Category: Women’s Ministry

LIGHT ON DARKNESS

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Hollie Gale, Contributor

Isn’t it an incredible feeling when you start to see connections in the Bible that you’ve never noticed before? I was searching for an adjective to adequately encapsulate my experience – and, instead, I just sighed and scrunched up my brow in exhaustion! I think language is overrated! (That’s probably why my mom says I wear my heart on my sleeve!)

Anyhow, back to the Bible – and this morning, I was captivated by my time with Ezekiel. His ministry starts when’s he about the same age as Daniel, but he comes a decade later. His entire ministry is to a community of exiled Jews living in the burbs of Babylonia.

And I started to think, ‘I wonder what he’d look like in today’s world…’ After all, not only would his year of nakedness and yelling have caused a stir, but he spends over 20 years trying to get through to the people with his message – but their hearts are stone dead.

In my work, we regularly engage a contributor who’s referred to as a ‘critical friend’. It’s very important, throughout some of the more contentious issues, to remember that the person is not a foe – we’re on the same team and they actually want what’s best.

Zek is like the ultimate critical friend. The exiles waited out five years of silence before the Lord gave them Ezekiel, but when the prophet gave them God’s message – they plugged up their ears and turned up their noses! It’s hard to take it when the darkness in our hearts is laid bare. Yet, when it’s a friend, a true friend, doesn’t that make a difference?

Ezekiel’s message was this: God is Lord of heaven and earth, and what you’re experiencing, this judgment, is a result of your own rebellious hearts.

Wow. That’s heavy. But I thought God wasn’t interested in punishment? And, if he’s ‘love’, how do I reconcile this?

Well, as a very good friend has pointed out to me on several occasions, when the ‘em-phás-sis’ (go on, say it wrong!) is on the wrong ‘sy-llá-ble’, we’re not going to hear God’s heart correctly!

The suffering in Ezekiel’s day was meant to bring God’s people to their knees in repentance and humility before him. He wanted nothing more than to fix the severed strands that once connected his heart to theirs, but he wasn’t going to force himself on them.

They were so content in their sin (and disillusioned by their perceived strength) that the exiles could not bear to admit that their present misery revealed what their hearts most wanted: to rule themselves and decide right and wrong. More than they wanted the Lord, they wanted to be in charge. They wanted their way.

What darkness. None of us are ignorant to it. We face the same darkness in the world around us and – in our own hearts. (And if you just read that and thought, ‘not me’, RightMove.co.uk has a couple beautiful houses in Tel-abib that are up for sale…)

What startled me this morning was the reference to the rainbow in Ezekiel 1.28 “All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining in the clouds on a rainy day. This is what the glory of the LORD looked like to me. When I saw it, I fell face down on the ground, and I heard someone’s voice speaking to me.”

Oh, my heart!! Immediately my mind went to Noah! I wondered whether Zek made the connection to the flood on purpose? I wondered what Noah would have thought about Ezekiel getting to see the glory of the Lord! I wondered if the darkness that would have shown up the rainbow halo, might have been the backdrop of the Jews living for their own reckless love of the world.

When we look at rainbows, it’s easy to see yellow, orange, green, blue, violet, red and pink – but there are really just three colours: yellow, red and blue. The others are the result of the light being blended and warped.

The three primary colours are hugely significant throughout the Bible and in Ezekiel: Blue signifies the throne and God’s righteousness (Ps 89.14); Red signifies the fire of God’s holiness that sanctifies and separates; and yellow signifies God’s glory.

Together – that’s holiness, righteousness and glory; the three very things that would keep us from the Lord. Yet, because Jesus gave up his life and covered me with his holiness, his righteousness and his glory – I have direct access to the Father, and he to me.

Let that sink in.

CHECKING IN>>>>

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Excerpt from Ladies’ Bible Study 2:

“Long before Noah could see the benefits of his faith he kept chasing after God. He built an ark – not a dingy! His faithfulness could literally be seen for miles. And, even while he was surrounded by wickedness, he continued to preach – with his mouth and his actions.

“His relationship with the Lord was remarkable – not because of anything Noah did, said, gave or made – but because he was the object of our Father’s grace. That’s almost impossible for us to wrap our heads around, but therein may lay the issue; it’s not a matter for our heads, it’s really a matter of our hearts.” — Hollie Gale

Don’t miss out getting with your study buddy for this study! If you don’t have study buddy contact Anne H or Victoria K.

This study is on this website, GRACE PLACE under heading of: 2020-2021 Bible Study Genesis: In the Beginning, God! Or download here.

Our next group Bible study will be Monday, 26 October at 7:30!

Many blessings,
Women’s Ministry Team

GENESIS BIBLE STUDY 2 AVAILABLE NOW!

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Good morning all! The second Genesis Bible Study is available on this website under the heading of “2020-2021 Genesis Bible Study: In the Beginning God!” Or download as a PDF here.

So we encourage you to meet with your study buddy to do this! May you find grace for the time and effort to learn more about God and build relationship with your friend.

Lots of love! We are cheering you on!

The Women’s Ministry Team

FIRST GENESIS STUDY NOTES BY SHARON DURANT

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The notes from Sharon’s sharing with us last Monday are available here (or download a printable version here) I would encourage you to read again if you were there, and to read if you were not able to be there or zoom in. Lots of wonderful truths to ruminate and soak in!

Our second GENESIS study will be out soon! So watch this space! Let us continue to pray for one another as we learn about God; that it will change us from the inside out!

IN THE BEGINNING, GOD!

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ROMANS 1:20 is referred to in our first study buddy questions to begin our awesome Bible Study for this school calendar year. It says to us that “since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.” NIV The creation story of Genesis has truths to teach us about the character of God, about us, and about Jesus!

Praying and cheering you all on as you get together with your study buddy to ponder God’s revelation of Himself! (if you don’t yet have a study buddy, contact Anne Holmes).

Monday, 28 September is our first meeting. Watch this space, your email, and Captivated on FB for upcoming details for signup.

Lots of love,

Women’s Ministry Team

A WORD FROM SHARON ON GENESIS BIBLE STUDY-

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Hello!

We’re going to be studying Genesis together, looking back to grasp how God has loved us from the very beginning; he has always planned to rescue us and bring us back home to him.

Genesis has 50 chapters, so we are not going to be able to study each of them in depth!

Each month, there will be a larger section suggested for personal reading and then a particular episode or passage for you to focus in on with your study buddy.

The best way to approach the study will be to read the whole larger section by yourself at home in advance, then zoom in to the shorter passage when you meet your study buddy.

This way, you will get a feel for whole sweep of God’s plan across several chapters and then also appreciate God’s work in the detail of everyday human lives as you study together.

Praying that God will reassure you of his unconditional and undeserved love as you read Genesis with me,

Every blessing

Sharon

Download Study 1 here: https://corshambaptists.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/GenesisStudy1.pdf

IT IS HERE!

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Hi sisters!

Just to let you know that the first bible study is available now!

Click on 2020-2021 Bible Study Genesis: In The Beginning, God!

Please contact Anne Holmes or Vicky Kelly if you need a study buddy. Also keep a look out for information in the notices by Tim for sign up for the study night on 28 September.

We hope you will join us! We are excited and praying for our journey with God and each other in Genesis!

With lots of love and cheering you on,

CBC women’s team

WATCH THIS SPACE! WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY 2020-2021

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The CBC women’s team are gearing up for this year’s Bible Study! Yay!

Spread the word! Please watch this space and on FB Captivated for further information as it becomes available.

We miss and love you all and cheering you on as we begin a new school calendar year!

PRAYING COLOSSIANS 4:10-18

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colossians-4-12-400x40010My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) 11Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. 12Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. 13I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. 15Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea. 17Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the LORD.” 18I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. COLOSSIANS 4:10-18

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As we conclude our praying of Colossians for the summer, may it bear great fruit in our lives; that we may continue pray your Word more and more for it is Your will for our lives. Thank you for all the examples of the close ‘one anothering’ in this passage. Thank you for their radical commitments of discipleship, reconciliation, comfort, encouragement, generosity, hospitality, and long-term perseverance. We also thank you for Epaphras who shows us the importance of praying for the church; and to pray focusing on God’s priorities. Finally, thank you for Paul, whose writing this letter from prison reminds us of his willingness to suffer. Cause us to be shaped to live out out our Christianity in the ways of these early Christians.

To the One Who gives us all we need for life and godliness,

Jesus Christ our Lord, our everything!

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PRAYING THE WORD – COLOSSIANS 4:5-6

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5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5-6 NIV

Prayer

col 2 3We thank You that through your word, we know that it is relevant and important for our day-to-day lives in declaring Christ.  In doing so, cause us to be wise which is summed up of being IN CHRIST. Help us to show Christ as we live for You. May we grow in our sense of urgency as we know that You are waiting patiently for unbelievers to repent, not wanting anyone to perish. As we spend time with unbelievers, help our conversation to be distinctive, and filled with the aroma of the gospel so that we reflect You in small and big ways. Please use us to draw those in our spheres of influence to You, the hope of life and death.

We pray this through the name of Jesus, AMEN

 

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