September 23, 2021
TRUST our faithful God, who hears, remembers, sees and knows.
- Growing in Population (God Grows His People)
- Groaning under Persecution (God hears, God KNOWS!)
- Game “Plan B”- a new strategy: Genocide (but God’s people fear Him rather than the king)
- God’s Plan for a Deliverer
- God Hears Israel's Groaning (and ours!)
September 16, 2021
Welcome to our study of Exodus, Our Redeemer: Mighty to Save! If you are new to Bethlehem North Women’s Bible Study, a special welcome! Thank you for joining us! Information on registering for our classes is available at bethlehem.church/womensbiblestudy/#north
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July 29, 2021
John 17: Jesus Prays for Us
Aim: Hear Jesus’s pleas to the Father for himself, for the disciples, and for all believers to live in unity and on mission.
- That the Father would glorify Jesus in the completion of the divine mission (vv 1–5).
- That the disciples would be protected, sanctified, and on mission after Jesus leaves the world (vv6–19).
- That the church would be united, be on mission, and display the love of the Father (vv20–26).
July 21, 2021
Paul prays for his beloved church that they would be:
- Strengthened with power in their inner being by the Holy Spirit
- So that Christ would dwell in their hearts through faith (even though they were already believers!)
- So that they would be rooted and grounded in the love of Christ, and be overwhelmed by the depth, length, breadth, and height of that love
- And so be filled even more with all the fulness of God.
July 15, 2021
Psalm 51 will help you understand more of the heart of your Heavenly Father. May you see more clearly...
- God’s steadfast love and abundant mercy toward his confessing children
- God’s pursuit of justice and heart change in his children
- God’s provision of a covering for sin in Jesus
- God’s gift of joy for the forgiven
- God’s help to follow through on the resolves of the forgiven heart
Remember that God has revealed himself as, The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin (Exodus 34:6–7).
May you run to Him quickly when you recognize your sin!
July 2, 2021
Judges 4–5 gives us a surprising, hopeful, powerful picture of deliverance from bondage that we could never escape alone.
If you are less familiar with the history of God’s redemptive story, find a refresher of the overarching picture with this 3-minute video or the full KINGDOM seminar video. This week’s story occurs in the period of the judges, when Israel has entered the Promised Land but failed to fully obey God by removing the idolatrous people of the land. Where does this partial obedience (i.e. disobedience) land them? Under the oppression of the Canaanites.
But God does not save us because we are good enough! And so this story goes on to describe the faith of two women (the judge Deborah and a surprising “deliverer” Jael), the hesitation of God’s appointed military leader (Barak), the different responses of the Israelite tribes, and the foreshadowing of a nail that crushes the head of the enemy … pointing forward to our true, perfect Deliverer, Christ Jesus.
Because we have such a Hero, we can walk in courageous faith and express our hearts in praise for the large and small deliverances that God accomplishes for us.
June 16, 2021
By God’s grace, the prayers of Hannah and Mary are recorded for us in the Bible. These are women who loved God and were familiar with disappointment and uncertainty.
As you reflect on the prayers of Hannah and Mary, consider the following:
- When you are suffering or struggling, God hears you and invites you to pour out your soul before him (2 Samuel 1:15, Psalm 62:8). Rest in the truth that He understands every cry of your heart. He is working powerfully, even in your loneliest moments.
- Remember that God can (and has!) reversed the most impossible situations. He can make something beautiful from ashes (Isaiah 61:3), grant the kingdom to those who are persecuted (Matthew 5:10), bring down the mighty and exalt the humble (Luke 1:52) and grant the weakest people strength (1 Samuel 2:4, 2 Corinthians 12:9)
- God can write words of worship and praise in our own hearts, even in difficult circumstances—especially in difficult circumstances.
June 9, 2021
Listen to the first day of our summer Bible study, June 9, 2021, "He Hears Me: Prayers of the Bible," and get to know our teaching team:
- Charisse Compton
- Kacie Liechty (absent)
- Amy Katterson
- Lindsay Osborne
- Jenni Naselli (absent)
- Julia Dembeck
June 9, 2021
“Teach us to pray, Lord,” the disciples asked after observing Jesus in close communion with his Father. In response, Jesus offered the Lord’s Prayer as a template. Like a skeleton giving structure to a body, this simple, six-petition template forms the framework for the muscles, tissues, and flesh of our own prayers.
I like to think of the template as the triple A’s of prayer. We first address God as “our Father in Heaven,” fully aware of both the privilege and cost of doing so. We then agree with the goodness of God’s purposes in this world, asking him to hallow his name, bring his kingdom and accomplish his will. Based on God’s will, which we have labored in prayer to align our own hearts with, we then ask God to meet our every need, to continue forgiving our sins, and to nurture in us a forgiving heart. We close our prayer time by asking our Father to keep us from anything that does not hallow his name and to protect us from the predations of the Evil One. With unwavering faith, we request all these things, knowing God intends to grant them.
Ignoring this template results in prayers with broken bones and deformed bodies. For instance, if we consistently prioritize our “needs and greeds” in prayer, it could be that our hearts are not in agreement with God’s will, and our requests stem instead from sinful lusts and desires. If we habitually forget to repent of our sins, we may be startled to find a vengeful and self-righteous spirit taking root in our hearts. If in pride or foolishness we continually fail to ask God’s protection from temptation, we may be surprised to find how easily sin derails us. If our hearts do not beat as one with God’s in his desire to build his kingdom, we could be sidelined in His cause and miss out on the great joy of being used to advance the gospel.
If however, we follow the template, we have confidence that God will grant our requests. He is already hallowing his name. His kingdom is on the march. More and more people are doing his will. He has promised to provide our material needs. He has promised to forgive our sins. He has promised he will not tempt us or allow us to be tempted beyond our ability. He is doing and will continue to do all these things through the prayers of his people. In our Father’s mysterious and wise economy, he takes our prayers and turns them into the tools of his trade. So pray as Jesus instructed because God powerfully works when we do!
April 29, 2021
Psalms 139: Search me, O God, and know my heart
Stanza 1: The All-Knowing God, 1–6
Stanza 2: The Ever-Present God, 7–12
Stanza 3: The All-Creating God, 13–18
Stanza 4: The Ever-Worthy God, 19–24
Click here for the printable outline handout: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C6aH6pDuwpfmUq719z3qY6fBOwRy25X5i2dKEtk1YuU/edit?usp=sharing