As Christians, we're called to engage regularly with the Bible. We're called to treasure God's Word; to meditate on it, to store it up in our hearts and to handle it rightly (Job 23:12, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11, 2 Timothy 2:15). But if we're honest, it's a battle to open those pages every day. We can make a million different excuses: we're too busy, we don't really "need" to read it, it's not relevant to us, it's confusing, or it's just not worth our time.
As women, the struggles of life can add even more difficulty. Marriage, motherhood, school, work, caring for loved ones, even serving the local church- all of these things (even the good things!) can steal our time and attention away from the Lord and his Word. Not to mention the feelings of guilt and comparison that build up when we can't achieve the perfect "daily quiet time."
We see this struggle in ourselves and in our sisters, and we want to stand in the gap. For the women who want to read the Bible, but they don't know where to start. For the women who feel like they aren't smart enough to understand it at all. For the women who read the words, but they don't come alive.
We believe that God's Word is a game-changer. It's living, it's active and it's powerful (Hebrews 4:12). We've seen it's power in our own lives and we want to share that with other women. We want to stir up a hunger for God's Word among the women of Dayton. We want to see women digging deeply into the Bible and then sharing what they learn with others.
We love this city and we love the women in it. We want more than anything for them to love the Word of God.
What does it look like?
So, how do we stir up this hunger in women for more of God's Word?
- We stay centered on Christ and purposefully focused on God's Word
- We teach women foundational truths of the Bible
- We equip women with practical applications and personal bible study methods
- We encourage women to think critically and take an active role in their relationship with God
- We strive to display honesty, transparency and grace
We work to achieve these goals through our city-wide gatherings, workshops, bible studies and social media.
What We Believe
These foundational Christian beliefs are agreed upon by the leadership team and teachers of Dayton Women in the Word. We do not require that anyone outside leadership adhere to these specific beliefs.
We believe that man was created originally in the image of God, and then fell into sin through Satan’s temptation. Through Adam, all mankind has fallen into sin. We have separated ourselves from God and deserve the rightful penalty of death.
Romans 2:2-5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Genesis 1:27, 9:6; Psalms 51:5, 58:3; Romans 5:12, 3:23; Ephesians 2:1
We believe that salvation from our rightful punishment of death comes only by a personal belief that Christ took our sins upon himself at the cross and paid our debt to God with his perfect life and subsitutionary death.
Acts 4:12, 13:38-39; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:4-5, 5:1; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 1:4-5
We believe the Holy Spirit dwells within each believer who confesses Jesus as Lord. We believe the Holy Spirit is responsible for our ongoing sanctification and understanding of God’s truths revealed in scripture.
John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1st Corinthians 2:12; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25
We believe that we are called to be in the world but not of the world. We have been commissioned by God to know and obey his Word and make disciples of all nations.
1st Peter 1:15-16; Acts 1:8; 1st Corinthians 3:12-17; John 17:15-19; Romans 12:1-2
We believe the 66 books of the Bible are the inspired, inherent Word of God and the supreme authority on all things it speaks on.
2nd Timothy 3:16; 2nd Peter 1:21
We believe in one triune God- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the creator and ruler of the world, perfect, immortal and eternal.
Gen. 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1st Peter 1:2,11; 2nd Corinthians 13:14
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God the Father, fully God and fully man, born of a virgin.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1st Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1st Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
We believe that the sinless life and death of Christ made atonement for all who believe, and that those believers will receive eternal life. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Romans 5:1-2, John 3:16, Acts 16:31
We believe in Jesus’ bodily resurrection and ascension, which assures a future resurrection for all believers. Romans 6:4-5
We believe in the visible and bodily return of Christ to judge the world and reign as King of Kings. Revelation 22:12-14
We believe the church is the body of Christ and Jesus is the head. We believe individual Christians should come under the authority of a local church. We believe in the ordinances of the Lord’s Supper and baptism by water, and that they should be observed in the context of the local church. Colossians 1:18; Luke 22:14-23; Matthew 28:19
"I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plan them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and soul."
Jeremiah 32: 39-41