God created every woman with a specific purpose – to be an ezer kenegdo, an essential counterpart. An ezer is one who comes alongside another and brings strength in the context of relationship. All women share this core calling, but how we live out our calling looks different for each woman based on her personality, gifts, strengths, perspectives, and season of life. Through the Biblical Femininity study, we learn to embrace our uniqueness and live out our calling right where God has us today.
Sex was God’s idea. He created sex and our desires for sexual connection. Our sinful desires for approval, control, affirmation, security, and comfort twist and corrupt God’s good creation. Whether self-righteous or self-indulgent, we need to learn what it looks like to steward our sexuality in a way that honors God and serves others in love. No matter your perspective or experience of sex, every woman needs hope and a vision of how sex and sexuality fits into God’s story of redemption.
Countless women battle a spirit of restlessness, insecurity, shame, and discontent with their own bodies. This issue is particularly complex within the church, because Biblical truth is often intertwined with cultural standards. Whether facing physical challenges such as aging, disability, illness, and death, or more emotional challenges like comparison, discontentment, envy, and insecurity, most women will struggle with their bodies at some point during their lives, which makes this an important topic for all women.
A WOMAN’S WORDS
Words are tools. We use them to express ourselves, to communicate, and to connect with others. We use them to vent frustrations and to express joy. We use them to bless and to curse. We use words to manipulate and control and to help and encourage. We use words in ways that tear others down, and we use them in ways that build others up. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose” (MSG). Words aren’t neutral. They are productive. There is no avoiding this truth – our words will either have positive or negative ramifications. We all know the power of our words, so why do we still struggle to use them in ways that bring life rather than death?
Join us for this new 7-week Ezer study, A Woman’s Words: Getting to the Heart of our Speech. We will explore what the Scripture has to say about our words and how the gospel has the power and hope we need to transform our them.
SHAME: FINDING FREEDOM
Shame is a universal issue; we all experience it, it’s just not something we talk about. It is often confused with perfectionism, people-pleasing, fear of man, or guilt. Shame is the powerful undercurrent that lurks undetected in the dark corners of our lives and shapes our day-to-day choices, actions, and relationships. Though the circumstances and experiences of shame are different for every woman, the core is the same for all: shame is an identity issue.
You may feel the sting of shame from your own choices, or maybe you feel marked by the shameful actions others committed against you; you may be deeply aware of shame in your life or you think shame is something only the most broken struggle with. Regardless of where you find yourself, everyone needs to grow in awareness of what shame is and how it operates. This study will help you learn what shame is, identify the experiences, thoughts, and feelings that cause shame, how it affects you in everyday life, and how to live in the freedom and comfort Christ holds out to you.
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