"No way. Absolutely not! I can't possibly."
These were just a few of my thoughts as the Holy Spirit suggested I join a home group Bible study across town. As a busy Washington, D.C. contracts manager, my duties at Office of Naval Research took a lot of mental and emotional energy. Now, it felt like God wanted me to sign up for one more thing in my personal life.
Getting there would only be half the battle. Traffic after work in Washington is usually horrific. What should be a twenty minute drive to the home group would take forty minutes to an hour. Through in at least a couple of hours of Bible study and fellowship, I wouldn't get home until 10 p.m. at the earliest.
As the date of the first meeting approached, the Spirit tugged a little harder at my mind. Deep down, I knew that I needed a closer connection to the people at my church. Sunday services and an occasional work day did not make for close relationships. One part of me longed for more meaningful fellowship, a chance to be real with other Christians and let them into my inner circle.
Sitting on the couch that first night felt awkward, even though I knew the leaders and one of the other participants. We all introduced ourselves and dove into the introductory lesson from a book selected by our leader and his wife. Soon, I forgot about the traffic, my other objections, and my general fatigue with life.
We all need to study the Bible with others. While God does some of His best work alone with us, there are times when the experience, hope, and joy of others will get through to us. Here is a partial list of why group Bible study is important enough for you to rearrange your priorities to make it happen.
1. God commanded us to get together as believers. (Heb. 10:25)
2. Two is stronger than one and a three-fold cord is not easily broken. Meeting and praying together makes life better. (Eccl. 4:9-12)
3. The thoughts and perspectives of others can open up new ideas, solutions, and hope which we wouldn't have thought of on our own. (Eph. 1:18)
4. When we gather as a group of believers, Jesus is right there in our midst. (Matt. 18:20)
Taking God to Work
Steve Reynolds and I wrote Taking God to Work specifically intending it to be used as a Bible Study. It is focused on the issues and problems encountered by working people. The study offers real solutions, God's perspective through His word, and opportunities to increase our impact at our workplace. Those who have used it report significant impact on their growth groups and Bible study fellowships.
Each chapter includes stories, teaching from God's word, personality profiles of real Christians, and study questions. You and your small group members will experience noticeable growth as you study God's perspective on work, share your own experiences, and pray for each other.
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