It is so easy for us women’s ministry leaders to get caught up in all of the latest women’s Bible studies, especially when it seems like new ones debut weekly. If we are not careful, we will overload our women with in-depth studies on a myriad of subjects while neglecting some of the most basic and essential teachings of the Bible. Listed below are the 4 most forgotten teachings that are worth reviewing once every three years.
- The Basics – Prayer, Bible Study, etc.
We often assume that our women have the basics down, which can be a real disservice to them. No matter our level of spiritual maturity, reviewing these basics are beneficial to our faith walk. Especially, as new women join our discipleship classes we must insure that they, too, have the basics.
Here are some of the resources I have used:
MILK: Basic Truths for Growth by Positive Action (There is also Meat, Fish, Bread)
- Fruit of the Spirit
Love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, kindness, faithfulness and self-control – all of which should be evident in the life of every believer. Every believer is filled with the Holy Spirit; therefore, they automatically possess every Fruit. Many wrongly believe that we need to pray for more of the Fruit when truth is– we have all we need; we only need to learn how to consistently employ our Fruit in difficult situations. These Fruit are needed for interacting with others in a Christ-like manner.
- The Beatitudes
The beatitudes aren’t just for kids, mind you. The Beatitudes are Jesus’ Manifesto—His vision and values of how He desired His kingdom would interact with the world. I think this the most critical teaching for the universal church. We, the bride of Christ, have an image problem. But, if we would represent Christ as He describes in the Beatitudes, we would surely attract the world to Him.
I use my own study notes to teach from, but you cannot go wrong with:
Warren Wiersbe’s Heirs to the King: Living the Beatitudes
Jennifer Kennedy Dean’s Set Apart: A 6-Week Study of the Beatitudes
- Spiritual Gifts
I know this sounds intimidating, but it is one of the most instrumental teachings in the church. It is also the most overlooked discipleship teachings of the church. Not only is it important that believers understand their spiritual gifts, but that church leadership, as well as, understands who has what gifts in order to function at full capacity.
Again, I teach this from my own personal study notes, but I use these free resources:
Lifeway’s Spiritual Gifts Assessment Tools
I believe that by focusing on these forgotten disciplines, the women of your church will be equipped for every good work, including outreach and missions.
” And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” Hebrews 10:24
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