Can I talk Bible Studies for one moment? Or at least Bible Study notes? It feels like a product of another time, but our Church went through a time when we were all given bible study booklets for each new study we did in homegroups.
We have built a little collection of Bible study notes over the years, and have had a conversation about what to do with them.
Here’s the list of ideas that we’ve not agreed on.
Build a fort
Create a sheltered passage way to church*.
Build an army of paper plans.
Write down your answers, go back and look at them in a years time. Get hung up on how you got to that answer.
Cut them up and use them as wrapping paper this Christmas.
Use them as conversation starters with your church leader.
Give them as gifts to your neighbours.**
Keep them long enough for your Church to use them again. Use previous notes to appear really clever and that you know what you’re talking about.
Do you host the bible study at home? (You know… when Coronavirus isn’t a thing). Do you need to do some decorating? Are you after some wrapping paper? You know what to do…
Roll them all up, and tape them together. Creating some sort of scriptural flavoured social distancing enforcer bat.
Any other ideas I should add?
*For when it’s safe and sensible to go back obviously…
Picture you’ve just arrived at Housegroup, and someone there refers to you briefly by your sons name / daughters name / some name that isn’t actually your name. The person in question moves on quickly, and you don’t a chance to comment…
Then… During the Bible Study you are again referred to by the same name / the name that really isn’t you.
At what point is it socially acceptable to correct that person?
During the prayers? Possibly a prayer for forgiveness? If not, when?
They say that “cleanliness is next to godliness”, I’m not sure who “they” are, and I’m not sure if “they” are right. But one time, while cleaning up for Housegroup, I did wonder. Are there “Christian ways to keep a house clean”? (Its the way my mind seems to work)
After consulting some particularly godly people, I gathered the following tops to keep a tidy Christian house.
Invite housegroup to meet at your place… EVERY WEEK!!
Preach on servanthood at Church. Encourage people to put that into action by cleaning up your place.
Do not store up ANY treasures. Live a minimal life. Throw out EVERYTHING apart from your bible.
Dont drink things like Tea that needs things like Tea Bags, as that creates needless waste… drink red wine… just like Jesus.
Dont buy any Christian books. Convince your church to get it for the church book lending library, and borrow it from there instead.
Only have one Bible. (Possibly the King James Version)
Throw out your DVDs / Blurays… Sign up to Pureflix.com instead.
Avoid beer bottles being built up. Drink only red wine. (Better if you buy red wine in those big boxes)
You pray for the spirit of peace to come over your house everyday. Just hope that no one looks in the garden.
Treat your house like Holy Ground… TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES!!!
As the more eagle eyed Sofa readers may have spotted, 2014 featured the Sofa family moving from Church Sofa towers to The Sofa Castle. (Mrs Sofa has asked me to clarify this means moving from a smallish flat to a house). One thing we decided we wanted to do once we were settled was to host our homegroup. We’ve been warned we need the following in order to host our church homegroup.
Coffee. Lots of Coffee.
The exact amount depends on who’s leading.
Just in case someone asks for it. But remember, there are dangers involved with drinking decaf…
Lots of Bibles.
And Maybe A Really Big Bible…
Possibly A Historic Scroll.
As a special treat for ‘that’ person who can read Hebrew, and Greek…
Because Bible Studies can be fun. Right?
Massive Multi Media Set Up
You can really take in Bible maps if they’re on a really big screen… and if nothing else, you’ll probably need to watch a video clip at somepoint.
Because someone normally secretly wishes they could be relaxing with a beer.
If you have all of this. I’m sure you’re ready to host a Bible Study.