The battle for community within the family of faith is a reality. We are pulled in so many different directions people use calendar apps to keep up with when Johnny has to be at football, Suzy has to be at cheerleading, Dominique has to be at gymnastics, and the dog has to be at the vet’s office.
In single parent homes the strain is compounded with one person working and trying to coordinate extracurricular activities, ensure homework is completed, dinner gets served, clothes washed, and work done. Even when there are two parents it seems there is hardly enough time for everything, so carving out time to connect with those in the faith family can be a real challenge.
There is no Greater Time to get Connected
As a Pastor, I have never sensed a greater time for our people to become connected to a local church and in a group. Living disconnected, frazzled lives is leading to disastrous lifestyle choices, separated families, and little faith that leads to a carnal way of living. People need to be under the teaching of God’s Word through worship services and a weekly group, just as God has instructed. We need to always observe the “First Day” of the week like God desires it to be, rather than lower its value as being done by many today.
One of the goals of Bible Studies for Life is to connect people to the family of faith. This strategy combats the isolation or detachment created by the busyness of our lives. Biblical application is essential for those who are overwhelmed by decisions, distractions, and disruptions. Getting into the Word consistently teaches us how the truths contained in it make our lives different.
Connect and Influence
In addition to our need to connect those inside the family of faith to a group for Bible study, we need to connect with those who are outside the family of faith. This means influencing our unbelieving co-workers, classmates, neighbors, and family members.
Many people who are not believers do recognize that they have spiritual needs. They know they have needs but they do not necessarily know what to do about them. They are in darkness needing light.
What does Bible Studies for Life offer?
A Resource for Connecting and Learning
Compelling studies that meet people where they are. We all have experienced a boring Bible lesson. Imagine how difficult it is for someone new to get connected to a group and feel like the discussion is relevant to his or her life. Bible Studies for Life is designed to draw people into discussion, challenge thinking with biblical truth, and provide practical help.
The scriptural basis for these connections is the Lord’s encounter with the woman at the well in John’s Gospel. Jesus knew this woman needed to be connected to His Father, so He started a conversation to make the connection. Bible Studies for Life is designed to help you get conversations started.
As we redesigned Bible Studies for Life, we became convinced that at least twice a year, we needed to do the kind of lessons that provided Christians a ramp to engage their unchurched and lost friends into relevant, practical lessons from the Bible. I really believe the Bible Studies for Life curriculum series will provide you opportunities to reach people that are not being reached for Christ. Be a part of this growing movement beginning this fall. You will be glad you did.
Yours for the Great Commission,
Ronnie Floyd, General Editor
Bible Studies for Life Curriculum Series