Yesterday, we talked about 5 reasons worship is important. Today we are talking about the reasons it is important to get involved in a small group Bible study. This post is based on the notes I took during my pastor’s sermon. You can watch this sermon and many others here.
There are several types of small group Bible studies. The most common type is Bible Fellowship. I still sometimes call it Sunday School but somewhere along the way, somebody thought the name “Bible Fellowship” worked better. It’s the same thing. Small groups meet at church either before or after the main worship service to study the Bible and “fellowship” together. We always have food in our Bible Fellowship class so that makes the fellowship official. It’s a Baptist church, after all. 🙂
Another type of small group Bible study is a discipleship group. Discipleship groups usually meet at sometime other than before or after the main Sunday morning worship service. They can meet on Sunday nights, Wednesday nights, or any other night of the week – whatever works best for the group. Discipleship groups generally focus on a specific topic for a pre-determined number of weeks. Then, when the study is done, they start over again with a different topic of study and/or an entirely different group of people. Other types of small group Bible studies include women’s studies, men’s studies, and youth studies.
Now that you know a little bit about the different types of small group Bible studies, let’s talk about the reason it is important to get involved in some type of small group Bible study.
Remember the graphic from yesterday? We are looking at three areas of growth in the Christian life. The first area in the first circle is “worship.” We are to gather together in worship. Now look at the next circle, the big on in the middle. The middle circle represents small group Bible studies such as Bible Fellowship and Discipleship groups. Getting involved in a small group Bible study is a great way to get plugged into your church fellowship, as represented by the smaller circle at the top – the one with the plug in it. Get it? 🙂
The disciples modeled for us a good example of the importance of small group Bible study in Acts, chapter 5.
And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. – Acts 5:42
Notice they went from “house to house?” They kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ both in the temple and from “house to house.”