A wonderful opportunity for an uplifting Bible Discussion over Morning Tea

In 2020 we have decided to continue our topic from last year:

Miscellany of Bible Topics, or, Choose Your own Adventure!

Sound interesting?  Join us for a cuppa from 9.30am.
Study commences at 10.00am.

VENUE:  Hyde Park Christadelphian Hall, 2 Park Street, Hyde Park

Next Study:  Friday 20 November 2020

As this is our last class for 2020, please bring a plate of food for a shared lunch.

Social Distancing and hand hygiene measures will be observed for those attending in person. We are pleased to currently have ladies from around Australia joining in our studies via Zoom. To receive the Zoom meeting details, send a request on our Facebook page, Women at the Well – South Australia.

Spread the word so that others might come and share the WORD!  

Looking forward to seeing you there!  

Dates and Topics for 2020:
21 February: Mary in Our Lives (Lydia)
20 March:  With Paul on Mars Hill (Elizabeth)
24 April:  Life through God’s Eyes (Alana)
15 May:  Love Your Neighbor (Rosalie)
19 June:  Peter and Christian Living (Janet)
17 July:  A Walk through Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Jill)
21 August:  What’s in a Vow? (Jane)
18 September:  The Way of Peace (Lainie)
16 October:  The Power of the Resurrection (Maureen)
20 November:  Getting to Know You (Colleen says: This is an exploration of our own personal relationship with the Lord, and some practical group discussion and suggestions about HOW we can do this in the ultimate ‘long-distance’ relationship.)

Topics in 2019:
15 March – Relationships, our Heavenly Father and His Children (Rosalie)
26 April (4th Friday) – Blood, Flesh & Bones: Animals of the Bible (Fay)
17 May – Sayings of Jesus (Jan)
21 June – Judgement (Deb)
19 July – The Sense of Life (Jill)
16 August – Pride, Humility and the Ego (Jane)
20 September – Riches in Christ Jesus (Lainie)
18 October – Conversing with Jesus (Maureen)
15 November – What think ye of Christ? (Colleen) (Finale and shared lunch)

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Topics in 2018:
October: The Women of Philippi
September:  Queen of Sheba; Solomon’s concubines
August:  Woman of Samaria
July:  Miriam
June:  Women/mothers in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes
May: Bathsheba; Shiprah and Puah
April:  Manoah’s wife;  Peter’s female relatives
March:  Widow and her pot of oil;  great woman of Shunem; Jezebel
February:  Daughters of Zelophehad

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Previous Topics from 2017:

Friday 17 November – The Woman with the Issue of Blood, Jairus’s daughter, Jesus’s Sisters
15 September – Wife of Manoah, Widow of Zarephath, Women of Music, Tabernacle Women
18 August – Hagar:  When Handmaids Go Rogue!
21 July – The Virtuous Woman
16 June – Gomer & Deborah the Prophetess
21 April – Phoebe, Vashti, Shallum’s Daughters
17 March – Tamar
17 February -Lainie Pickering introduced her study with this question –
Why are so many nameless women associated with such well-known men? Eg Mrs Noah, Mrs Lot, Paul’s sister.
There seems no clear answer but we do know that un-named faithful  women whose characters often glow from the pages of Scripture, have their names written in the Book of Life. Lainie then explored the lives of Mrs Isaiah, Mrs Jeremiah and the woman of Thebez who hurled a piece of millstone at Abimelech and cracked his skull.
We’re in  for an interesting year!

 

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2016 Topic:  GREAT THEMES FROM ISAIAH

We trust those who attended in 2016 enjoyed our considerations around ‘Great Themes from Isaiah.

Notes on some of the topics appear below.

18 November:  I Saw the Lord (Isaiah 6)

21 October:  Jesus will Deliver

23 September:  Hezekiah.
Hezekiah was a faithful king who had an amazing God-directed life!

19 August:  True Faith – Group Discussion
Jesus was very adamant when he taught the Samaritan woman at the well about true worship coming in spirit and in truth.  The New Testament is a document fiercely interested with genuine faith and discipleship.  Likewise Isaiah’s message is rebuking Israel back to genuine concern for godly behaviour, faith and compliance with the law of Moses.   We considered God’s blessing through Isaiah on His people who kept the Sabbath (56:1-8) and our assembling on the first day of the week to remember Christ (Acts 20:7).  In Isa 57:15 God says he will dwell with those who are “contrite and of a humble spirit” and in Micah 6:8 He states His requirement that we “do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.” Which is faith in action in our lives.

15 July:  Egypt and Assyria

17 June:  The Mountain of the Lord’s House – A House of Prayer for all Nations
Isaiah 2:1- 4 This message of hope was a vision given to the prophet Isaiah of a glorious time of peace when all the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.  All nations shall flow to the Lord’s House in Jerusalem to learn His ways.

20 May:  Yahweh Calls Isaiah
The vision of the Holy One of Israel seated on His throne causes Isaiah to feel unworthy and unclean. He feels helpless to do anything about it. He is totally reliant on God’s grace. As the live coal touches his lips he realises that his sins are forgiven. He is now suitable for much greater work in God’s service and says “Send me.” Isaiah now has the conviction that God is in control and has a universal plan which He is working out. Isaiah now has the strength to continue delivering a message to stubborn people who do not wish to hear it. Perhaps this is why he is privy to many glorious visions of the future kingdom?

15 April:  Jesus is Coming!
Isaiah was a prophet through whom God spoke to His people, Israel, in 700BC!

Although this is SO long ago, Isaiah’s message is relevant for every generation of Jew and Gentile from his day forward to ours  and beyond. Why ? Because what he foretold DID happen – then and later – especially the birth of Jesus  2000+ years ago, right down to the details. He would be born of the virgin; he would show just how loving and just God really is; he would die, be resurrected to give us hope, meaning, purpose in our life and into God’s Kingdom. Speaking of Kingdom, Jesus is soon to come a second time and reign as King in Jerusalem over a wonderfully renewed earth . Thanks to Isaiah’s word pictures, we can imagine that!

Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

18 March:  Group Discussion – “Isaiah in the New Testament – From Acts to Revelation”

19 February:  Women’s bible Study is off to a great start for the year.  We all enjoyed delving deeply in the background of this wonderful Prophet.  Lainie Pickering led the class on the topic ‘The Book of Isaiah – when, where and why’.  We looked at Isaiah the man, his family background, and which kings were in power during the times in which he wrote.


2015 Topic:  JESUS TEACHING ON THE MOUNTAIN

Anxiety – Matthew 6:24-34 (Colleen Roberts)
High on the mountain every third Friday of most months during 2015, we women sat at the feet of Jesus, hanging onto every word that came out of his mouth – all inspiring and some enigmatic.
In chapters 5-7, Matthew tells us that Jesus came to show Israel what it looks like to live the Divine Ideal and to show God’s character – in fact Jesus gave us a cameo of Kingdom life which he expects his disciples to be aiming for  here and now.
We can reach the happy state of not being anxious by being single-minded in our attitude to God – being mindful of Him and not being distracted by or fearful of  the stuff of life – verse 24  DO NOT WORRY!
In this stressful world, we can ease our anxieties by :
* Prayer
* Absorbing God’s word
* Meditation
* Fellowship with positive people
* Keeping a Gratitude diary
Recent scientific research shows that this Bible advice really works!
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need , thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6,7

Judging Others – Matthew 7:1-6
Judging others leads to a thought or opinion; we verbalise these opinions (judgements) and compare ourselves with others.  We look down on others and engage in arguments and disputes, causing us to forsake godly behaviour, our dignity, self-respect and so become partakers of earthly defilements.
Let us be guided by our Heavenly Father, be aware of the deeds of the flesh and endeavour to cultivate the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). (Rosalie Martin)

The Law and the prophets Fulfilled – Matthew 5:17-20 (Group Discussion)

Jesus Instructs his Disciples – An Overview of the Sermon on the Mount (Maureen Eakins)

The Tree and its Fruit – Matthew 7:15-23
As in the natural, so in the spiritual.  These verses are all contrasts – good/corrupt tree; good/evil fruit; hypocrite/sincere follower.
Twice Christ states you will know them by their fruits. It’s all about what’s going on inside – it has to come out, whether trees (natural) or disciples ( spiritual).
We can all profess to know Christ but the question is: does he know us?
Our way of life, feeding on the things from above, will naturally bring forth good fruit to the glory of God. Those who mind the things of the flesh will produce the opposite.
May we all hear the words when we stand before our Lord – Well done, good and faithful servant.  (Jan Wilson)

Salt & Light – Matthew 5:13-14
Jesus teaches that his disciples are blessed or happy if they are the salt of the earth and the light on a hill.  We know how much salt is needed in our lives – as a preservative, an antiseptic, and for taste but can also be for destruction!  So if we are to be salt we think, speak and act with Christ’s love to preserve and heal relationships, add wholesome zest to people’s lives but don’t overdo it!  Disciples become salt because of what they are. Key verse:  Colossians 4:6.
As reflections of God’s light, we have the privilege of shining sparkles of love and wisdom wherever we are and thus give people a foretaste of God’s kingdom in the hope that that they will want to be part of His wonderful plan for the earth.  Key verse:  Peter 2:9-12  (Sue Catchlove)

Fasting – Matthew 6:16-18 
The ‘fasters’ of whom Jesus speaks were seeking to draw admiration from passers-by, changing their appearance to emphasise that they were fasting.
Without seeking praise from others, we can practice “spiritual fasting” by giving up something of ours e.g. time or money.  This will bring us a future, everlasting reward from our Father in heaven – at the marriage supper of the Lamb. (Janet Johnson)

Giving – Matthew 6:1-4
Guidelines of Godly Giving:
* Watch your motives
* Give discreetly, in sincerity, not to receive praise from people
* The value of a gift is determined by the cost to the giver
* God loves a cheerful, generous giver who sees it as a privilege to be able to share her resources
* The key to giving to others is giving oneself wholly to the Lord first
* We reap what we sow
* The way God’s people share reflects on Him
* Give prayerfully, wisely and thoughtfully to best benefit the recipient. (Jane Samwell)

Treasure in Heaven not on Earth – Matthew 6:19-24
What is your treasure?  Is it on earth or in heaven?
The Book of Ephesians tells us we are already in heavenly places with Christ which is an awesome spiritual privilege. How do we reflect this in our daily actions?
How do we share God’s gifts to us, like grace, mercy, faith, justice, love? (Lydia Nelson)

Ask, Seek, Knock – Matthew 7:7-12
7Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 9Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (NIV)