by Lindsey Wingo

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If you have been a follower of Missional Motherhood for long, I’m sure you’ve read this phrase a time or two:

“You cannot pass on to others what you yourself do not possess.”

When it comes to faithfully passing on God’s Word to others, and most especially to our children, we must take the time to study God’s Word for ourselves. We’ve talked about developing a Quiet Time—time in God’s Word and in prayer. We’ve talked about how God wants us each to experience intimacy with Him ourselves.

But, maybe you have had some of these thoughts along the way:

How am I supposed to have time for all of this?

I’m exhausted…I just don’t have the extra energy to devote to God’s Word.

I’ve tried to study the Bible for myself, but I don’t really know where to start.

I wish I had some extra accountability in this area. I know it is important, but I just need the extra push toward making Bible study a priority. 

or maybe…

I need a fresh start in my time with the Lord. I’ve been reading God’s Word for a long time, but I need some new motivation. 

I enjoy my current Bible reading plan, but would love to add something else to it!

One of the goals of Missional Motherhood is to equip moms to truly know the God we serve. With January approaching, many of us will be creating goals or resolutions for the coming year. Is spending time in God’s Word one of your goals? Or, are you looking for a way to revitalize or add to your current Bible study routine? Do you desire to spend time in the Word, but do not know where to start?

We’d like to invite you to join us January 1 – February 18 as we embark upon a seven week study of the book of Genesis.

Why Genesis?

In her book, What the Bible is All About, Dr. Henrietta Mears says this:

“Genesis is the seed plot of the Word of God…Upon its truths all the future revelation of God to people is built up…When Genesis goes, a divine Creator, a divine creation, a divinely promised Redeemer and a divinely inspired Bible must also go.”

Genesis means “origin.” It tells us of beginnings—the beginning of the world, the beginning of mankind, the beginning of sin, and the beginning of God’s great plan of redemption. It is a bedrock book of our faith. It sheds light on the human condition apart from God, reveals God’s character and heart, tells of human failures and victories, reveals applicable truths for our own lives, and gives us a greater understanding of the gospel we proclaim.

January 1, 2015 could be a new beginning for you, as well. It could be the origin of a new step of faith, a new journey with God, a new passion for His Word, and a new confidence in sharing the gospel.

Let’s do this together!

How the study will work:

We would like to challenge each study participant to read through the book of Genesis over the course of seven weeks. The easiest way to do this is to read one chapter per day. This should be a manageable goal for each of us. Maybe studying scripture is totally new for you and this will be just the right amount to get you started. Or, maybe you already have a reading plan, but one extra chapter of Genesis per day would be a welcome addition to your time in the Word. Either way, we hope you’ll join us!

Each Wednesday throughout the study, one of our contributors will be writing an interactive post with truths from that week’s reading, questions to ponder, ways to dive deeper, and ideas for application. Make sure to check these posts out along the way!

We will be continuing our discussion throughout the week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram via the hashtag, #MMGenesisStudy. We’d love for you to share your thoughts, questions, and insights along the way. Be sure to make use of the hashtag to connect with us and other study participants! Have specific questions as you read? You can e-mail us through the Contact page. We’d love to connect with you throughout the study, and your questions may also be addressed by Donna Gaines in the concluding post. (Don’t worry, we will share the questions anonymously!)

This study can be done on your own as a part of your personal Quiet Time, as a group with other women, or with your older children as a discipleship tool. We hope you’ll join us!

We’ve created a printable study plan here: Genesis Study Reading Guide

You can begin reading January 1, and expect our first study-related blog post Wednesday, January 7.

Let’s encourage one another and walk together as we strive to know God personally in order to make Him known to others. We may even have some exciting Quiet Time tools to give away throughout the study, so be on the lookout!

Plan to join us? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Also, please share this with other women who might enjoy taking part in the study. There is nothing like studying God’s Word, especially studying God’s Word with sisters in Christ.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

Sister, you are not alone! We’re in it together. #MMGenesisStudy—join us!

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