Format: Trade Paper
Pub. Date: Feb. 09, 2009
Transport into the earliest days of Christendom and come to a better understanding of the women who helped establish Christ's church.
This Following God Bible Study examines the many women of God who served as partners in the building of early church. readers will discover how many women participated in founding the church and observe that their stories reveal a commitment, a courage, and a faith that it as impressive and important as that of the apostles.
Life principles from the Women of Acts is a twelve-week Following God Bible study examining in detail the stories of the women who helped start the Christian church.
The primary focus when teaching from the book of Acts always seems to be on the apostles,and particularly on Paul. The name of the Book is, after all, "The Acts of the Apostles." But, these mens of God neither started nor sustained the Christian church by themselves. They need the women of God as partners in order to make it work. And when you really study this book of the Bible, you not only discover how many women participated in founding the church, but you also see the "acts" of these women reveal a commitment, a courage, and a faith that is as impressive and important as that of the apostles. In fact, they were essential to the very survival of the early Christian movement.
Their stories need to be hold. Their stories are about relationship and partnership and shared leadership for the sake of the gospel. Their stories show that the early Christians were more concern about spreading the gospel than in worrying about who was right, wrong or more important. Their stories will at times shock you, bring you tears, or fill you with joy.
If you long to understand how God dynamically works in the lives of people like you and me, "Following God" will be food for your soul.
-JOHN MACARTHUR, Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church
Meet the Authors
XAVIA ARNDT SHEFFIELD holds a BA degree in music and a MA degree in Speech/Theater from South Dakota State University. Married for more than thirty years to a Presbyterian minister, the Sheffields have served congregations in Massachusetts, Ohio and metro Washington, DC. With an interest in church history combined with women's issues in the church, Xavia has taught Women of the Bible, Great Woman in Church History; Women in the Early Church and Women in the Medieval Church. She has also written meditations for The Upper Room devotional guide. Xavia and her husband have two grown children and live in the Washington, DC metro area.