These studies do not tell you what the Bible says. The scriptures given direct you to specific topics. The questions are intended to help you focus on the study. No answers are given. You have to read and search the scriptures for the answers. We encourage you to use Bible helps such as concordances and commentaries. However, scholars and theologians often disagree on interpretation and application. The best study help comes from God. Pray. Allow yourself to be honest with your reactions, but don't jump to conclusions. It takes time to read and meditate on all the Bible says on various topics. Feel free to ask questions in your prayers. You will be amazed to discover that God does answer the sincere seeker. You will also be surprised that the Bible may not say what you might think it does on many subjects. Keep a notebook. A loose leaf one would make it possible to add thoughts and additional information as you learn more about different subjects. Welcome to an exciting search.

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Bible Study Guide: 

For This We Labor

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this Bible study guide, please read the Women in Christ Commentary Women Who Work Hard.

Part I. The Example of Those Women Who Work Hard

1. Romans 16:12; Romans 16:6; John 4:39-42; Romans 16:3-5; Luke 8:1-3 What does the phrase “in the Lord” (Romans 16:12) indicate to you about what these women were laboring at?

2. Considering the example of biblical women, (see the above verses) what specific work were women doing “in the Lord?”

Part II. The Harvest is Plentiful

1. Matthew 9:36-38 What is the “harvest” that Jesus said is “plentiful?” What is needed to bring in that harvest? Who supplies that need?

2. Luke 14:12-14; Luke 5:31-32; Matthew 11:28 Where is the Lord's harvest? What do you think is the best means of bringing in that harvest?

3. I Timothy 4:9-10; I Corinthians 15:1-8; Revelation 2:3; Isaiah 52:7 For what did Paul and others labor?

Part III. All His Energy

1. Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 11:29-30; John 4:38 What makes the burden Jesus lays on his followers “easy” or “light?”

2. Colossians 1:28-29; I Corinthians 15:9-11; Isaiah 40:28-31 How can people who work hard avoid “burn-out?”

3. Galatians 6:9-10; Philippians 2:14-16; Matthew 25:31-46; II Thessalonians 1:3-12; Hebrews 10:24-25 How can the workers in the Lord's harvest stay motivated to continue to work hard?