We invite you to gather an intergenerational group of women to study What’s SHE Doing Here? The Messy Women in Jesus’s Genealogy, written by Susan Tyner and produced by CDM. The study will run for 8 weeks (June/July). When you sign up, you gain access to receive weekly encouragement emails, the weekly teaching video lesson, and discussion questions for free. We will also host several live-streamed relational events so that you can gather with women all over the world to learn together. The book is available for pre-order at PCA Bookstore.

Seductress. Prostitute. Outcast. Adulterer. Pregnant Unwed Teen. Who would highlight that kind of ancestry?

Jesus would.

The only person who ever got to choose His family doesn’t hide the messes. He highlights them for all to see. He unashamedly says they’re His.

The Gospel of Matthew begins with Jesus’s family tree, an unusual one not only because it includes women, but messy women: Tamar, who tricked her father-in-law to impregnate her; Rahab, the Jericho prostitute who betrayed her countrymen; Ruth, the widowed Moabitess turn beggar; and Bathsheba, listed only by her murdered husband’s name. Then there was Mary. Although we know of her innocence and submission to God, those around her questioned her purity and the legitimacy of the Child she bore.

Join Susan Tyner in examining how God wove the messy stories of these five women together into His Big Story of salvation. And learn how He continues to redeem His children—one messy story at a time.

Are you interested in gathering a group? Click here for a document called “How to Use This Study.”

Summer Bible Study Sign-up

We invite you to gather an intergenerational group of women to study What’s SHE Doing Here? The Messy Women in Jesus’s Genealogy, written by Susan Tyner and produced by CDM. The study will run for 8 weeks (June/July). When you sign up, you gain access to receive weekly encouragement emails, the weekly teaching video lesson, and discussion questions for free. We will also host several live-streamed relational events so that you can gather with women all over the world to learn together. The books are available for pre-order at PCA Bookstore.

Seductress. Prostitute. Outcast. Adulterer. Pregnant Unwed Teen. Who would highlight that kind of ancestry?

Jesus would.

The only person who ever got to choose His family doesn’t hide the messes. He highlights them for all to see. He unashamedly says they’re His.

The Gospel of Matthew begins with Jesus’s family tree, an unusual one not only because it includes women, but messy women: Tamar, who tricked her father-in-law to impregnate her; Rahab, the Jericho prostitute who betrayed her countrymen; Ruth, the widowed Moabitess turn beggar; and Bathsheba, listed only by her murdered husband’s name. Then there was Mary. Although we know of her innocence and submission to God, those around her questioned her purity and the legitimacy of the Child she bore.

Join Susan Tyner in examining how God wove the messy stories of these five women together into His Big Story of salvation. And learn how He continues to redeem His children—one messy story at a time.

Are you interested in gathering a group? Click here for a document called “How to Use This Study.”

Summer Bible Study Sign-up

Have Questions?

Hopefully these FAQs will help

(If you still have questions, email Kathy Wargo)

You can purchase your print copy at the PCA Bookstore. There is a bulk discount so buy for a group, save the shipping, and have a porch pick up. Currently, the books are available for pre-order and should be ready to ship to have in time for the release of the first video in June.

The teaching videos will be 30 minutes long.

Yes! We invite you to do the study in the summer, fall, or even next spring!

YES and YES! You can do it with women in your church, neighborhood or far away friends. I heard about a group of MTW missionaries who plan to study together and I loved the story of a grandmother who is doing it with her daughter and granddaughter. We have provided helpful tips and discussion questions. You could meet virtually or, Lord willing, in person. You could also do it individually at your own pace.

No! We’d love to have as many join as possible! Last summer we had over 2,400 join the Hinged Bible Study.

On this website, you will see links to weekly teaching videos. A new video will be released each week for 8 weeks in June/July. You can watch them anytime you like from the website.

Susan Tyner serves as Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Trinity Presbyterian Church. She is a regular contributor for the EnCourage blog and podcast, was one of the contributing authors of the Hinged Bible study and enjoys speaking at conferences and retreats. Susan and her husband, Lee, have five children, and an almost empty nest.

If you are gathering as a group, it would be good to give everyone her copy of the book ahead of time. It works best to interact 3 times with the material: first in reading and answering questions, second in listening to/watching the videos, and third in discussing the small group questions.

They will be free for the foreseeable future.

Chapter 1 – The Not So Fabulous Five (Matt. 1:1-17; Phil. 2:6-7)

Chapter 2 – God’s Story (Gen. 1-3; Rev. 21)

Chapter 3 – The Desperate Daughter-in-Law (Gen. 38)

Chapter 4 – The Career Prostitute (Joshua 2)

Chapter 5 – The Ultimate Outsider (The Book of Ruth)

Chapter 6 – From Outsider to Ultimate Insider (The Book of Ruth)

Chapter 7 – The Queen of Messy (2 Sam. 11 & 12)

Chapter 8 – The Unwed Teenage Mother (Luke 1:1-38)

Chapter 9 – Magnificat! (Luke 1:46-55)

Each chapter of this study is broken into three sections: Her Story, God’s Story, and Your Story. The study is written for women who want to open their Bibles yet cannot spend hours each week on a Bible study. Working through each chapter should take no longer than two hours per week, including the video lesson or podcast (www.pcacdm.org/messy). You may take just a few minutes each day to work through one section of a chapter, or you may take on all three sections in one sitting. It is up to you!

From Susan Tyner: I’m so glad your group is made up of both new and experienced Bible students! This study “homework” takes less time than many studies. I tried to keep it brief for those who have time challenges yet need to get to the way God’s Word impacts their life in that time. I’d guess that a woman could sit down, read a chapter and answer the questions in about an hour sitting or spread it over three days for 20 minutes each–maybe less depending on her previous knowledge of the Bible.  

Each book comes with a Big Picture of the Bible timeline for reference in the study.

Get your book and timeline for the study!

Order from the PCA Bookstore

  • Orders should be placed by May 15th to allow time for delivery prior to the start of the weekly video.
  • Quantity discounts available for group purchases.

Weekly Information

(Videos to be released weekly, beginning June 4)

Video (Available 6/4/21)

Discussion Questions:

Chapter One (Click for PDF of Chapter One Questions)

The Not So Fabulous Five

  1. What is the worst mess you have ever had to clean up?
  2. How do you react to the catechism definition of sin?
  3. Let’s discuss ways women’s lives can be messy due to sin (ours, others’, the brokenness of our world).
  4. Were you surprised by the women Matthew includes in his introduction of Jesus in Matthew 1. Why?
  5. Why did Jesus have to be a human living in our messy world to save us?
  6. What is comforting to you in your story about how God treated these ladies in their stories?

Chapter Two (Click for PDF of Chapter Two Questions)

God’s Story

  1. What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
  2. Let’s review the covenants discussed in this chapter. Do you have any questions about how the concept of covenant impacts your relationship with God?
  3. How do you think God felt about Adam and Eve’s first sin?
  4. Describe how salvation is a gift from God. How does this grace (“free gift”) make you feel?
  5. Name some ways you have seen God impact others by working in your individual story.
  6. If God is using your story as He weaves His Big Story, how do you feel about
    1. The purpose of your life?
    2. How others’ lives intersect with yours?
    3. How to pray?

Handout:

The Not So Fabulous Five handout

God’s Big Story handout

Link to weekly email:

Memory Verses:

Video (Available 6/11/21)

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Three (Click for PDF of Chapter Three Questions)

The Desperate Daughter-in-Law

  1. What is the most vulnerable you have ever felt (this can be funny or serious)?
  2. What are ways women today find themselves vulnerable like Tamar was?
  3. Do you think Tamar imagined how special her (oldest) baby would be? What are examples of God doing more than you imagine in your difficult circumstances?
  4. Judah neglected to obey the law God put into place to protect the needy like Tamar. How do Christians today not obey God’s laws when it comes to protecting the vulnerable in our society?
  5. Why did Judah not want to give his third son to Tamar? Name reasons we tend to ignore needs around us.
  6. How do we know Judah repented?
  7. If someone repents of neglecting you, how do you find the strength to forgive?

Link to weekly email:

Memory Verse:

Video (Available 6/18/21)

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Four (Click for PDF of Chapter Four Questions)

The Career Prostitute

  1. Share a story of your sweating out a risky decision.
  2. Rahab risked her life to hide the spies. Why? How?
  3. Name things women have to risk to follow God today.
  4. Were you disturbed about the fall of Jericho?
    1. What does the total destruction teach us about God?
    2. What does the saving of Rahab and her family teach us about God?
  5. How can you make your church and community make women with a sinful past feel welcome?

Link to weekly email:

Memory Verse:

Video (Available 6/25/21)

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Five (Click for PDF of Chapter Five Questions)

The Ultimate Outsider

  1. Name a moment when you walked into the room and felt like a total outsider.
  2. Where do women go for financial and emotional stability? Where do you tend to go?
  3. Why did Naomi go towards God and His people when God let all those bad things happen to her family? Do you ever feel tempted to run from, rather than towards, God and His people?
  4. Name circumstances when you felt overwhelmed or bitter like Naomi.
  5. What can God’s people do to help women who are bitter, overwhelmed, or “outsiders”?
  6. How can you practice going toward God instead of other people or possessions for security?

Link to weekly email:

Memory Verse:

Video (Available 7/2/21)

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Six (Click for PDF of Chapter Six Questions)

From Ultimate Outsider to Ultimate Insider

  1. Name a person you would call a hero or heroine in your life.
  2. Who is the hero of Ruth and Naomi’s story? How does he provide a pattern of Jesus, our Redeemer?
  3. God is obviously in charge of Ruth’s story. How do you feel about His being in charge of yours? Is that comforting or irritating?
  4. Name some ways God provides for you through others’ keeping His commands.
  5. Discuss ways you as an individual and as a community of believers can provide for others’ needs.
  6. What are some ways you feel needy today? Recount times God gave you protection “under His wings.”

Link to weekly email:

Memory Verse:

Video (Available 7/9/21)

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Seven (Click for PDF of Chapter Seven Questions)

The Queen of Messy

  1. Have you ever experienced a good ending to an unhappy story?
  2. How would you have felt in Bathsheba’s shoes?
  3. How does God define sin? How does our society define sin? How do you define sin?
  4. Whether sinner or sinned against, how do sexual sins impact a woman’s identity today?
  5. How should we learn from David’s repentance and God’s forgiveness and restoration of this family?
  6. What does it mean that Matthew included Bathsheba as “the wife of Uriah the Hittite” in his genealogy? Name ways our community can be intentional to include women with a complicated past.

Link to weekly email:

Memory Verse:

Video (Available 7/16/21)

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Eight (Click for PDF of Chapter Eight Questions)

The Unwed Teen Mother

  1. Name a time you felt like you were misunderstood because of your age.
  2. Contrast the reactions to Gabriel by Zechariah and Mary. Describe times in your life when God’s Word did not make sense.
  3. Name some impossible things God is asking you to believe today.
  4. Why do you think the gospel writers connected all the prophecies to Mary’s child? How does that impact how you view God’s power over His Big Story of redemption?
  5. When your plans get changed, big or little ones, how do you respond? How can knowing God’s character help you respond well?
  6. Some people believe that good things happen to good people. How does Mary’s story―and Jesus’s life and death―contradict that idea?

Link to weekly email:

Memory Verse:

Video (Available 7/23/21)

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Nine (Click for PDF of Chapter Nine Questions)

MAGNIFICAT!

  1. What is your favorite song? When are you most likely to sing out loud?
  2. Recount some things Mary sang about God. Do any resonate with your view of God today?
  3. How does the fact that God rejoices over you with singing make you feel?
  4. Can you name big ways God moved using small or messy things in your life?
  5. Why do you think Mary went to see Elizabeth? Describe a time when God used another woman to encourage your faith in God.
  6. What is one thing you learned from this study? How will you incorporate that into your life?

Link to weekly email:

Memory Verse: