15 Brilliant Melissa Spoelstra Quotes

Melissa Spoelstra Bible studies are memorable studies as Melissa incorporates different teaching methods in her books. Here are some memorable quotes from Melissa Spoelstra Bible studies. Melissa Spolestra is a popular Bible study author.

Melissa Spolestra Bible studies are available on-demand at the Bible Cafe™ University. Get access to: Romans: Good News Changes Everything, Acts: Awakening to God in Everyday Life, First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree, Elijah: Spiritual Stamina in Every Season, and Joseph: The Journey to Forgiveness.

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Melissa Spoelstra Quotes

“Sometimes God’s Spirit jolted the people awake like an alarm clock, and other times He moved them with a gentle call.” -Melissa Spoelstra

“We can grow impatient and experience anxiety when God pushes the pause button in our lives.” -Melissa Spoelstra

“The fruit of God’s Spirit pouring forth from our lives provides a witness of God’s love and grace to those around us.” -Melissa Spoelstra

“God sent the Holy Spirit with wind, fire, and inspired speech.” -Melissa Spoelstra

“Ordinary people can be used in extraordinary ways when God’s power flows through them.” -Melissa Spoelstra

“The early Christians prayed for spiritual rather than circumstantial favor.” -Melissa Spoelstra

“We want to awaken to God’s message because it’s the only one that really matters.” -Melissa Spoelstra

“As we look at historical movements of the church, we see that the pendulum has swung back and forth from an overemphasis on truth to an overemphasis on grace.” -Melissa Spoelstra

“We need to ask ourselves if we’d rather hear comforting lies or painful truth.” -Melissa Spoelstra

“Freedom isn’t always what it seems. What looks like freedom might actually be bondage to sin.” -Melissa Spoelstra

More Quotes By Melissa Spoelstra

“God is always communicating, and we can hear Him more clearly when we practice listening.” -Melissa Spoelstra

“Awakening to God in everyday life frees us to focus on God amid all the distractions that vie for our attention.” -Melissa Spoelstra

“The Holy Spirit can transform us so that whether people throw roses or stones our way, we are not deterred in our pursuit of God.” -Melissa Spoelstra

“We will never argue anyone into the kingdom.” -Melissa Spoelstra

“God will bring the fruit while we focus on faithfully spreading the seeds.” -Melissa Spoelstra


Learn more about Bible Teacher Melissa Spoelstra on her blog MelisssaSpoelstra.com
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Acts: Awakening to God in Everyday Life by Melissa Spoelstra, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN., 2021.
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Acts Bible Study Introduction

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.

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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.

Experiencing God Online Study

Experiencing God online Bible study groups are back! This is one of the most loved studies around the world. This online Bible study for Experiencing God will take your breath away. Many people have experienced a renewed relationship with God after completing this online Bible study course.

“If you are experiencing a time of spiritual dryness in your life, you may be trying to do things on your own that God has not initiated.” Henry Blackaby

Experiencing God online Bible study groups are an invitation for learning God’s will and hearing His voice inside your heart. Take the time to study these lessons with the Bible Cafe™ Community. Our team of mentors and leaders will walk beside you in the journey to experienced God.If you are worn out by your faith, or feeling lukewarm in your faith- this study helps you rejuvenate your relationship with God
For the Experiencing God online Bible study groups, you will read a daily lesson. These lessons point your heart and mind towards God. They help you KNOW God in a fresh and new way. Spend time with God and listen for His heart. What does He desire for your life? How does He help you in your relationships, finances, career, and home? Find the answers -week by week- as you look for where God is working around you.


Experiencing God Bible Study Resources

Required Book: Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God (MEMBER BOOK) by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude King. Make sure you get the WORKBOOK/MEMBER BOOK available from Lifeway, Amazon, ChristianBook or favorite bookstores. Optional: Teaching videos are copyright protected and available through Lifeway.



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Elijah Faith & Fire Bible Study Introduction

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!




Faith Dare Bible Study [Week 4] by Debbie Alsdorf

Welcome back to the Womens Bible Cafe™ and our Faith Dare study! We are reading and discussing The Faith Dare by Debbie Alsdorf.

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Guest Blogger Debbie Alsdorf

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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  • Join a small group at the Womens Bible Cafe™

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