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THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 9th
Primary Text: 1 John 4:1-6
MULTIPLICATION & MOTIVATION
Every Sunday morning Bible-Learning group I’ve ever known tends to have the same reaction when anyone daringly mentions, “Wow, you’re class is huge! Have you ever considered multiplying your class by asking some of your folks to begin a new class?” That reaction is somewhere between “Never!” and “Maybe. But I really would prefer not to.” If that’s your initial thought, rest easy – you’re normal. 🙂
I’ve led enough small groups over the years to know the truth: the larger a class becomes, the less they tend to grow. Why? It’s simple, really. There’s no urgency to invite new people because, frankly, the class has grown so large there’s nowhere to put them. Over time, the class slowly becomes comfortable with the people they have. On the contrary, when a class is new there tends to be more focused attention on inviting new people.
Fear not – I will never come to you and tell you it’s time to start a new class. Should you and I come to that decision, we’ll come to it together, unified by mutual conviction. I merely want you to always keep the option a matter of prayer among your class’s leadership.
In regard to my title above, Multiplication & Motivation, I would like to highlight two of our SUMMIT GROUPS, whose leaders I’ve had the pleasure of visiting with this past week.
The Village is led by Matt & Lisha Flaniken and Justin & Lauren Schoepf. This is a new class, and it is growing. The old axiom is true: anything that is healthy will grow. Should you like to visit with a BHBC teacher who is presently experiencing the excitement of starting a new class (and help alleviate any fears you may have), consider the Flaniken’s and/or the Schoepf’s.
The Traveler’s is led by Brad Whitaker, James St. Clair and Cheryl Carpenter. I visited with Brad a while back and asked him to consider the Master Teacher method of teaching. Simply put, this method involves someone teaching the main content of the lesson for 20-30 minutes, then allowing the class to divide up into small groups to discuss what was just taught. The large group setting is where the content is learned. The small groups disseminate, discuss and work through said content. Since they were introducing a new curriculum that addresses marriage and conflict they decided to give the new teaching method a try. Not only was it a home run, the class members have asked if they could begin earlier on Sundays! Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that before. 🙂
THE WORD OF GOD: FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING
“I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them.” (Psalm 119:52)
When using the same criteria applied to all ancient literature for the purpose of establishing historical reliability the Bible trounces the competition. (The Homeric Epics come in at a distant second place.)
Certainly, we believe the Bible is the Word of God by faith – but it’s not blind faith. God has given us hard, scientific evidence to give us confidence in knowing that what we believe to be true is also scientifically true.
The discovery, and subsequent “virtual unwrapping” of an ancient Old Testament scroll was actually announced a couple of years ago, but it’s making the rounds again on the internet. Just in case you missed it I certainly want you to be aware of it.
The discovery of the ancient manuscript proves something extraordinary. Hebrew scholar, Emanuel Tov, sums it up:
[T]he scroll brings the good news that the ancient source of the medieval (Masoretic) text did not change for 2,000 years.”
The article includes a fascinating video of how “virtual unwrapping” is accomplished. Read the article here. For further insight into the ancient manuscripts from which we get our Old Testament, click here.
- Visit with your “inter-generational Summit Group leadership partners” by Sunday, June 16th.
- July 7th – One Bible-Learning hour at 9:15; One worship service at 10:45.
QUOTE of the WEEK
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
And a bonus…
GRACE NOTES: Satan’s Relentless Pursuit to Take Us Out
Life hard for you? Don’t count on Satan moving on to someone else. He wants to finish the job. Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick