Our aim is to grow in our understanding of Biblical Womanhood and encourage one another to live it out as Summit Woods Women. We are continuing to study 1 Peter 3:1-6The goal of Summit Woods Women is that women of Summit Woods Baptist Church would intentionally pursue, engage, serve, teach, confront, exhort, help and love the other women in the body according to the pattern set forth in Titus 2:3-5,“older women teaching what is good and so to train the younger women” to the end “that the word of God may not be reviled.”SWW New Logo JPEG smaller crop

Summit Woods Women exists to meet that goal through weekly Titus 2 Groups, a Winter Conference, a Fall Fellowship and various gatherings throughout the year.

We will concentrate on the “hidden person of the heart” from 1 Peter 3:1-6. Peter instructs a woman in Christ’s church to adorn, or make attractive/beautiful, her own inner self, that “hidden person of the heart.” The foundation for a beautiful “hidden person of the heart” is a heart that trusts in God. A beautiful heart is also described by the Apostle Peter as fearless in doing what is right. This fearless righteousness does not come from within the God-centered woman but rather from looking to God’s faithful character and acting on His trustworthiness.

We want to pursue being like the holy women of the Old Testament and New Testament. They adorned their hidden person of the heart by doing right without being frightened by anything that is fearful.

Also, they adorned their hidden person of the heart by taking time to quiet their souls. In our text Peter exhorts the Christian woman to adorn her heart with a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of our God.

This year we will specifically focus on vs. 3-5 of 1 Peter 3:1-6, which says, “Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves….” (NASB)

Taking Time to Quiet the SoulFor Summit Woods Women our plan is to work through a few chapters in a resource called “Taking Time to Quiet Your Soul Syllabus & Study Guide” by Jim Berg. We will concentrate on chapters 1-6.

May our God give each of us grace to learn more of who He is and how to do adorn our hidden person of the heart with the gentle and quiet spirit as Summit Woods Women.

Upcoming Events:

  • Cooking Fellowship: Friday, April 12, 5:00-9:00 pm
  • Fall Fellowship: Saturday, October 12, 8:00-4:00 pm
  • Winter Conference 2025: February 13-15, 2025

Titus 2 Women's Groups

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I have profited from being a part of my Titus 2 group because it pushes me to see broad, Scriptural application in a variety of life experiences and situations common to other women. It's encouraging to see God working in different people and contexts for our sanctification and His glory, and our Titus 2 group is a unique platform for displaying that. I have also appreciated the accountability of engaging in the wider fellowship and discipleship that helps keep me from neglecting that Scriptural application! ~ Stephanie Gardner


I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of a Titus 2 group! I appreciate the accountability provided by meeting together with other Christian women on a regular basis. In doing a book study together, we are able to encourage one another in the Lord and help one another practically apply the truths of God’s word. Our group has come alongside me in prayer and helped me as needs arise outside of our meetings as well. The relationships we’ve formed go far deeper than just a quick greeting on Sunday mornings. It’s so wonderful to walk alongside believing women as we seek the Lord’s guidance in our daily lives and to gain wisdom from those who are more spiritually mature. What a sweet gift from the Lord these ladies are to me! ~ Amy Welsh

Titus 2 Women’s Groups at Summit Woods are designed to encourage, facilitate, and spark relationships between older and younger women among our body. Would you consider joining one of the Titus 2 Groups listed here as a further avenue to fellowship with Summit Woods Women?

Titus 2 Women's Group Mondays, 10:00 am-Noon

  • Material to discuss: The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield
  • Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays in the Student Center
  • Contact Pattie Rogers or Rachel Stouffer 

Titus 2 Women’s Group Tuesdays, 10 am-Noon

  • Taking a break over the summer, but will return to meeting August 6
  • Material to discuss: Philippians by John MacArthur
  • Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in Peculiar
  • Contact Heidi Hurley or Crystal Mickelson

Titus 2 Women’s Group Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 am

  • Material to discuss: Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp
  • Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday in Pleasant Hill
  • Contact Angie Dubbert or Terese Engling

Titus 2 Women’s Group Wednesdays, 4:30-5:40 pm

  • Material to discuss: God is More Than Enough by Jim Berg
  • Meets weekly in the Fellowship Hall - FH401
  • Contact Lois House

Titus 2 Women’s Group Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 am

  • Material to discuss: The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin by Kris Lundgaard (new study will begin in February)
  • Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays in Belton
  • Contact Karlee Rogers or Heather Ruisinger 

Titus 2 Women’s Group Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 pm

  • Material to discuss: Spiritual Depression by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Meets every other Thursday in Grandview
  • Contact Ellie Hymes
  • This group is currently full. Please see the leader about joining in the future.

Titus 2 Women’s Group Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 pm

  • Material to discuss: The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung
  • Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays
  • Location TBD
  • Contact Stephanie Gardner or Kerry Conrad

Titus 2 Women’s Group Thursdays, 8:00-9:30 pm

  • Material to discuss: The Disciplines of Grace by Jerry Bridges
  • Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays at Church Office
  • Contact Julia Bouvia 

Titus 2 Women’s Group Fridays, 6:15-7:45 am

  • Material to discuss: Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund 
  • Meets twice a month in Lee’s Summit
  • Contact Michelle McConnell or Kelly Capranica

Need a nighttime option or a ministry to your children in order to participate in a Titus 2 Women's Group? Consider coming on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm, Summit Woods Baptist Church in the Church Office!

  • Adults meet together in the Church Office for a brief overview of a gospel-centered book (in the Fall books deal with the topics of discipleship and evangelism in the Christian life) and then small women's groups meet all over the church campus to discuss the material read and practical application. There is also a significant time of praying for the needs of one another in a small group setting.
  • Options for childcare through our nursery ministry, AWANA, and Grounded Student Ministries are provided. 

Our early morning Titus group has provided me with such sweet fellowship as we practice discipling one another in the application of God's Word. We are learning how to pray more purposefully together--how to share honestly in life's joys and struggles--and how to continually compare our own thoughts to God's thoughts.  I mentioned to a fellow sister in Christ that I wasn't sure how to lead the ladies through a particular lesson and she encouraged me with 'that's why we practice'. It seems our early morning group is the schoolhouse for such practice. ~ Michelle McConnell

Our Titus 2 group has been an encouragement to me in that it has been a great way to get to know a group of women in a closer way. In the small group setting, there is a greater opportunity for sharing one another's joys and burdens. And especially for me, the small group helps to keep my feet to the fire (so to speak) with regards to my walk with the Lord. ~ Gale Collison

I'm so glad I joined a Titus 2 group two years ago! When I moved home from college, I felt disconnected and not sure where I fit in at church. Meeting regularly with a small group of women connected me to people who encouraged me and opportunities to serve the body. I'm thankful for the spiritual disciplines we continue to tackle together—prayer and scripture memory especially! My Titus 2 group has grown my love for the people of Summit Woods Baptist Church while growing my affection for our Maker. ~ Laina Gunsallus

For further information or to get in touch with a group, please email sww@swbcls.org.

Recommended Titus 2 Group Reading List

Highlighted Reads for 2024

  • Taking Time to Quiet Your Soul, Jim Berg
  • God Is More Than Enough, Jim Berg
  • True Beauty, Carolyn Mahaney
  • The Power of Christian Contentment, Andrew M. Davis
  • Keep a Quiet Heart, Elisabeth Elliot

Essential Recommended Reads:

  • Let Me Be a Woman, Elisabeth Elliot
  • Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother, Carolyn Mahaney
  • God’s High Calling for Women, John MacArthurThis Momentary Marriage, John Piper
  • When Sinners Say, “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage, Dave Harvey
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp
  • Trusting God, Jerry Bridges
  • Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Its Cure, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Knowing God, JI Packer
  • Taking Time to Quiet Your Soul, Jim Berg
  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, Paul Tripp
  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Mark Dever
  • The Gospel Comes with a Housekey, Rosaria Butterfield

The Bible

Recommended Reads by Topic:

Biblical Womanhood

  • Let Me Be a Woman, Elisabeth Elliot
  • Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
  • Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother, Carolyn Mahaney
  • Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and Not Be Overwhelmed, Carolyn Mahaney
  • True Beauty, Carolyn Mahaney
  • True Feelings, Carolyn Mahaney
  • Disciplines of a Godly Woman, Barbara Hughes
  • God’s High Calling for Women, John MacArthur
  • Different by Design: Discovering God’s Will for Today’s Man and Woman, John MacArthur
  • The Grand Design: Male and Female He Made Them, Owen Strachan, Gavin Peacock 
  • The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective, Martha Peace
  • Damsels in Distress, Martha Peace
  • Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, John Piper
  • Designing a Lifestyle that Pleases God, A Practical Guide, Pat Ennis & Lisa Tatlock
  • Becoming a Woman Who Pleases God, Pat Ennis & Lisa Tatlock
  • Openness Unhindered, Rosaria Butterfield
  • The Gospel Comes With a Housekey, Rosaria Butterfield
  • Girl Talk, Mother & Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood, Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Whitacre

Family

  • When Sinners Say, “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage, Dave Harvey
  • This Momentary Marriage, John Piper
  • Love That Lasts, Gary & Betsy Ricucci
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp
  • Age of Opportunity, Paul Tripp
  • Strengthening Your Marriage, Wayne Mack
  • Sweethearts for a Lifetime, Wayne Mack
  • Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God, Gloria Furman
  • Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, Gloria Furman
  • Don’t Make Me Count to Three, Ginger Plowman Hubbard
  • Instructing a Child’s Heart, Tedd & Margy Tripp
  • Teach Them Diligently: How to Use the Scriptures in Child Training, Lou Priolo
  • The Faithful Parent, Martha Peace/Stuart Scott
  • Parenting for Life, Grace Community Church
  • The Disciple-Making Parent, Chap Bettis
  • The Fulfilled Family: God’s Design for Your Home, John MacArthur
  • Catching Foxes: A Gospel-Guided Journey to Marriage (Pre-marriage), John Henderson
  • You Never Stop Being a Parent: Thriving in Relationship with Your Adult Children, Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jim Newheiser

Sanctification

  • Our Sufficiency in Christ, John MacArthur
  • Humility: True Greatness, CJ Mahaney
  • Living the Cross Centered Life, CJ Mahaney
  • Growing in Your Faith, Jerry Bridges
  • The Discipline of Grace, Jerry Bridges
  • The Gospel for Real Life, Jerry Bridges
  • The Pursuit of Holiness, Jerry Bridges
  • Respectable Sins, Jerry Bridges
  • Just Do Something, Kevin DeYoung
  • The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap, Kevin DeYoung
  • Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper
  • Holiness, JC Ryle
  • The Religious Affections, Jonathan Edwards
  • The Enemy Within, Kris Lundgaard
  • Keeping the Heart: In Modern English, John Flavel, Jason Roth
  • Changed Into His Image, Jim Berg
  • God Is More Than Enough, Jim Berg
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald Whitney
  • Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Its Cure, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Taking Time to Quiet Your Soul, Jim Berg
  • The Power of Christian Contentment, Andrew M. Davis
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan

Biography

  • The Shaping of a Christian Family, Elisabeth Elliot
  • Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God, Noel Piper
  • Twelve Extraordinary Women, John MacArthur
  • Twelve Unlikely Heroes, John MacArthur
  • 21 Servants of Sovereign Joy: Faithful, Flawed, and Fruitful, John Piper
  • Devoted, Tim Challies
  • The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, Rosaria Butterfield
  • Lady Jane Gray, Faith Cook
  • Anne Bradstreet: Pilgrim and Poet, Faith Cook
  • Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susanna Spurgeon, Ray Rhodes
  • My Heart in His Hands, Sharon James
  • Elizabeth Prentiss, Sharon James
  • Treasuring God in Our Traditions, Noel Piper

Theology

  • Knowing God, JI Packer
  • Trusting God, Jerry Bridges
  • The Joy of Fearing God, Jerry Bridges
  • Desiring God, John Piper
  • Future Grace: The Purifying Power of the Promises of God, John Piper
  • The Pleasures of God, John Piper
  • The Holiness of God, RC Sproul
  • The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God, AW Tozer
  • The Gospel According to Jesus, John MacArthur
  • Essential Christian Doctrine, John MacArthur
  • The Glory of Heaven, John MacArthur
  • The Attributes of God, AW Pink
  • Communion with God, John Owen

Discipleship

  • Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women, Susan Hunt 
  • The Biblical Counseling Guide for Women, John & Janie Street
  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, Paul Tripp
  • Fundamentals of the Faith, Grace Community Church
  • One to One Bible Reading, David Helm
  • Praying the Bible, Donald Whitney
  • Praying Together, Megan Hill
  • Pray In This Way, Bret Capranica
  • The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, Arthur Bennett
  • Hymns of Grace Hymnal, Distributed by Grace Community Church

Church Life

  • Word-Centered Church: How Scripture Brings Life and Growth to God’s People, Jonathan Leeman
  • Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion, Kevin DeYoung
  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Mark Dever
  • The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything, Colin Marshall
  • The Master’s Plan for the Church, John MacArthur

Evangelism

  • The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, Mark Dever
  • The Gospel Comes with a Housekey, Rosaria Butterfield
  • Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions, John Piper

Resources

Let’s meditate and memorize 1 Peter 3:1-6 together as Summit Woods Women. See a number of versions below:

1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. (ESV)

1 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2 as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. 3 Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear. (NASB)

1 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the [a]incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. (NKJV)

Let's meditate and memorize Titus 2:3-5 together as Summit Woods Women. See a number of versions below:

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. (ESV)

3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. (NASB)

3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. (NKJV)

Let's listen to or read the following teaching on these passages to help us understand what the Word is saying:

From Summit Woods

From John MacArthur

From Jerry Wragg

From Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Helpful conversations on biblical womanhood:

Where we've been and where we're going as Summit Woods Women:

Adorn the Hidden Person of the Heart

1. Be Like Holy Women of Old, in Former Times

     By Learning to Trust GodTrusting God

          “They Hoped in God”

     By Overcoming Anxiety and Fear

          “They Did What Was Right without Being Frightened by any fear”Taking Time to Quiet the Soul

2. Be Adorning, or Nurturing Your Soul, Your Inner Self

     By Taking Time to Quiet Your Soul

          “They adorned themselves in former times” and so should we

     On the inside—what God sees

          “In the hidden Person of the Heart,” the inner self/soul

          “With the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit”

          “Not with the External Merely”

3. Be Submissive to God

     By Submitting to God and His Designs

          “To Your Own Husband” is God’s Design

     Authority and Submission Dynamic is God’s Design (Context 1 Peter 2, 3, 4)

4. Christ is Our Example & This is for All Christians (1 Peter 4:12-19)

     “Entrust Self to Faithful Creator”

     “Submit to Husband” to Win Your Husband

     By Behaving in a Chaste and Respectful Manner

     On the Outside—what Husband Sees

          “Your Chaste Behavior” in Purity of Heart

          “Your Respectful Behavior” in Humility of Mind

SWW 2023 Winter Retreat

Stabilizing Truths for a Noisy Soul

Quieting a Noisy Soul

SWW 2022 Cooking Together Information and Recipes

The 2022 SWW Cooking Together fellowship provided a sweet time together as we focused on serving others with allergies and dietary differences without fear. Here are the recipes from that cooking together fellowship for you! You'll find a copy here.

SWW 2021 Cooking Together Recipe Compilation

The 2021 SWW Cooking Together fellowship provided a sweet time together, and we compiled the recipes together for you! You'll find a copy here.

SWW 2018 Retreat Recipe Exchange

During the 2018 SWW Retreat ladies submitted their favorite recipes to be collected for your enjoyment! You'll find a copy here.

SWW 2017 Women's Retreat Booklet

In response to the feedback we received from our 2017 Summit Woods Women’s retreat in March, we have revised the weekend’s Proverbs 31 Bible study booklet to allow the ladies who were not able to attend the retreat to complete the study as well. While you can go through the study entirely on your own, we strongly encourage you to get together with other ladies to discuss what you have studied and to pray for one another. Our purpose with this study is to begin a conversation that will continue as we encourage and disciple each other to live as godly women who fear the Lord.

For more information contact Kelly Capranica or sww@swbcls.org.