good quote

" In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by ...bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people." ~ A.W. Tozer

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Holy Women: Study Guide for Christian Ladies preface and lesson #1


This is a new study guide that I wanted to post. It is 30 lessons long and is written by James W. Knox. It is a lot of scripture reading and answering questions about the scripture. It has been a good study for me. I hope you enjoy too.

Today is the Preface and Lesson #1: Foundations

Preface

You have before you thirty lessons, carefully designed and prayerfully constructed which will lead and guide the sincere woman iunto God's truth regarding feminine holiness and virtue.

It may surprise some who undertake these studies to find how much of the Bible is written to or about women. Several large volumes of commentary exist which deal entirely with the female characters found in the word of God. Thanks be to our Heavenly Father, He has not left us in the dark on matters of such vital importance as character, conduct, spousal relations, and child rasing. What a joy to know that the woman who will but believe the Bible and yeild her will to the control of the Holy Spirit may live a life of virtue and honor in the eyes of God and man.
   The lessons which follow will each present a series of questions on a particular theme. These questions are worded so as to compel the student to search her heart and examine, not only her actions, but her motives. The greatest profit will be derived by those who face these questions with the greatest degree of honesty.
   When this study is complete, the sincere woman will know what God's Word teaches, where her life needs repair or improvement, and how such corrections may be prayerfully accomplished.
  Some dear ladies may be tempted to dispair, for the philosophies of this world, both secular and religious, have led our generation so far from the ideal there seems little or no hope of ever reaching God's mark. Yet, the scripture declares: He which hath begun a good work in you WILL PERFORM IT until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).  The one who made us by His wisdom and power certainly knows how to remake us by His marvelous grace.

Those who wish to profittio from these lessons wiil:
1. Pray over each one and then answer every question as thoroughly as possible.
2. Be certain all answers are supported by scripture and cite references where possible.
3. During the course of this study commit Titus 2: 3-5; Proverbs 31: 10-31 and 1 Peter 3:1-6 to memory.
4. If you have a group of trusted friends within your local church, arrange to review these lessons together that you might learn from and pray for one another.

Some counsel for those who lead group discussions:
1. Do not turn meetings into a lecture time. Guide and moderate the meeting, do not control or dominate the meeting.
2. Encourage open discussion, but avoid the scandalous. Some things are best confessed and forsaken and not confessed again.
3. Do not force anyone to give an answer to a question where they do not wish to do so. Let those answers intended for the student and her Lord only, remain so.
4. Should the Spirit of God breathe on your meeting, and prayer be wont, stop and seek the face of Jesus Christ. Better to help one soul, settle one matter, than to rush through a lesson for sake of a schedule.
5. Be certain all answers are supported by scripture adn cite references where possible.


Lesson #1 Foundations
In order to gain the most from this lesson, please read Titus 2:1-5 carefully before answering the questions.

1. After thought and reflection evaluate your concept of womanhood.

2. Have your ideas about womanhood changed since you became a Christian? If you have been a Christian since you were young, how has your concept changed over the years?

3. Think of a woman you admire as an outstanding Christian. Why do you esteem her?

4. Think of a powerful woman in the secular world. Name the negative results of her influence of women.

5. Who is your favorite female character in the Bible? What characteristics does she have that makes her so admired?

6.From Titus 2:1-5 list the qualities God admires. Next to them write the opposite of those qualities.

7. How do the qualities you esteem compare or conflict with the list above?

8.All women are not ready to teach, or be proper example, to others. What are the prerequisties according to our passage?

9.How can a woman manifest behavior as becometh holiness to God? Why do you think this quality is named first?

10.Why is control of the tongue (not false accusers) so important? Can you think of an example when God's name bas been dishonored or His work hindered by a slandering woman?

11. Define temperance. Why is it important for a godly woman to be free of addiction to wine, or any excess?

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