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!