“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another– and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
So a while back I mentioned wanting to start up a small group Bible study. Well guess what? I did it! Or I suppose I should say WE did it. Mitch and I open our house to a total of 3 other people at the moment, and we’re hoping we can continue to grow and fellowship with as many people who feel lead to come. 🙂 This coming Tuesday will be the 4th week of our group’s existence and I can’t say enough how proud, blessed, and pleased I am each Tuesday evening as we share scripture and life experiences with one another, growing in spirit and wisdom. I’ll take a picture or two of our next get-together so you can see us all in “action” 🙂
God is good and we would be in a very dark and abysmal place without Him as Lord of our lives. That is what makes our small group study such an amazing blessing; we have found a group of people who desire God and want to walk with the Spirit. I just thought I’d share with you our topic of discussion for next week and give you all some things to ponder this weekend.
We will be discussing the subject of “Choosing to be Servants”.
1. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12– a Cord of THREE strands
- Is God an integral part of your marriage? Your relationship?
- If not, why?
2. Ephesians 5:21-33– Biblical Submission: Submitting your right to be right because Jesus is right. 😉
- What is your first thought when you hear the word “submit”?
- What does Biblical submission look like to you?
- Is your marriage following this pattern outlined for us in Ephesians?
- Do you believe that order and unity under God’s design for marriage are truly more important than demanding to get the decisions “right” based on pride rather than righteousness?
- If not, why?
3. James 4:1-10– Adulterous People
- Women, how is submission to God essential in being able to submit to your spouse? And do you Biblically submit to your husband?
- Men, how is your submission to God critical to you being an effective spiritual/ household leader?
4. Ephesians 2:2-3– Objects of Wrath
- Are you at war with God?
- If yes, is that putting you at war with your spouse?
- What steps can you take to put yourselves at peace with God? With each other?
5. Romans 5:1-2– Finding Peace
- How does this scripture relate to your marriage?
- Do you believe that peace with God or conversely, war with God will ultimately lead to peace or war within your marriages? Why or why not?
- The fruits of our faith and submission to God’s will are peace, grace, access to God, the hope of Heaven. Do you see your relationship with God bearing these fruits? What about in your marriage?
That is our basic outline for study next week. I’m truly excited about the discussion the scriptures will inspire and the many insights that will be brought to the table. Think on these things for yourselves. If you are NOT married, think about these things in relation to what you hope to find in a future mate. Are you looking for someone based on what is scripturally sound? Are you setting yourself up for failure by going against God’s plan for marriage/relationships? What can you do to change or enhance your relationships according to scripture?
Enjoy your weekend and leave me some feedback on your thoughts/ideas of marriage/relationships and how they are or are not similar to those outlined to the Bible.