Jesus Calling Book Club Discussion Guide for Women

Jesus Calling Book Club Discussion Guide for Women

by Sarah Young

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Overview

Experience peace in the presence of the Savior who is closer than you can imagine with the Jesus Calling® Discussion Guide for Women.

The Jesus Calling Discussion Guide for Women is a 52-week discussion guide that uses relevant passages from the bestselling daily devotional Jesus Calling®that speak to the heart of a woman. This guide is filled with questions that will inspire you to apply the truths of Jesus Calling® to daily life. Anchored by related Scripture, each weekly topic covers a wealth of subjects that speak to the heart of a woman’s faith, such as understanding your purpose, finding joy in hard times, defining true love and acceptance, combating burnout, and growing in grace and wisdom. Use the questions for your own personal reflection, or utilize them in a group setting for Sunday school, home study groups, women’s ministry groups, and more.   

Discussion questions enhance a woman’s weekly study of Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718087487
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Series: Jesus Calling®
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 76,320
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Sarah Young, the author of the bestselling 365-day devotionals Jesus Calling® and Jesus Always, has sold more than 25 million books worldwide. Jesus Calling® has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah's writings include Jesus Calling®, Jesus Always, Jesus Today®, Jesus Lives™, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling® for Little Ones, Jesus Calling® Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling®: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence, each encouraging readers in their journeys toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

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Jesus Calling

52-Week Discussion Guide for Women


By Sarah Young

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2015 Thomas Nelson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8748-7


CHAPTER 1

The Jesus Calling® Discussion Guide for Women

WISDOM GRACE COMPASSION FAITHFULNESS CONFIDENCE

The following discussion guide questions are based on entries from the devotional Jesus Calling regarding topics that relate to issues affecting women on a daily basis. The selections are identified by date, however, the discussion sessions do not have to be done on a specific date. The references are simply used to help you locate the passages. Questions can be used for group discussion or personal reflection any time of the year.


Discussion #1: Peace in the Whirlwind

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passage from Jesus Calling dated January 3, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. You may find yourself in one or more multiple roles as a wife, mother, career person, caretaker, confidante—the list could go on. Are there times in your life when you feel burdened with the many responsibilities that go along with these important roles? What are some of the ways in which you cope with this?

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2. Today's reading advises us to "learn to hide in the secret of [God's] presence, even as you carry out your duties in the world. (He) is both with you and within you." As you carry out your many responsibilities, can you see the ways that God is working with you and in you to guide you each day?

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3. It can be worrisome to juggle so many responsibilities, which can rob us of the peace of the presence of God. John 16:33 reminds us: "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world" (AMP). Take a moment to think of the things that are troubling you as you go about your work, and imagine how God is walking with you and working in you to conquer each of these issues—keeping you from worry and harm and bringing you peace.

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Discussion #2: Our Plans, God's Timing

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passage from Jesus Calling dated January 9, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. What are some examples of plans you have made for your life, and what do you see as the main action steps you need to take or have taken to achieve these plans?

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2. Today's reading tells us that one of the ways God shows His sovereignty is in the timing of events. Think about various key landmarks that have come about in your life so far. Did they come to fruition in the way you planned and with the timing you were expecting?

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3. "Never Give Up" is a great motto to live by, and Psalm 8:31 tells us, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Sometimes, it can be tempting to give up on something when it doesn't come easily or within the time frame you want. Will you endeavor to persevere and let God, in His infinite wisdom, set the pace instead of trying to set it yourself?

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Discussion #3: Your Source of Security

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passage from Jesus Calling dated January 31, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. What causes you worry? What or who makes you feel secure?

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2. Psalm 56:3 encourages us that whenever we are afraid, we should trust in God. How can you or how do you rely on God as your strength and shield when your worries overtake you, you feel powerless, and the things you normally find security in fall away?

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3. Today's reading speaks to how God's presence watches over us continually. How have you experienced God watching over you in your life—events that can't be explained any other way except His hand protecting, helping, and guiding you?

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Discussion #4: Perfectly Loved

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passage from Jesus Calling dated July 13, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. To be fully loved is something many of us strive to attain in life. We work on making ourselves lovable through how we look, what we do for others, or how we perform in this world. How are you spending time making yourself feel more worthy of love in your life?

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2. Try to picture, as today's reading states, that God sees us "clothed in [His] righteousness, radiant in [His] perfect Love." In the pursuit of love, when you look at receiving the love of God and of others, what might you let go of that is on your list above?

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3. Psalm 34:5 reiterates how God views us by saying, "Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." Is there something in your life that causes you shame or makes you feel unlovable? Despite whatever it is, ask God to show You how He views you and to make you aware of the radiance of His love that covers everything we find unlovable about ourselves.

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Discussion #5: Clutter Versus Calm

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passage from Jesus Calling dated February 2, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. Today's reading encourages us that God is renewing our minds. What causes clutter in your mind and diminishes your ability to accomplish what is set before you?

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2. Psalm 105:4 instructs us to "Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always." Where are the places you can find quiet, peace, and time with God? When do these moments occur? How do you feel when you are able to have these times?

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3. How does recognizing that our focus should be on God, seeking Him, and acknowledging His love for us change or have the potential to change the way you approach your relationships, your family, and everything else in your world?

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Discussion #6: Who You're Meant to Be

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passage from Jesus Calling dated July 10, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. Do you feel like you are trying to be someone you're not? In what ways do you feel as though you don't show people your "real" self, and what motivates you to keep your true self hidden?

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2. Today's reading reminds us that when we relax and are real with God, He is able to bring out the best in us. What are some barriers that keep you from showing authenticity to your friends and family—maybe even to God—keeping you from showing your faults as well as your triumphs?

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3. John 15:13–15 reminds us that Jesus has called us friends. How can you take that first step to deepen your relationship with Him by being real and authentic? How do you anticipate that this will affect your relationship with others?

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Discussion #7: Banishing Burnout

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passage from Jesus Calling dated May 12, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. Have you ever been so depleted of energy and resources that you felt burned out? Describe what caused this and how it made you feel.

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2. Perhaps you are trying to be all things to all people. Today's reading mentions the notion of "drainout," when you have "countless interactions with needy people" and you are trying in your own strength to help them. God promises that His love can flow through you to others, preventing that drain of our limited human resources. How can we access His love in order to replenish our supply?

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3. In Matthew 11:28, we are encouraged by the words: "Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." This week, think of some ways you can rest in Him and allow Him to replenish your resources in giving to others.

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Discussion #8: Rest Well, Do Well

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passage from Jesus Calling dated February 7, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. The daily efforts of taking care of ourselves, our families, our work, and our homes, plus trying to be a good community/church member, can be overwhelming and exhausting. Do you ever feel as though you are doing too much? This reading encourages you to "come to [Jesus] for peace and refreshment." What does this look like for you, and what are the ways you find refreshment from a tiring, busy life?

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2. If you were to stop and look at your life, what is one thing you could change today that could have the potential to put you in the right place, moving at the right pace?

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3. Romans 8:28 tells us, "We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good" (AMP). How do you find the ability to rest knowing that God is your partner when it feels like too much is going on?

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Discussion #9: Where Joy Resides

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passage from Jesus Calling dated February 12, and then answer/discuss these questions.

1. Today's reading lets us know that when we look to Jesus, "knowing [Him] as God with you," we experience Joy. What brings you immediate joy in life?

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2. Psalm 37:4 tells us to delight "in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." What does it mean to you to "delight" in the Lord? Do you believe that when you delight in the Lord, He will provide all that you need?

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3. Think about what you long for in life. Examine those desires and hold them up to God's invitation to fulfill the desires of our heart. How will you behave differently in pursuit of your longings after looking at it in the context of God fulfilling your desires?

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Discussion #10: Learning to Trust

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passage from Jesus Calling dated March 1, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. Isaiah 23:3 says that we will be kept "in perfect peace," when our "mind is steadfast" on God and we trust in Him. What do you put your trust in daily that you believe will bring you peace and security in your life?

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