Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ephesians Bible Study Week 1

Today I started a bible study on Ephesians hosted by good morning girls. If you would like to join in make sure to go to www.goodmorninggirls.org to download the Ephesians E-book! It's a free download. We can use this FB group for discussions each week and to hold everyone accountable!

{Week 1} Ephesians 1:1-14 

Welcome to week 1 of our 12 week Good Morning Girls bible study in the book of Ephesians! I’m so glad YOU are here! This past enrollment session has been a whirlwind for me……..God is doing amazing things through GMG! I was thinking about it all day today as I was trying to add women into leader groups, answer emails and reply to Facebook requests. As I sat amazed at all the women God has brought to this current session, over 5,000 from ALL over the world, I know why He is moving so powerfully. It doesn’t have anything to do with me but rather with YOU and His Word!!! God is passionate about His Word reaching “to the ends of the earth” and he’s passionate about His daughters getting to know Him better and deepening THEIR relationship with Him. God loves you and He desires for you to spend quality time each day reading His Word.
Each and every day we have a choice, will we choose to spend time with God today? My prayer for all of us is……YES! As we embark on this 12 week journey together, I pray we will develop the discipline of being in God’s Word on a daily basis. I pray each day we will choose God. If we could picture the future and see the accumulation of our decisions, how differently would we live today? This insightful illustration compels us to consider every little decision we make.
This week read: Ephesians 1:1-14
Focus on:
  1. Pray BEFORE you read that day’s assigned scriptures. Pray that God will speak to you and help you understand what you are reading.
  2. Rising early to spend time with God BEFORE the kids get up, or purposefully set aside time in your day to spend with Him. You establish the time and then work on sticking to it.
  3. Work through the S.O.A.P. method as you learn to dig deeper and focus on the assigned verses for that day.
  4. Reach out, share what you are reading and learning with your Good Morning Girls group. If you don’t have a group, I’d LOVE for you to share on our Facebook page or in our comment area on our blog.
Keep in mind: Good Morning Girls is a place of grace–college students, nursing moms, working moms, homeschooling moms, room moms, grandma’s caring for their grandchildren or ailing parents, and women from all walks of life are here! We women are busy and doers! We need this time to refuel and recharge–but this needs to be a time of peace–NO pressure- do what time allows. Better a little time in God’s Word than no time at all.
What will I need for this online bible study? (If you haven’t already downloaded it)

1. GMG Ephesians Estudy Guide- English version
2. GMG Ephesians Estudy Guide- German translation
Not into printing the Ephesians Estudy guide out?
No problem! Use SOAPStudy.com to journal your way through Ephesians! They also have a mobile version for your phone too! Check them out at: www.soapstudy.com/
Digging a little deeper: For those of you who would like further study into these verses this week, I’ve provided a few resources below for you to use to help you dig a little deeper.
1. John MacArthur
2. John Piper

Please know that I’ll be praying for all of you this week as you begin reading in Ephesians and discussing the verses in your groups. If you aren’t in a group, then I invite you to share with us what you are learning either in our comment section here on our blog or on our Facebook page!
I’ll see you back here on Wednesday and Jen, one of our new contributors, will have a post for you this coming Friday! Woohoo! Can’t wait!

Until next time…

I am not disappointed in you
Others may not see who YOU are
But I do
Look at me, I am the one you pursue
Head hung low,
looking down at whats below
Hold your head up HIGH
Victorious, overcomer, relinquish that heavy SIGH!
I’ve called you by name
You’ll never be the same
You are my special princess
My word, that is completness
Others thoughts or voices
you ALL have made many choices
My hand of Grace I have extended
On your knees you bended
My love I have covered
No need to walk deafeated or with a shudder
No more fear or torment in your mind
I’ve given you my WORD you’ll not walk behind
A clean slate, a holy ghost do-over with my plan
Thought you were off course
There you showed remorse
Walk forgiven, for you came to me and asked
Walk in freedom, that is my divine task
Cleansed and renewed by my word
My voice, strong and confident you have heard
Get this from your head into your heart
I’ve given you a brand new start.
No looking back, moving ahead
Be steadfast, immovable with my word I’ve said
Declare it now, free indeed
Free to be me, e me I’ve created you to see and be
Look to me for the production of the postive fruits
I’ve dealt with all those negative roots
Plant new seeds, into new ground,
water and place into new soil, new life you have found
Behold all things indeed have past
Clinge to my Word that will eternally last
View each day with breathtaking beauty of the new roots
Its beginning to see the beauty of new fruits!


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