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Welcome! Thank you for signing up for the When Strivings Cease study by Ruth Chou Simons, hosted by FaithGateway! We are circling our calendars and looking forward to getting started with you! If you're new to our studies, here are a few things you need to know:

  • Study dates are January 17-February 27, 2022 and there's a catch-up week at the end. Look for your confirmation email from FaithGateway OBS ( with all the information.
  • Grab your free downloads below, and get everything you need to get started right away!
  • There will be a number of opportunities to discuss the study and interact with others in community! We'll announce details in your email around January 10th.
  • Don't miss the great offers on the study guide + companion book - with exclusive savings at FaithGateway Store (details below)!

Question: What Else Do I Need?

Your access to all six study videos with Ruth will be FREE, and the recommended resource to go along with the videos is the When Strivings Cease study guide, which has your weekly Bible study (workbook-style) for sessions 1-6, along with the companion book, When Strivings Cease. The two go together for the most rewarding study experience!

If you need to follow a different schedule, note that the study guide includes lifetime access to streaming video of all sessions!


Save an extra $3.00 off each When Strivings Cease resource with coupon code* STRIVINGS at FaithGateway Store

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Study Downloads to Get Started

Enjoy these free downloads of the week 1 study guide and companion book reading while you wait for your ordered materials to arrive!  Click on any of the images to download the PDF files to your computer, smart phone, or other mobile device. We've also sent these to your email from sender name FaithGateway OBS ( 

Where to Find the Videos

The session one video with Ruth available now at:

(link sent to your email)
... or you can watch it right now!


  • Week One (Jan. 17-23) — Favor You Cannot Earn

  • Week Two (Jan. 24-30) — Costly, but Free

  • Week Three (Jan. 31-Feb. 6) — Released from Shame

  • Week Four (Feb. 7-13) — Completely Changed

  • Week Five (Feb. 14-20) — Freed to Do Good

  • Week Six (Feb. 21-27) — Wanting God's Story

  • Catch-up Week (Feb. 28-March 6) — All videos will be available again for viewing during this week.

Questions and Answers

  • q-iconWhere do I sign up for the Facebook private group? What's that all about?

    Join the group starting January 10th! The group is optional for people who want more daily interaction and community. Be sure to read the community rules and remember to keep conversations on topic with no soliciting. We’d love to have you be a part of this group!

  • q-iconWhat other ways can we engage with the online participants?

    As you watch each video, you’ll have the opportunity to comment on the video and see what others are saying. You can stick around after the video to answer a few discussion questions, too! We also love to encourage you to start conversations within the Facebook group to start topical discussions with other participants who are studying along with you.

  • q-iconCan I buy the DVDs and watch the videos that way?

    Yes! You can buy the DVD in the FaithGateway store to have a copy of your own. You can also buy a combo pack that includes the DVD and the companion study guide. *With every DVD and/or STUDY GUIDE purchase receive FREE lifetime streaming video access to the videos!

  • q-iconI don't live in the USA and want to do this Bible study. How can I obtain the materials please?

    Anyone with Internet access can watch the videos for FREE week by week, and follow along with our weekly emails. For the companion book, we recommend checking with your local Christian bookstore or online retailer (like Amazon Canada or Amazon UK).

  • q-iconI'm already part of a small group at church. How can we do this study with you?

    All of the online activities associated with this study are optional. You can still structure your group like a traditional Bible study using the free downloads we’ve provided and the study materials in the book. Feel free to follow our study calendar and meet every week or set up your own schedule and go at your group’s pace

  • q-iconWhat communication can I expect to receive? I don't want to be inundated with emails.

    After sign up you’ll receive an email a week as you’re going through the study. We’ll keep you updated on the assigned reading for the week and where to watch your companion videos. With your registration you will also start to receive the weekly FaithGateway Women and FaithGateway Bible Study newsletter. You can unsubscribe from any of these at any time.

  • q-iconIs this something I could do via Zoom? I am looking for a study to do with my friends , but we are in different cities.

    Absolutely! The weekly videos will be available online so you could get on Zoom (or Skype, Google Hangouts, iChat, or whatever), watch them at the same time, then talk and process through the questions and each week’s reading together. We love this idea! What an awesome way to bond with friends across the miles.

  • q-iconIs this online Bible study just for women?

    Everyone and anyone is welcome to join the online Bible study. The Scriptural truths and study of God’s Word are for everyone.

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