God Loves You and Me - Bible Study
(A free women's Bible study on God's love)
by Gini Crawford, MSW
written 2007 - 2009, currently being revised 2021
To Get Started - Introduction & directions / (free print version)
- Free podcast 0 (18 minutes): Free podcast devotion - God created us to love us
- Free podcast mini-devotion 0 (6 minutes): Free podcast mini devotion - God created us to love us
Summary: Devotion 0 is an introductory devotional podcast from the Bible study, God loves you and me. It has no written study to it. Its purpose is to get you to start thinking and understanding how much God loves and values you. It discusses, "you are very good to God," or to rephrase it, "you are very beautiful to God." It defines what the word fashioned means from Genesis 2:22, which explains to us that we are not ordinary in God's sight, instead we are special to God. It looks at how God formed the man and woman and why we are wonderfully made. It describes in detail why and how God created us to love us and why we aren't a mistake God has to live with. It talks about why God created us in His image: for an intimate relationship.
Lesson 1 - God's love in creation / (free print version)
Summary: Lesson 1 of the Bible study, God loves you and me, talks about God's love being shown by creating you very good and it discusses what that means. It talks about how His love is shown by creating you in His image; that we are God's image bearers. It discusses God's characteristics that are seen in His creation. From Psalm 139, it explains that all people are created wonderfully - fearfully by God. It answers the question, if God created us wonderfully, why isn't life perfect? The devotional podcast discusses God's characteristics that are seen in His creation.
- Free podcast 1 (27 minutes): Free podcast devotion - God's love in creation
- Free podcast mini-devotion 1 (6 minutes): Free podcast mini devotion - God's love in creation
Lesson 2 - God's love and our sin / (free print version)
Summary: Lesson 2 of the Bible study, God loves you and me, talks about the following topics: How sin and its consequences came into the world. We are all sinners and why we are all sinners. The knowledge of good and bad or evil is defined. Where spiritual death and physical death came from and what they are. Why is there a hell or eternal punishment? Where does eternal life come from? It ends with the principle of atonement being explained, and what it means that Jesus shed His blood for us. It talks about how and why God's love solved the problem of sin through Jesus Christ's sacrifice. The devotional podcast discusses Genesis 3:1-15 at length.
- Free podcast 2 (24 minutes): Free podcast devotion - God's love and our sin
- Free podcast mini-devotion 2 (7 minutes): Free podcast mini-devotion - God's love and our sin
Summary: Lesson 3 of the Bible study, God loves you and me, talks about us being sinners and why God still loves us. It discusses the importance of believing in the Jesus of the Bible. It discusses that Jesus is God the Son, the second person in the trinity. It talks about Jesus' resurrection and why He needed to rise from the dead. It speaks about what happens to us after we die, our resurrection from the dead, and our new heavenly body in eternity. It discusses Jesus being God and Man at the same time, so He could die for our sins, and how that shows His love. It answers the question, what makes you a Christian?
- Free podcast 3 (34 minutes): Free podcast devotion - God's love and the death of Jesus
- Free podcast mini-devotion 3 (7 minutes): Free podcast mini-devotion - God's love and the death of Jesus
Lesson 4 - God's love and the Holy Spirit / (free print version)
Summary: Lesson 4 of the Bible study, God loves you and me, talks about the fact that the Holy Spirit lives within us, as Christians. Since the Spirit is in us: We are filled with God's love. The Spirit is God's pledged symbol of love or His engagement ring given to us. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit which signifies we are eternally His. The lesson describes how and why God has always wanted us to be His. It discusses at length four principles on the Spirit controlling you so you can do God's will. The four principles are: Get sin out of your life. Know God's Word. Put your faith or trust in God. And loving God. It also speaks on why there is suffering in this world.
- Free podcast 4 (36 minutes): Free podcast devotion - God's love and the Holy Spirit
- Free podcast mini-devotion 4 (6 minutes): Free podcast mini-devotion - God's love and the Holy Spirit
Lesson 5 - Jesus Christ shows us God's love / (free print version)
Summary: Lesson 5 of the Bible study, God loves you and me, talks about God's love being shown by what Jesus Christ did for us while on this earth. It discusses God's love and forgiveness and how God's love and forgiveness is given to us through Jesus Christ. It explains specifically what Philippians 2:6-8 means, especially what it meant for Jesus to become man but still be God. It talks at length about what it meant for Jesus to step out of eternity and to be born, live and die. It does this by comparing 12 circumstances from Jesus' life on this earth to Him being God. These concepts highlight Jesus' characteristics as God, as well as His laying aside His rights as God and His right to manifest Himself visibly as God.
- Free podcast 5 (34 minutes): Free podcast devotion - Jesus Christ shows us God's love
- Free podcast mini-devotion 5 (7 minutes): Free podcast mini-devotion - Jesus Christ shows us God's love
Lesson 6 - God is our loving Father / (free print version)
Summary: Lesson 6 of the Bible study, God loves you and me, talks about God being our loving Father. It discusses at length the Biblical view of adoption and redemption. It paints a picture of God's redeeming love that enables Him to make us His beloved daughters and princesses. It also describes God as a good, patient, and wise father. It talks about the meaning of Abba father..
- Free podcast 6 (30 minutes): Free podcast devotion - God is our loving Father
- Free podcast mini-devotion 6 (13 minutes): Free podcast mini-devotion - God's redeeming love.
Lesson 7 - God's love will never end / (free print version)
Summary: Lesson 7 of the Bible study, God loves you and me, talks about God's love for us being relentless and everlasting. It tells about Paul's life before Christ saved him. It discusses Romans 8:18, 26-39 almost verse by verse, explaining why nothing can separate us from the love of God through Jesus Christ. It teaches how to deal with trials and suffering through God's love. It clarifies why and how God took care of our sins, through some unique ideas. It discusses how Satan convinces us God doesn't love us. The devotional podcast teaches about Jesus being our loving husband who will never stop loving us.
- Free podcast 7 (35 minutes): Free podcast devotion - Jesus Christ your husband will never stop loving you.
Lesson 8 - God's love empowers us to love / (free print version)
Summary: Lesson 8 of the Bible study, God Loves you and me, talks about how to love God as well as others in very practical ways. It discusses the greatest commandment in the Old and New Testaments, which is loving God. It describes why and how we should love God in very specific ways. It uses 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 to teach how to love others God's way (agape). It also covers why and how to love ourselves, in the epilogue. The devotional podcast defines all 15 characteristics of love from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
- Free podcast 8 (33 minutes): Free podcast devotion - God empowers us to love.
Summary: The Epilogue of the Bible study, God Loves you and me, talks about how you can love yourself because God first loved you. We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
About the course
For those of you who are new to this site, here is some background to the study, God Loves You and Me. I wrote the study for a Christian organization many years ago. The original study had very easy homework to it. I rewrote the study in a different format I call "theme related Bible study," with more information and homework. It is the study posted.
The study, "God Loves You and Me," consists of 8 written lessons and an epilogue. Each lesson is designed for you do in a week's time. (The women who did the unedited version took 2 weeks per lesson.) Each of the 8 lessons has five, one day sections in it. The study can be done alone or in a group setting.
The study also has 9 devotional podcasts that fit with each written lesson, except for devotion 0. Devotion 0 is an introductory podcast for the Bible study. It has no written study to it. Its purpose is to get you started thinking and understanding how much God loves and values you.
There are 2 types of devotional podcasts to the study - mini devotions and complete devotions. The complete devotional podcast communicates what the written lesson with the same title does. They run from about 20 to 40 minutes. The mini devotions are around 6 minutes. They communicate what the written lesson with the same title does but in a shorter and less complete manner.
The whole study will be free to down load and copy for those not using it for commercial purposes (see our Copyright Policy.) Why free? I feel God wants me to get Biblical materials into women's hands as inexpensively as possible so more women can have the opportunity to get into God's word.