Goodbye, 2020! Well, almost. If you’re eager for a fresh start, start looking for your first study of 2021 now. As Lifeway women, we start asking ourselves these questions each December: How can we draw closer to the Lord over the next year? How can we become stronger women of His Word?
No matter what you want to study in 2021—the prophet Elijah, Colossians, Haggai, Genesis, and more—read on. We’ve got 10 studies to help guide your way:
Elijah by Priscilla Shirer | 7 Sessions
Every serious believer longs to summon up the kind of boldness and faith that can stand firm on Mount Carmel and pray down heaven into impossible situations. Yet few are willing to go through the process required to get them there. Strength of faith, character, and boldness can only be shaped in the hidden fires of silence, sameness, solitude, and adversity. Those who patiently wait on God in the darkness emerge with their holy loyalty cemented, their courage emblazoned, and their confident belief in Him set afire.
Join Priscilla Shirer on this 7-session journey through the life and times of the prophet Elijah to discover how the fire on Mount Carmel was forged in the valley of famine. And how the emboldened, fiery faith you desire is being fashioned by God in your life right now.
Matchless by Angie Smith | 8 Sessions
We live in a world where there’s a lot of confusion about Jesus. Too often people want to shape Him and His message to fit their personal needs or agendas. So how can we know the truth?
Join Seamless author Angie Smith in this 8-session search for truth as she unfolds the story of our matchless Savior—His mission, miracles, and message. Through her signature wit and accessible style, Angie unpacks Scripture in a way that’s easy to understand, regardless of how long you’ve been studying the Bible (a great option for new believers!). This study will deepen your understanding of Jesus through biblical, historical, and cultural insight and help you see Him less as an iconic figure and more as an intimate friend.
And to kick off your new year, join us for the Matchless online Bible study! Starting January 7, you’ll be able to access the teaching videos for free each week. Sign up here.
TruthFilled by Ruth Chou Simons | 7 Sessions
Join Ruth Chou Simons in this 7-session study of the Book of Colossians as she leads us through a practice of preaching gospel truth to ourselves by studying Paul’s example. In every changing season of life, we can rest in God’s character, rehearse our identity in Christ, respond in faith, and remember God’s provision for us. In today’s culture, there’s no shortage of self help, easy fixes, and worldly advice, but only the truth of God’s Word was meant to fill you up and satisfy you fully.
Take Courage by Jennifer Rothschild | 7 Sessions
When the Jewish people returned to their wrecked land after exile and began rebuilding the temple, they were distracted, discouraged, and ready to throw in the towel. But the prophet Haggai reminded them they could find courage in the God who had never left them.
Sometimes the landscapes of our lives feel wrecked, with our hope and purpose in shambles. We too get distracted and discouraged. However, God’s presence and promises give us courage to press on and trust Him with our stories.
In this 7-session study on the Book of Haggai, learn to walk confidently in your calling, stay motivated despite opposition, and courageously invest your life in God’s purposes, trusting Him for results you may never see in this lifetime.
Jesus and Women by Kristi McLelland | 7 Sessions
Jesus and Women looks at God’s heart for women. Join biblical culturalist Kristi McLelland as she transports you back to Jesus’ world, following in the footsteps of the women who came face-to-face with the Living God. Over 7 sessions, examine the historical and cultural climate of first-century Middle Eastern society to not only understand Jesus more deeply but to fuel your worship of Him today.
All Things New by Kelly Minter | 8 Sessions
Study the Book of 2 Corinthians to discover how God can use you in 2021 no matter your cultural setting. By exploring the anchoring truths of bearing treasures in jars of clay and meeting Christ through a pressing thorn, you’ll gain wisdom for relationships to strengthen your church and community. And you’ll leave your old self behind as you celebrate the new life of a believer. (Bonus: Pick up the teen edition for your daughter or granddaughter!)
Everyday Theology by Mary Wiley | 8 Sessions
Theology is the study of God, what He has done, is doing, and will do in the world. And it’s not just for those with formal education or those who work at your church. It’s for you in your everyday moments, questions, and decisions. It’s for the big and little, the exciting and mundane. Our theology is the basis of our faith and touches every part of our existence.
In this 8-session study, explore the essential doctrines of Scripture, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, humanity, salvation, the church, and the end times to know God more deeply through these foundational truths.
God of Creation by Jen Wilkin | 10 Sessions
Start your new year by diving into the first 11 chapters of Genesis. Revisit familiar stories, challenge your basic knowledge, and discover deeper meanings in the text. As God reveals Himself through Scripture, we can only begin to understand ourselves when we first glimpse the character, attributes, and promises of our Creator.
20/20 by Christine Caine | 7 Sessions
Christine Caine is passionate about seeing every woman equipped to live her life on mission for Jesus.In this 7-session study, you’ll develop a new understanding of how God sees you and has chosen you to help make Jesus’ name known on this planet. Through biblical teaching and lessons from her own life, Christine will equip you to share the story of how God’s love has transformed your life right where you are.If you’re looking to step out of your comfort zone, this study is for you.
Trustworthy by Lysa TerKeurst | 6 Sessions
When hard times come and it seems God is deviating from the plan we assume our life should follow, we’re more likely to want to tame God, not trust Him. It’s then that we begin to press into our ways and our own timing. No human can carry the weight of being their own god, but so many of us try. In this 6-session study of 1 & 2 Kings, join Lysa TerKeurst in Israel as she honestly reveals the places of distrust in her own heart while exploring the deeply applicable Scriptures that will teach us how to truly trust God.
What are you studying in 2021?