WHAT’S SHE DOING HERE? The Messy Women in Jesus’s Genealogy
We invite you to use the What’s SHE Doing Here? The Messy Women in Jesus’s Genealogy, written by Susan Tyner and produced by CDM. There are free videos, discussion questions, and live videos during the summer. The videos will be available through 2021.
I am excited to begin this journey with you as we seek to be more vitally connected to Christ and one another. Ephesians 1:1-14 is a glorious 203-word doxological summit. Paul is effusive in His praise of Christ’s work on our behalf. Understanding we are blessed, chosen, adopted, redeemed, and forgiven should make our hearts sing. We will spend the first six weeks of Ephesians unpacking our vertical worship of Christ, and the last six weeks unpacking our horizontal walk in the context of the home, church, workplace, and community.
You and I sisters are products of our doxology. The Doxology is not just a song you sing at the end of a service, but rather should be the lyric of our life. In Latin, “dox” means glory, and “ology” we know from school years is a word or a thought about something. As you dig into this week’s study, you will find countless words or thoughts about glory. But how does your worship impact the way you walk out your faith this week? The word worship finds its roots in the words “worth” and “shape.” In other words, what you find worthy, precious, or valuable shapes everything about our lives. It impacts our actions, attitudes, choices, and relationships. Spend time counting your blessings this week. What is more precious than gold to you? It could be approval, success, control, people in our lives, or prayerfully, it might be the “God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!”
Dig deep in the treasure chest of this passage. I can’t wait to hear about all the blessings you uncover this week. It will be a celebration of our blessed belonging. May we worship and walk “to the praise of His glorious grace”!
Click on picture for the link (new video available each Friday). The 30-minute video lesson is a teaching of the weekly text that can be viewed individually for personal study or as preparation for group discussion or groups can view it together on a shared screen and then discuss. Some may want to watch it first as an introduction and then do the five days of study while others may watch it as a summary. We want there to be freedom and flexibility to engage with the content. The videos will be up on our web and YouTube Page through the end of 2020.
Memory Verse: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” – Ephesians 1:3-4
[See below for downloadable memory verse]
Go back and look at Ephesians 1:1-14. Which verse did God hinge to your heart this week?
In what ways was Paul’s life transformed through the work of Christ in him? How do you see the transforming work of Christ in you?
We tend to notice things that are set apart. The Christians in Ephesus probably stood out from the culture around them. People likely noticed their set-apartness. In what ways might people in your circles see your set-apartness?
Name the spiritual blessings we have in Christ. Which one is particularly precious to you?
What does it mean to you to have forgiveness and redemption from sin?
Hinge Point….Walking these truths out this week
Thinking Biblically: Hinge to Christ (vertically)—What is one thing you learned this week about being more hinged or vitally connected to Christ?
Living Covenantally: Hinge to His Church (horizontally)—How can you take what you have learned this week and live it out in the context of community?
Friends…anybody out there feeling a little disconnected? Maybe a bit unhinged from Christ and His Church? I want to invite all the women of the PCA to study the book of Ephesians with me this summer, using the Hinged Bible Study starting the first week of June.
Ephesians hinges on two grand ideas: being vitally connected to Christ and His Church. Chapters 1–3 take us vertical as we connect to Christ. And chapters 4–6 move us out horizontally as we learn to connect to each other. This study was written by nine women just like you who come from different generations, geographical contexts, and different kinds of churches but the study blends their voices to sing as one. It is my prayer as you gather an intergenerational group of women (virtually or Lord willing in person), you will see not only the beauty in community but also hear that kind of gospel echo in your group.
By joining with us, you will:
Be able to access teaching videos (30 min.) on each of the 12 Bible Study passages taught by Karen Hodge and Paula Miles. Note this teaching is different than the teaching you would receive at a Hinged Conference.
Be invited to our Hinged Hangout – A Facebook Live Event each Wednesday night at 8pm EST where we will have the chance to learn from the authors and one another (these are optional).
Receive a weekly encouragement from Karen in your inbox.
The teaching video (30-35 min.) corresponds with the weekly chapter.
You can watch them anytime you like.
They will reside on our CDM YouTube Channel which you can subscribe to here.
Hinged Hangout: We recorded a relational community building Facebook Live Event each week on our Facebook page to learn from the authors and one another. These recordings are included below.
Feel free to watch these recorded relational community building Facebook Live Events to learn from the authors and one another.
Week 1: Christina Fox
What’s SHE Doing Here? The Messy Women in Jesus’s Genealogy
Seductress. Prostitute. Outcast. Adulterer. Unwed Teen. Who would highlight that kind of ancestry?
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 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.
How long will the videos be available? The videos will remain on the YouTube Channel through 2021!
Can you do the Bible Study individually or as group?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.
Is there any limit as to how many women can join?NO, the more the merrier!
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