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Breaking Free Intro and Session 1

Breaking Free Online Bible Study | Introduction
Welcome Ladies, to our women’s bible study. This is an amazing study, Breaking Free by Beth Moore. It is a ten week in-depth study based on the book of Isaiah. We have 900+ women from around the world participating in this Bible study.  Some of us are repeating the study because it’s just so good! My prayer is that you will have a deeper relationship with God through this life-changing study written by Beth Moore. May you identify and break free from your personal strongholds and obstacles to faith. May you be a different woman ten weeks from now than the woman you are today, standing firm in the promises of God.
As you read Breaking Free, you’ll discover that Beth Moore is open, honest, compassionate, bold, and grounded! She shares her heart candidly and often uses her testimony, as well as the stories of other women, to unveil a personal relationship with Jesus.  “You will laugh, cry, be surprised, be happy, be sad, be angry, be compassionate…” says ministry leader Traci Pollard,  “but you will grow, releasing the bonds of captivity along the way, realizing that it is only through God’s love, grace and mercy that continues on  and on.”
Through it all, God says in His Word, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” It will be during the next ten weeks that God will meet us right where we are at, holding  our hands, walk with us one step at a time towards releasing hidden bondage that has been holding us hostage… until we are free to stand, always giving the Glory to God!
We will have homework every week. Each lesson should take about 45 minutes a day, five days a week. Video sessions are available for download from Lifeway.com; they are optional and not required for online study.
Create a daily appointment with God, and don’t let anything pull you away from intimacy with Him. A good plan is to read each morning Monday through Friday, allowing the weekend to make up any lesson you missed during the week. Keep your study time simple and free from distractions.  You may find that keeping everything you need in one place will help you stay motivated.  I have a basket with my Bible, workbook, journal, pens, highlighters, reading glasses and post it notes.  If you are new to Bible study see our page for Womens’ Bible Study resources.
Sharing is voluntary and we do not expect you to share anything that will cause harm to yourself or another person. You are invited to participate in small group discussion via Facebook, or here at the website.  To participate in a discussion here on the website, you will answer the questions below by posting a comment. The first week our small groups will have introduction sessions. You’ll have the option to connect with an accountability partner if you desire this for your Bible study. We’ll explain how the small groups function and help you get started in online Bible study.
Please note that the first week of study, the small groups are quite populated! Many women will visit the groups to “see what it’s about” and might visit more than one group during the week. The timeline will move VERY FAST during the first week and might challenge you or frustrate you. This only happens the first week….then the small groups adjust in size and the conversation is easier to follow. You can always go back later and re-read the timeline for your small group or jot down the prayer requests. Mobile devices are not recommended, please use a computer to access the small groups if possible.
Assignment for the Week
  • Write a letter to God. Put today’s date inside your book and tell Him where you are in your life right now, and where you hope He leads you during this study.
  • Pray before you begin reading. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart to wisdom.
  • Begin reading Week One: Untying the Cords of the Yoke in your workbook
  • Download the Answers to the Viewer Guide from Lifeway when you- click here and look under “support materials”
  • If you are listening to the audio cd’s or watching the videos, watch Session One, available through Lifeway (not required for participation in the study)
 Discussion Questions- Answer in your small group or post a comment below
  1. In your own words, how would you define stronghold?
  2. How would you describe captivity for a Christian?
  3. Galatians 5:1 NIV says “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” How would you define freedom?
Breaking Free Online Bible Study | Week 1
Welcome back to bible study, as we discuss week one from Breaking Free by Beth Moore. We have women around the world participating in this study, and it’s exciting to know that so many of us are breaking strongholds. This week we focused on untying the cords of the yolk. Some of you are wondering why we are studying ancient kings this past week! Beth is introducing us to the concepts of pride, legalism, unbelief, prayerlessness and idolatry. The first two weeks of study she uses scripture to identify these obstacles, and then we’ll dig into them in week three.
Beth introduced two key concepts in the optional audio/video session. She defines a stronghold as “anytime you are preoccupied by a destructive thought process” and “anything which exalts itself over the truth and scripture of God.” Bondage, in Beth’s description, is “anything that hinders us from the fullness God has called us to be.” Our ten-week bible study will focus on these two concepts and how to break free from the bondage of our strongholds.
In our small groups we discovered that a stronghold can be both positive and negative. As you examine scripture, you’ll see how this is presented in God’s Word. If you haven’t done this already, go to BibleGateway.com or a similar website and type in the word “stronghold” then search the verses. I like this one: The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9 NIV
Beth reminds us on page 26 of the workbook that “acknowledging the slavery is a crucial starting place toward authentic freedom.” Let us pray for one another as we journey from bondage to freedom, using the bible as our GPS navigation system. God’s Planning System.
Assignment For The Week Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
  1. Can you think of a time in your life when you allowed God to change your focus from someone else to him? What were the circumstances?
  2. How can a person avoid falling into the temptation of pride when she meets with success? (page 11 )
  3. Which do you tend to enjoy most: God-given victory or your foe’s defeat? Why? (page 17 )
  4. Why do we often seek human assistance rather than asking God for help? (page 17 )
  5. Can you think of a few potential disasters from which Christ saved you since your initial experience of salvation? (page 25 )
Please post your comments below…we all learn when we share together.
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