Sue Edwards will lead women in interactive online Bible study
In January, Sue Edwards and Kregel Publications challenged women to join in The Year of Discovery, an interactive online experience where women all over the world can participate in a Bible study together. The Year of Discovery launched with a nine-week study of Revelation from Edwards’ newly released Discover Together Bible Study Series, and starting April 15, participants will begin a study of Ephesians.
Edwards will be kicking off the Ephesians study with an online Facebook chat on April 11 at 8:00 PM EDT, where she will be answering reader questions and giving a preview of what to expect in the weeks to come. From April 15-June 17, Edwards will be interacting with participants and making posts about each week’s lesson on The Year of Discovery Facebook page.
The theme of the Ephesians study is centered on discovering your identity and purpose in Christ. “If someone asked you, ‘Who are you?’ what would you say? Would you list your relationships or your abilities? Those are important components of your life, but they don’t fully answer the question,” Edwards writes. “What if those relationships ended? What if you lost that ability? Would you still be you? Paul wrote Ephesians to help us discover who we are in Jesus Christ and what God created each of us to do on this earth, an identity and purpose we can never lose. When you unearth those personal treasures, hold on! Your life will never be the same.”
To understand the context of Paul’s writings better, Edwards gives readers a brief historical background of Ephesus, including more information about the city itself and the situations the Ephesians found themselves in. “When Paul planted a church in Ephesus, he knew he was invading Satan’s den. This letter contains numerous references to spiritual warfare. Remember that when Paul wrote this letter, the Ephesians were only six years old in the Lord, and many were saved out of the occult. If the Ephesians learned to live victoriously, so can we!”
The Discover Together Bible Study Series includes six of Edwards’ popular studies (Psalms, Proverbs Volumes 1 & 2, Luke, Ephesians and I Peter) that have been reorganized and revised to be more reader-friendly for both personal and group reflection along with the completely new release on Revelation. Each of the seven books is divided into weekly lessons and includes new inspirational sidebars and QR codes to take readers to supplemental teaching videos.
While the Discover Together Bible Studies are designed for both individual and group use, readers will benefit most by going through each week’s lesson on their own, then meeting with other women to share insights, struggles and aha moments. Bible study leaders will find free, downloadable leader’s guides for each study, along with general tips for leading small groups, at www.discovertogetherseries.com.
Through short video clips meant to bless, encourage and challenge participants in their daily walk, Edwards shares personal insights to enrich the Bible study experience. For ease of individual viewing, a QR code, which can be simply scanned via smartphone, is provided in each lesson. Readers can also go to the Discover Together website and easily navigate and find the corresponding video title.
About Sue Edwards:
Sue Edwards is associate professor of Christian education with a specialization is women’s studies at Dallas Theological Seminary where she has the opportunity to equip men and women for future ministry. She brings more than thirty years of experience into the classroom as a Bible teacher, curriculum writer and overseer of several megachurch women’s ministries. As minister to women at Irving Bible Church and director of women’s ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, she has worked with women from all walks of life, ages and stages. Her passion is to see modern and postmodern women connect, learn from one another and bond around God’s Word. Her Bible studies have ushered thousands of women all over the country and overseas into deeper Scripture study and community experiences.
Visit www.discovertogetherseries.com to learn more about the Bible study series, download leader’s guides and watch Sue Edward’s video messages that correspond with each lesson.
Keep up with The Year of Discovery on www.facebook.com/DiscoverTogetherSeries.