In late 2019, God gave a couple of the ladies at Testwood Baptist Church a vision. That vision was to organise a series of Bible studies for women, based around the topic of ‘Identity in Christ’. A small team formed off the back of this vision, and in January 2020, Rooted was born!
The name ‘Rooted’ comes from Colossians 2:6-7, which says:
6So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
This is our heartfelt prayer for the women of Testwood Baptist Church.
From this passage, the Rooted Objectives have been defined, which are:
- To use Word-filled ministry to help one another to understand, accept, and be rootedin our identity in Christ;
- To build upand encourage one another in our God-given gifts and attributes;
- To strengthen our faithso that we feel equipped to confidently work together to further the Kingdom;
- To overflowwith thankfulness for the grace lavished upon us.
Throughout this series, we explore some of the incredible women of the Bible, and spend time sharing experiences and encouragement, and ultimately helping one another to become ‘Rooted’ in our identity in Christ, so that as we walk together through the different stages of life, we have that one constant to hold onto: who we are in Him.
When we were carrying out research on women’s ministry, we came across a book called “Word-filled Women’s Ministry” by Gloria Furman and Kathleen B. Nielson, which provides a great explanation as to why we should study the Bible. They say this:
“… we might think of taking in the Scriptures as a dry, academic thing – and we’d really rather do something warm and personal. This is often a struggle in women’s Bible study circles… Shall we be warm and welcoming and personal, or shall we be academic and study the text? What an unfortunate distinction! Here’s the question: What could be more personal than feeling the very breath of God – actually hearing him speak? According to 2 Timothy 3:16, all Scripture is inspired, or breathed out, by God.””
They go on later to quote from Isaiah 55:10-1
10“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
They further go on to reference the theologian John Frame in his work “The Doctrine of the Word of God” where he says “you should imagine God standing at the foot of your bed at night talking to you… It’s that personal.”
And we just wanted to share that with you, that studying the Bible is not purely an academic exercise, but also a deeply personal activity between us and God.
As we were preparing for Rooted, one of our ladies woke up very early one morning with the word REAP on her heart. We’re going to use this word to give us a nice simple formula for studying the Scriptures.
REAP stands for:
Examine Scripture – Asking questions like: What’s going on in the passage? What is the context? Who is involved? Where?
Apply Scripture – how does this passage apply to my life?
Pray over Scripture – asking God to show me what he wants to teach me through this passage
You might like to write that down on a little piece of card and put it inside your Bible so that you can refer to it whenever you need to.