We are women who stand on the threshold of unimaginable change. What must we be in such a time as this?
Choices examines eight crossroads facing women in our generation. Will we live for a cause greater than ourselves? Will we reposition emotions behind truth? Will we anchor our value in God’s love? Will we be women of substance and not just of form? Will be be fiercely faithful?
Choices is unusual in that it speaks to women in all points of their spiritual walk. Many have committed their lives to Jesus as they journeyed through Choices and yet seasoned saints say they felt God speak to them afresh through the messages.
And Choices is ideal for groups that have a lot of transition. Anyone can come for any week and still experience a full, enriching message for their lives.
The DVDs plus the Participant Workbook & Devotional (PWD) are all you need to study choices as an individual or small group! (Please note that the participant workbook was not designed to stand alone.)
The Participant Workbook & Devotional correlates with each DVD session and includes the following sections:
- Opening Up (warm ups for small groups)
- Notepad (take notes while you watch the DVD)
- Group Discovery (interactive application)
- Memory Verse (brief and relevant)
- And Now (guided journaling)
- In the Garden (4 personal devotions that reflect on the last lesson)
In a group, begin in the PWD with “opening up” to warm up to the theme and each other! Watch or listen to the 15-30 minute DVD segment while you take notes in the participant workbook “notepad.” (Answers are in the Facilitator’s Guide.) Study this week’s theme together in the “group discovery” section of your participant workbooks. Close with the participant workbook prayer, memory verse, and reflection section. Then, send each participant home with the four devotions in the participant workbook to help take this week’s theme to a deeper level. Each devotional is designed to fill a 10-15 minute space. They all reflect on the last—-not the next-—theme. So if missed, a participant can still continue with next week’s teaching.
This guide is designed to be user-friendly for leaders with full lives. With a little preparation, your group meetings will be rich with interaction, discovery, and application. Though easily adapted for retreats, personal devotions, and seminars, this study was written with small groups in mind.
This Facilitator’s Guide provides an answer key for the Notepad, response options (in italics) for Group Discovery, ideas for enhancing the teaching, and notes to assist you as a leader.
Including the video component, each of the 10 sessions should fill a one-hour meeting with an enjoyable mixture of challenge, instruction, group discussion, and personal reflection. Each Focus contains six sections:
Opening Up. The purpose of this section is to stimulate group interaction around the Focus theme. Generally, this interaction will take from 3-10 minutes. These warm-ups are well worth their time for the fruit they produce in group openness and involvement.
Notepad. This section serves as a notepad to accompany the video teaching. Your facilitator’s guide will fill in the blanks for you in case the video moves too quickly.
Group Discovery. This section helps the group transition from listening to evaluating to applying. As group members share ideas, perspectives, opinions, and problems, they will sharpen and challenge one another. Your guide will provide some possible (as opposed to the only) responses for the reflection questions. These response options will be italicized.
Memory Verse. These brief verses can be an optional or essential element in the study. You can leave it to group members to memorize on their own….or create/scrapbook memory verse binders and distribute a new verse each meeting. The choice is yours.
And Now… If these teachings never leave the room in which they are taught, Choices has failed its mission. In And Now… each member answers the question, “What am I going to do about this?” This section asks them to identify major themes and then to thoughtfully put their personal application in words. It provides clear closure to the lesson, an opportunity to personally apply teaching themes, and a summarized point of reference for review. When possible, allow a few minutes at the end of each meeting to provide time for the group to prayerfully fill out this section.
In the garden. This section offers four days of personal devotions that relate (directly or indirectly) to the session theme. The devotions are designed to be accompanied by personal journaling, which may be a new venture for some. If so, encourage group members to purchase a journal and just start writing! No one will be grading or even viewing their writings. This is a participant’s private journal of God’s work in them.