EVEN THOUGH IT SAYS “Women’s Bible Study, it is the Word of God, so feel free to read Males:):)
Answer the Call-An excerpt of notes from my Women’s Bible Study Meeting
Based on Matthew 10:1-15
- Beginning with verse 1, Jesus empowers the disciples to cast out evil spirits and heal diseases and illnesses (Mark 3:13) (Luke 6:13) (Revelation 21:12, 14). Then, in verse 2-4, the names of the disciples are given: Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James (son of Alphaseus), Thaddeus, Simon ( the zealot), and Judas (John 1:42) (Mark 3:16) (Luke 6:14)
- Moving on to verse 5-6, we hear Jesus telling them to not go to the Gentiles or Samaritans but only God’s people of Israel (God’s lost sheep).
- Next, we see in verse 7, Jesus tells them to preach that the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Luke 9:2) (Matthew 3:2) (Luke 10:9). In verse 8, Jesus also tells them to heal the sick, raise the dead, cure leprosy, and cast out demons and give as freely as they have received (meaning the gift of salvation) and the message of Jesus Christ (Acts 8:18) (Luke 10:7) (Corinthians 9:8-14).
- Moving further into verse 9, Jesus says not to take money, gold, silver, or copper coins (Samuel 9:7) (Mark 6:8) (Luke 9:3).
- Now in verse 10, Jesus says not to carry a bag with clothes or sandals or a walking stick. He also says to accept hospitality because those who work deserve to be fed (Luke 10:7) (Corinthians 9:7) (Timothy 5:18).
- Wrapping up the instructions, Jesus says in verse 11-13 that the apostles are to enter a city or village and stay in that home of hospitality until they leave town. Jesus goes on to say to give that home your blessing. If it is not a worthy home, take back your blessing. This is referring to a home that is willing to receive the Gospel as the truth (Mark 6:10) (Luke 9:4) (Matthew 9:35) (Matthew 2:8) (Matthew 22:8).
- Lastly, verse 14 says that anyone or town who refuses to hear your message or welcome you, shake the dust off your feet as you leave (Mark 6:11) (Acts 13:51) (Nehemiah 5:13). This point is huge because it reiterates the Call. All were called when God sent His Son. However, not all will answer and believe. Verse 15 is saying those who won’t hear the Gospel will see a fate just as worse as the evil cities Sodom and Gomorrah: Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off on judgement day (Matthew 11:22) (Deuteronomy 32:32) (2 Peter 2:9).
- Some verses to encourage you to answer the call of God on your life:
Galatians 5:13- You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Hebrews 6:10- God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
I Peter 1:12- It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
Acts 26:6-7- And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today. This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me.
In closing, though it won’t be easy, we must count the cost to follow Christ. To follow Him we must be ready to sacrifice all for the One who gave all for us. As we follow Him, we know that He will give us all we need to be faithful to our calling.
Called to Call Others-an excerpt from My Women’s Bible Study
Based on Matthew 4:12-22
- In Matthew 4:12, we are made aware of the ending of John the Baptist’s discipleship and the beginning stages of the discipleship of Jesus.
- Here in this verse, Jesus has heard about John’s arrest and goes to Galilee (Mark 6:17-22) Mark 1:14) (Luke 3:20, 4:14,31). We then see that in verse 13, Jesus went to Nazareth and then Capernaum (Matthew 12:46) (John 2:2) (Matthew 4:14-16). When He does this, it fulfills what the prophet Isaiah said would happen (Isaiah 8:22) (Isaiah 9:1-2). By verse 17, we see that Jesus preached to the people to repent and turn to God for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 3:2) (Mark 1:14-15).
- Then, in verse 18, Jesus is walking along the Sea of Galilee and saw Peter and Andrew fishing(Matthew 5:1) (John 1: 40-42) (Mark 1:16-18) (Luke 5:2). When He talked with them, in verse 19, Jesus told them to follow Him, and He would make them fishers of men (Luke 5:10). By verse 20, they did what He said and followed Him (Mark 10:28) (Luke 18:28).
- In verse 21, Jesus saw James and John and called them to follow Him (Mark 1:19-21). Like the other disciples, in verse 22, they followed Him too (Revelation 14:12) (Matthew 28:18-20). What does this teach us? It teaches us that we are to be obedient when God calls us to follow Him. We don’t have to know where we are going, how we will get there, or think about anything. Just follow Jesus and do what He says. What a concept!
Called to New Life-an excerpt from my Women’s Bible Study
Based on Romans 8:1-14
- In this lesson, beginning with chapter 8:1-3, we learn of our position in the Kingdom of God.
Verse 1 depicts a miracle that can only come from God. Because of this miracle, we as believers are not condemned and are free from the shame of our sins (1 John 1:9). Instead, we will be resurrected to live again with God the Father and the Son Jesus (Romans 6:23) (Revelation 20:6).
- When we look at verse 3, we can further understand how all of these great miracles are privy to us. You see, the means involved for the miracle was done through the death of Christ and not the Law (1 Corinthians 15:45) (Galatians 4:4).
- Moving on to verse 4-8, our position in relation to the law of God, is that we are able to be righteous through Christ.
- Please read John 15 to understand why you need Jesus to live your life.
- Further down in verse 7, we are reminded that a carnal mind is death because it is an enemy of God (James 4:4).
- Closing out the lesson, verse 9-14 talks about the Holy Spirit in relation to our new life. We need Him because He teaches us how to live righteous and follow Christ’s instructions. Verse 9 lets us know that the Holy Spirit lives in us and works to control us (when we allow Him) (John 3:34) (Galatians 4:6) (Matthew 14:3).
- When we leave this earth, we should want to not only be raised from the grave by Christ (verse 10) but also to be alive in Him forever more!
- So, let us start now in this new life here on earth (verse 11). Christians no longer should live according to the flesh (Acts 2:24) (1 Corinthians 6:14) (2 Corinthians 4:14).
- Instead, we should do as verses 12-14 talks about and begin allowing the Holy Spirit to put to death our sinful needs.
Friends, I encourage you to accept the call to a new life in Christ and no longer live apart from God but walk in the Holy Spirit.
Some scriptures to encourage you in this new life:
2 Corinthians 5:17-Therefore, If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away, behold, new things have come.
Galatians 6:15-For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
Ephesians 4:24-and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God, has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Colossians 3:10-and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him.
Ephesians 2:15-by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the law of Commandments, contained in ordinances, so that in Himself he might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace.
Romans 6:4-Therefore, we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from death through the holy glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
Romans 7:6-But now we have been released from the law, having died to that by which, we were bound so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.