Sep 12

I Want You in My Bible Study Group!

Hey Sweet Friends!  I hope y’all are doing so great today!  Just wanted to invite you again to join the next Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study of The Best Yes with me!  It will take place on the P31 OBS Study Blog and it begins September 22nd. The study is free, you just need The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst, which you can order through Proverbs 31 Ministries or pick up a copy almost anywhere (even Wal-Mart and Target!)

Are you wondering what it’s like to do an online study or if it’s for you?  Read this blog post below that I wrote on the P31 OBS blog today and hopefully you will consider joining us!  Please comment and let me know if you do.  I would REALLY LOVE to have you in my Bible study group!

Thanks friends! Hope you have a great weekend!

Why Online Bible Studies?

September 12, 2014 by 

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Why do I lead online Bible studies?  I get that question a lot. And people have varying opinions about it, that’s for sure.  For example, here are two letters I’ve received with differing opinions about online studies:

First Meet “Not a Fan”~

Dear Melissa,

Why did you start doing online Bible studies on your blog?  Isn’t it much better to be in a real group in your area?  Online is so impersonal.  People can be so fake. I just wanted to let you know that although I think you mean well, I think being in real relationships in person is so much better than sitting behind a computer doing Bible study.

Sincerely,

Monica

And now meet “A Fan”~

Hi Melissa Taylor!

I just wanted to thank you for trusting God when he changed your direction in ministry. The Online Bible Studies have been a huge part in my growth in my relationship with Jesus. My husband and I have grown so much the last 5 years! Relearning what success looks like, how to raise our two boys, loving on God’s people …We make things so much more complicated than it really is. It’s all about relationship, isn’t it?  I’m just so thankful for you and your heart for Jesus. It just shines through in our studies. Not having time to go to a study at church with raising a family and working full time, I wouldn’t give up my 5:15 am Bible study with you girls for anything!  Such a sweet time. Me and my Jesus, my coffee, and P31 OBS. Thank you so much for all of your hard work, sacrifice, and prayer. Please know that what you do makes such a difference in furthering HIS Kingdom!

Paige

The points made in both of these letters are valid. But Paige understands our purpose because she is a woman who needs what we offer.  Monica already has a group close to her that she is a part of. We would never want to replace that!  Our purpose isn’t to replace or provide a face-to-face experience. There are others already doing that. Our purpose is this:

We share Real Hope, for Real Life by providing the finest in online Bible study and community for women all over the world.

Our focus is online Bible study and online community.  We use various tools to help us do this. Our blog on the Proverbs 31 Ministries Website is the main one, but we also utilize social media sites like FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram. We use videos, conference calls, webcasts, study books and most importantly God’s Word, the Bible.

I started these online Bible studies because I had to drop out of my wonderful small group.  I loved that group so much, but my work and family schedules just didn’t allow me to be a consistent participant in that group. My Best Yes was to drop out of something I loved.

But I didn’t want to abandon Bible study all together. I needed community. I wanted to continue in my study of godly messages and God’s Word with a group of women. And so almost four years ago, I did just that on my personal blog. As it turned out, there were many women in the same boat as I am. And some in other boats too! For instance:

  • women who don’t have access to a group in their area
  • women who have been hurt by the church and therefore were reluctant to do Bible study
  • women who aren’t even sure they really believe in God
  • women who are intimidated by church or Bible study
  • women who are home-bound
  • women who are busy
  • women who are unable to commit to a certain time each week to be at a Bible study
  • women who want to learn in a safe place how to do Bible study
  • women who desire an authentic community that is safe and welcoming
  • women who are haunted by their past
  • women who need hope today
  • women who simply wanted to try something new, and found they loved our community

Fortunately, I receive many more letters of gratitude than criticism! Here’s the deal. I hope Monica always has that special face-to-face group to be a part of. That’s awesome! But if one day her life changes and that’s no longer an option, we’ll be here. Some ladies join us for a season, and some have been with us since January, 2011.

We want you to join us. You are welcome here no matter who you are, what your life is like, where you live, and what lifestyle you lead. We just want to share the love of God, His life-giving Word and our friendship with you. That. Is. All.

And we hope you’ll participate too!  Our comment section is just for you, so let us hear from you. We will try our best to encourage you, but we need you to encourage us and others too. We want to know your struggles and celebrations throughout the study.

So, why did you join The Best Yes Online Bible Study?  Who can invite TODAY to join?  I promise you that our team will do everything we can to make this the finest online Bible study and community you could ever be a part of!

If you missed the special invite from Lysa TerKeurst, click here to watch the video. It’s short and sweet and will only take 2 minutes of your time :)

If you’d like to share this video with your friends here’s the link to share in email, Facebook, Twitter, or wherever you choose. http://vimeo.com/105868632#t=0s Or you can click it and once you get to the video, scroll to and click the paper airplane icon in the top right. That will give you your sharing options.

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Have a great weekend! Online Bible Study begins in just a little over ONE WEEK!

xoxoxo,
Melissa

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Melissa

Comments

  1. I just read a comment on the email about why you would lead a bible study online, that it was so impersonal. There are people EVERYWHERE with different needs and struggles. I for one found my first studies with you to be heaven-sent, as I had been deeply hurt by my church. I was able to continue studying and work out the hurts in my heart which enabled me the courage to get out and find another church. It took me through a season that was very tough and trying emotionally. Now, a couple of years later, I find myself NEEDING this again, as we have moved to another state and bible studies are much different here. No weekly women’s studies, only monthly. They are at night with no childcare. The only weekly support offered is not for just women. I was so upset to learn this because I NEED my weekly pick up with other women. I prayed about an option and today received your email, Melissa, about joining the next study. Answered prayer in yet another trying time. What you do came at the perfect time, both times. You are touching many in need. Sometimes just knowing you aren’t alone and there are others with the same problems can be enough to encourage and lift you through another day. Face to face studies can be amazing, but they are not for everyone in every season. This is just what I need right now where I am. Hallelujah!

    • Valerie,
      You will never know how your comment blessed me today. I am thanking God for using these online studies in your life! Thank you for joining us…again! Hugs!

  2. Debi Schuhow says:

    I’d love to join you Melissa! But am sad that since I left Group 64 (Facebook) temporarily (God told me to rest) I haven’t been able to get into ANY Facebook group!

  3. Debi~ We just had sign ups a few days ago. Groups did fill fast, but you can get on the waiting list. We are trying our best to train new leaders so we will have more small groups to offer. Right now we have 82 I think. We hope to have 100 by 2015. Please don’t let that keep you from joining The Best Yes online Bible study! It’s going to be great without a small group! Hugs friend!

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