I am so blessed to be part of a church that puts an emphasis on small groups. Three years ago, brand new to the area and a newlywed, a lady I'd only just met came up to me after the service one Sunday and asked if I'd joined a group yet.
Being the socially awkward person I am, I picked at my thumbnail and tried to get out of committing to anything.
Luckily, the small group study they were working on was a couples study... so I could hide my odd extroversion-but-sort-of-shyness in Trevor's self-assured friendliness.
Three years later, here I am, just finishing up co-leading a group study myself! Yeah! I know! Crazy.
To be sure, it wasn't until we started getting involved with a small group that we finally started branching out a bit in our new town and making some non-co-worker friends. And we've been so, so blessed by the friendships and studies we've done.
Long story short, don't pick your fingers awkwardly. Just say yes and get involved in a church. You need it.
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Anyway, this past Fall and Winter, my small group went through the study "Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story," by Angie Smith. One of the other group leaders chose the curriculum, and while I hadn't really heard a lot about it, it looked like a pretty good Bible study, and I looked forward to beginning it.
One of the things that stood out about "Seamless" was the approach of the study. Our group had gone through two books of the Bible, but this study had a much larger scope. The idea of "Seamless" is to get a good grasp on the whole Bible. That was really interesting to me.
The first week of the study made me a little nervous. There was great content, but I really expected to spend more time digging into Scripture. Thankfully, the second week (and all the ones after) were much more intense. I spent my Bible study time flipping through my Bible to seek out answers to Angie's questions, and often found myself reading more than what was required, just because I was interested.
I learned a lot during the study, and even read some passages that I'm sure I've never known were in the Bible before. The book also covered stuff that all Sunday School kids know- which makes it great for new believers, too, and continually connected the themes and stories to the Gospel message.
The questions posed in "Seamless" were pretty good ones- I mostly used them to keep myself focused during the study, and that was helpful. Some of the questions made for really great discussions during our small group time- and the structure of the study really helped me out as a new co-leader.
Our group used the DVD leader kit that comes with a video to watch each meeting time. Most of the time, I felt that the video was pretty worthwhile, but not necessary to the study. I appreciated that, because "Seamless" could be completed individually, without the video, and still would be a solid personal Bible study.
I do understand the Bible better after completing "Seamless," which was Angie's goal all along. I'd recommend this study to new believers and more mature believers alike- the Word of God always has something new to tell me every time I open it, and Seamless got me opening the Word!
What Bible studies have you done recently?
What studies have you been most blessed by?
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