I wanted to title this the importance of community, however I feel we all are feeling the importance of community, especially now that meeting in person has been put on hold/ or at least limited for all of us.
It seems that the more I am told I am not to do something, the more I want to do something. While the mandated stay-at-home order has been lifted in our state, we are for the most part to remain at home, with perhaps only safe social distancing being practiced periodically.
I miss my bible studies, both provide the community and accountability I need during this current season. One is a military wives community and the other one is a mom’s group, but both provide the support and the much needed reminder that I am not alone in the struggles I face as both a military wife and a mom of two young kids.
But, if I’m honest, I look to those groups for more fellowship and community than I do for deep bible study. As you might know I just completed the “Armor of God” study by Priscilla Shirer (yes, I highly recommend!) and it left me wanting MORE! (as most bible studies should!)
When you finish reading or completing a study it should create a hunger and thirst for righteousness and more of God’s word and truth. That is the most exciting part of bible study, you can never get enough and that is never a bad thing. When you start craving more of God’s word instead of earthly things to satisfy you, that is evidence that the Holy Spirit is transforming you!
So as luck would have it, both of the bible study groups I regularly attend take the summer off (which mean they end early May), so I’m left to determine how I can keep this momentum going and what I can do to continue to nurture my spiritual and personal growth.
Sweet friends, God lead me to an amazing opportunity to both grow myself by two important aspects.:
I want to tell you about this new endeavor as a way to encourage your spiritual growth and understanding of God’s word. It’s called Bible Study of the Month Club, and it is hosted by Proverbs 31 Business Woman, Angelica Duncan. It is a powerhouse of step-by-step videos and worksheets for your spiritual growth as well as backed by zoom meetings and a facebook group for community.
As an author or speaker, or anyone helping others learn and apply the Word of God, we (ok, maybe it’s just me) have a tendency to think that our story and our way of teaching doesn’t matter and won’t make a difference because there are so many other people who seem to be doing it so much better than us! In exposing my insecurity and fear behind not being “ready or experienced enough” to pursue opportunities to expand my platform (really, God’s platform) God revealed to me that collaboration is at the heart of His place to grow and transform the hearts of His people.
There is something equally terrifying and exciting when you partner with like-minded strong Christian women who are making it their mission to spread the wisdom and knowledge and empowerment that comes with knowing and apply the Word of God.
God works through Collaboration, not Competition.
Enter the Bible Study of the Month Club. This community is chock-full of women teaching and explaining the bible and providing helpful hints to help you on your own spiritual growth journey.
Enter me demonstrating faith and obedience to go forward and submit a teaching video on a topic that God laid on my heart and a passion that He developed within me that I didn’t even know existed.
For the Month of May, I will be the guest teacher for the Bible Study of the Month Club! I am so excited to present on a topic that has become so important to me, the relationship between faith and perspective!
I can’t tell you how much I admire and appreciate the heart of anyone in ministry to invite others in, instead and being worried that they’re worth and value with be phased out.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38
In preparing for this opportunity I suffered from imposter syndrome in a big way, but overcame it by announcing and praising God for my dependence on Him. Ironically to know that I’m so ill-equipped and inexperienced brought me peace because it doesn’t depend on how well I perform, it depends on how obedient I am.
The other thing this club offers is a strong community of women of all ages and stages and walks of life that all desire to know God more and have a deeper relationship with Him. This is great for discussions and having a greater understanding and appreciate of other’s perspectives.
Oh, and if you’ve ever been told that people are praying for you, or felt prayers cover you in difficult times, then just imagine this happening times 100 because when you open up about a need to the BOTM (bible study of the month) community many will be first in line to say they are praying, or offer us encouragement by means of sending helpful scripture or even typing out their prayer for you!
This is different than many online communities I’ve been apart of before, engagement online (along with being transparent) can be tricky), and many people choose not to share their requests or even praises with others (i think the enemy has a lot to do with whether we actually ask others for prayer or even share a praise, but that’s definitely a different post for a different time!)
The curriculum is so easy to follow and the guides and teaching videos are extremely helpful! The one topic/area that I think most ladies start with is the identity in Christ study, because it is so vital our Christian walk!
I could continue to go on about this benefits and specifics of the BOTM club, but I think it is best to have you check out everything yourself HERE:
If you’re interested in enrolling and joining you can also do so using the link above!
Whether you choose to join the club or not, I do hope you pray-fully consider joining a community of some sort to help keep you connected and plugged-in during this time of continued physical isolation!