The shared theme of Women’s Ministries throughout the world in 2017 is ‘Transformed into God’s Image’.
In Psalm 139 the psalmist writes: You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways … For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well … Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (vv 1-3, 13-14, 23-24).
This year’s Bible studies will encourage you to reflect on how the Lord transforms your life, other people’s lives and how, through the Spirit working in you, others may be transformed.
These studies are designed to be flexible and allow for the addition of material that is relevant to your culture and context.
Each study includes four sections which can be explored with your group, as follows:
1. What the Bible says – where you explore ‘What does the text actually say?’
It is important that you read the Bible carefully and allow it to speak to you and guide the content of your study.
2. Our lives today – considers such questions as:
• What does the Bible reading tell you about your lives?
• Does it highlight any problems in society?
• What challenges are there for the way you live your life?
3. Discussion questions – depending upon where you are using the studies, you may choose to select one or two that seem most suitable for you, or ask different groups to discuss other aspects and possibly, if you have time, share what they have been speaking about.
4. Living as transformed people – this is designed to give you something to take away and do before you next meet.