As we prepare for Spring and hope for safe opportunities for our small groups to re-gather, there are several great studies for women’s groups that are coming soon or were published recently. Consider these options as you plan upcoming studies.
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Simple and Free: 7 Experiments Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker. This book study is a new version of Jen’s 2012 DVD study, The 7 Experiment: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess. The new version is written not just for readers of faith but for everyone who craves a gentler, simpler life. Now annotated throughout with new reflections from the author, Jen offers thoughtful insights as she reflects on the vastly different world of Simple and Free back when it was first published as 7, and considers the dramatically different space she occupies now.
Breakthrough: Finding Freedom in Christ: A Study in Galatians by Barb Roose. Let go of feeling like you are not a “good enough” Christian and find freedom in Christ by studying Paul’s letter to the Galatians. In this six-week study, Barb Roose shows us that even the believers in the early church struggled to let go of rule-keeping in order to embrace God’s free gift of grace. Learn to stop trying to measure up in God’s eyes and instead accept God’s grace, distinguish between lies and truth, and embrace God’s promise of freedom.
Pursued: God’s Relentless Love for YOU: A Study from Genesis to Revelation by Jennifer Cowart. Discover how God is pursuing you as you explore His relentless love from Genesis to Revelation. In this six-week study, we will explore God’s love as evidenced in the stories of creation, the patriarchs, the judges and prophets, Jesus, and the early church. We will see the big picture of God’s love for us, discover that God wants a personal relationship with each one of us, and realize that God will never stop pursuing us.
Common Ground: Loving Others Despite Our Differences: A Study of Sibling Rivalries in the Bible by Amberly Neese. Learn to live at peace with others even when you disagree by studying biblical stories of rivalries. In this four-week study, author Amberly Neese combines stories of sibling rivalries from the Bible with personal experience, humor, hope, and her love of God’s Word to illustrate how we can have peace and reconciliation in all of our relationships—all while reassuring us that it’s possible to find common ground with everyone–despite our differences.
This DVD study is accompanied by a study guide that includes leader helps. This study will be available by May 4th.
1 Corinthians: Searching the Depths of God by Jaime Clark-Soles. This study is not designed solely for women. Its teachings are for both women’s and mixed-gender groups. However, the author is a woman, Jaime Clark-Soles, who is a professor at Perkins School of Theology. In this six-week study, she explores Paul’s letter to the Corinthians that addressed many issues that our churches face today including factions, sexual immorality, gender issues, money concerns, theological questions, lawsuits, problems in worship, and problems in leadership.
Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story: Lessons from Naomi in the Book of Ruth by Heather M. Dixon. We hear that we can write our own stories, but life can happen. In the Book of Ruth, Naomi was forced to chart a new path even as she mourned the loss of her husband and two sons. Using Naomi’s story, this four-week women’s Bible study, teaches women to flourish through a willingness to trust that God can transform them and trade their heartache for hope.
Lose Control: The Way to Find Your Soul: A Bible Study of 1 Samuel by Mary Shannon Hoffpauir. Learn to live in total dependence on God through a study of 1 Samuel. Often, we think “God is in control” but we live like we are. This six-week Bible study helps us realize what little control we have and how dependent on God we truly are.
The Names of God: His Character Revealed: A Bible Study by Melissa Spoelstra. Know God better through a study of His names. In a world where we find people creating God in their own image, studying God’s names can remind us that we are created in His. In this six-week study, Melissa Spoelstra shows us that the more we become grounded in God’s many names, the more personally we’ll understand God’s character, and so through the discovery of God’s names, we will discover Him.
This DVD study comes in a leader kit that includes the DVD, leader guide, and a participant workbook.
Surrendered: Letting Go & Living Like Jesus: A Study of Jesus in the Wilderness by Barb Roose. Is it possible that giving up on what you can’t change is God’s path to peace for your life? This six-week study especially for women explores Jesus in the wilderness and gives six practical principles that will equip you to let God lead you to victory and peace, despite your unchanging and challenging circumstances. Learn how to surrender like Jesus and experience God’s power and peace in your life as never before.
She Dreams: Live the Life You Were Created For by Tiffany Bluhm. Say yes to the dreams God has planted in your heart. In this six-week study, author Tiffany Bluhm encourages you to discover and follow your God-given dreams through the biblical story of Moses. It took a lifetime for Moses to live out his dream, but by holding onto hope and trusting God it came to pass. So, too, can the dreams God has planted in your heart.
Additional Women’s Studies
For more women’s studies to consider for your group, view our pathfinders on Women’s Ministry Video Resources and Women’s Ministry Book Resources. You can also view our list of DVD Studies for Women’s Groups.
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These resources can be borrowed for free by anyone involved with a United Methodist Church in the North Carolina Conference. We will mail them to your home! All you need to do is fill out the Resource Request Form.