Growing Together Through Ladies' Bible Study
By Lisa Lueken
When we first attended Bethany 19 years ago, I signed up for the Ladies’ Bible Study. I remember it well, tucking my young children into the nursery and heading down to the basement of the old Bethany building. Back then, we all met in a single group and studied a book of the Bible together! Over the years, the Ladies’ Bible Study ministry has grown and changed. In recent years, there have been a plethora of studies to choose from – from a book study/discussion format to an inductive Bible study with lesson and lecture each week to devotional studies that lead us to worship as we meditate on God’s word.
This semester, the Ladies’ Bible Study committee is trying a new format that is more like the first study I attended at Bethany. They are offering a study of I and II Timothy that is designed to bring us all together – studying the same book at the same time. What is unique to this format is that each week we will have a different teacher! I am looking forward to how this style will enrich my study and understanding of God’s word and I am excited to be a part of the teaching line up.
Over the years, I have attended many different Bible studies and I’d like to list just three reasons why I have been committed to studying the Bible with the women of Bethany:
1. Bible study provides an opportunity for Christian fellowship.
Christian fellowship is not just getting to know one another, talking about the latest trends, or working together on service projects. Christian fellowship involves encouraging one another spiritually, through God’s word and prayer (Eph 5:19-20, Heb 3:13). When we study God’s word together, we have an opportunity to talk deeply about spiritual things. Bible study is a safe place to ask questions, share prayer requests, and get to know one another on a deeper level. For me, personally, my own study is enriched by the discussion time. If you are longing for deeper relationships at Bethany, I would urge you to join the Bible study this semester and look for opportunities for Christian fellowship!
2. Bible study provides accountability.
I am going to reveal a weakness – I am needy for accountability! I have great ambitions of launching into Bible reading programs at the beginning of the New Year, starting new fitness routines, getting more disciplined in my housework - but like most endeavors, I need accountability along the way. I am much more successful at reaching my goals when I have someone to read with, exercise with, or check in with me when I make a goal. Ladies’ Bible Study provides that accountability for me, which is so needed! As much as I desire to study deeply on my own, I am very weak left to myself. Having homework assignments and times to meet and discuss help me to stay focused! The early church in Acts 2:42-47 sets us an example for meeting regularly. They were devoted to the apostles’ teaching and met daily in the temple courts for worship and house to house for the breaking of bread. We do well to meet together to encourage one another in the study of God’s word!
3. Bible study transforms us.
I was recently challenged by a friend who is a biblical counselor in the Chicagoland area. She said, in the spiritual realm, if we are not “gaining” ground we are “losing” ground. Simply put, we cannot “coast” in the Christian life and expect to grow! Romans 12:2 tells us: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” We know that God’s will is for us to grow in Christlikeness. In order to grow more like Jesus, we need to immerse ourselves in God’s word – that is how He renews our minds. As our minds are renewed, we begin to think like Jesus and learn how to live lives that please God, not ourselves. Being a part of Ladies’ Bible Study gives us the opportunity to renew our minds through God’s word. What a joy it is to encourage one another and watch one another GROW spiritually!
I hope you will join us for the study of I and II Timothy this semester. Please sign up here and register today!
Looking forward to growing together though the study of God's word in 2018!
Lisa has been attending Bethany Baptist Church since 1998 when she moved with her husband, Ted, and three children to Peoria, IL. Over the years, she has served in the Career Class, as a trainer for Evangelism Explosion, as a mentor to young women, and most recently as a bible study teacher and biblical counselor. Lisa is passionate about God’s word and making His glory known in the lives of the women she ministers to!
When she is not working or serving in church, Lisa enjoys walking in her neighborhood, thrifting, dining out with her husband, and spending time with family – especially when all 3 of her children and her daughter-in-law are home!