Community Day: Narelle’s group in Australia

Narelle here. Today I’m going to share some thoughts from members of my Bible study group. We all attend the same church service and meet weekly in one of our homes. We have been following the sermon series at church and studying the relevant Bible passages in our group discussions.

We bring along our Bibles (in various forms) and embrace technology to read the Bible.

I asked my group members a few questions and they have very kindly provided their answers below. One thing I like about my group is we’re not afraid to ask the tough questions and discuss difficult issues. It’s a safe environment to express our opinions and learn from others in the group.

Here’s what the other group members like about our group:

“I like the way that in our group we can share our opinions and thoughts openly, even if they are different from others and still grow in fellowship with each other and God.”

“Supper :P, no, the genuine the discussions we have about Christ and the fellowship that results from this.”

“I love to see how Christ works through friendships created in a group for His purpose.”

“I like how everyone can share and have fun together. Its great to have a group of Christian friends to grow in Christ with.”

“I like that we can ask questions openly and learn from those older than us.”

“Yea I also like the openness and also how easy it is to have discussions within the group.”

“The people, I love seeing people grow in their knowledge and love of Christ. So awesome.”

I asked my group if they have a favourite food or activity. The food is always good, and I’ve included below a photo from the Passover meal we shared before Easter.

“We do like to break out a guitar or piano and play a few songs at the end of our study occasionally.”

“We always have creative ice breakers, or ‘ice makers’ as well call them.”

“We recently had a Passover meal together which was a wonderful time of fellowship, remembering Gods promises, songs and delicious roast lamb all squished around a coffee table :)”

“Bible study introduced me to tea and now I love it!!!! I like how we can all enjoy tea together and chat.”

“Consistently eating more chips and lollies then what is healthy.”

“Warm Turkish bread and dips :)”

“Singing and playing instruments after the study! So good!!!”

And I asked my group why they thought it was important to belong to a Bible study group.

“It’s important because you build stronger relationships with a small group of people and those relationships help keep you looking at and reading the Bible, as well as allow you to ask questions you might not ask otherwise, get answers and grow in your relationship with God.”

“To fellowship and bond with other Christians, to discuss the Bible and challenge one another about how to live for Jesus. :)”

“To encourage and build one another up in Christ and to find true friends that will walk with you, pray with you, fast with you and feast with you :)”

“It is important to have fellowship with other Christians to encourage each other in faith and to praise God together for his amazing gifts to us and also to ask him for help with the struggles in our lives and pray for each other and build each other up in Christ.”

“To have a group you see weekly where you can focus more on discussions and develop your faith at a relational level. A place where you can pray and be prayed for.”

“It is good for the encouragement and support so not to get distracted through out the week. The personal side is also good.”

“I believe it is important to be part of a small group so we can practice what is preached on Sundays by loving, encouraging and serving each other.”

I’d like to thank my group for their thoughtful answers and providing some insights into our group. I hope you’ve been encouraged by hearing about our group and if you’d like your group to be featured in a Community Day post, please contact us at: community [at] 30minutebiblestudies [dot] com

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