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Eight Reasons to Join a Small Group Bible Study in 2022! Part 8

by: James Kelley

01/12/2022

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7.  You will be a living life as a New Testament Christian!

The book of Acts is very clear about how God intends for his people to grow and have their needs met in the church. No church will ever be able to hire enough pastors and staff to meet all the individual needs within their church family. God never intended for it to be that way!

Consider these verses:                                                                                

"They devoted themselves to the apo

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Eight Reasons to Join a Small Group Bible Study in 2022! Part 7

by: James Kelley

01/10/2022

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7.  You will deepen your understanding and practice of worship.

Worship, what is worship? Too many Christians equate worship with singing songs, and while praising God in song is important & it’s a dynamic of real worship, singing is only on expression of worship.

In Romans 12:1-2, the Apostle Paul appeals to the Christians in Rome about what real worship is:

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acc

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Eight Reasons to Join a Small Group Bible Study in 2022! Part 6

by: James Kelley

01/08/2022

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Pardon the interruption as I have been recovering from a respiratory infection, but today I am ready to resume the series with Reason Six!

6.  You will use your gifts and develop skills you never knew you had to serve others!

The Bible teaches that every believer is given certain talents or "gifts" to benefit others in the family of God. Unfortunately most Christians remain spectators all their lives sitting on the sidelines watching others do the work of the ministry..  Chr

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Eight Reasons to Join a Small Group Bible Study in 2022! Part 5

by: James Kelley

01/04/2022

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5.  You will have a integrated way to share Christ with friends, relatives,  and work associates & introduce them to Christian Community.

Most of us have friends who have not crossed the line of faith with Jesus Christ and who just don’t understand. or feel a need Jesus, faith, Bible Study or Christian Community.  In a Small Group or Sunday School class, your unbelieving friend can meet your friends in Christ. When your friend sees the love and warmth and honesty of your cl

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Eight Reasons to Join a Small Group Bible Study in 2022! Part 4

by: James Kelley

01/01/2022

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4.  You will find a support group to stand with you in difficult times.

Your Small Group or Sunday School class provides excellent support in times of crisis, change, and stress. You´ll have a sense of stability and security knowing there are people who really care for you and are committed to standing with you. When someone loses a job, or a family member has an extended illness - these are practical needs that will be naturally taken care of through your Christian Communi

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Eight Reasons to Join a Small Group Bible Study in 2022! Part 3

by: James Kelley

12/31/2021

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3.  Prayer will become more meaningful to you.

Prayer is a way we can draw near to God. A time we can spend talking with and concentrating all of our thoughts upon God.  Through prayr, we become more acutely aware of God's presence. It is also an opportunity to sharpen one's spiritual ear.  It is also another way we experience Christian community. Many people are hesitant to pray with or in front of others, In Small Groups and Sunday School, you will learn to participate in

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Eight Reasons to Join a Small Group Bible Study in 2022! Part 2

by: James Kelley

12/30/2021

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2.. You will begin to really feel like part of God´s family!

Most people who have been part of a Small Group Bible Study or Sunday School class say the greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop. They will frequently telephone each other during the week to share an urgent prayer request or an exciting answer to prayer. You´ll discover that your needs and problems are not unique ~ we´re all in the same boat. It helps to know that others are faci

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Eight Reasons to Join a Small Group Bible Study in 2022!

by: James Kelley

12/29/2021

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Over the next eight days, I want to share with you 8 reasons to commit yourself to a Sunday School Class and/or a Small Group Bible Study in 2022.  Here is the first:

You will understand the Bible better. If you´ve ever listened to a Bible teacher or preacher and wanted to stop that person and say, "But what about...?" or "I don´t understand!" Then a Small Group Bible Study or Sunday School Class is for you! Preaching and teaching is one way communication. You listen while ...
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Your Affections Are Restricted

by: James Kelley

08/23/2021

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2 Corinthians 6:11-13

What causes us to sin? What moves us to holiness? What part of us initiates belief? What is it inside of us that generates doubt? There is only one thing - our hearts. 

So what is the main problem in our fight against sin and our lacking in faith? Paul says it like this in our passage for today: 

“You are restricted in your own affections.”

In this short, seemingly off the cuff comment, Paul cuts to the heart of everything - the heart. 

In this chapter, Pa

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