June 6, 2019

If you’ve been participating in Bible study or have been a part of an accountability or prayer group or Bible reading group, then I hope you’ve grown, that you’ve been challenged and that others around you have noticed your transformation in big and small ways. That’s my hope because unfortunately, it’s generally not the case. Bunches of women attend church and Bible study week in and week out, but nothing at all changes. They attend and attend and attend with spiritually little to show for all their attending. Their bad habits don’t change. Their speech doesn’t change. Their attitudes and thinking don’t change. They’re still unforgiving. They still treat their husbands with disrespect. They’re still contributing to or soaking up the gossip in the workplace. They still don’t invite anyone to Bible study or church. They still haven’t shared their faith with anyone. Their prayer life still stinks. They still don’t read their Bible regularly. They’re still not serving in any capacity anywhere. BUT they attend and attend and attend, and I just have to ask why because clearly discipleship and training for ministry is not the point of all this attending. So, do they keep attending just to get out of the house? Is it because they believe they’re being a faithful, committed Christian by attending church and being a part of a Bible study or home group? Is it because they believe Jesus is pleased when they attend Christian things? Is it out of habit or tradition? Is it pride? I mean, what’s the point if we’re not growing and training for ministry and following Jesus and doing our part to change the world? So, I hope you’re defying the odds. I hope you’re not a part of that group of women out there who is “always learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). I hope you’re not in the same spiritual place now as you were after the last Bible study you attended. If you are, then I hope this is the last time you’re going to let that happen.

Susie Walther
The Well Bible Study Ministry