Saturday, September 10, 2011

September Is For Taking New Classes

I am so excited to be starting a couple new Bible studies this fall.  


First of all, since I gave up my Sunday School class I can now attend a small group Bible study with other women at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. We are using the study guide, Instruments In The Redeemer's Hands by Paul David Tripp which is Bible based. The goal of this study is that we will all be changed by God, ready to be his instruments of change wherever and with whomever he laces us. Some of the things that stood out to me the first week are as follows:
1. All of us are both people in need of help [because we are human] and people who have been positioned by God to provide his help to others.
2. The Bible teaches [Isaiah 55:1-13] that personal transformation takes place as our hearts are changed and our minds are renewed by the Holy Spirit. And the two instruments that the Holy Spirit uses are the Word of God and the people of God.
I am excited about this course because its focus is on developing a personal ministry which is something I've wanted to do for a very long time.  


Secondly, on Wednesday, I began a study on The Tangible Kingdom. This is going to be fun because we will actually be practicing the concept of serving people in the community as Jesus did. I can't wait to see what God teaches me through this class. Already, my view of evangelism (strictly sharing the Gospel of Christ verbally with others) is changing to just bringing people a step closer to having that personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ through serving.  


Lastly, I attended our "Women of Wonder" meeting on Thursday. This one meets monthly and all women are welcome! It was fun! I look forward to actually
getting to know some other women on a deeper level and make some new friends here.

We have a dessert buffet, some discussion, time to chit chat and make a craft; first time I ever used a glue gun! This is the picture of the craft we made last week. It's a decorative frame with our monthly key verse displayed in it which is easily changed.

We listened to how women in the Bible influenced others and then shared at our tables the different roles we have and how we have influenced others. I was surprised at how many areas of influence I have when I actually took time to think about this. We certainly influence our family members, our co-workers, those we serve in a volunteer capacity and in the posts we write as bloggers.

What are you excited about this fall? Are you taking any new classes?  Who are you influencing? I invite you to visit Parma Heights Baptist Church are in the area. We are all about loving and following Jesus Christ.

[I tried posting this on my ALWAYS LOOKING UP blog at but it wouldn't work so here it is.  As of now, I've just about decided to stop posting over there altogether.] 

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Anonymous said...

Love your cute little crafty picture frame! Great idea!!! I can not believe it is the first time you have used a glue gun!! Now you are going to be Krafty Karen!!! Your studies sound great----I am sure it is going to be a good fall!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you have a busy schedule planned. Have fun in the Lord :-)


Ann in the UP said...

Your bible studies and fellowship opportunities all sound great! I know you will grow in friendship and understanding in all of these groups.

I just love the women in my Thursday night Bible study! We have grown closer and closer through the years, and we love and welcome anybody new who wants to join us.

Pam said...

They all sound like wonderful studies! You have a beautiful blog. Thanks for stopping by my blog recently!

Rebecca Mecomber said...

The Bible studies look like fun!

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Bethann: Yup, first time I used a glue gun. I'm not a crafty person.

Ron: Not so busy. I like the midweek meeting, helps the week go faster.

Ann: I'm sure I will enjoy getting back into small group studies again. It's been awhile.

Pam & Rebecca: Thanks for visiting! I'm really looking forward to all these.

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