Ladies Bible Study every Tuesday: 10:00amWhy Does Small Group Bible Study Matter? Getting involved a Bible study can help enrich our lives as Christians and develop our faith. When we look to the Bible, we find guidance and insight into the significance and benefits of being part of a godly community of believers. Early Church Believers Gathered Together “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:46-47). unity and harmony that can be found among believers, and what we should strive for today. God’s word reminds us that we should worship together, eat and fellowship with one another, and enjoy the company of our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is truly an honor to be part of the body of Christ, and when we are together, we bring honor and glory to the Lord. We Aren’t Called to Face Life Alone “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). Companionship is necessary and part of God’s design for humanity. We weren’t meant to go through life alone. When we feel isolated and lonely, pursuing godly friendships can be the way out. Being part of a small group can give you the connection you long for, and the support you need when you go through troubles, setbacks, or trials. God is our source and strength, and He oftentimes uses other believers to bring us renewed hope and peace when times are tough. Community will Challenge and Grow You “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). Other believers can walk with us as we grow and transform spiritually. One of the main points of being part of a small group is to encourage each other in faith and to help one another live more righteously . As a group, you get to “dig into God’s Word” that gives further insight into faith and how to pursue a deeper relationship with the Lord. We need other Christians in our lives to challenge us, support us, and help us understand what it means to live a life for Jesus. We cannot sharpen ourselves, we need others to do that. The Holy Spirit works through other believers to help refine us, and a small group is often the ideal place for real and lasting spiritual transformation to take place. Encourage and Be Encouraged “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25). We shouldn’t give up meeting together as believers, but to keep this spiritual practice alive because there is purpose to believers coming together. Just as we help sharpen each other, when believers come together, we point each other toward a life of love and goodness. Being in a small group will motivate you to be more loving toward others. It will leave you filled up and ready to do good works of faith. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the Bible as you study it with other believers and be able to apply it to your life; how you think, act, and what you say. As God strengthens and empowers us, we are able to invest in others and point them in the direction of a solid relationship with Jesus. God Will Be with Your Group “For where two or three gather together in my name, there I am with them” (Matthew 18:20). God blesses us with His amazing presence when believers gather together in His name. He will be in the midst. A small group meeting allows for prayers to be lifted up, for the report of answered prayers to be shared, and for communal worship to take place, all in the presence of the Spirit of the Lord. Small groups may often find ways to serve the community or those who are in need. When there are two or more, God will be in the midst as a small group serves to make a positive and lasting impact in Jesus’ name. A theme consistent throughout Scripture is that being in community with other believers is truly important in our lives.