Multiple study groups meet throughout the year with themes running through every month or so. Rev. Larry Homitsky, Rev. Ellie Laws, and others lead our Bible studies, which have focused on topics such as the parables of Jesus, dreams in the Bible, the Gospels, Psalms, the women of the Bible, and more.
Why do small bible study groups make such a difference?
People talk more in small groups
People in a small group, whether based in a home or in the church, are more likely to participate in discussions than in a large class. Since there are fewer people, there is more opportunity to talk and less room to hide.
Group members realize that others face similar problems
People often think there is something uniquely wrong with them. When they hear that others have similar struggles, they feel relieved and encouraged.
People use their gifts and talents to minister to one another
God doesn't expect pastors and teachers to do all the ministering. He has given each of us gifts and talents to encourage, teach, and challenge one another. Small groups provide the perfect setting for Christians to minister one to another.
Small group members encourage each other in their faith
We strengthen each other's faith. In his letter to the Romans, Paul taught us that when we see the faith in another believer, it encourages us in our own faith.
Small group members encourage each other to grow
Regardless of a group's focus or format, after a while people are likely to share personal insights and testimonies. When people share, other group members see new ways they can draw closer to God and new steps they can take with others. Changing is hard. There is nothing like a word of encouragement when someone feels hopeless or discouraged. Group members support one another, both during meetings and outside them.
Group members hold each other accountable
If someone announces he or she plans to work on making a change, other members of the group may ask how it went the next time they get together. This can be done in a friendly, informal way. Or group members may make a plan to be accountable to each other. Likewise, when people know they will be meeting with a small group of friends, they are motivated to do their homework and memorize the weekly Bible verse.
Members pray for one another
God honors and answers prayer. When people become connected emotionally, they are more open to praying for one another. Often, group members exchange prayer requests or become prayer partners.
People are more likely to practice what they learn
For all the previous reasons, members of a small group are more likely to apply what they learn than those in a large class.
Group members can help each other in hard times
People often feel isolated, alone or abandoned when facing grave health, emotional, or financial problems. Small group members can provide a "safety net", supporting one another in hard times.
Many people, including Christians, lack close friends. When people get together in a small group, close friendships form and often remain long after the group ends.
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