Know What You Believe-(and a book giveaway)

defending the faith book

I am excited to share Defending The Faith by Mary Jo Sharp with you. It is vital we know who and what we believe. She states that women’s ministries are faced with a growing problem which is “women living out what they truly believe and the problem is that these beliefs are not based on biblical truth.” She goes on to say that there is less a desire to know biblical truth but to focus on felt needs.

I have been involved in Women’s ministry for over 30 years, from a spectator, participant, team member and leader. One thing I have noticed over the years is that the ministries with the most success -defined by women growing in their faith, their lives changed and differences made in their homes and families were the ones that focused on knowing God and His word above all else. Yes there should be times for teas, luncheons, and just for fun activities because we are women and enjoy the fellowship of each other. But if the focus is only on fun, getting together, meeting felt or emotional needs there will be lack of growth and no change in the lives of the women.

It is important that as women we are in the word for ourselves, learning and growing. If all the studies that we are doing is just reading what God has shown someone else with a few bible passages we won’t grow. If we want to know and believe God, to get to the heart of the issue and be transformed we have to be in the word.
In John 20:31 John tells us that he wrote his gospel so we may believe that Jesus is the Christ , the Son of God and that believing you may have life in His name.

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Following are some quotes from the book:

“In this book, I am proposing a new approach to women’s ministries that addresses the basic need of women to know the truth about God and thus to trust Him: the study of apologetics specifically for women so that they can learn the truth about God, believe in Him and live out their faith through their actions”.

“Belief in God, however is radically different from the beliefs that speak soothing words to our sinful nature. This is where much of our problems arise with women’s ministries, we desire comfort over the truth.”

“Instead of digging deep into our theological and philosophical questions, we may be living out a bogus belief in Jesus that is all about personal comfort and peace. It is not the truth about reality. “

“If we want women’s ministries to be effectual in aiding the transformation of people’s lives, we must address some hard, fundamental issues. This means we will have to stop behaving as though God exists to meet our emotional needs and personal goals, and get serious about nourishing our minds and affirming that we exist to learn the truth about Him so that we can live for His glory.”

After establishing the need to rethink women’s ministries she offers help in how to get it on the right track.

I recommend this book, not only for leaders but for any women in the church.

Philippians 3:8-11 Paul says he counted all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…..that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection..

And in 2 Timothy 1:12 that he knows who he believes and is convinced of Jesus and what he does.

Like Paul, I want to know Him and have this confidence and belief!

To be entered into the random drawing to be held Saturday, May 25 at midnight, leave a comment below and/ or “like” my Facebook page.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!


About kimlenon
Welcome to Inside Out! I desire to offer encouragement and resources to help women live their lives Inside Out because God changes us from the Inside Out! I have been married to Dave for 40 years. We have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. My passion is to teach women how to study and apply God's Word.

15 Responses to Know What You Believe-(and a book giveaway)

  1. I would love to win this book. This sound so interesting to read!

  2. B. Mack says:

    Sounds very interesting.

  3. Oh wow, that sounds like a fantastic book Kim! No matter who receives it will be blessed beyond their needs.

  4. Christy says:

    Sounds very enlightening.

  5. Melanie Hart says:

    It is a great reminder to us as women who are followers of Christ to invest and equip women and young ladies in the truth of who God is and His purposes!

  6. I agree with what you said about women’s ministries today. This sounds like an excellent book! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Would love to win!!! Pick me. Pick me. 🙂

  8. Claude Delgado says:

    This would be the perfect timing, homeschooling is out in two weeks! I will make sure I find a copy to read this summer!

  9. Teri Hogg says:

    I would LOVE to win!

  10. jaimet08 says:

    Mrs. Sharp was my middle school band teacher. I’ve been wanting to see why she left her teaching career for ministry. She is an inspiration!

  11. Eileen Hand says:

    I would love this book sounds very interesting and I know the author. Loving respective and God serving family.

  12. It is so easy for “life” to get in the way and to forget your foothold. It helps to have the reminder available at all times. I have enjoyed going to the different you have been at and I look forward to reading this book.

  13. tonya eastham says:

    Thank you for sharing what you’ve learned Kim 🙂

  14. Kim, I love this: “and get serious about nourishing our minds and affirming that we exist to learn the truth about Him so that we can live for His glory.” . Thanks for always sharing your gift!!!

  15. kimlenon says:

    Thank you all so much for stopping by and your comments! A winner has been drawn at random and will be notified by email!

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