Deepen Your Spiritual Walk

2024 Winter/Spring Bible Studies

This season we are offering four Bible Studies for you to choose from on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday.
Limited childcare will be available for some of the studies.

TUESDAY MORNING
“In View of God’s Mercies” by Courtney Doctor, Romans 11-16 – Led by Carmen Creecy
January 16 – May 7, 2024, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Childcare might be available, depending on staffing.

This study is open to everyone; however, it is a continuation from last Fall’s study.
Romans is a passionate letter written by a man completely captured by the beauty and
majesty of God and His glorious salvation.  Paul wanted his readers (then and now) to
know how amazing and all-encompassing the gospel really is—that it’s powerful,
planned, eternal, and free.   Join us as we continue in the book of Romans beginning in
Chapter 11. We will study “In View of God’s Mercy.”  by Courtney Doctor, available at
https://www.lifeway.com/en/product-family/in-view-of-gods-mercies-bible-study. Also
available on Amazon.

TUESDAY EVENING
Foundations: Building Blocks of the Christian Faith – Led by Jeffie Mussman
Online study via Zoom
January 16 – April 9, 2024, 7-8:15 p.m.

We continue our study of the Westminster Shorter Catechism begun the last quarter of
2023. We have been continuously blessed by something we’ve learned in this study of
the doctrine of the Reformed faith. Our worship, the preaching of the Word, the
administration of the sacraments and our understanding of the triune God have all been
informed by this study. It’s not too late to join us, as we explore the benefits of our
salvation, the Ten Commandments, and the Sacraments. You’ll receive a digital copy of
the questions, proof texts and questions to ponder and discuss prior to each class. If
you’re new to the reformed faith, or want to dig deeper into the foundational principles of
our faith we invite you to join our Zoom weekly meetings. Study guides and Zoom links
will be provided to all who register for this class.

WEDNESDAY EVENING
Nehemiah – Led by Melinda Stahl
February 28 – April 24, 2024, 6:30-8 p.m.
Childcare is NOT available.

“Nehemiah lived on the frontier between two worlds: life as God intended it to be and life
as the Old Testament church had chosen to make it. Throughout his life, Nehemiah was
forced to choose between self and God, sin and holiness, compromise, and resolute
determination to do what God asked of him. He proved himself to be a leader of men,
gifted with an extraordinary resourcefulness and determination to attempt great things
for God. – Derek Thomas

WEDNESDAY EVENING
Exodus (Precept): Let My People Go – Led by Lorie Burton
January 10 – April 3, 2024, 6:30-8 p.m.
Childcare is NOT available.

Watch Moses develop as a leader. See God deliver His people by judging their
enemies. Learn powerful truths about His ways. A remarkably practical study of
deliverance, redemption, the Law, and the Tabernacle. The cost will be $25.00 plus
shipping. This will be due to Lorie at your first study. Book available at
EXODUS-PRECEPT WORKBOOK (ESV)

THURSDAY MORNING
Exodus (Precept): Let My People Go – Led by Lorie Burton
January 11 – April 4, 2024, 9:30–11 a.m.
Childcare is NOT available.

Watch Moses develop as a leader. See God deliver His people by judging their
enemies. Learn powerful truths about His ways. A remarkably practical study of
deliverance, redemption, the Law, and the Tabernacle. The cost will be $25.00 plus
shipping. This will be due to Lorie at your first study. Book available at
EXODUS-PRECEPT WORKBOOK (ESV)

Prayer Vigils

Each quarter our church takes a focused time to pray for our congregation, its leaders, and our missionaries. You can sign up to pray from your home or gather with others to pray for a one hour time period. The bulletin will offer a link to sign up and get prayer guides. Mark your calendar for the upcoming vigils so you can be ready to support Redeemer Presbyterian Church: April 7-8;  July 7-8; and October 13-14.


On the Go

Podcast encouragement! These conversations give examples of ways to intentionally pray with others in trying circumstances, as well as specific questions or conversation starters that go beyond the basic, “How are you doing?”

Walking Together Series: LINK


Challenge Yourself

From September of 2022 through August of 2023, the Women’s Ministry asked you to “challenge yourself” so that you might grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord. Below you’ll find a recap of those challenges to use as tools to strengthen your walk. We encourage you to repeat a challenge you found particularly helpful, or try something you didn’t have a chance to do this past year. May God bless you as you seek to draw closer to Him!

Your challenge from September 2022:

           Our challenge for September is to “Stop, Drop and Pray”. We were inspired by our “Summer Conversation” series of podcasts where we learned how to walk alongside our sisters on our way to our eternal Home.

     When you are talking to a sister, and she shares a need or praise. STOP. Give your full attention to that conversation, text, or email message. DROP whatever else you have on your agenda. PRAY for your friend right then. Perhaps the Lord has brought someone else to your mind today. STOP, DROP, & PRAY for her right now. It’s that easy.

      “To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, in You I trust.” Psalm 25:1-2


Your challenge from October 2022:

      If we are to grow in grace, we need to take the time to examine ourselves and discern where God would place our efforts. This month we challenge you to set aside some time to do just that. We read in Psalms 139:23 “Search me O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts.” Pray that God would open your eyes to an area of your walk that will draw you closer to Him. Contemplate some steps you can take to make that happen. Then ask God to help you persevere through the roadblocks the prince of this world will place in your way. You may want to share your desires with a trusted sister so that she may pray for and encourage you.

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Your challenge from November 2022:

      November is a traditional month of “thanksgiving”– a time for us to reflect on all the people and circumstances for which we are thankful. Rather than concentrate our thanks on one day, however, your challenge is to start and/or end each day this month in prayer to the glorious God who provides all things. Begin by making a list of 30 things for which you are thankful; then spend some time in prayer contemplating a new item on your list each day; place the focus of your prayer on Him who has provided you with this person or circumstance; then, when appropriate, share your appreciation for this person or circumstance with others.


Your challenge from December 2022:

      We are called to sing praises to the Lord. This month we challenge you to incorporate one or more of your favorite Advent hymns into your day, whether it’s during a quiet time of prayer and study or while you’re waiting in the school pick up line. You can google the lyrics to most any hymn or check out hymnary.org. There you’ll find lyrics along with author biographies, scripture references and more. Sing it; pray it; meditate upon it and/or memorize it. You’ll find much wisdom in hymns. And contemplating them can recenter your heart on what really matters during this busy holiday season.


Your challenge from January 2023:

      “Every good and perfect gift is from above…” James 1:17 God’s blessings are sure to elevate our spirits. As we enter the new year, let’s focus on the many gifts God has given us and how we might use them for His glory. This month, your challenge is to think of three things (time, talent, or treasure) that God has blessed you with and how you plan to put them to greater use this year. Write them on an index card, an app or something you can easily reference. Pray for the eyes to see ways to use those gifts. Then daily, weekly, or monthly, observe how God is providing those opportunities. If you need encouragement, pair with another sister, and do this exercise together!


Your challenge from February 2023:

     “Love one another…” This phrase is repeated 15 times in the Bible. And February seems like a good month for us to contemplate what that means as sisters in Christ here at Redeemer. We challenge you to reach out to one or more of those sisters and show your love–treat her to coffee; drop a plant or floral arrangement by to cheer her day; deliver some baked goods you know she’ll enjoy; offer to watch her little ones so she can have some quiet time outside the house–you get the idea. And encourage another sister to get involved in the challenge, too! 

Your challenge from March 2023:

      What part does prayer play in your daily life? For many of us, it has become rote or even an afterthought. Your challenge this month is to examine your prayer life and PRAY. Pray that you would be more regular in prayer; pray that you would be more spontaneous in prayer; pray that God would strengthen and shape you through prayer. It’s easy to put prayer on the back burner until we are in crisis. This month let’s focus on putting prayer front and center. And if you feel comfortable, pray with a fellow sister.


Your challenge from April 2023:

      Your challenge this month is to schedule some quiet time to meditate upon the risen Christ. As you read one or more of the Gospels, observe the many women who served and worshiped Jesus through His earthly ministry. Think about how blessed they were to be in His physical presence. And consider that His Spirit now dwells in us, and works in us to will and to do His good pleasure. May the lives of these faithful women inspire us to follow their example so that we enjoy the blessing and comfort of the same Savior they worshiped and adored.


Your challenge from May 2023:

     Your May challenge is to meditate on the beauty and blessings of God’s creation. This time of year, the splendor of God’s creation is evident—the warmth of a gentle breeze, the smell of the lilacs, the color in the budding vegetation, and sweet sounds of the birds. Occasionally pausing to note and reflect on these gifts can lift our thoughts to the truth we find in God’s Word–a psalm, a parable, a praise. David Saxton shares in God’s Battle Plan for the Mind “the Puritans used occasional meditation to bridge the gap between a warm heart for the Lord and the busyness of life…It is practiced wherever we choose to use this life to lift the soul up to the Lord.”


Your challenge from June 2023:

      A Month of Kindness. Your challenge this month is to go out of your way to show kindness to someone. You might write a note or text, offer to run an errand, give a back rub, or otherwise express your love to a family member or friend as many days this month as you can. And so as to “walk humbly with your God”, as you do these acts, reflect upon this –“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10. Even the “good” that we do is grace extended to us by the Father.


Your challenge from July 2023:

     From the time we are babes, Christians are advised to nurture our knowledge of, and relationship with, our triune God. As adults, Paul appeals to us in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Your challenge this month is to schedule a special time–an hour, a morning, a day–to intentionally nurture your relationship with the Lord. Plan a “mini-retreat” to focus on praise, study, prayer, and meditation. You can do this alone or with a sister or two. (See below for some tips)

How to plan a “mini-retreat”:

  • Arrange a time and space free of other responsibilities and distractions. No children, no electronic alerts, no projects that need attention.
  • Create a plan in advance. Depending on time available, include a time for worship, prayer, study and reflection. Make a list of hymns; who and what to include in prayer; a topic, specific book or passage for study.
  • Prepare materials to have on hand. A hymnal or access to music; your Bible and study materials or devotional books; a journal for reflection and making notes for follow up after your mini-retreat; snacks and beverages or meals; comfortable clothing and anything that will make your space inviting.
  • Request prayer for your preparation and for the time of your personal event.
  • Enjoy! Be still and wait on the Lord. “they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40: 31

Your challenge from August 2023:

This month marks the final challenge in our year-long quest to “elevate” our relationship with the Lord. Our reward is, I pray, that we have grown more Christ-like and stronger in our faith. Maybe you’ve completed all eleven challenges. Maybe your circumstances have prevented you from completing even one. Your challenge this month, and in the months to come is to be more intentional in your walk with God. We’ve posted all the challenges from this past year on the church website. You may access this tool, anytime, on the Women’s Ministry page under “Deepen Your Spiritual Walk” at redeemer-pca.org/ministries/deepen-your-spiritual-walk/. We praise God and thank Him that it is He who will raise us up, in grace, today and for all eternity.