How to (Consistently) Get More of God’s Word in 2018

Check out this excellent article by Dorothy Kelley Patterson on cultivating spiritual disciplines that you can maintain beyond January. She offers six practical ways to develop patterns that will help you consistently enjoy the Bible:

  • Choose a time
  • Determine a plan
  • Meditate as you read
  • Memorize Scripture
  • Pray fervently and specifically
  • Write on your heart

Read the full article here. This and numerous other helpful resources are available at BiblicalWoman.com, a ministry of Southwestern Seminary’s Women’s Programs.

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Why Do the Hard Work of Exposition?

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“Your story and my story might have the power to amuse someone or impress someone, even inspire someone. But let me tell you, only God’s story centered in the person and work of Christ has the power to make dead people alive…

That’s why Him we proclaim, we proclaim Christ and not ourselves…

We’re not out to make friends or fans for ourselves. We’re out to reconcile people to God. That’s why we do the work of exposition. We start with the Scriptures, we’re doing the work to figure out what they have to say, what the main point or implication is first. Then we’re figuring out what story will help to open up the hearts and minds of women to see their need for, and to be open to, accepting the implication of this passage for their lives. That’s how we want to use story.”

Nancy Guthrie challenges women Bible teachers and writers to do the hard work of exposition to make the mystery of Christ known. This is a must listen for all women Bible teachers and writers! Thank-you Nancy for your work to the glory of Christ!

Listen to her podcast on  here.

TGC Women’s Conference 2018

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Mark your calendars for The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference on June 14-16, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN. The theme of the conference is “Listen and Live: Promised Grace for Rebel Hearts, Deuteronomy’s Call to Find Life in the God of Grace.”

Gather a group of ladies and take a road trip to this inspiring event with sound Bible teaching, break-out workshops, and some book store shopping, of course! For more info and to register, click here.

Training for Women Bible Teachers

Workshops on Biblical Exposition

The Charles Simeon Trust is offering a workshop for women Bible teachers in Toronto this fall! Here is a description of the workshop being held at Olivet Baptist Church in Toronto on October 19-21, 2017:

“The Charles Simeon Trust aims to help recover the centrality of expository teaching of the Word of God, for the health and benefit of the church in our own and future generations. Training women to teach the Bible to other women is vital for building up the church and equipping its members to live out the truths of the gospel. This Workshop on Biblical Exposition is designed for women who are currently in a teaching ministry with the responsibility to teach the Bible regularly. It is open to women who lead in regular teaching ministries including large group instructors, small group teachers, and women’s and children’s ministry leaders appointed by their churches.”

Click here for more information and to register.

 

Equipping Women of Influence in the Church

Are you a woman who is teaching, writing, or leading other women in the church? These main sessions from the Revive’15 Conference are very helpful for equipping women in ministry, teaching, and writing. The eight plenary sessions are available online here. If you only have time for two, be sure to check out Jen Wilkin’s “Teaching the Word in Fear and Fearlessness,” and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s “A Charge to Teach the Word.”

“Sister, You Can Do Hard Things”

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In this excellent article, Amy Gannett offers words of encouragement for women who want to know the Bible, but find it to be challenging. She makes it clear that studying the Scriptures is “not necessarily an easy task, but, sister, you can do hard things.” Getting to know God through His Word requires persistence and practice. Check out the helpful article here.

 

TGC17 National Conference Talks Online

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The Gospel Coalition 2017 National Conference was an outstanding time of teaching and worship. The plenary sessions worked through the book of Galatians and celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The main sessions are now available online here.

If you only have time to watch three, might I suggest the following:

Paul’s Pilgrimage, Paul’s Plea: Galatians 1” by John Piper

On John Calvin” by Kevin DeYoung

“Gospel Freedom, Gospel Fruit: Galatians 5” by Thabiti Anyabwile