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  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Biblical Studies / New Testament
  • Language:English
  • Pages:250
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543907056

Woe to Wow

A Sincere Study of Matthew 23 aka The Seven Woes

by Tischa van de Reep

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Woe to Wow takes one of the most passionate chapters in the Bible and brings Jesus' words and His passion into our lives. This is a 6-week Bible study for women at all levels of their walk. It's intended to refocus believers' hearts for God. The events of Matthew 23 took place just days before Jesus' death. His passion and sense of urgency are palpable throughout the chapter. The modern church is facing a passion deficit even as the urgency seems to rise. The time to go from Woe to Wow is now!
I love the Lord! I love Jesus Christ! I am eager to serve Him with the best of me! But even the most eager among us (including me) lose heart. When we do that, it makes being consistently sincere in our faith a challenge. We focus so hard on being good Christians that before we know it, we're all about the image and the lifestyle of being a Christian without a focus on the Spirit and eternal life. One day we're boasting in the Lord and the next day, we're just plain old boasting. "Self" seeps into our righteousness. Pride points to our destruction. One day we wake up, and find that something just isn't right, that our spirits don't feel the way we used to. We head the guest list of our own pity party and start inwardly groaning, "Woe is me!" So in my constant quest to BE a Christian (as opposed to just acting like one), I turned to our ultimate guidebook - The Holy Bible. I asked my Savior, Jesus Christ, who redeems and restores, for guidance. And like all of us who seek, I found. My answer was in Matthew 23, the Seven Woes. In the pages of the ever-living, always-true Word of God, Jesus rebuked a group of men who probably started off just like me, eager to serve the Lord - the scribes and Pharisees. I told myself as I read Matthew 23 with a sharper perspective, "I won't end up like them!" But what was my guarantee? I could "say" I wouldn't end up like the scribes and Pharisees, but how was I going to live that out? Jesus was so grieved by the scribes' and Pharisees' behavior that He said, "Woe!" seven times, so that became my starting point. I needed to check myself against Jesus' list of woes to make sure that I wasn't slipping into un-Christian behavior. The Woe to Wow Bible study is the result of this soul-searching journey. We're going to dare to look at ourselves in the mirror to see where we might be veering off the path and how we can make adjustments in our daily lives as well as in our walk with our Lord. We're going to learn how much the Pharisees resembled Christians and what that means for us as His Church today. Finally, we're going to use the things that grieved Jesus enough to say, "Woe!" and turn them around using Biblical teachings that will expand our faith, increase our joy, and deepen our relationship with Him. When people look at our lives, let them not say, "Woe!" but "Wow! May God be glorified!"
About the author
Tischa van de Reep has been actively involved in Women's Ministry, Young Adults Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Outreach Ministry by facilitating groups, writing and speaking. Her work in ministry has been far-reaching, extending from her church in Texas, to teaching homeless, at-risk women in Houston, to conducting a Women's Conference and doing youth ministry in Malawi, Africa. Born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, Tischa is married to Harald, a Dutchman. She homeschools their two sons, Julian and Aidan. Tischa's writing and speaking style makes Scripture relatable to real life while encouraging and challenging the reader/listener. Her own dramatic and compelling testimony also serves to glorify God and advance His Kingdom to a diverse audience.
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