24 Jul I’m Starting a Bible Study – Will you Join?
Let me tell you something I’m not very proud of.
A few weeks ago, I felt a tugging on my heart to do something kind of crazy. This tugging came as a clear indication from God to put myself out there and start a Bible study in Dallas. Now, you think I’d be all about that – I get to hang out with women and talk about the Bible – two of my favorite things… However, this tugging was, instead, met with fear. If I start a Bible study, I have to be consistent and responsible in preparing to share my faith – it’s not a book that you commit to and write and publish… it’s not a speaking engagement that you show up to, speak and leave… it’s a commitment to invest your time, effort and energy in people and growing relationships accordingly. [AKA what we’re called to do as Christians.] You see, I hat not admit it, but I’m comfortable here just practicing my faith the way I am, so pardon me, God, but this ask is just a bit TOO much work… How sad is that? I hate my own sinful nature.
As I typically do with God because of my unbelief, I bartered with him… “God, I’m too busy. When am I going to be able to make this happen?” “Lord, I don’t know how to even start one… I don’t know what I’m doing… I’m pretty sure that NO ONE will come…” “God, just let me continue serving you in my comfort zone… Seriously… I will do better at that, just don’t make me do it…” I used every sinful excuse in the bag…
Every day I sit at my desk at home and I look at a quote that I heard and made my mantra at Camp Well a little over a year ago – “Obedience Over Outcome.” A few days ago I read that and the power of the Holy Spirit hit me with conviction like a ton of bricks. Why am I allowing fear to keep me from answering Him with “Here am I, Lord. Use me how you wish.” Luckily, the story of Christ is laden with grace and, just as Jonah returned to His major from the belly of a fish with a humble heart, ready to do His will, I called out I’m prayer, asking Him to forgive me of my pride, selfishness and unbelief. Okay God, I’m here and I’m so sorry it took so long.
It’s a Bible study, not a call to serve on the front lines of war. C’mon, Chandler. Get over yourself.
So, yesterday, I posted that I was interested in starting a Bible study on my instagram and asked for women to let me know if they’d be interested in participating. I thought “maybe 10 women”… I had messages upon messages of women saying “ABSOLUTELY!” to the thought of a Bible study. In fact, I had so many women outside of Dallas asking me to live-stream it so that they could gather a group of women IN THEIR OWN HOMES to participate remotely! The response was overwhelmingly positive! There’s a yearning for community and fellowship and being a part of something that stirs faith and spurs us onward. I was blown away. Women WANT fellowship with other women in an environment where they can be themselves – free from judgement and surrounded with support!
SO, I’m starting a Bible study and I want you to join me. Here are the details:
Bible Study Beauties – Led by Chandler Hatchett
Wednesday Nights at 7:00pm CST
Chelsea Corner – Dallas, TX
If you’re in Dallas, join us in person at Chelsea Corner – it’s a restaurant in Uptown. Come on in, order some food or even a drink if you’d like [yes, I said that!] and join us for some fellowship as we grow deeper in our faiths and study the Word together!
Not in Dallas? That’s okay! I’ll be live-streaming each session online on a Facebook group. I’d love for you to gather your women together [or connect with other women in your city on the facebook group and gather together] every Wednesday night and participate live with us!
Here’s how to join the Bible Study:
- Fill out this form
- Join the Facebook Group:
So… here’s the moral of the story… I don’t know what I’m doing – none of us do. But God doesn’t need us to do BIG things, He wants to us serve the people directly in front of us – He doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. He has plans for this little Bible study and I’m so excited to see what the Lord does in our hearts together! I can’t wait to dive deep into His word with you this year!