Coming Up: Women’s Bible Study

Download “Jesus’ Family Tree” by Joel Beeke (PDF)Download “From Abraham to Jesus” Chart (PDF) • Part One: Tamar (Study Guide)” • Part Two: Rahab & Ruth (Study Guide)”

Every Lord’s Day, we have a worship service, then a Sunday school. After Sunday theology class is over (Belgic Confession), the men gather together in an informal discussion about various things, whether it’s the sermon, the latest-and-greatest heresy being advocated in evangelicalism, a sticky question, or maybe some personal concerns.

While they’re at it, the ladies chat about their children, homemaking problems, or their annoying officemates. So last Sunday, I talked to them about having a ladies Bible study-fellowship. Why can’t they have their own discussion group?

So here’s my thoughts about what we will have:

• The True Woman: The Beauty and Strength of a Godly Woman by Susan Hunt

“Maybe society’s definition of “true womanhood”–claiming it’s about reproductive rights, doing things “your way,” assuming the power, and gaining control of your life–has clouded your view of who you are in Christ. Or maybe you’ve just been waiting for a little encouragement and inspiration. In any case, author Susan Hunt says, “Start now.” And let this book be your encourager and companion.

“Through it you will hear how other Christian women are reflecting Christ despite difficult and sometimes tragic circumstances–and how you can reflect Him too. You’ll explore what the Bible has to say about your mission and your identity as a true woman of God. You’ll learn how to broaden your sphere of influence in the everyday. And you’ll discover how to further develop a biblically shaped and Spirit-driven character that people are drawn to.”

• The Legacy of Biblical Womanhood by Susan Hunt and Barbara Thompson

“In this book Susan Hunt and Barbara Thompson call women to pass on a legacy of biblical womanhood to the next generation. Part One gives a defense of biblical womanhood, urging women to follow God’s design. Part Two applies the principles of biblical womanhood to the stages of a woman’s life. This includes a chapter about what it means to have a pilgrim’s perspective through the final season of life on earth. Part Three appeals to churches to equip women to live out and to leave the legacy of biblical womanhood and includes practical guidance for ministering to women.”

FOR NOW, while waiting for these two books to arrive in two weeks, I’m planning a short series, “The Women Ancestors of Jesus.” We will study:

Tamar: Judah’s daughter-in-law (Gen 37:25-28, Gen 38, Gen 49:8-12; Ruth 4:7-22; Matt 1:1-6)

Rahab: a woman from Jericho (Josh 2, 6; Matt 1:1-6; Heb 11:31; Jas 2:25)

Ruth: the Moabitess daughter-in-law of Naomi (Ruth 1-4; Matt 1:1-6)

Bathsheba: wife of a Hittite soldier of King David (2 Sam 11; 1 Kings 15:1-5; Matt 1:1-6)

Mary: the mother of Jesus (Matt 1:16; 27:55-28:2; Luke 1:26-56; 2:15-20; John 19:25; Acts 1:14)

Four of these five women are most likely Gentiles, and three or even four have dubious reputations! This will be an interesting series.

Ladies, come one, come all! Invite your family and friends!


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