Being a Woman of Excellence

Bible Study - House Rules:

 

  • Be willing to talk and share, but make your sharing brief to allow time for others to express themselves and enter into the discussions.
  • Do not talk about other people in your life in the context of sharing. This study is for you to grow and mature as a child of God. Keep your focus on that goal.
  • Do not talk about the church/congregation/denomination you attend.
  • Strive to gain all your answers from what the Word of God says when doing “homework.” Do not look to other sources.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to teach you new truths as you read the Scriptures each week.
  • Be willing to be changed by what you learn in the course of this study.
  • Things that people discuss during the study are confidential within the group – do not gossip outside of the group.
  • Commit to attend the group each week. Know that your presence is not just for yourself. You are here to be a blessing to everyone else who comes to the study.
  • Come to the study each week with an attitude of expectation that God will show you new things to apply to your own life.
  • Commit to reviewing the weekly studies at home, preferably a little bit every day.
  • Get a binder to save these notes in.
  • Prayerfully ask the Lord for the help in applying things that you learn in the study to your life.

 

Being a Woman of Excellence – Week 1
What is excellence?

  • the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree
  • an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels;
  • Achieving a high level of performance; exemplary performance; exceeding normal expectations of performance or meeting the highest expectations of what can be achieved; performing well in excess of the norm; outperforming most.

Biblical view of Excellence:

The Greek word translated “excellent” in the NT comes from the word diaphero, which means “transport” or “differ.” In addition to “excellent,” Scripture translations also use the words “best,” “vital,” “the better things,” or “the highest and best” when talking about excellence. The Hebrew word translated “excel” in Proverbs 31:29 is ‘alah, which means “to ascend.”

Things that define excellence:

 

World view

God’s view

  • Beauty
  • Fear of the Lord – Philippians. 2:12
  • Fame
  • Gentleness – 1 Peter 3:3-5
  • Fitness
  • Holiness – 1 Peter 1:14-16
  • Job Position
  • Humility – 1 Peter 5:6
  • Material Possessions
  • Integrity – Job 2:3
  • Pride
  • Kindness – Proverbs 3:3-4
  • Promiscuity
  • Love – Philippians 1:9-11
  • Status
  • Loyalty – Ruth 1:16,17
  • Strength
  • Obedience – Philippians 2:12-15
  • Wealth
  • Submission 1 Peter 3:1-2
  • Wit
  • Trustworthy – Proverbs 31:10-11
  • Youth
  • Wisdom – Ruth 3:11

Your personal definition of excellence: write it down

 

Revisit your answer to this question after going through this entire study to see how God has changed you!

Why desire to be excellent? Galatians 6:7-9

Group discussion

Scripture reading Ruth 3:11; Proverbs 12:4; Proverbs 31:10

Group discussion

Life Application - Areas of excellence: (Group discussion)

Appearance
Discipleship
Diet/Health
Exercise Free Time
Parenting
Marriage
Relationship with God
Relationships with People
Speech
Student
Work

Memory Verses (choose 1)

Proverbs 12:4
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.

 Proverbs 31:10
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.

Note to single women: Remember that as disciples* of Messiah/Christ we are married to Yeshua/Jesus. God is our husband! :)

THE WORD "DISCIPLE" literally means A LEARNER THE GOAL IN BEING A DISCIPLE... Stated by Jesus himself: to be like the teacher - Luke 6:40 A DISCIPLE IS "ONE WHO ABIDES IN JESUS' WORDS" - John 8:31   To be a disciple of Jesus Christ/ Yeshua HaMashiach (in Hebrew) means more than just being a congregation/church member. It requires commitment. Commitment to the studying and applying the teachings of Christ; Loving the true family of God, and bearing fruit for God’s glory.

Homework:

 Read the book of Ruth and write down what you think makes Ruth a woman of excellence.

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