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Lesson Two: Church Leadership and Setting a Godly Example

1 Timothy 3–4 Background: God’s household continues to be Paul’s immediate concern knowing how turbulent the city of Ephesus was. He understood how important leadership was in the church to advance the Good News in the world and promote the…Continue Reading →

Lesson One: Warnings, Grace & Worship

1 Timothy 1–2 Background: In Paul’s letter to Timothy, we see a mentor encouraging and instructing his younger ministry partner in the day-to-day problems that surface in Ephesus. Paul writes Chapters 1 and 2 in the letter to warn Timothy…Continue Reading →

Spring Semester Introduction

Melissa Renner introduces the second part of this year's Women's Bible Study. We will study the letters of First and Second Timothy as well as his letter to Titus. Melissa challenges us to place ourselves in Timothy's shoes as we…Continue Reading →

Lesson Seven: Setting Our Hearts on Heaven

Various Scripture Background: Satan has deceived the world about Heaven. He has convinced people that Hell is a party and Heaven is nothing more than floating on clouds and playing harps. As Christians, the hope of Heaven should be a…Continue Reading →

Lesson Six: A Warning to the Idle

2 Thessalonians 2:13–3:18 Background: Paul’s love for the Thessalonians is evident in both of his letters. He calls them his pride and joy and says they live in a way that pleases God. Oh, to have Christ say that about…Continue Reading →

Lesson Five: The Mystery of Lawlessness

2 Thessalonians 1–2:12 Background: The Thessalonian believers continue to face persecution and false teaching as they grow stronger in their faith. They had been receiving letters saying that the day of the Lord had already come, so Paul wrote his…Continue Reading →

Lesson Four: Preparing for Eternity

1 Thessalonians 5 Background: Both letters written to the Thessalonians—as well as to all future believers—are letters of preparation and anticipation. Our Savior’s return is emphasized in both letters. As we wait in anticipation of Christ’s return, Paul provides in…Continue Reading →

Lesson Three: The Bridegroom Cometh

1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 Background: Few biblical topics can start heated debates as quickly as this short passage of Scripture. Many who agree on the details of the event will hotly argue the timing. This lesson was prepared based on the…Continue Reading →

Lesson Two: Live to Please God

1 Thessalonians 3–4:12 Background: In the previous chapters we saw how Paul longed to be with the new believers in Thessalonica. He traveled by himself to Berea and then later to Athens due to persecution in Berea so had only…Continue Reading →

Lesson One: A Foundation of Love

1 Thessalonians 1-2 Background: This book, written by Paul, is filled with both encouragement and instruction for the new believers that had recently formed the church in Thessalonica. Notice as you read this book how Paul instructs them as a…Continue Reading →

Fall Semester Introduction

Melissa Renner answers some of the questions she has received over the last few weeks about what Women's Bible Study will look like this semester.Continue Reading →

Lesson Three: The Light of the World

In a world so obviously broken by disease and death from the ravages of sin, Jesus once asked his followers, “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus poses the same question to His followers today—the answer is critical in determining… Continue Reading →

Lesson Seven: The Servant: Suffering to Exultation

Background: For many, their first exposure to this passage in Isaiah is not in the written Word, but through singing. Isaiah 53:4-6 is one of the beautiful choruses sung in Handel’s Messiah. In this enduring work, Handel takes us through…Continue Reading →

Lesson Six: SOS: Sin, Obedience, Salvation

Background: Isaiah 50:1–52:12 presents God’s challenge to His people to prove their claim that they’ve been forsaken. He declares the reason for their separation was their sin. However, He doesn’t leave them there! Neither does He leave us in our…Continue Reading →

Lesson Five: A Servant Commissioned; A Nation Restored

Background: God promised Abram in Genesis 12:1-3 that through him, the nation of Israel would be great and blessed. Isaiah points out how rebellious Israel has become, but God’s promise of blessing and redemption has not wavered. He mercifully warns…Continue Reading →

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