Thursday, May 18, 2017

We Saved You a Seat {Tips for Starting a Bible Study with Friends + A Review} #Dayspring #incourage

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Today, we're talking about Bible Studies.

We all know that studying our Bibles is an important part of Christian life, right? It allows us to dig deeper into the Word and learn to better apply it to our own lives. There are some great ways to study the Bible--- be it through a study Bible or one of the many great Bible studies out there. Today though, I want to talk about studying the Bible with friends.

Why a Bible Study with Friends?

Matthew 28:20 tells us, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them," so it only makes sense to join together in studying the Bible, right?  But that's not the only reason. 

  • Differing Perspectives. I've often said that often, the way we interpret things is based upon our experiences. Each different, each unique. This is one of the things I love about my Sunday school class--- we all have lead such different lives, but as we are studying- we see how those different experience give us different perspectives on whatever we are studying. I love that this allows me to get a larger picture and opens my eyes to see things in a way I have not before. 
  • Being Held Accountable. Let's be honest, when we set a goal to study the Bible, it can be really easy to just give it up. We lose track of time, life gets busy. We know its important, but... life happens. BUT when we're studying with friends, we have someone their cheering us on, helping us make that time together to actually follow through.
  • Strengthening Relationships. I think there is truly something really powerful about spending time with God together. It allows you to connect on a much deeper, much more powerful level. 

So, now we know the why, but what about the how...?

How To Plan For a Bible Study with Friends?

  • Think of Who You Want to Include. Do you want a large group of ladies, or just an intimate few? Do you want ladies in all stages of life, or a more specific group--- perhaps mothers, or newlyweds, even military spouses. Consider these things and see who wants to participate. 
  • Pick a Time/Location. After you've decided the who, figure out the when and where. Meet at church, someone's home or rotate locations. Want to do a Bible study with a group of friends who are not local? Create a Facebook group. Sure, you might not get that true together time as you would in person, but for the most part, you'll still get all of the benefits above. 
  • Provide Treats. It can be as extravagant as a weekly/monthly breakfast or as simple as donuts and coffee. Whatever you choose, food can be a great motivator and a great way to bring people together!
  • Pray About It. Before you start and during each get together, PRAY. Pray for God's guidance as you study, pray for your friendships, pray for individual needs and pray that the study reaches someone in a way that they need it. 
  • Pick the Perfect Topic. Choose a particular book of the Bible and create your own study if you're comfortable with that idea. Need a starting point? There are plenty of great ones on the market--- figure out a topic that is perfect for the members of your group--- be it motherhood, marriage, friendships... you are sure to find the perfect study to fit your group needs.

Today, I'm excited to share with you a great Bible Study that is perfect for this type of Bible Study group- We Saved You a Seat: Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships:

In today’s busy world, we’re wired to appear “fine,” warding off authenticity and shielding ourselves from judgment. We hide behind the hum of busyness to escape intimate friendships with the women God has placed in our lives.
But we do want a seat at the table. We yearn for authentic relationships and the opportunity to be the opposite of “fine” with people who cheer for us. But comparison, envy, and entitlement often stop us from pulling out a chair at the table. Friendship can be hard, making new friends even harder, and maintaining genuine friendship the hardest of all.
In this 7-session Bible study, Lisa-Jo Baker and friends from (in)courage explore our relationship with Jesus as the ultimate model for authentic friendship. Nothing shapes us like the impact of a friend—it’s how Jesus radically and intimately connects with us. So instead of chasing perfection, overcome your fear of being known and find the courage to connect.

Leader helps to guide questions and discussions within small groups
Personal study segments with homework to complete between 7 weeks of group sessions
Explore your relationship with Jesus as a model for friendship.
Debunk the myth of effortless friendship.
Overcome the fear of knowing and being known.

Stop running from friendship and find the courage to connect.

To be honest, relationships are hard for me. I am much better at talking to people from behind my computer screen than I am in real life. Making and keeping friends is something that I need a little- okay a lot of- help with. This is why I so much love the idea of studying what the Bible says on friendship with friends. Doing this study together will draw you closer and help you grow as Christians and in your relationships with God and each other. So grab some friends and get started!

In addition to the study, Dayspring also offers great products to help you along. This conversation starter jar is the perfect ice breaker to help get the conversations going. Pick and answer a few questions during each Bible study session, or have a 'Get To Know You' session to work through them all before you dive in! The We Saved You a Seat Bible Study Kit offers tools to better help you follow along, make notes and even journal as you go. Highlighters. washi, sticker notes and more will help you make the most of your study time!

You can see all of these and more at Dayspring. Head on over to shop now.

Have you started a Bible Study Group with your friends? What advice would you add? Looking to start one? How could these study help?


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