of being repairers of broken walls (Isaiah 58:12).
To register for the Hosea study, follow this link and click on "Get Connected" and then "Women's Events": https://grotonbiblechapel.securegive.com/SG/WebOnline/Home/Index?WO=grotonbiblechapel