“Church Bible Study for Small Groups” is now available
In a time where statistics, magazines and the people who are experts at church information are all saying that the church as we have known it is in trouble it seems like it is important to see if the “church as we have known it” is truly the only way that God said church is to be done.
The implication is that we need to also look if God gave us instructions that might lead us to experience church some other way. The key question is not what I am comfortable with, or my denomination says church is supposed to be or even what my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents said it was to be like. What does God say and what does God want right now in this day and age?
This study is designed to help small groups explore that question by studying passages talking about the New Testament concept of church or related topics. With whatever the Holy Spirit reveals through the scriptures we have to ask ourselves if I am more focussed on my way or God’s best for the here and now. Is God my co-pilot or pilot. If God is your co-pilot, you desperately need to change seats.
These studies are designed to be done in a small group context with a facilitator and led by the Holy Spirit. That means leadership only involves facilitation by one of the participants as the group discusses the passage using the S.E.A. of Galilee Fellowship discovery methods. The facilitators main job is to get everyone involved in the discussion for each question.
- S = SCRIPTURE; read and discuss a passage
- E = EXPLANATION; look at questions that help explore and discover what the passage is really saying (what God is saying through this particular passage to mankind, to your household and specifically to you)
- A = APPLICATION; participants make a commitment to take action on what was revealed as what God wants from us through the study (the teaching them to obey from The Great Commission.
The other task the facilitator has is to teach the group to lovingly ask “Where do you see that in this passage” if someone brings up something that is not related to the passage being discussed or some perceived heresy.
The study can be accessed by clicking https://seaofgalilee.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/church-bible-study.pdf
Or by clicking the button above marked “CHURCH BIBLE STUDY FOR SMALL GROUPS”
W. Lawrence Hess
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