If you’re looking for Bible studies for women, you’ve come to the right place!
I am so excited to share with you my favorite and what consider the best women’s studies for your small group at church. These recommendations will help your Bible study group dig into God’s word at any spiritual point in their lives. You can do these on your own too!
Best Women’s Small Group Bible Studies for 2022
I’m very particular about the women’s group Bible studies I use. They must be:
- True to what the Scriptures actually say
- Direct you back to God’s Word rather than just the study writer’s opinion
- Easy to discuss
- Give you the experience of knowing God and His Word better when you are finished!
There are eleven studies I’ve personally done that I’m recommending today! I’m also including four more recommendations that other friends of mine have done and enjoyed. I’ll break down the details on a few of them and the rest will be a brief overview.
15 Women’s Bible Studies that are Worth Doing
These can be done with a group OR on your own, but I’m specifically focusing on what could work well for a women’s bible study group. I’ve updated my recommendations for 2022.
The studies I’m referring to today are specifically for women, by women (with the exception of ONE, written by a guy).
1) Twelve Women of the Bible
2) Twelve More Women of the Bible
The first study in this series walks through 12 familiar women of the Bible and how God showed His faithfulness through their circumstances, then tying their situations to our own. Twelve More Women of the Bible shares about lesser-known women and I liked that one better than the first!
The material is Biblical and engaging and I feel stays close to the original story in the Bible. These studies are done with a DVD and a study guide. You purchase one study guide with the DVD and then just additional study guides in the amount you need.
Videos are about 15-20 minutes in length. The lessons aren’t too long, but they do promote good discussion. This is great, but can also make it likely that you won’t get through all the questions. :) When we did this, we went through each lesson over the course of two weeks, but you could just give people a chance to finish the questions on their own.
I think this study can be used for women of all age groups, but leans slightly toward appealing more to younger women.
Twelve Women of the Bible link
Twelve More Women of the Bible link
3) Women’s Bible Study that Teaches Who God Is – None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing) by Jen Wilkin
These 10 lessons about the attributes of God really help us understand Who God is in comparison to who we are. They are deep and profound, and may be just slightly overwhelming for a brand-new believer who doesn’t know about general Biblical concepts, but for anyone else with basic Bible knowledge, the lessons help you dig deep. The chapter questions are very introspective. Each chapter has a prayer regarding that chapter’s subject that you can write out.
There aren’t a ton of questions for each chapter, so this can be easily used alone or with a group (possibly building in your own additional questions or lengthening discussion). Women of all ages can benefit.
BONUS IDEA: Jen Wilkin’s 1 Peter study (which comes with a video) is excellent for seasoned believers. You can see it HERE.
4) Best Women’s Bible Study on Contentment
Cultivating Contentment from Women of Faith
These topical guides deal with issues that women wrestle with today, such as friendship, encouragement, managing moods, finding contentment, and how to live out your faith. The questions are great for discussion but not too deep. Good for women of all ages.
5) Before Amen by Max Lucado
Max Lucado is somewhat cheesy and doesn’t appeal to everyone. His books don’t usually appeal to me. But he does bring to light some positive points about the meaning of the Lord’s prayer and growing closer to God through prayer.
At one point in the Bible study, he says we have “power” through prayer, and seems to imply that God will change His mind through our prayers. While there are evidences of God having compassion and relenting from strict judgement, it didn’t happen simply because of our prayers, but because of His mercy. Scripture clearly says God doesn’t change His mind (Numbers 23:19, Malachi 3:6), so I considered that claim quite a reach. Other than that, though, I felt what was shared in this study book was Biblical.
Questions are simple and brief. Great for all ages, could be helpful for a Christian who is new to the faith.
6) Ecclesiastes: Wisdom for Living Well from Courtney Joseph
I like Courtney Joseph, she is very Biblically focused and gives solid teaching. I am not as flowery in my speech as she is, but I appreciate her approach. Ecclesiasties study is what it says it is: An in-depth Bible study. This is a book of the Bible that isn’t tackled often in women’s studies, so I’d definitely recommend this.
7) Surrender: The Heart God Controls by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
We actually just finished up this study in our women’s Sunday school class at church. Nancy tackles some really intense issues here. This study is very convicting, but in a good way. She draws parallels of surrender to areas of Scripture and also to real-life stories of surrendering to God. It reads well and the questions are deep and personal.
I’d recommend using it in a small group, not a large group of women because of the personal nature of the questions. This study is part of a 3-part series (Holiness and Brokenness are the others) but can be done as a standalone. At least that’s how we used it!
8) Esther from Darlene Schacht
This is a good, basic study that walks you through the book of Esther. You can actually download the study itself for free on Darlene’s website but you can also purchase the companion journal so you can do this study with a women’s group.
9) Abigail: Dealing with the Difficult People in Your Life by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
The Abigail study is an in-depth look at David’s wife Abigail from the Bible and how she dealt with her ungodly husband Nabal. It really digs deep into issues that almost all women struggle with–handling difficult people with wisdom, learning how to reach a place of forgiveness and entrusting the outcome to God. This study gave me some very biblical, practical tools and spiritual safeguards for knowing how to handle the difficult (and yes, even the mean and vindictive) people that have been present in my life at various times.
You can find the Abigail study, as well as companion podcast episodes in the Revive our Hearts online store.
10) The Attributes of God from The Daily Grace (new in 2022)
The Attributes of God is a 6-week study on God’s character. This study walks through God’s incommunicable attributes, which are characteristics that are only true of Him, as well as His communicable attributes, which are attributes that we are called to reflect.
I have only looked through this study, we are planning to use it in our group this year. Studies from The Daily Grace are true to God’s Word and theologically deep, yet straightforward enough for anyone to understand, even if women in your group are new to the faith.
This is the second Attributes of God type study I’ve suggested. The Jen Wilkin book is better for more seasoned believers; this Daily Grace study is better for those newer to the faith (though a seasoned believer can definitely benefit as well!).
11) Encouraging One Another
Another, older, Women of Faith Bible study, Encouraging One Another is great for a group of women who are in the same age bracket, yet I can see how it might be nice for a mentoring type group at a church as well. Good practical questions and suggestions on topics centering around reaching out and supporting each other as fellow Christian women.
12) Wait: A Walk Through Psalm 31-60 by Kristin Schmucker
Many of us struggle to wait on God at different times, and this study is particularly relevant to ALL women at any stage of life! You go through five days of devotions (one psalm per day) and questions for each of six weeks. We did the daily study ourselves at home and then met and talked about them as a whole each week with our small group.
Each day’s devotion is followed by three relatable questions that get you to really think about the meaning of the verses and apply them to your life. Some of the questions at the end of each week are repetitive, but it’s for a purpose, so that you can answer the same question with more perspective as you move through learning about these psalms. Our group LOVED it!
Wait: Psalm 31-60 is study two of a three-part study, but can be done as a stand-alone. The whole bundle would be useful to work through if you have a ladies’ group that involves the same women each session–you can find all of them HERE.
13) It is Well: Walking Away from Anxiety and Into God’s Word from The Daily Grace
Another highly recommended study from The Daily Grace. It Is Well is a three-week study on anxiety, so it’s a bit shorter on some other studies I’ve recommended. If you want, you could break each lesson up into two parts (this is helpful if you have long discussion time!).
The study walks through Scripture to point to how God redeems our fears and anxieties as well as giving you practical ideas from the Word to give your anxieties to Jesus.
Each week contains five days of study material, including daily study questions. Each week also has a memory verse day and a weekly reflection day.
14) Women’s Small Group Study on Biblical Motherhood
Becoming Mom Strong by Heidi St. John is a great choice for this topic. It was very challenging to me as a mom, driving me to consider my overall mindset in raising my children according to God’s Word. In the book, there are journaling pages and questions, making it a good option for a small group.
One thing I will say is that the chapters are VERY in-depth. Every page I read made me think (a good thing!).
Because of that then, in my opinion, this study is best done:
- With a group that has time to read or loves making time to read between sessions :) Otherwise, the weekly reading material may feel unattainable for the moms in your group.
- With a group of moms who have been Christians for a few years. Brand new believers may feel overwhelmed.
- With a group of mothers whose children are still at home. I do think some of her material is relevant for moms with children who have left the house or possibly for grandmothers who are helping raise their grandchildren, but honestly I feel like you would benefit most if you have kids who haven’t yet graduated high school.
15) Women’s Small Group Study on Marriage
Someone in the comments asked for a recommendation on a bible focused study for their women’s small group concerning marriage.
This is not a topic I’ve covered before in a small group: in my opinion, studies about marriage are best done between couples (or in a couples group format).
I reached out to an older woman in my life who has been a great spiritual mentor for me and she suggested two books that can help you grow as a godly woman in a way that influences your marriage :)
These suggestions are:
A Woman After God’s Own Heart Book and Study Guide by Elizabeth George
The Power of a Praying Wife Book and Prayer/Study Guide by Stormie O’Martian (I’ve read this book, but have not done it as a study, but it looks good!)
Have any questions or need more recommendations? Ask them in the comments below!
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