Every Christian needs to be involved in regular Bible Study, not only privately, but also as part of a group. This is not optional. It is necessary for living the Christian life. Why? Because the scriptures lead us into the heart of God. Scriptures reveal the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the primary place we meet God. It is in scripture that we get a measure of ourselves. In the scriptures, as we study them and meditate on them, we find ourselves in conversation with God. Studying the scriptures with others also gives us something that we don’t get on our own. It gives us perspective, it keeps us honest and makes us accountable for what we believe the scriptures mean. As we hear what others say the scriptures mean to them, we are challenged by different thoughts, perspectives, opinions. That is good for us. It makes us have to rethink what we have assumed on our own. It challenges us to go deeper either to confirm our points of view or to reshape how we have thought about the texts we read.
It grieves me that so few of us are active in a Small Group. If you are not in one, I urge you to seek out one. We currently have several Adult and Children’s Small Groups which meet at 10 am on Sunday mornings. The Ladies Class meets in the Eaton Room (Ground Floor of the Sanctuary Building). The Faith and Fellowship Class meets in the Sheldon Adams Class Room (top floor of Sanctuary Building). The Wesley Class meets in the Fellowship Hall. The Java with Jesus Class (Java Class Room) and the Spirit Seekers (Conference Room). Children’s Classes meet on the ground floor of the Sanctuary Building. Youth are invited to pick an adult class to attend. Your presence will enliven these groups. The Youth also meet on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm for Bible study and fellowship.
If you have questions or would like more information contact me or Debbie Wright who is our Sunday School/Bible Study Superintendent.
Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life; and to say a man lives a life of faith and yet lives a prayerless life is every whit as inconsistent and incredible as to say that a man lives without breathing. He that lives a prayerless life lives without God in the world. How can you expect to dwell with God forever if you so neglect and forsake him here? —Jonathan Edwards