Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl Participant's Guide: Living the Faith after Bible Class Is Over [NOOK Book]

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“I really want to know God, personally and intimately.” Those words of speaker, award-winning author, and popular blogger Lysa TerKeurst mirror the feelings of countless women. They're tired of just going through the motions of being a Christian: Go to church. Pray. Be nice. That spiritual to-do list just doesn't cut it. But what does? How can ordinary, busy moms, wives, and workers step out of the drudgery of religious duty to experience a living, moment-by-moment, deeply intimate relationship with God? In this six-session study, Lysa shows ...

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Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl Participant's Guide: Living the Faith after Bible Class Is Over

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Overview

“I really want to know God, personally and intimately.” Those words of speaker, award-winning author, and popular blogger Lysa TerKeurst mirror the feelings of countless women. They're tired of just going through the motions of being a Christian: Go to church. Pray. Be nice. That spiritual to-do list just doesn't cut it. But what does? How can ordinary, busy moms, wives, and workers step out of the drudgery of religious duty to experience a living, moment-by-moment, deeply intimate relationship with God? In this six-session study, Lysa shows women how they can transform their walk with God from lackluster theory to vibrant reality. The Becoming More Than a Bible Study Girl study guides participants on an incredible, tremendously rewarding journey on which they will discover how to:



  • Build personal, two-way conversations with God

  • Study the Bible and experience life-change for themselves

  • Cultivate greater authenticity and depth in their relationships

  • Make disappointments work for them, not against them

  • Find incredible joy as they live out their faith in everyday circumstances                                           

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310692065
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 347,385
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of Made to Crave and Unglued. She isn't shy about admitting what a mess she can be. But she's been learning God's lessons and sharing them on her blog (www.LysaTerKeurst.com) and in her books. Lysa is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina where she lives with her husband, Art, five kids, three dogs, and mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen.

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Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl Participant's Guide


By Lysa TerKeurst

ZONDERVAN

Copyright © 2010Lysa TerKeurst
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-310-69206-5


Excerpt

CHAPTER 1

BECOMING MORE THAN A GOOD BIBLE STUDY GIRL

In My Heart


The reality is no person, possession, profession, or position ever fills the cup of a wounded, empty heart—not my heart, not your heart. It's an emptiness only God can fill.


VIDEO TEACHING SEGMENT

As you and your group watch Lysa teach on this topic, use the following outline to take notes on anything that stands out to you.


Notes

No person, possession, or position can fill up our heart.


[Your Notes]

When we try to force something besides God to fill us, it quickly turns from a blessing into a burden.


[Your Notes]

Anything we use as a substitute for God is an idol, a false god.


[Your Notes]

It wasn't just the people of the Old Testament that struggled with idols.


[Your Notes]

The same answer their idols gave them is the same answer our idols give us.


[Your Notes]

With every "if only I had" statement that tries to trip us up, we must replace it with a truth from God's Word.


[Your Notes]

When I am satisfied with God and filled up with His truth, I can stop having unrealistic expectations from:

People,


[Your Notes]

Possessions,


[Your Notes]

And Positions.


[Your Notes]


VIDEO SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION

1. As you watched the video teaching segment, what is one main point that you would like to apply to your life?


[Your Response]

2. Why is it so tempting to try to get our fulfillment from people, possessions, and positions?


[Your Response]

3. How does this affect our relationships?


[Your Response]

4. How does this affect our attitude toward possessions?


[Your Response]

5. How does this affect us in the positions we hold?


[Your Response]

6. How can we become more deeply satisfied with God?


[Your Response]

7. With what Bible verses can you replace your "if only I had" statements?


[Your Response]


BETWEEN-SESSIONS Personal Bible Study


DAY 1

Read chapter 1 of the Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl book. If you'd like, record any highlights in the space below.


[Your Notes]


DAY 2

Complete this lesson:

I'm not sure when I first felt I wasn't good enough, but my earliest stinging memory of it happened in a place where strobe lights tumbled about in a skating rink full of elementary school kids.... I fidgeted with the laces of my skates hoping to send a very clear message: the only reason I wasn't couple skating was that I had a slight equipment malfunction. But in my heart, a false perception was cutting deeper and deeper into my soul with every beat of the Rick Springfield song. The false perception was rooted in this one flawed thought: You, Lysa, are not acceptable the way you are.

Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl, p. 17


1. During my growing up years, I was deeply affected by the feeling that I was unacceptable. Write briefly about a time when you did not feel acceptable.


[Your Response]

2. Look up the following verses and summarize them here: Proverbs 21:3


[Your Response]

Isaiah 1:13–18


[Your Response]

1 John 1:7


[Your Response]

3. How does the world define the word "acceptable"?


[Your Response]

4. How does Jesus define the word "acceptable"?


[Your Response]


The word "acceptable" can literally be defined as "pleasing or worthy to the receiver." It is who we are offering ourselves to that determines whether or not we are acceptable. If we offer ourselves to other people, we will never be wholly acceptable. People's standards are illusive, airbrushed, unrealistic, temporary, and ever changing.

God's standards are secure, based on what Jesus has done for us and not on anything we try to do ourselves. But we must make the choice to focus on Jesus and His definition of us rather than other people or worldly standards.

5. One verse on this matter that helped me tremendously is Jeremiah 29:11. Write that verse here.


[Your Response]

What does this verse reveal about God?


[Your Response]

What does this verse reveal about me?


[Your Response]

6. Now let's put Jeremiah 29:11 in context by reading verses 12 and 13 as well. What are three amazing promises made to us in these verses?

• [Your Response]

• [Your Response]

• [Your Response]


These weren't just rote prayers being offered up in an obligatory fashion. These were prayers that caused seeking — and not just casual seeking. These prayers caused a wholehearted seeking with a promise of finding God.

7. What is your honest assessment of your prayer life now? Circle the description that best fits you:

a. practically nonexistent

b. canned and obligatory

c. friendly but not powerful

d. effectively seeking with all my heart


Seeking God with all our heart means to be completely filled and fulfilled by Him. Fulfillment means to be completely satisfied. How might our lives look if we were so filled with God's truths that we could let go of the pain of our past, not get tripped up by the troubles of today, or consumed by the worries of tomorrow?

Let's start today by seeking to be filled up with a truth from God's Word addressing each of these areas.

8. Use your Bible, the "word search" function on BibleGateway.com, or a concordance to find a verse that addresses each of the following:

Shame—(Letting go of the pain from our past)


[Your Response]

Temptation—(Not getting tripped up by the troubles of today)


[Your Response]

Worry—(Not getting consumed by the worries of tomorrow)


[Your Response]

Write your three verses on 3 x 5 cards and practice praying them throughout your day. You may even want to insert your name into the verse. Also, ask God to help you see Him, hear Him, know Him, and follow His truth throughout this day.

We'll be building on this activity in session two, so save those index cards and keep them close at hand.


DAY 3

Read chapter 2 of the book Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl. If you'd like, record any highlights in the space below.


[Your Notes]


DAY 4

Complete this lesson:

How could I have everything I always dreamed would make me feel happy, significant, and loved and still feel so empty? This emptiness made me feel desperate, needy, complicated, full of unrealistic expectations. I quickly became disillusioned. Weren't Christians supposed to instantly have it all together after saying yes to God?

My relationships with my husband and growing family were strained and quickly went from being blessings to burdens. Even though I knew with my head that only God could fill my soul, I still found myself wanting my husband and kids to right my wrongs, fill up my insecurities, and make me feel loved. It just seemed easier to try and get these things from those I could see and touch. But even a great husband
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Table of Contents

Contents

About the Study          

How to Use This Guide          

Session 1 BECOMING MORE THAN A GOOD BIBLE STUDY GIRL In My Heart          

Session 2 BECOMING MORE THAN A GOOD BIBLE STUDY GIRL In My Walk With
God          

Session 3 BECOMING MORE THAN A GOOD BIBLE STUDY GIRL In My
Relationships          

Session 4 BECOMING MORE THAN A GOOD BIBLE STUDY GIRL In My Struggles          

Session 5 BECOMING MORE THAN A GOOD BIBLE STUDY GIRL In My Thoughts          

Session 6 BECOMING MORE THAN A GOOD BIBLE STUDY GIRL In My Calling          


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