By Angela Wittman
Teach Sound Doctrine
2 But as for you, teach what accords with sound[a] doctrine. … 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. … 7Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. …
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. …
A sister in Christ recently contacted me after reading “Reblogged: A Christian Wife’s Marriage Catechism (with comments by Angela Wittman)“ which I had posted at Christian Heritage News and graciously offered to share the Bible Study she had written “God Remembered Abraham.” My initial impression is that this is a Bible Study written by a woman with a good grasp of the reformed faith, an excellent knowledge of Scripture and a firsthand, personal understanding of the challenges experienced by a Christian woman married to an unbeliever – her much loved sister.
The author explains:
I began God Remembered Abraham in 1997 and completed it in 1998. At that time, two lovely friends read it and made edits to improve its readability and polish. I will mention no names since my sister desires to remain anonymous, so any mention of names is not possible at this time.
I also thank the staff of the Institute for Creation Research for all I have learned from their lectures and books.
The illustrations by Doré and others were found on the web, thanks to those who collected them. I created the diagrams and the maps, based on maps in my Bible.
Pastor David graciously read and accepted God Remembered Abraham when I used it as a Ladies’ Bible Study in his church. At that time I transformed it into a read-aloud document that included Q&A. That experience enabled me to refine it, thanks to the ladies of the study.
I thank my current Pastor for excellent teaching and continual encouragement in worship. His teaching influenced my final editing work in 2011 before it was published on SisterSite.org.
Although this Bible Study relates the importance of staying in a marriage to allow the Lord time to act, I know there are many women who love the Lord, yet who divorce for good reasons or bad, and my heart is with them. I hope that anyone reading God Remembered Abraham will find bright hope for the future in the loving arms of God— and will be encouraged in the practice of intercessory prayer.
This Bible Study consists of 12 chapters which includes appropriate Scripture, a contemporary story, prayer and meditation ideas, a section of the Westminster Confession of Faith and a section of “Further Study” which is an in-depth continuation of the chapter with additional study helps.
I’m excited about the study God Remembered Abraham and plan to use it as a daily devotional; but I can also see where it could easily be used in a group setting or perhaps something more intimate with a few Christian friends who are in a similar situation and in need of Biblical wisdom and encouragement.*
* After getting farther along in this study, I have some theological concerns:
- In chapter 6, Mandy becomes pregnant and is worried that her baby will be born with a health defect, but receives word from the Lord to stop worrying. I don’t believe in special revelation or words of knowledge from the Lord. My hope is that since this was written in the mid 1990′s, the author and Mandy have come to the understanding that how we “hear” from the Lord is through His Word which is perfect.
- In the Afterward, the author writes: “I once was in a deep meditation, not caught up to the third heaven, yet somewhere near a place of Revelation. I had wakened from a dream in which the word “petition” had been spoken. I turned to a Psalm that I knew contained that word, and read it…
“In reverie, I began to remember the message in my dream. It was the idea that in response to petitions and intercessions, God acts. He does for one at the request of another. So though he will not force a man to believe, yet in answer to prayer he will overrule him, for prayer gives privilege.”
I have to disagree that people are still receiving divine revelation through dreams or by being caught up to the heavens. Once again, my hope is that down through the years, the author has changed her belief in these matters.
So, while being encouraged by the study, I am also concerned that some of the theology being presented might be harmful to new believers or help promote Charismatic practices.
Revised and updated: 7.23.2014