Archives for November 2012

Nov 23

How Does Online Bible Study Work?

We have received SO MANY calls and emails asking, “How does OBS (Online Bible Study) work?”

I’m going to explain it. But you have to promise me something…that you will read this.

Did you know that it helps to read the instructions in full?  Lol~ I smile as I write this because I am the world’s worst. I want quick answers. I don’t want to have to read through all those words!  So, I understand if you don’t want to read this, but do it for me anyway. That way you will know EXACTLY how the Online Bible Study works.

Here ya go:

What You Must Know

1.  The study takes place at http://melissataylor.org.  This is your #1 source of information. All other outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter are just options. The study is not run on Facebook and you do not have to have Facebook or Twitter to do this study. Only my blog.  You may hear me refer to FB and Twitter on occasion, I use them as supplements and free options for more interaction.

2.  Every Sunday, beginning November 25, the Greater Suggested Assignments for that week will be posted at  http://melissataylor.org .  You can give yourself a reminder to check my blog daily or sign up to receive my blog via email. This sign up is different than signing up for the Greater Bible Study.  Look UNDER my picture in the right column. You should see a place to subscribe to my blog posts via Feedburner or Email. I suggest email. That way the study will always come to you and you don’t have to remember to come to it. It is up to you to check for the weekly assignments. If you have ANY problems understanding how to do this, just ask.   (There is no certain time of day that you have to check my blog, check it at your convenience. That’s the beauty of an online study!)

3.  There will be useful content on my blog pertaining to the Greater study all during the week. I highly encourage blog participation. This is where worldwide community takes place. There will be homework and study ideas, memory verse suggestions, discussion questions, video messages, and opportunities for anyone who blogs about Greater to share their blog post weekly.  You have to visit my blog daily or subscribe to the posts (see #2) in order to access everything the study offers.

4.  You must have the Greater book in order to participate in this Online Bible Study. We will be using the book. You will not need any other Greater materials at all, but you do need the book.  You can order or pick up the book almost anywhere books are sold. We have plenty here at Proverbs 31 Ministries. Click here to purchase Greater. (note: If you ordered other Greater materials, you will LOVE them. Use them for personal use to enhance this study.)

5.  Other items that will be helpful for this study:  a Bible, a notebook, pen or pencil, and highlighter.

6.  You will get out of this study exactly what you put in to it. As your Bible Study Leader, I will be encouraging you to keep up with our schedule (2 chapters per week) by carving out a specific time to work on Bible Study. Make this study a priority. You signed up. To me that means you are making a real commitment to this study. You can do this!  Make this a priority in your life. You are worth it! And you won’t regret it!

7. Online Bible Study Archives~ If you ever miss a few days or miss a post, have no fear. Every part of this study on this blog is saved in our archives. Just below the Proverbs 31 Ministries logo in the right column, you will see “Online Bible Study Archives.”  Click “Greater” and you will find all posts pertaining to this OBS. Practice and make sure you understand this now.

8.  Our OBS Team wants to hear from you. There are many ladies who work behind the scenes to make sure this all comes together. Please share with us in the comment section during the study. We love to hear from you and it lets us know we aren’t alone. We desire real life community. We need you. You are a valuable part of this OBS.

9. Greater Conference Call Series~ This is another option, but not a requirement. The Conference Call Series allows participants to go deeper in the message of Greater and features really awesome guests, including Greater author, Pastor Steven Furtick. Each call contains book discussion and a take home message. Want to participate?  Order here.

10. Still have questions?  Send them to Angie, our awesome Online Bible Studies’ Assistant at Angie@Proverbs31.org.

Leave me a comment and let me know you read and understand how the OBS works!

Hope this helps! See you right back here on Sunday with Week 1 Assignments for Greater!  I’m so excited to get started!

Melissa
Nov 22

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so so thankful for this wonderful group. I know I haven’t met most of you in person, but I feel so honored to be able to come together with you as we grow closer to God.

Thank you for choosing to do Online Bible Study with me. I feel so blessed.

Wherever you are, I want you to know, there is someone in North Carolina~USA, that cares about you and is so happy to have you in her Bible study group.

Happy Thanksgiving :)

Melissa
Nov 20

How to Prepare for Greater

I am getting so excited for our next Online Bible Study which begins in just 4 days!

And it’s not too late to come on board. Get you a Greater book and join me!

I’ve begun praying for everyone who is signed up for the Greater study. I went through the thousands tonight.

Australia, UK, Canada, China, Trinidad, Mexico, Uganda, Argentina, England, Singapore, Scotland, Nigeria, Germany, Belgium, South Korea, Nueces, Kenya, New Zealand, Botswana, South Africa, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, Peru, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Madagascar, India, El Salvador, Jamaica, Indonesia, Swaziland, Holland, Malaysia, Malawi, Guam, Ottawa, Cayman Islands, Dupage, Scotland, Afghanistan, Japan, Russia, Hungary, N. Ireland, Wales,  and United States of America.

These are the countries represented so far. God bless you all! I’m asking God’s favor in your life and for Him to bless you and to give you greater! Are you ready for God to ignite His vision for your life?  Get ready! That’s what I just prayed for you!

Greater Checklist:

1. Purchase Greater. It’s 25% off at Proverbs 31 Ministries this month! 

2. Pray Greater. 4 Days of praying Greater. Get the free emails here.

3. Have your Greater book, Bible, notebook, pen, and highlighter ready. Check my blog, November 25th for your Week 1 Assignments.

4. Go deeper with the Greater Conference Call Series. Our first call is Monday, November 26th with Pastor Steven Furtick!!!!!!!! 3 calls to follow with NY Times best selling author Lysa TerKeurst, Let. It. Go. author Karen Ehman, and Christian Life Coach Linda Kuhar. These calls are recorded in case you can’t listen live. They are available for download and are an excellent way to help bring the message of Greater to a deeper level. Each call contains a message from a special guest, book discussion, and life applicable instruction. Order the Greater Conference Call Series Today so you don’t miss out!

That’s all for now!  I’ll be in touch in a few days with all you need to know to do an online Bible study!  And Conference Call peeps, you will receive the Call Information for our first awesome conference call on Sunday. Check your emails!

God Bless You and thank you so much for being in this awesome Bible study group!  47 countries!!!! WOW!

 

Melissa