Posts Tagged Bible study

How To Do A Character Study

Consistently spending time in God’s Word is essential to spiritual growth. There are a variety of ways to do this, depending on what your goal is. There is no one way to do Bible study that fits everyone and every season of life. What is effective for you in one season of life may not be effective for you in another. Find what works best for you in your particular season of life. One thing I

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How To Spend Time Alone With God

How To Spend Time Alone With God

I’m often asked what I do in my quiet times alone with God. I wrote a previous post on one method I sometimes use, Walking Through the Tabernacle. To be honest, I don’t have a set routine because I don’t want it to become mechanical, but I do have certain things that I incorporate into my quiet times each day. A Devotional Reading I like to begin by reading from a devotional book. Sometimes I use

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How Do You Measure Spiritual Growth?

How do you measure spiritual growth? What characteristics do you look for? What activities would you be participating in? You may list some of the characteristics that signify spiritual growth as fruit of the Spirit, a repentant heart, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, consistency in your walk with God, the practice of spiritual disciplines, love for God and for His Word, obedience, fear of God, a changed life, and dependence on God. But to what degree do those

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The Names of God

God has given me a passion for writing Bible studies. As the Women’s Ministry Director at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, I get to do that as part of my job. Last year I had the opportunity to write a study on the names of God for our Women’s Bible study. Yes, I know… there are  several studies already out on the names of God, but they weren’t the right fit for where I wanted

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A Remedy for Stress

I’m a little stressed today (Saturday, October 13). Why? I leave for India in five days and I am sick with a bad chest cough. India is a tough trip when you’re feeling well, but it’s hard to imagine starting off the trip feeling under the weather. I have a number of talks to prepare for and I haven’t had much time to work on them. My 96-year old mom had to make an emergency

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Spending Time Alone With God

Devotional times or “quiet times” are vital to our spiritual growth. Seek to spend time alone with the Lord each day in His Word and in prayer. There is no one way to do it, and the method may change from day to day and in different seasons of life. The important thing is that you spend time with Him consistently. The purpose of a quiet time is not to do Bible study, although spending

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Growth in the Christian Life

Growth in the Christian Life

Are you growing in your Christian life? When I disciple a new believer, I always emphasize four areas she needs to keep balanced in order to grow deeper in her relationship with the Lord: Time in God’s Word Time in prayer Fellowship with other believers  Sharing the gospel with non-believers The first two areas strengthen our vertical relationship with God, and the second two areas strengthen our horizontal relationships with others. All four areas are

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Questions About the Spirit-Filled Life

Questions About the Spirit-Filled Life

When I disciple someone and take them through the Spirit-filled life, there are always questions. Here are some of the questions that typically come up. 1. Are all Christians Spirit-filled since all believers have the Holy Spirit? No. I was a believer but not a Spirit-filled believer my first two and a half years in college. The turning point for me was when I went on a date with a guy in one of my

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Assurance of Salvation

Assurance of Salvation

If you read my post, Life’s Ups and Downs, you know that I had to recently put my sweet 11-year-old cat, Little Bit, to sleep because of a sudden blood clot one night. Even though it’s been seven weeks, I still miss her greatly. One of the things I have pondered since that night is the question of what happened to Little Bit after her death. Do animals just cease to exist once they die,

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The Second Level of Discipleship

The Second Level of Discipleship

 Yesterday we looked at the first level of discipleship – a new believer or someone who has not been grounded in her faith. The goal of this first level is to ground her and give her a foundation for her faith. The second level of discipleship is a maturing believer who wants to grow deeper in his/her walk with Christ.  They know the basics, they are grounded, and they want to grow deeper. The goal:

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