Bible Café™ study guides are available to members of the Bible Cafe™ University. We provide a Bible study guide for small group discussions. Each Bible Cafe™ study guide includes a set of 10 discussion questions. People often ask us for questions before they meet with their small groups. And so, we created Bible study guides for our members at Bible Cafe™ University. Join today!
Go to the course you are currently discussing with your small group. Under the TAB called “worksheets,” you will find your Bible study guide.
We design our Bible study guides to help people understand the Bible. Each question is helpful to start a conversation with a small group. Perhaps you are doing a Bible study with just one other person. The printable Bible Cafe™ study guide is a helpful tool. Or you might be involved in a Bible Cafe™ study by Zoom. Again, the printable study guide is very helpful as you plan your answers and discuss them with your new friends.
Since 2009, Bible Café™ leaders have been using our study guides to help people study, connect, and grow!
Welcome to the Acts Bible Study introduction week. This is an online Bible Cafe™ study introduction where we gather in virtual small groups to meet our leaders and community members. Expect to spend one hour together- by Zoom, video, or a private FB group. This is great time to make some new friends! We’ll find out where are you from and what you like most about where you are living.
Gather with me on Monday nights and you’ll meet women from Ireland, Canada, Colorado, California, and more. In my Wednesday Zoom group we have members from California, Oregon, Texas, Boston, and New York. On Thursday mornings, Stasia Nielsen is leading her Zoom group from Mexico. Friday mornings I am sipping coffee with Dotsi Campbell as we chat about Jesus -virtually.
Did you notice that we are scattered in many locations? This is something women really love at the Bible Cafe™ Our uniqueness brings a variety of opinions and experiences into the weekly discussion. Personally, I think Heaven’s Banquet Table might look like this too. A diverse blend of ages, life stages, locations, careers, and coffee/tea. Pour me a cup and I will sit with you all day talking about Jesus.
By the way, I asked a fun icebreaker question this week: If we came over to your house for a visit today, would you serve tea or coffee? Informal or fancy?
After laughing like girls at a tea shop, we started talking about our hospitality (or lack of…) Living near the ocean, I tend to be informal with almond croissants and hot coffee for my guests. Yet on special occasions- like Mother’s Day or Royal Weddings- I set the fancy dishes, three-tiered trays, and mini tiaras for my guests. Feather boas and velvet hats are a must. As a hybrid in hospitality, I’ll bake a fabulous quiche but fill in the party trays with pastries from the local bakery.
As you can see, the “café” concept is built around community. We look forward to talking about the Bible, sharing a good laugh, praying for one another, and seeing your faces (on Zoom).
Most of the Bible Cafers in the Acts study like to participate by sharing answers AND listening to others. At first, some of the women will observe the group and wait to answer a question. Since this is not a classroom, the leaders do not call on you by name. If you have something to say- speak up. Every voice adds depth to the conversation and we love hearing your thoughts each week.
For this study, our small groups are blended. Some women say they are in a season of spiritual sleepwalking, while others feel spiritually awake. What a great opportunity to learn from one another.
If we notice you are missing from the group or falling behind, many of you asked for accountability. A private message or a text message (Zoomers) was most preferred. Someone said it’s easy to disappear or walk away from a larger group gathering. She’s right. And we have encouraged our leaders to pray for you and keep you on track to the finish line.
When you show up in small group, you add value to the community. We witness your faith and we share our testimonies too.
When God calls us to Bible study, He is calling us to a deeper faith.
Let’s Get Started!
Bible Cafe™ Founder & Director
CHRISTINE ABRAHAM is the Bible Cafe™ Founder and helps people understand the Bible, fellowship in small groups, and develop a lasting relationship with Jesus. She earned a Graduate of Theology degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. Christine has facilitated more than 100 Bible Cafe™ studies. She is a popular Christian Life & Leadership Coach. She lives in California with her husband and two rescue dogs.
Book of Acts Online Bible study is happening at the Bible Cafe™. When you study Acts: Awakening to God in Everyday Life by Melissa Spoelstra, you will learn about the work of Jesus after He ascended to Heaven. Come join this Bible Cafe™ study and expand your understanding of the Bible.
“Come experience a greater awakening to God’s Holy Spirit and grasp the urgency in advancing the Gospel.”
For this online Bible Study OBS you will complete a daily lesson and read one chapter of the Book of Acts. Expect to spend 20 to 30 minutes with your Bible each day, five days a week. Many women enjoy starting the day with a Bible Cafe™ study. Some like finishing their day with a Bible Cafe™ study. The choice is yours- grab a book and let’s get started.
Once a week we will have a conversation centered around the reading assignments. We meet in a private Facebook group (free) or by Video/Phone.
Bring your coffee cup, your fancy tea cup, or a glass of water- women love to study, connect, and grow at the Bible Cafe™ each week!
Acts: Awakening to God in Everyday Life (PARTICIPANT BOOK) by Melissa Spoelstra
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Learn to awaken to God’s Spirit today and every day by studying the Book of Acts with Melissa Spoelstra.
Whether it’s because of distractions, busyness, or a case of the blahs, we can experience a drift toward indifference in our spiritual lives. We have a need for an ongoing spiritual awakening if we want to become more aware of God’s presence and activity in our everyday lives.
In Acts: Awakening to God in Everyday Life, a six-week study of the Book of Acts by Melissa Spoelstra, you will journey with the first followers of Jesus and witness the birth and growth of the early church through spiritual awakening to the power of God’s Spirit, message, freedom, grace, mission, and direction.
From their experiences you will learn postures that will help you attune your own spiritual heart to experience God’s presence, hear God’s voice, and see God at work all around.
This study offers a fresh encounter with God to prepare you to: – Face daily battles – Be able to discern the messages of our culture – Be ready to share God’s love with others always
Reminder: Bible Cafe™ facilitates online Bible study courses. We are not affiliated with this author or publisher. The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Bible Cafe™ does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.
Welcome to womens online Bible study! This week we begin the Elijah: Faith & Fire Bible Study written by Priscilla Shirer. We are excited to join women around the world for this #biblecafe online Bible study. Get a book and join us at the virtual table! Bring your coffee, Bible, and writing pens. Let’s study, connect, and grow.
While you may be tempted to “skip” the introduction week for a Bible study, here are some reasons why I enjoy showing up (and you will too).
3 Reasons Why You Should Show Up to the Introduction
First, we ask study questions and set a foundation for the course. This week we’re discussing how to remain steadfast in difficult cultures. We examine scripture and seek to understand the Biblical meaning. We are an interdenominational ministry with women from various Christian denominations. So, we have the opportunity to discover our similarities and differences.
Second, we connect through our computer screens, Zoom cameras, and smart phones. This is a wonderful way to make new friends with a common interest. Since we are Christians studying the same Bible theme, it is a perfect opportunity to connect with other women. Bible Cafe groups are not divided by age, marriage status, kids/no kids, and other interests. And so, n these online groups, we are blended together and connect with a variety of women. Some are brand new Believers, others are growing in faith, and many are lifelong students of the Bible. Everyone is welcome.
Third, we grow closer to God. As we study the Bible, we draw closer to the author and perfecter of our faith. We seek to understand, know Jesus, and transform our lives. And we do this right at the beginning in the introduction week. Come join us for the Elijah Faith and Fire Bible Study.
2 Reasons Why You Won’t Show Up
When I asked our community why they did not show up to the Introduction Week, there were two common answers.
Reason #1 We may feel fear or insecurity.
Reason #2 We think we already know it.
These are two interesting obstacles to Bible study. I can certainly relate to the first reason. Several years ago, my insecurity was high, and my faith was weak. And so, I turned around and walked out of my first Bible study. A woman from carpool saw me walking out of the church. She blocked my path with her petite body and stood 12 inches from my nose. With a piercing look into my blue eyes she said, “Christine, if you walk out now then Satan wins.” It’s been nearly 25 years since Lisa blocked my path. I have not forgotten those Spirit-filled words and I have completed 100 Bible studies since that day. Jesus wins!
The second reason for not attending the Introduction week is familiarity. Sometimes, we become overly familiar with a Bible study community. We feel there is nothing new under the sun. So we miss that first week, and gallantly show up when we get to the “meat” of the study. Personally, I have found the first meeting extremely exciting! This is when I learn the backstories of the women at my church table or online group. It is where we find common ground and purpose. This is also when the group leaders create attendance lists and start praying for you (and me).
Elijah Faith and Fire Bible Study Starts This Week
Now that you understand the three reasons and two objections to Introduction Week, I would love to see you in our groups. Grab your book, Bible, and pens. I will see you at the virtual Bible Cafe for the Elijah Faith & Fire Introduction week!
I just landed at the airport. As we were making our descent I was struck with how little the world looks from this view. Gazing down I imagine people like ants, racing along the little roads in bug size cars that are taking them to their miniature houses. Life doesn’t skip a beat, it moves with a rhythm—day in and day out synching up with people that God created and loves.
And though life races along day by day…life is short. None of us are in a dress rehearsal. Today when you woke up, you had some choices to make about how your are going to live out this day in your one and only life. Being you were created to love God and love others, perhaps that’s where we start and stop….over and over again.
Each of us are in God’s development process. We are women in life-long development. Day by day, situation by situation, step by step, God is working in us. We might not see his work, but he is at work, completing the good work that he started in our lives ( Philippians 1:6)
All of the next dares have to do with how we treat other people. They are challenging and practical. They might grate against your flesh, snap your very last nerve and frustrate you….but if you will push yourself to explore your heart and expose your actions before the Lord, you will experience
God in the practical place of relationships.
Loving people sounds poetic and lovely until we have to love a real person who disappoints us. Forgiveness is great in theory but harder to practice when there is a real person or situation to forgive. Putting others first sounds heroic and spiritual until we just don’t want to do it! You get the picture!
My prayer has been to love from the center of who I am, and if the center is ugly and negative, then the outflow will not be that of the beauty of Christ. Being accountable for my mouth is to love in a way that impacts the center of me.
Years ago I had a friend who stopped at a mini-mart while on a road trip. Looking for some quick energy she picked up a candy bar, and continued on her way. Without looking at the candy she ripped into the wrapper and sunk her teeth into the chocolate…only to find that in the center were maggots. Yuk.
The chocolate was wrapped right, appeared to be the right thing…but the center was spoiled, rotting with bugs. In the same way, we can look right, appear to be the right-Christian, and be spoiled on the inside of us…rotting away with things unspeakable or with things spoken in private conversations, ugliness can permeate us from the center place.
This last week is the time to pay attention to your mouth, your words, your attitude, and the idea that kindness in speech can be a blessing to help in the wholeness and healing of other people.
I would like to close with a word of thanks….
God knew I needed each of you. It’s humbling to be so vulnerable but I know it’s what I am to do. I need to thank you. Because as you all signed up to do The Faith Dare, I have decided to join you. This time each dare struck me differently than they have in the past. My reference point is now tender, grateful and appreciative. As bad as cancer is, the softening of soul that comes with a cancer diagnosis makes everything seem different than before. This summer, more than ever, I have needed this accountability and challenge. I have also needed your prayers.
As a result, I am handling a real life drama very differently than I would have if my perspective was not focused on truth. On September 4th I will begin 6 weeks of daily radiation treatment. This will be followed by a drug that I am scheduled to take for 5 years. The prayer is that the cancer will not come back. Why is this a concern? Because, with the what I have, it often does. Can I change things by worrying over them? No, but just as the world below me looked so small from the plane tonight, my problems seem little when seeing things from above the problem rather than trying to push up from underneath.
I hope you have enjoyed setting aside 30 days towards having a more focused heart. It is my prayer that the ripple effect of these dares will begin to draw people to Christ through you. Bless you, my sisters, together our lives can make a difference. Because, Jesus is the difference maker!
Assignment For This Week
Pray for Debbie as she goes through six weeks of daily cancer treatment starting Sept 4. Put a reminder on your cell phone. Pray for Carla Brooks our ministry leader also going through breast cancer treatment.
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These past dares probably hit home for most of you. The way we, as women, view ourselves is usually through a negative and faulty lens. This view breeds insecurity. Insecurity sneaks into all our relationships and daily situations. Insecurity even affects the way we view life, the way we handle change, and whether or not we surrender to God.
This has been the summer of surrender and change for me. I could kick, scream and fight my way through my circumstances or I could practice letting go and yield my pieces to the peace that is available to me through Christ. Most of us know how to throw a tantrum, but many of us need to practice living in a place of yielded peace. I am finding that it happens when I take my current circumstance and all it’s raw emotion and stop the train of negative thoughts. I exchange the negativity for a stream of praise and prayer. In this place I can practice embracing the good, and accepting the things that I can not change. I am having lots of practice rounds with this breast cancer piece. I can spend my days feeling terrible about my change in appearance and the way my body feels without its beloved estrogen—or, I can turn my thoughts to a place of embracing this life change and asking God to enable me to surrender more fully. My circumstances don’t have to define me.
Just when I thought I was handling disappointment pretty well, one more came across my path. My dear friend let me know her family was moving away. Emptiness. That is the emotion that wrapped around my heart. Off to Los Angeles they go, creating new memories, making new friends, and yes, following Jesus and His path for them. But for me, the emptiness hung like a cloud. Changes once again left me feeling insecure in the circumstance. Surrender to another change? Another disappointment? Is God big enough to be working in this? Yes!
Surrender is not a hugely popular subject. It sounds a bit barbaric but it is actually beautiful for those of us who are surrendering our lives more fully to Jesus. It’s only through surrender, the letting go of self, that we can become the woman that He had planned all along. These past dares have had much to do with surrender: not living for self, not thinking ugly things about ourselves, not fearing change, not looking at life through the wrong mirror, not letting our mind sit in the wrong stuff, and surrendering to the power of praise and thanks no matter what circumstance we are in.
Believe me, some powerful things can happen in our lives as we surrender, or yield to God’s way.
But, sometimes we don’t want to! We want to focus on the negative because we know how to do that, right? Learning to praise and turn our thoughts around takes energy, often energy that we don’t think we have left in us. The secret is this: when we turn our thoughts around to the good, we ARE energized in ways that we could never imagine.
Here’s truth again: Life is filled with hard times. Period. Jesus let us know. Paul reminded us through his teachings, James told us to count it all joy. Life is hard and we have the privilege of learning to surrender to the power and love of Jesus. This surrender is the only unchanging thing in this life.
How do we praise in hard life? We make a choice. We pray for the grace to learn to live above our circumstances. We open our mouths and repeat something positive. Scripture reading out loud helps, daily affirmations help, praising God that He is with us works. Whatever it takes for you to turn your mind around, refocusing on the good of God rather than focusing on the bad of your circumstance.
I am going to Hawaii in a week. I will sport a lopsided breast, a fluffier body thanks to the drop in estrogen, but my goal is to sport a positive attitude as I make sure that I bring my mind in focus to what really counts in life. When all is said and done, the most important things are what Christ said and what He has done to pave the way for freedom.
Dear friend, may we learn to live with a new surrender that is fueled by a security in His love for us. This love is a love that has planned for each of us from the beginning of time. This love is the foundation on which all else stands. This love can move mountains, heal the sick, raise the dead and give people new hearts. This love is calling out to us today.
“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” Jude v.20
Keep yourself in the love of God. It’s a choice to remember. It’s a choice to surrender to that love. As women unite in surrender to God, the ripple effect will change the world!
Practicing living as an overcomer…one day, one choice, one thought…at a time.