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by Carol Peterson
Bible Study: I am Elizabeth
Preface to I am Elizabeth
It is human nature to explore who we are. It is part of the spiritual journey we take as Christians to explore who we are in Christ and seek to understand who God wants us to become. This women’s Bible study series focuses on understanding ourselves as Christian women.
Scripture gives us examples of people who lived by faith. They were people just like us—with flaws and foibles; triumphs and turmoil. But they lived a victorious life because they lived in the light of God’s love. Outward things have changed since biblical times, but people are basically the same. When we look at the lives of women in Scripture, we glimpse how God saw them. When we learn the lessons they learned, God can show us how He still sees His women today. We can say, “I am like her; I have her faith; I can survive her circumstances. I am she.”
That is the basis of the With Faith Like Hers series. Each book takes the reader through 28 days of meditative Bible study. We look at a woman in Scripture and see how God—through His Word—viewed her and how He might view our lives in a similar manner. This is Elizabeth’s story. But it is also ours—when we have faith like hers.
Although this book is intended to be an individual daily study, it can also be used effectively as a group study. Simply divide each weekly discussion at the sections—discuss one section each week. Cover day 1 with the first week; cover day 28 with the final week. Some weeks will have fewer days than others, but none will require more than one reading per day. Additional study helps are available for this series online at www.HonorBoundBooks.com. I pray that you will be blessed in your study as you discover how God might see His women of faith.
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A Note About Elizabeth
The life of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus’ earthly ministry, is recorded in the New Testament section of the Holy Bible. John was the last recorded prophet who foretold the coming Kingdom of God through Jesus. John the Baptist’s prophecies were thus made under the Old Covenant before Jesus’ life, death and resurrection brought in the New Covenant; the New Testament (promise) between God and His people. Elizabeth was John’s mother.
John’s miraculous birth happened through divine intervention. The news of the birth to come was brought to Elizabeth’s husband, Zechariah, by the same angel who brought her cousin Mary the news of Jesus’ miraculous birth. God used Elizabeth to help with an important part of His plan—to raise up her son who would prepare the world for Jesus’ ministry.
Maybe there’s something God could use us for today, if we have faith like Elizabeth’s.
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Lesson 20—I Accept God’s Mercy and Grace
Carol Peterson, Author My mission as a writer is to educate, entertain and inspire–children, their teachers and parents, other writers, and readers of all genres. As a children’s writer, I try to “Make Learning Fun” by helping busy teachers address curriculum accountability standards, and encouraging other writers to do the same. You can connect with Carol at her blog, Carol Peterson, Author Carol is a member of the Ruby Book Review Team.
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