The Bible Study Picker

Well its that time of year where Bible Study groups all around will start new Bible studies. But which Bible Study should be chosen? Ideally, a well organised Homegroup will know what they are doing before it’s too late, but we’re not here for the organised, we’re here for people who need help!

With that in mind, if you’re looking for inspiration about your next Bible Study, give this wheel a spin!

What results have you had?

14 Ways To Handle A Christian Introvert

Sometimes I’m late in finding something awesome on the internet. This list of  14 Ways To Handle A Christian Introvert is one of those times. Some of these are kinda spot on… :

1) In a small group or Bible study or cell meeting, do NOT make us talk.

Introverts are much more methodical and tend to process things.  In a group discussion, our silence doesn’t mean we’re not listening.  We’re just trying to fit the pieces together in our own head.  We aim to be thoughtful and deliberate.  Please be sensitive to our secret mind palace.  We’ll talk when we dang well feel like it.

2) We just don’t sing like the front row.

It’s great that extroverts can freely express themselves during worship time.  But introverts sometimes just read the lyrics, connect inwardly, and keep their hands inside the vehicle.  If you see us raising even one hand and singing a few words, we are seriously pushing the gas pedal all the way to the floor.

3) Do not ever rebuke us in public.

Or you and I are done.  Forever. You should never do this anyway.

4) Extroverts: be patient in conversation and don’t treat my every word like your personal victory.

Extroverts, it’s okay if you monopolize the conversation.  We do like to listen.  But please don’t treat us like your personal project with a precious pearl inside.  And don’t try to squeeze out my life story as if you’re trying to save us.  Earn trust by being a friend first.  Unlike extroverts, we’re not good at being best friends on the first day.

5) Fellow introverts: find us quickly.

See me standing awkwardly on the side of the sanctuary watching everyone else have fun?  Hurry up and find me so we can make amusing sarcastic comments about life and possibly grow a lifelong spiritual bond that these extroverts can’t understand.

 

Read more over at jsparkblog.com

A Quick Bible Study About Singing Stones

You know that weird bit in the Bible where Jesus says that thing about stones crying out, if his disciples were to stop worshipping?

This bit:

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

Luke 19

Ever wondered what stones would sound like if they worshipped Jesus?

Would they sound something like this?

Church Sofa reflection #1 – Job Done.

Beer and Bible - Jesus The Carpenter
Well here goes for the first Church Sofa Devotion /Reflection /Bible bit/ thing. And as is the season it’s about Easter. We’ve deliberately not drawn any conclusions so feel free to draw your own and please share them too.

I’m the son of a carpenter. Which lead to great fun growing up getting to go to building sites and help my Dad bring walls down and then build something in it’s place. Recently I’ve, at times, been wandering about maybe following in the trade, though I think this may just be me trying to escape work.

Anyway a few thousand years ago carpenters had a tradition. They’d have a cloth with them that they’d wipe sweat away with and clean up their work with too. And when they’d finish the job they’d fold up the cloth and leave it behind.  It was a symbol to say the job is finished, my work is done. A few interesting thoughts, Jesus was a carpenter, when he came out of the tomb he left behind a folded up cloth. My work is done.

 

 

 

I wanna go to housegroup!


This CartoonChurch.com cartoon by Dave Walker originally appeared in the Church Times.

I was going to comment about housegroups / home groups / cell groups / what ever… I was going to talk about how meeting half way through the week to study the Bible can seem like a weird and odd thing to do. I was then going to say something about loving being able to share in the brutal craziness of life in light of Gods Grace.

But my throat is doing some weird aching thing, and I’m missing not being at housegroup.

But I think Dave said it better on his blog.