We Weren't Created to be Alone
Wednesday Night Bible Study is a forum to encourage intimacy within the body of Christ. It offers a place to connect with other believers in fellowship; to grow in our understanding of the Bible, as Jesus' own small group of disciples did; to meet the needs of others in your group in ministry; to become equipped for evangelism; and to worship God through practicing godly behavior.
Wednesday Night Bible Study? Why Do I Need That? I Can Study the Bible On My Own! Sound familiar? Maybe that's even what you're thinking right now. And yes, you can study the Bible on your own. In fact, you should! Personal Bible study is essential for deepening your relationship with God. So why study with a group? Because, as Rick Warren says in The Purpose Driven Life, "God didn't create you to be alone."
Wednesday Night Bible Study - It Will Transform Your Life!
Believers International Worship Center defines Bible Study as: "A moderated study of the Bible, emphasizing a peaceful, respectful, and instructive atmosphere for the contemplation of God's Word." That's a great description! But beyond that, this Bible study offers a place to connect with other believers, making you part of a family. And when you're in a family you learn to love others, for better or worse. You can't learn how to love on your own.
This Bible study also offers a safe place to get your questions answered. If a small group setting is new to you, you'll be surprised how quickly you'll be helping others find answers as well. Asking pastors during weekly church services isn't usually possible or practical, so you may leave fed, but still a little hungry. When you are involved in a small group of other believers with varying backgrounds, chances are at least one other person in that group will be able to answer your specific questions. Certainly, as a group, you can determine to research and find answers to questions that cannot be answered in your regular meeting times. And aren't two or three or more heads better than one?
In our small group, you can also share your needs. At first, you may not feel comfortable sharing intimate details of your life, and you don't need to. But group members exist to care for one another and to join in lifting one another's burdens before the Lord. Even if all you are willing to share is, "pray for me," then at least you can go out with the confidence that someone else is in fact praying for you. And God is listening.
- Praying Together And Sharing Victories
Prayer is another area in which the "Bible Study" format can help you to grow. Afraid to pray out loud in a group? That's OK! No one will force you to pray out loud. (If they do, you just may be in the wrong group!) But as you listen to others sharing their hearts before God, you will be amazed at what the Spirit may prompt you to do. Week after week, as group members share answers to prayer, you'll be built up in your own personal ability to trust God to meet your needs. And as any participant will tell you, the greatest blessing comes in ministering to the needs of another small group member. In addition, the Bible has specific things to say about the power of praying in a group. In Acts 12:1-18 we see that Peter was miraculously let out of prison by an angel as a small group gathered in a house and prayed for him. In time, you'll come to see your small group Bible study as a safe place to go when you hurt, as well as when you want to share exciting victories in your life. Stories of help and healing abound in small group settings. The Bible says:
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).
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer… All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 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 44-47).
In these passages, we see evidence that nearly every purpose God intends for us as believers can be met within a circle of fellow believers.
Will we ever be hurt or disappointed by another believer? Most certainly we will, at some point, discover that other believers are not perfect. And neither are you! That's why we all need Jesus. Becoming a participant of a Bible study is a great opportunity to learn to love and forgive.