Fake News about Women! What does that mean?
To demonstrate, consider the following statements.
- Women are jealous; men have rivalries.
- Women manipulate; men persuade.
- Women are fickle; men are steadfast.
What do you think of the above statements? Before you say I disagree with them, have you ever said the following?
- She is just jealous of (fill in the blank).
- Women are sooo manipulative.
- I don’t totally trust women.
- Girls are catty and mean-spirited.
- Give me a man boss over a woman boss any day.
If you haven’t said these things, good for you. However, I am certain you have heard other women utter these words, or something similar. Did you stand up for womanhood, nod your head in agreement, or remain silent?
Unquestionably, there are many misconceptions out there about our gender. Unfortunately, we often accept these portrayals as truth.
DEFINITELY, THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION IS: HOW DOES GOD VIEW WOMEN?
To clarify, take a look at Genesis 2:18—24. Simply stated, this Scripture tells us that God created woman to complete humanity! Thus, in truth, woman was God’s grand finale.
So, why do women denigrate and diminish God’s final creation?
TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION, THE STUDY; FAKE NEWS ABOUT WOMEN WAS BORN.
I researched the lives of some women of the Bible. What did I find? Biblical women struggled with Fake News about them too. Society considered them fickle, jealous, manipulative, emotional, and disloyal. Yet, despite these views, it was primarily the women who stayed with Jesus during the crucifixion. Meanwhile, many of the disciples, betrayed, denied, or scattered during this horrific time. See Mark 15:33—16:11.
So, I dug a little deeper and the result was a Bible study called Fake News About Women. I developed compelling vignettes that explore eight biblical women’s emotions, strengths, and flaws with realism and transparency. Consequently, you will see these women in a way you never have before!
Furthermore, each chapter takes a look at the good and bad of a woman’s nature through the eyes of these biblical women and through the lens of biblical Proverbs. Subsequently, readers examine the positive side of characteristics commonly associated with women in a negative way. Moreover, the study reflects on how these attributes affect us as women today.
FAKE NEWS ABOUT WOMEN IS A SIX-SESSION BIBLE STUDY FORMATTED FOR BOTH INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS
- Choose a biblical mentor.
- Determine the legacy they want to leave in this world.
- Discover similarities with our biblical sisters.
- Reflect, through the lens of biblical Proverbs, womanly characteristics that are considered negatively by society.
- Examine Scriptures that include provocative and and challenging exercises to complete.
- Answer insightful questions that promote individual introspection and/or inspire lively group discussions.
- Identify their own flaws and God-given strengths.
- Recognize the inherent power given us by our Creator.
- Understand the value God places on His final and special creation.
- Complete outreach and reflective action steps that encourage spiritual growth.
Chapter 1: Preparing for the Journey Ahead. This chapter prepares you for the study through exercises that help readers learn about themselves. If this is a group study, it will also help you get to know the other participants better.
Chapter 2: Rachel and Dorcas: Home Sweet Home. (Attribute: Jealousy) Through Rachel and Dorcas the reader learns the importance of avoiding jealousy and embracing contentment. Therefore, readers are encouraged to reflect on how their attitude affects the peace and comfort of their own homes. Furthermore, the reader answers the question: “Is jealousy always bad?”
Chapter 3: Delilah and Esther: Coming to the Rescue. (Attribute: Manipulation) Both Delilah and Esther manipulated men in their lives to rescue their people. However, because their motives were different, one goes down in history as evil and the other a heroine. Therefore, the reader analyzes their own motives and manipulative tactics. Ultimately, the reader answers the question: “Is manipulation ever justified in a Christian woman’s life?”
Chapter 4: Bathsheba and Abigail: Actions have Consequences. (Attribute: Loyalty) Bathsheba and Abigail were disloyal to their husbands. Furthermore, these women made choices that affected other people’s lives positively and negatively. Accordingly, the reader contemplates the questions, “When is disloyalty ok?” and “How do our actions affect others? ”
Chapter 5: Lot’s Wife and Ruth: Hard Choices. (Attribute: Trust) Embracing discerning trust is the crux of this chapter. While Ruth put her trust in God, Lot’s wife trusted the world. Obviously, we all face hard choices; however, this chapter reveals how trusting God makes these hard choices easier to endure. Thus, readers tackle the question, “Do I really trust God?”
Chapter 6: Almost to the Finish Line. Finally, the last chapter reviews the study and focuses on spiritual and life application.
This study can be bought on Amazon. If you do purchase the book, and find it helpful to your life, a review on Amazon is much appreciated. It is my prayer that you will be blessed by completing this study.
For those facilitating a group study, click here to download the free leader guide and find the participant workbook on Amazon.
LET’S EMBRACE OUR WOMANHOOD AS GOD INTENDED!