Tea & Scripture
Many women today are Biblically illiterate. We are in danger of being deceived by every passing wind of doctrine, blowing to and fro. (My emphasis added to the passages below.)
Ephesians 4:11-14 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
2 Timothy 3:1-9 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
Many, including myself, have been deceived to some degree or another. I’ve had a heart for women’s ministry for a long time. But after God brought me back to the basics of the Christian disciplines, took the blinders off my eyes, and gave me new friends and a new church that are truly representing the Gospel of the Bible, I realized how far off base many of the women’s teachers are. (Click my Resources page to see a list of sound preachers and teachers.)
In addition, after being involved in several women’s Bible studies, I realized how many topics are discussed where Bible verses are taken out of context and some of these women don’t even know where or how to find answers to their questions. It is important for ladies to learn how to read and study the Bible, do proper exegesis and proper hermaneutics (the theory and methodology of Biblical interpretation).
Having a sound theological base is also very important. A person’s theology determines their whole worldview, raising of kids, handling difficulties in life, and their worship of God. Theology is simply the study of God. That should be central. Sadly, many churches have pushed theology aside in favor of emotional, subjective, individual experiences of God being accepted.
I started a Facebook group for studying Scripture, called Tea & Scripture. You can click the linked name to go there and ask to join. Here’s the description: Group for WOMEN ONLY to study Scripture, pray, rejoice over God’s grace, share & live the Gospel, and use discernment as we grow our faith. We learn to evaluate everything through Scripture. We love God, giving Him all the glory, and love others.
I’d like to share some other resources you can join. These are all solid groups and teachers. I am part of all of them:
I hope that Bible reading and study is part of your daily life.
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2:3-5