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Becoming a Woman of Faith and Worship
Series: Becoming Myself - Embracing God’s Dream of You
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Session Seven Study Guide: Becoming a Woman of Faith and Worship
Before you begin responding to the questions in this session, please read chapters 11 and 12 in the book Becoming Myself. (Included in this download.)
I love these three inspiring women: Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary of Bethany, and Mary Magdalene. Each of these Marys is a heroine of the faith, and these two chapters could easily be a book unto themselves. This week, let’s ask God to reveal what he would have us learn from these women.
Dear God, thank you for choosing me to be yours before you even made the world. I am yours. I pray right now to be open to what you would have me learn from these women who loved you so passionately. I want to be a woman of faith, love, and extravagant worship. I want to follow you closely, trust you fully, and know you intimately. Please reveal your heart more deeply to me this day. I consecrate my life to you. Come, Holy Spirit, and guide me. Fill this time. Fill me. Thank you! In Jesus’s Name, I pray. Amen.
1. We will focus on the three Marys from the New Testament: Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary of Bethany, and Mary Magdalene. Do you have a favorite? If you do, which one?
Mary the mother of Jesus
2. What do you like about Mary, Jesus’s mother?
3. What do you think Simeon meant when he told Mary, “And a sword will pierce your own soul” (Luke 2:35)?
4. Has a sword pierced your soul? If so, what happened?
5. What do you think Jesus’s tone was to his mother at the wedding in Cana (John 2) when he said, “Woman, why do you involve me? ... My hour has not yet come” (v. 4)?
Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)
I love that Mary treasured “all these things” in her heart. She was familiar with the prophecies. Mary actively remembered. Late at night, while nursing her little baby, she would pull out these treasures and think on them. She was a woman of wisdom who knew what to store in her heart, what to treasure, what to ponder.
6. It’s a good thing to ask ourselves: what are we pondering? When you can’t sleep at night, where do your thoughts tend to go?
7. What would you like to actively remember?
8. Regarding Jesus, Mary is telling each of us to “do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). What does that mean to you today?
Mary of Bethany
9. What do you like about Mary of Bethany?
10. It is very easy in our busy world to exchange relationship with Jesus for service of him. We can all relate to Mary’s sister, Mart ...
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