Woman you are set Free Online Bible Study Week 1

Hey Love, welcome you to Week 1 of the Woman you are set Free online bible study!

This is a 31 days - five week long online bible study challenge. I nicknamed this challenge Fearless, Favored, and Free because I think those of three things we all seek to be as women in Christ.

When I post about the challenge on social media I will be using the hashtag #fr33challenge. So be sure to share your bible and journal photos on social media using the hashtag #fr33challenge!

I am so grateful you are here! Just know that you are more than welcome to invite a friend to do this challenge with you or you can do it solo - there are plenty of women to fellowship with (as you can probably see from the comments below).

So on to the stuff you came here for The Woman you are set Free online bible study will work like this:
  1. Each week, you’ll come here and watch a Bible Study video.
  2. Once you watch the video, answer the questions in the comments below.
  3. I really would love for this to be a community so some of the questions are to help us to fellowship together. Let's encourage one another!
  4. For Week 1 we will be reading Ruth 1-4 & Ephesians 1-2. Download the reading plan
  5. Share the #fr33Challenge with your friends on social media. Download the shareable verse.
  6. Also, I will be posting regular updates here throughout the week about my thoughts on the reading. I would love to hear from you in the comments. Let's fellowship!



Week 1 Questions to answer in the comments:
  1. What is your name?
  2. Where are you from? 
  3. Have you ever tried the soap method before?
Download your SOAP Journal Printable, this is great if you have a friend that wants to join the challenge or if you yourself don't own the Woman, you are set free journal.


Day 1 Ruth 1

It's officially Day 1 - September 16, 2019 - of the #Fr33Challenge and I'm so excited. I will be posting all my updates on this page. Today I quickly wanted to share my major takeaway from Ruth 1.
Not only did Ruth pledge her loyalty to Naomi. But she also proclaims that Elohiym (the true God) will be her God. Which is big because the Moab people worshiped multiple gods (v. 15).
Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Ruth 1:16 ESV

Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for using the bad seeds that I've sown to show just how true, mighty, and forgiving of a God you are. You never leave me nor forsake me. You always show up with your perfect timing, to give me a mighty testimony. Thank you for being the one true God - Elohiym. In Jesus name we pray Amen.

I would love to hear from you, what was your stand out verse today?


Day 2 Ruth 2

And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, "May he be blessed by the Lord , whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!" Ruth 2:20 ESV

Application
Boaz kindness helps Naomi to realize that God has not left her. Although she may have lost her husband and sons. She has not lost the Lord's favor.
Just because we go through trials and tribulations it doesn't mean God has forgotten about us, forsaken us, or left us. Troubles on earth is not indicative of our spiritual blessings.


Day 3 Ruth 3

And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman. Ruth 3:11 ESV

Application
Allow your actions to speak for you. Ruth was just being herself a kind, loyal, and hard worker. Not only did others notice but so did Boaz. Ruth is a great example of why it is important to be excellent in all you do.



Day 4 Ruth 4

Then the women said to Naomi, "Blessed be the Lord , who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life." Ruth 4:14‭-‬15 ESV

Anchor Words
  • These words really stood out to me when I was reading Ruth 4. Defining them helped me gain a better understanding of Ruth 4:14-15.
  • Restorer is to restore, refresh, repair. The Hebrew word is shuwb.
  • Renowed is to call, call out, recite, read, cry out, proclaim. The Hebrew word is qara.


Day 5 Ephesians 1:1-14

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:13‭-‬14 ESV

Observation
Through hearing the word and believing in Christ we are protected from Satan by the Holy Spirit until we return to God (v. 13).

Anchor Word
Sealed is to for security from Satan. The Greek word is huiothesia.

P.S. Every time I read this it gives me chills. If you are wondering how I got from the original verse to my summary, it was by defining those anchor words. You can make use of he blue letter bible app or website it's a great free resource.

Day 6 Ephesians 1:15-23

And what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might. Ephesians 1:19 ESV
Application
For so long after leaving my job I felt lost. I was looking for a purpose and hoping to find fulfillment. But what I realize now is my faith is my purpose. 
All God wants us to do is embrace and celebrate our salvation that is our sole purpose. That is all God wants from us, is to recognize that is he our creator,  redeemer, and one true God. Believing and trusting that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.



Day 7 Ephesians 2:1-10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesian 2:10 ESV

Major Observation
God didn't save me because I worked hard, lived right, or tithe regularly. He saved me because of the grace that was granted through the crucifixion if Christ on earth. And because I believe that Christ is God son. My faith in Christ has granted me salvation (v.8).


Anchor Words
  • Good is excellent, distinguished, upright, or honorable. Agathos is the Greek word for good.
  • We would walk is to live, to regulate one's life, to conduct one's self, or to pass one's life. Peripateō is the Greek word for we would walk.


Before you move on to watch Week 2 -  which will be available on September 20 - video and joining the conversation, be sure to read Ruth 1-4 & Ephesians 1-2. We’ll be meeting here so be sure to bookmark this page!

48 comments

  1. Anissa
    Lexington, KY
    i have not used the SOAP method before although i have read about it several times

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    1. Well I'm glad your familiar with the SOAP method Anissa. I can't wait to see what your thoughts are once you give it a try.

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    2. Hi. My name is Cassandre, I'm from Brooklyn, NY. My first introduction to the SOAP method was through a Shannan Noel Journal followed by your encouraged journal however I feel The Holy Spirit was teaching me this method unbeknownst to me. A few years back i was very much into reading my bible though not exactly studying it. I was able to retain some of it but after that time i went through a crisis of faith. By the grace of God I returned to Him but my bible reading habits suffered. While i was committed i wasn't renewing my mind with the word, then i felt that that God was admonishing me to pick up the word not just for casual reading but for revelation and wisdom. It has been remarkable the way God has worked through His word. Since then I've been sticking to SOAP and i feel like a student being trained up in an academy.

      Question: which yranslation of The Bible do you use? And any thoughts on different translations? I currently use The NIV for about 8-10yrs but I've been going back n forth with the NASB and the KJV

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    3. Hey Cassandre ❤️, I'm so glad your familiar with the SOAP method. I think that's the great thing about the SOAP method is it helps you to self reflect on what you read "renew your mind".

      I def agree on feeling like a student because I am constantly learning something new.

      I currently use the ESV translation. Personally I feel like as long as you are reading your bible any translation. My number one recommendation is to focus on a translation that you understand.

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  2. Elisha Walker
    Houston, TX
    I've never tried the SOAP method. I look forward to learning it!

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    1. I'm so glad your excited Elisha. I know your going to enjoy the upcoming bible study tips ❤️.

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  3. Leah Ballard
    St. Cloud, FL
    I have heard of the SOAP method but never used it.

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    1. I am so surprised that you haven't gave it a try Leah. But I'm hopeful that you will find it as beneficial as I have these last few years 💖.

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  4. Sarah
    Lubbock, TX
    I’ve heard and tried some aspects of the SOAP method

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    1. Sarah sounds like you have wht you need to be off to the races!

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  5. Whitney
    Little Rock, AR
    I have not used the SOAP method yet but I am excited to try it.

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    1. Hey Whitney from AR ❤️! I'm excited too can't wait to hear your thoughts once you give it a try.

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  6. Candice Shade-Cooke
    Trinidad and Tobago
    I am currently using the soap method with your free bible tips for beginners.

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    1. Hey Candice, I'm sure you have a lovely Trinidad accent ❤️. Yay I'm so glad you've been using the bible tips for beginners 💕. Can't wait to hear you thoughts on the reading plan.

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  7. Peggy
    Atlanta, GA
    Never used SOAP method, but it makes sense.

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    1. Hey Peggy 👋, right it's a pretty simple method. Not to worry I'm going to be sharing some additional tips for making it even more meaningful.

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  8. Shary
    Ponce, Puerto Rico
    I have never used SOAP before, but I have used a similar method while in nursing school.

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    1. Hi Shary from PR! Well hopefully it will make using the SOAP method easier for you.

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  9. Hello my name is Tanya, I currently live in Atlanta, GA. I am somewhat familiar with the SOAP method but have not really used it.

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    1. Hi Tanya so glad to have a fellow Atlantan participating! Finger crossed that you will enjoy the soap method ❤️

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  10. Hi I'm Wanda from Tampa, FL. I've never used the SOAP method before but I've heard of it. I'm excited to start using it and being more consistent with Bible study.

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    1. Hey Wanda from FL 👋. I'm excited to start to and hopeful that this is exactly what you need to get consistent in your bible study routine.

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  11. Hi my name is Andresa. I’m from Miami, Fl and I have never nor have I tried the SOAP method.

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    1. Hey Andresa what a pretty name. Oh Miami, lucky you. I did not realize so many of you had never tried the SOAP method this should def be interesting!

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  12. Hi, I'm Karen. I'm from Texas in the US but I now live in the Netherlands (20 years and counting). I am familiar with the SOAP method in name only. I have never really used it before. I'm looking forward to this challenge and learning to use this method.

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    1. Hey Karen, wow the Netherlands. You clearly must love it there since you haven't come back state side. I am looking forward to you trying it as well!

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  13. Blessing
    Chicago IL
    No I haven’t tried the Soap method before this is my first time, excited to be joining in the challenge.

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    1. Hey Jumoke (or do you go by Blessing?), I'm excited for you to join as well. Be sure to let me know your thoughts once you've started reading Ruth with the SOAP method 😊

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  14. Aimee
    Washington

    I hadn't heard of the soap method before but I'm excited to try it and I'm hoping this Bible study will help me establish an everyday Bible study/reading routine.

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    1. Hi Aimee! I'm so glad you're joining the challenge. I am surely surprised that you never heard of the soap method. It's funny i guess I have been just using the soap method for so long that I just assume everyone knows about it lol. Well I'm so grateful you found the challenge. I hope it helps you create a meaningful bible study routine.

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  15. Beatrice

    New Jersey

    No, this is my first time hearing about it. I am looking forward to learning more and building a closer relationship with God.

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    1. Hey Beatrice from NJ! I pray that this helps you draw closer to God as well. We all deserve to have that intimate relationship with Him

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  16. What struck me most in this weeks readings was the contrast on faith in Naomi and Ruth. There's an argument to be made that Ruth's pain at the loss of her husband, brother-in -law, and father-in-law was as deep as Naomi's who lost her sons and husband. In the moment of tragedy Naomi forgot she served a Sovereign God: she changed her name to Mara as an expression of her belief that God had made her empty. While Ruth in the face of this tragedy accepted the God of her late husband and Mother-in-law as her own. I think we all do this, in the face of difficulty we're so hurt that we forget that God is able to . . .

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    1. I think your exactly right we all do this sometimes. They are both 2 very real examples of how people tend to react toward grief or lost. Some of us cling to God while others believe that God has forsaken them. I love it, thanks for taking the time to share!

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  17. 👋🏾 My name is Nashea. I'm commenting from Rockville, MD.

    I just learned of the SOAP method and new on this spiritual journey I believe it will help me.

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    1. Hey Nashea from Maryland! I believe it will help you too. I'm glad to here your familiar with the SOAP method.

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  18. I just started mine a bit late. But so far it has gotten me thinking. Thank you for explaining the method and the challeng so well. I really feel I will be able to grow closer to God.

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    1. Better late than never. I'm glad to hear I explained it well that's truly a relief lol. Looking forward to seeing that connection deepen.

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  19. My name is Gina Williams, and I'm from Beaufort, SC. I have not tried the Soap Method before. But I'm definitely happy to be a part of this community.

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    1. Hey Gina from SC! We're happy to have you be apart of the community. Can't to hear your thoughts on the SOAP Method once you've given it a try.

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  20. Hi I’m Hales
    I’m from the UK.
    I’ve never tried the soap method but I’m interested to give it a try.

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    1. Hey Hales, wow the UK! That's so awesome. Well I'm excited to see you give the SOAP method a try.

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  21. Hi I'm Carmen. This is a late start but i guess better than missing it. I'm from Canada. I have tried the SOAP method before but i always felt like i was doing it wrong or something. I love how you have provided more insight. Thank you for doing that. I'm excited to strengthen my relationship with God and I'm so grateful that God gave you this pull to do this. Glad to be running with a sister in Christ.

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    1. Hey Carmen (oh Canada lol - okay that was cheesy). Better late than never. I'm so glad I could be helpful. All glory be to God for the opportunity to fellowship with sisters in Christ!

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  22. antoinettte bandoOctober 01, 2019

    Hi Miss Chellbee, My name is Antoinette M. Bando, i just found your site and I would love to join the group and see what you have and i want to be able to watch and act in the discussion that you have on here I'm working on week one that you have posted on here and i love everything that have showed me and i want to know more and be more for God because i think he had tried to talk to me one night that i was asleep and rose up out of the bed and he asked if i was okay and i told him yes that i was fine and that i will be okay because he is in my life from being in so many accidents that could have end my life, but God seen something in me and all. i hope to be able to talk to you more about me and knowing that God is here right now with me, i can feel his presence around me all the time. I'm am from Orange Texas i have been here now going on 6 years

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    1. Hi Antoinette from Texas! We'll I'm glad you found the online bible study challenge. I hope you find the reading and weekly tutorials helpful as well. God is ever present. I'm so glad you found your way back to him and have rekindled that relationship. I look forward to continuing to get to know you as you go through the challenge.

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  23. I use the soap method in my happy planner. Looking forward to this bible study. I currently do my own in Isaiah and love the soap method. The acts method has worked great for me also. Gonna catch up with the rest soon.

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    1. Hey well I'm glad you're familiar with the soap method and looking forward to hearing your thoughts as you begin the reading.

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