Girls Gone Wise Companion Guide

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It's time for a change. It's time for a generation of women who dare to take God at His Word and delight in His plan for male and female.  And thousands of women are taking this challenge by studying Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild. 

Designed as a companion study, the Girls Gone Wise Companion Guide contains lessons that correspond to each chapter of the Girls Gone Wise book, with questions for personal reflections and application.   Each lesson should ...

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Overview


It's time for a change. It's time for a generation of women who dare to take God at His Word and delight in His plan for male and female.  And thousands of women are taking this challenge by studying Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild. 

Designed as a companion study, the Girls Gone Wise Companion Guide contains lessons that correspond to each chapter of the Girls Gone Wise book, with questions for personal reflections and application.   Each lesson should take about 10 or 15 minutes, after which a lined page is provided to journal thoughts and personalize the teaching. 

Appropriate for group and individual study, the Girls Gone Wise Companion Guide can be custom tailored to fit an 8 week schedule or expanded to 20 weeks.   

This study will challenge women to the core and compel them to become part of the quiet conter-revolution of Girls Gone Wise in a world gone wild. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802451569
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 360,778
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


MARY KASSIAN is an award winning author, internationally renowned speaker, and a distinguished professor at Southern Baptist Seminary. She has published several books and Bible studies, including The Feminist Mistake. A graduate from the faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Alberta, Canada, Mary has also studied systematic theology at the doctoral level and taught courses at seminaries throughout North America.
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GIRLS GONE WISE Companion Guide


By MARY A. KASSIAN

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 2012 Mary A. Kassian
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8024-5156-9


Chapter One

HEART

What Holds First Place in Your Affections?

Girl-Gone-WILD Christ Is Peripheral

"Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it." (Proverbs 5:5-6)

Girl-Gone-WISE Christ Is Central

"Her heart has not turned back, nor have her steps departed from your way." (Psalm 44:18)

Read pages 23-33 in the Girls Gone Wise book.

THE MAIN POINT

The writer of Proverbs says you can tell a lot about a girl by the way she walks. He advised his son to check out a woman's feet—that is, her behavior; the way she acts and talks, conducts herself, and the choices she makes—in order to get an idea of the inner state of her heart. A girl's feet and her heart are closely connected. If her heart is in love with the Lord Jesus, her feet will demonstrate her devotion. A Wise Thing gives the Lord Jesus Christ first place in her heart. Her feet follow the inclination of her heart, so she makes cautious, wise, godly decisions about her relationships with men. A Wild Thing, on the other hand, does not have Christ at the center of her affections. Because of this, she makes missteps in her relationship with men. "Her ways wander, and she doesn't know it." What do your feet say about you? If the Sage Father were to watch you walk, would He peg you as a Girl-Gone-Wild or a Girl-Gone-Wise?

1. Reread Proverbs 5:5–6 and Psalm 44:18 on the previous page. According to these verses, how does the "way" of a Wild Thing differ from that of a Wise Thing?

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2. In your own words, explain what the Bible means when it refers to a woman's "walk."

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3. What does a woman's "walk" reveal about her?

What type of shoes she's wearing

Which direction she's headed

The inclination of her heart

Where her loyalty lies

Whether she is wild or wise

4. Look up and read the following verses in your Bible. Draw lines to match each reference to the thought it contains:

Deuteronomy 11:21-23 If we love Jesus, we will do what He says.

John 14:15 Blessing and victory come from loving God, walking in all His ways, and holding fast to Him.

2 John 1:5–6 From the beginning, the Lord has stressed the importance of the heart-foot connection; love means walking in obedience.

5. If the Sage Father were to evaluate your "steps"—the way you think, talk, act, and all the small, daily choices you make—would He peg you as more wild or more wise? Why?

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6. Take an honest look inside. Put a mark on the scale below to indicate how close you hold Christ to your heart's center:

Christ is not at the center of my heart. Christ is at the center of my heart. My ways wander. I try to follow all His ways.

7. What things most compete for that center spot in your affections?

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8. What adjustments do you need to make to allow room for Christ to take His rightful place in your heart?

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9. The Lord will help you change, if you truly want to. Write out a personalized version of God's promise by inserting your name in each blank.

"I will give __________________ a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within __________________. And I will remove the heart of stone from __________________'s flesh and give __________________ a heart of flesh. And will put my Spirit within __________________, and cause __________________ to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules." (Ezekiel 36:26–28)

Using this verse, ask the Lord to give you a new heart and to help you walk in His way.

I'M GOING WISE

Use this page to journal. Write down what you're learning. Record your thoughts, comments, favorite verse, quotes, or questions. Compose a prayer, letter, or poem. Jot down notes from your small-group session. Draw, doodle, or diagram. Be creative. We've provided this space so you can process and apply the book whichever way is best for you.

Remember: You'll find videos, a forum, and many other resources to help you learn how to walk wisely on the GirlsGoneWise.com website. And you can follow Girls Gone Wise on Facebook (facebook.com/girlsgonewise) and Twitter (twitter.com/girlsgonewise) too.

Chapter Two

COUNSEL

Where Do You Get Your instruction?

Girl-Gone-WILD World-Instructed

"Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it." (Proverbs 5:5–6)

Girl-Gone-WISE Word-Instructed

"She walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but her delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law she meditates day and night." (Psalm 1:1–2)

Read pages 35-44 in the Girls Gone Wise book.

THE MAIN POINT

A Wild Thing doesn't ponder the path of life. She goes about her daily business and neglects to consider the way of the Lord. It's not that she willfully snubs God's way. She just doesn't take the time or make the effort to figure out what it is or how to walk in it. Instead, the ideas of the world get into her system and numb her sensibilities. Her constant exposure to mass media poisons the way she thinks and behaves. The problem with popular media is that it constantly lies about the nature of truth, goodness, and beauty. It offers counterfeit versions of what womanhood, male-female relationships, romance, sexuality, marriage, and family are all about. It typically portrays sin as natural and harmless. And if you're frequently exposed to that message, that's what you're going to believe. Wise Things are careful about where they get their relationship advice. If you want to be wise, you'll intentionally tune out the false messages of the world, and make an effort to tune in to the truth of the Word instead.

1. Write down the names of the last 3 TV shows and/or movies you watched and the last 3 magazines you read.

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2. Did any of these shows, movies and/or magazines:

Characterize sex outside of marriage as normal or desirable? YES NO Characterize homosexuality as normal or desirable? YES NO Cast marriage in a negative light? YES NO Cast men in a negative light? YES NO Cast children in a negative light? YES NO Portray women as defiant or sexually aggressive? YES NO Suggest that worth is based on physical beauty? YES NO Imply that a woman's worth is based on her career? YES NO Encourage immodesty or greed? YES NO Mock morality or Christian faith? YES NO Minimize the consequences of sin? YES NO

3. Do you agree with the statement "You will become what you expose yourself to"? Explain why or why not.

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4. Fill in the flow chart describing how compromise usually happens (see the example about Eve in GGW, page 40).

5. Has your tolerance level for viewing sinful images increased or decreased over the past 5 years? Explain:

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6. Can you identify other ways popular media have affected your thinking?

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7. According to Philippians 4:8, what types of things ought you to be filling your mind with?

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8. Do your media choices demonstrate that you are carefully pondering the path of life? What adjustments do you need to make?

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Take the Girls Gone Wise Media Challenge ...

For the next week, keep a log of all the "counsel" you expose yourself to. Then figure out the percentage of godly versus benign/ungodly counsel. [Benign and ungodly seem to make a strange pair. Check the book!]

If you want to do something really radical, surf on over to girlsgonewise.com and sign up for the 30-day media reduction challenge.

I'M GOING WISE

Use this page to journal. Write down what you're learning. Record your thoughts, comments, favorite verse, quotes, or questions. Compose a prayer, letter, or poem. Jot down notes from your small-group session. Draw, doodle, or diagram. Be creative. We've provided this space so you can process and apply the book whichever way is best for you.

Remember: You'll find videos, a forum, and many other resources to help you learn how to walk wisely on the GirlsGoneWise.com website. And you can follow Girls Gone Wise on Facebook {facebook.com/girlsgonewise) and Twitter (twitter.com/girlsgonewise) too.

Chapter Three

APPROACH

Who Directs Your Love Story?

Girl-Gone-WILD Self-Manipulated

"And behold, the woman meets him ... wily of heart." (Proverbs 7:10)

Girl-gone-WISE God-Orchestrated

She trusts in the Lord with all her heart, and does not lean on her own understanding. In all her ways she acknowledges Him and He makes her paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5–6, NIV)

Read pages 45–55 in the Girls Gone Wise book.

THE MAIN POINT

Relying on her "wiles" is the approach a Girl-Gone-Wild takes in relationships. She's calculating—exceptionally clever in the craft of manipulation. She uses all sorts of tricks and schemes to insidiously entice and entrap. She knows how to flirt, seduce, admire, compliment, pout, cry, reason, argue, lie, accuse, nag, plot, and do whatever else is necessary to achieve her goal. Desire and obsession have gripped her. She's a living, breathing example of Want. The Wild Thing tries to sit in the director's chair and manipulate the scene so her man will do what she wants. She tries to direct his behavior and control the outcome of their story. The Girl-Gone-Wise takes a different approach—a radically different approach. She does not play the manipulation game. She takes her hands off the director's chair, relinquishes control, and trusts God to orchestrate her life's script.

1. In the word cloud, circle three words that are not associated with what it means to be "wily."

2. What are some specific ways our culture encourages women to manipulate men?

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3. Rank the following types of manipulation from I to 5, with I being the type of manipulation you've used the most, to 5 being the type of manipulation you've used the least:

_____ Sexual Manipulation

_____ Verbal Manipulation

_____ Emotional Manipulation

_____ Spiritual Manipulation

_____ Circumstantial Manipulation

4. Can you describe an instance when being wily has blown up in your face?

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5. Why does wily behavior demonstrate a disdain for truth?

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6. What else does a wily approach to relationships demonstrate? (check all that apply)

That we don't trust the Lord

That we think we know best

That we've watched too many Looney Tunes cartoons.

That we are control freaks

That we are trying to play God

7. Why is it difficult for women to refrain from taking a wily approach to relationships?

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8. Reread Proverbs 3:5–6. How well are you putting this verse into practice when it comes to your approach to relationships? Explain.

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9. How can you become less wily and increasingly wise?

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I'M GOING WISE

Use this page to journal. Write down what you're learning. Record your thoughts, comments, favorite verse, quotes, or questions. Compose a prayer, letter, or poem. Jot down notes from your small-group session. Draw, doodle, or diagram. Be creative. We've provided this space so you can process and apply the book whichever way is best for you.

Remember: You'll find videos, a forum, and many other resources to help you learn how to walk wisely on the GirlsGoneWise.com website. And you can follow Girls Gone Wise on Facebook (facebook.com/girlsgonewise) and Twitter (twitter.com/girlsgonewise) too.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from GIRLS GONE WISE Companion Guide by MARY A. KASSIAN Copyright © 2012 by Mary A. Kassian. Excerpted by permission of Moody Publishers. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Contents

A Message from Mary....................6
About This Companion Guide....................8
Wild Thing....................11
1. Heart....................15
2. Counsel....................19
3. Approach....................23
4. Attitude....................27
5. Habits....................31
6. Focus....................35
7. Appearance....................39
8. Body Language....................43
9. Roles....................47
10. Sexual Conduct....................51
11. Boundaries....................55
12. Authenticity....................59
13. Neediness....................63
14. Possessions....................67
15. Entitlement....................71
16. Reliability....................75
17. Speech....................79
18. Influence....................83
19. Sustainability....................87
20. Teachability....................91
Wild to Wise....................95
Letter to Mary....................103
Contrasts Chart: The Wild Thing of Proverbs 7....................104
My Personal Hedges Worksheet....................106
Wild or Wise?....................113
Small-Group Resources....................116
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