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Women in Leadership -A Bible Study

Women in Leadership -A Bible Study

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Published by Jopalmer
The challenges of a lost, broken, and needy world cannot be met by one gender alone; it will take both women and men working side by side to fulfill our calling as servants of Jesus Christ. This seven part study invites participants to reflect on and discuss opportunities and challenges for women in leadership.
The challenges of a lost, broken, and needy world cannot be met by one gender alone; it will take both women and men working side by side to fulfill our calling as servants of Jesus Christ. This seven part study invites participants to reflect on and discuss opportunities and challenges for women in leadership.

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PAGE 1 OF 10
A Bible Study
Our continuing challenge is to honor God’s intention that women and men work together aspartners in ullling His will o bringing wholeness and healing to the world. This study ismeant to help you do that. Each o the seven Bible studies consists o a Scripture reading, ashort refection, a testimony, and questions that can be used in discussion or or written refec-tion in a journal. The challenges o a lost, broken, and need-lled world cannot be met by onegender alone; it will take both women and men working side-by-side to ulll our calling asservants o Jesus Christ.
Beautiful Fruit 
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 Jeremiah 29:11 and John 15:5
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Reflect
The Lord knows the plans He has or every individual (Jeremiah 29:11). Scripture shows ustime and time again that God chooses and appoints sometimes unlikely individuals—peoplethat a biased and broken world may not see as the best option—and equips them or the taskGod has or them. John 15:16 says God appoints people to “go and bear ruit—ruit that willlast.” John 15:5 promises us that i we abide in Jesus, we too will bear ruit. Our sovereignGod chooses leaders with dierent strengths and capabilities and helps them to nurture theirgits or service to the kingdom.God chose both men and women or leadership positions. Moses, Joshua, Deborah, and Estherare just a ew o the well known ones. God has invested extraordinary potential in men andwomen. But in a allen world, there are sometimes extraordinary obstacles to realizing thesecapabilities. What we are capable o and what the world encourages us to do may be two verydierent things. As we struggle to ulll our God-given potential and help others reach theirs,we meet these obstacles head-on. Despite them, the potential always exists or extraordinaryservice to a God who has told us o His great plans.The making o a leader may seem slow and painul. There is probably no painless way tocreate a servant with a strong character.
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» The Lord says: “For surely I know the plans I have or you…” Sometimes we may eelthat God knows these plans, but the world doesn’t seem to have heard about them yet.What are some obstacles in your lie and work as you strive to ollow God?» Name some o the obstacles you have seen others overcome as they are built into aleader.» The verses rom John 15:4-5 are some o the most beautiul in the Bible. “Remain in me,and I will remain in you… ”says Jesus. “I am the vine; you are the branches.” How doyou abide in Jesus? How does being a branch attached to the Jesus vine impact yourwork—your ruit?» Women may ace extra obstacles to ully engaging in the work to which they believeGod is calling them, because o society’s expectations upon them. How can these poten-tially lie-changing verses encourage and equip us to work with each other?
 
 
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I Will Follow
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Reflect
When the Book o Ruth begins, no one would ever guess that this seemingly insignicantwoman would end up in the genealogy o Jesus as great grandmother to King David. Hers is astory o obstacles overcome, o powerlessness turned into opportunity, and o personal loyaltyto a riend changing the course o history.Crisis, survival, and sorrow transormed into aith, love, and hope are all hallmarks o thisbeloved Bible account.There are no great battleeld stories here; no shimmering angels. I anything, Ruth’s story istestimony to God’s presence in the day-to-day details o living. The divine meets the ordinaryas two women struggle to survive in a society where that is very dicult to do without a hus-band or a son by your side. And Naomi and Ruth have lost both sons and husbands.Ruth is a oreign woman in a strange land. She had no standing in the society to which shepledged to ollow her mother-in-law, yet God used her. Her brave decision would eventuallylead down through the generations to another scene o the divine meeting the ordinary in abarn in Bethlehem. Ruth and Naomi become decision-makers, and God honors their eorts.A oreign woman trying to survive in a patriarchal society reminds us that the living God is aGod o both women and men—both created to refect God’s image.
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» In the spirit o much o the Old Testament, Naomi is a woman who is unaraid to shareher real eelings with God. In Ruth 1:20-21, she says, “the Almighty has made my lievery bitter. I went away ull, but the Lord has brought me back empty.” Being that hon-est about one’s eelings, even toward God, can be empowering. How has the decision tospeak up honestly, to God and others, impacted your own development as a person andleader?» How can an honest evaluation o a dicult situation help women to make the decisionsthey may need to make to overcome obstacles placed in ront o them?
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