Announcing Priscilla Shirer’s NEW Bible Study: BREATHE

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The Sabbath day was both an opportunity for the children of Israel to have some margin that would enhance their enjoyment of their new life and an exercise in showing a heightened respect for Yahweh. But they didn’t appreciate the gift. Israel likely felt about the same as we do about taking a space of time to simply appreciate God.

By the time of the New Testament, it got worse. The religious leaders attached so many regulations and requirements to the law that it squeezed out the purpose for which God had given the gift in the first place. Today, if we aren’t careful, we’ll also be unable to realize and appreciate the beauty of God’s intention.

Hebrews 4 says a “rest” remains for the people of God and that we have to “make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience” (v. 11).

Don’t miss these three important words: Make. Every. Effort.

Listen, the journey ahead of us in this study and in our lives is going to require an “effort.” Discipline and diligence will always be prerequisites if we expect to experience the freedom and rest that God intends for us. To dive deeply into this concept, and then to align our decisions and lifestyle patterns to the truths we uncover, will be no walk in the park. But as a girl who’s watching this Sabbath principle unshackle the chains from my life, more and more every day, I can tell you it’s worth all the effort we expend.

So don’t wait, OK? Let’s start today, setting some strategic boundaries around the things, people, habits, or activities that we are most prone to become enslaved to and controlled by.

Freedom lies on the other side of our obedience.

 

From Breathe —Priscilla Shirer’s NEW 5-week Bible study. Download a FREE SAMPLE here!

A communications major in college, Priscilla Shirer planned to be a TV news anchor—but God had other ideas. While interning at a Christian radio station in Houston, she began to receive invitations to do Bible studies at small women’s events. At only 18 she shared the simple truths of Scripture that she was studying during her quiet time, and she’s been in full-time ministry ever since. Priscilla is married to her best friend, Jerry. Together they have founded Going Beyond Ministries. Her desire is to see women come to a full understanding of who they are in Christ by hearing the uncompromising truth of Scripture. Jerry and Priscilla live in Dallas and take seriously their main role of parents to their three sons: Jackson, Jerry Jr., and Jude.

20 Bible Studies for Him and Her

“He Said…She Said…” is a common phrase but rarely connected to Bible study. But what if you could help your church connect the dots between genders and generations? When looking for small group resources for your church here is a list of Bible studies that are compatible based on character, topic, or book of the Bible. We hope using some of these resources with your church will help build community and challenge people to start talking about Bible study and what they are learning from God’s Word!

Jonah Studies

Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer (women’s study)
What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! Priscilla redefines interruption as God’s invitation to do something greater than we could ever imagine. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival for an entire city!

The Gospel According to Jonah by J.D. Greear (general adult study)
The Gospel According to Jonah: A New Kind of Obedience invites group participants into a world fraught with missteps, disobedience, idolatry, and mistaken “identity.” It’s a world most of us would recognize in our own lives. But in the world of Jonah, we also get more than a foreshadowing of Jesus and a God that pursues us relentlessly. Through this study, individual participants can recognize the “Jonah” in themselves and turn this revelation into a greater passion for sharing the gospel.

James Studies

James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore (women’s study)
James, Jesus’ own brother, started out as a skeptic. See how one glimpse of the resurrected Savior turned an unbeliever into a disciple with Beth Moore’s 8-week study. And, in this process, learn how you can put your faith into action.

This Changes Everything: Lessons from James by Ben Stuart (young adult study)
The world desperately needs Christians whose actions match their convictions. A young generation is rising up, and they need to see the power of the gospel working its way out into our everyday lives. James will call us to evaluate the way we deal with hardship, handle money, use our words, and plan our futures. But if we will let him in, James’s letter has the potential for our outside to match our inside, our activity to match our God-given identity.

Temptation by Kenny Luck (men’s study)
This men’s 8-session Bible study of the Book of James that will equip you to think clearly and choose wisely when dealing with temptation. Some men have learned the secret of being undivided between what they believe and how they actually think and live. They possess integrity. They’ve gained new perspectives on the trials and temptations they face, new tools to help them overcome automatic human responses to challenging situations, and new actions that produce humility and flexibility in God’s strength.

Nehemiah Studies

Nehemiah: A Heart that Can Break by Kelly Minter (women’s study)
Nehemiah’s heart was so broken for those in need that he left the comfort of his Persian palace to help them. Like Kelly’s other studies in the Living Room Series, you’ll find authentic Bible teaching, recipes, and a relational approach. Nehemiah also includes 7 video sessions and real-life ways to put feet to your faith. Are you ready to let God break your heart for a hurting, lost world and move you in compassion to be the hands and feet of Jesus?

Repurposed: The Memoirs of Nehemiah by Mike Hurt (young adult study)
This young adult Bible Study reveals the story of Nehemiah and how his effort to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem translate to rebuilding our community of faith. In his second release from Threads, Mike Hurt examines the memoirs of Nehemiah, builder of walls and communities, and applies principles from this regular man’s life that can restore the faith of the modern Christian community.

Foundational Truths Studies

Why Do You Believe That? by Mary Jo Sharp (women’s study)
How confident do you feel in talking about matters of faith? Do you wish you could express your beliefs with more effectiveness? Join Mary Jo in a practical seven-session study and gain understanding and skill to share Jesus effectively with others, and you’ll better understand your own faith. Answer your doubts, build your confidence, and start changing lives.

Always True by James McDonald (general adult)
This 6-week study leads individuals and churches to understand the nature of God’s promises, which are always true whether in good times or trials in the believer’s life. These universal promises are based on biblical truths and principles that will provide hope to all believers who face hardship.

Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler (general adult)
In an explanation that embraces the whole of Scripture, Matt Chandler defines what the gospel is — and what it is not. Written with Chandler’s weighty and yet immediately understandable style, this Bible study includes the specifics of the gospel as well as its fullness, clearly outlining its massive implications on both personal and cosmic levels.

The God Anthology by Mark Batterson (general adult)
God Anthology by Mark Batterson guides groups on an exploration into six of the critical aspects of God’s character and personhood. In some respects, this study captures the essence of A.W. Tozer’s classic The Knowledge of the Holy for a new generation.

How Can I Know: Answers to Life’s 7 Most Important Questions by Robert Jeffress (general adult)
What are the seven most important questions in life? Perhaps even more important, what are the answers? Utilizing the best research, How Can I Know? presents these questions and answers in a logical, concise way that anyone can understand and share with others.

The Gospel Revolution by J.D. Greear (general adult)
The objective of Gospel Revolution is to help group members abide in Jesus. They will find that when they do, passion, self-control, kindness, patience, and generosity are the natural results. Marriages will change. Participants will become more self-disciplined. They will be less selfish. Not by concentrating on these things, but as a result of being captivated by the love of Christ.

Biblical Worldview Studies

The 7 Experiment by Jen Hatmaker (women’s study)
Do you feel trapped in the machine of excess? Jen Hatmaker was. Her friends were. And some might say that our culture is. When Jen was called “rich” by a child who was living in poverty, she began a social experiment which evolved into a spiritual journey. Through this study, you’ll start that same experiment, at whatever level you choose, in seven key areas: food, clothes, spending, media, possessions, waste, and stress.

Radical by David Platt (general adult)
Platt invites you to encounter what Jesus actually said about being his disciple, and then obey what you have heard. He challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated a God-centered gospel to fit our human-centered preferences.

Kingdom Agenda by Tony Evans (general adult)
The Christian message, when communicated from a comprehensive Kingdom perspective, provides an agenda that can stand next to and above all other attempts to define the meaning of life, whether for the individual, the family, the church, or the nation. A Kingdom agenda based on God’s Word can serve as a comprehensive blueprint for the Christian life and as an all-encompassing discipleship tool.

Manhood Restored by Eric Mason (men’s study)
Manhood will always be in crisis until Jesus returns. But in Christ, men can be restored with ever increasing glory into the undefiled image of God. This six-session study leads men on a journey through masculinity, with Bible-study sessions on the problems men face, God’s solutions, and the restorations of worldview, sexuality, vision, and family.

Spiritual Warfare Studies

Breaking Free by Beth Moore (women’s study)
Beth Moore leads you through a study of the Scriptures to discover the transforming power of freedom in Jesus Christ. Themes for this study come from Isaiah, a book about the captivity of God’s children, the faithfulness of God, and the road to freedom.

Fight by Kenny Luck (men’s study)
Many men ignore the dangerous spiritual war surrounding them. And that willing surrender ensures the total destruction of all they hold dear. This eight-session study can help men respond to the fight with boldness and duty.

Victory in Spiritual Warfare by Tony Evans (general adult)
“Spiritual warfare” is defined as “the cosmic conflict waged in the invisible, spiritual realm which is simultaneously fleshed out in the context of the visible, physical realm.” Pastor Tony Evans pragmatically teaches Ephesians 6:10-18, providing application so that believers can implement the truths of God’s Word in the very real battle at hand.

Michelle Hicks is an editorial project leader in Adult Ministry Publishing at LifeWay. She leads the team responsible for producing Bible studies for women, couples, and parents.

Free Friday: Gideon

Update: Congrats to Donna Smith for winning this giveaway!

Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength (Priscilla Shirer) is a new 7-session small group Bible study for the women in your church.

The Bible study looks at the big picture of how God sovereignly positioned Gideon in the Book of Judges and what that means for women today. Despite his weakness, Gideon emerged as Israel’s hero, filled with God’s presence and His passion for deliverance. 

This study will encourage women to recognize their weakness as the key that the Lord gives them to unlock the full experience of His strength in their lives.

We’re giving away a Gideon starter kit today on the blog, which includes one leader kit and five member books. You could win this for the women’s ministry in your church!

Enter to win by leaving a comment with your name.

By entering today’s giveaway, you acknowledge LifeWay Christian Resource’s official promotion rules found hereToday’s giveaway starts at the posting time of this blog and ends Tuesday (5/14/13) at 11:59 p.m. CST. You must be 18 to enter, and you may only enter once. The winner will be selected at random. For questions about the rules and regulations of this giveaway, please contact Bud Harlan at One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234-140.

Free Friday: Priscilla Shirer Live Simulcast

Update: Congratulations to Marsha, Rachael, Jorge, and Courtney for winning this giveaway.

From a state of fear, weakness, and insecurity, Gideon emerged as Israel’s hero, filled with God’s presence and His passion for deliverance.

On Saturday, April 27, thousands of women will join together from around the globe (via the web) to learn more about God’s great sufficiency in spite of humankind’s great weakness.

Priscilla will be teaching on the story of Gideon and how God uses His people to accomplish the monumental (and seemingly impossible) tasks set before them.

Her message will be based on her small group Bible study, Gideon, that releases May 1.

Want to participate in the simulcast? We’re giving away three individual simulcast registrations. Follow the instructions below!

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Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted