Why bible studies?
There is an entire generation missing from the church. Only two out of ten people under the age of 30 believe that attending church is valuable. 59% of millennials raised in church have left, never to return. There is a growing number of people in this age group that believe that the church does more harm than good and is not to be trusted. The disconnect between this age group and the church will continue to grow if ministry continues to stay at “status quo.”
As millennials, we understand the frustration. The church is portrayed as the “morality police.” It looks to have risen up in greed and excess. It can feel inauthentic and very much like a country club, instead of a hospital for the sick. Pastors seem unapproachable and numbers appear to rule the day. Sermons have become riddled with political agendas and exclusion. The hard push for donations and tithes feel manipulative. Serving takes a seemingly low priority. Relationships at church feel shallow at best and true community feels unattainable. The “everyday” millennial is not being exposed to the truth of God’s Word by traditional channels.
While there are several churches that are striving to reach the lost and have been intentional to avoid the pitfalls of “old school” ministry expectations, we have found that women are more likely to hear the message of the gospel at our coffee tables than to accompany us to a Sunday church service. While our goal is to bring women into the local church, this generation needs to be cared for, served, and drawn into a life with Christ through connection and community. Only then, can this same group be commissioned to join the body of believers that we call The Church.
"The Unexplainable Church"
by Erica Wiggenhorn
"Acts is the place where all of the teachings of Jesus come to life in living color before our eyes. After three years of traveling with Jesus, walking in his footsteps, yet struggling to fully grasp the magnitude of His mission, the apostles' awakening arrives." Dig deeper into the book of Acts with us and discover the "unexplainable."
Learn more about Erica Wiggenhorn. Visit her site here.
"His Last Words" by Kim Erickson
Starting in February 2018
"Imagine knowing you only have several more hours to live. Picture the faces of your loved ones gathered around you. Allow the emotions to rise up in your heart. What would you say? John 13–17 records Jesus' last words to the disciples before His death, revealing what was most important to Him. When we study those words and prayers today, we enter deep into the heart of Jesus and come away changed: overwhelmed by the love of God, inspired to follow Him, and empowered to spread the gospel."
Learn more about Kim Erickson. Visit her site here.
"I Am Found"
by Laura Dingman
Are you tired of battling shame?
Long to be truly known and deeply loved?
Hesitant to show others the real you?
We are all made for connection, but many of us live with walls up and hearts closed. What would it take for us to let go and stand tall and unashamed?
I Am Found guides us in just that. This six-week Bible study on shame and identity explores how we can own our stories, trust God's affections, and relate honestly with Him and others.
by Angie Smith
Starting in the Fall
In 7 sessions, Seamless covers the people, places, and promises of the Bible, tying them together into the greater story of Scripture. Whether you've grown up hearing Bible stories or you're exploring Scripture for the first time, the full story of the Bible can be overwhelming.Experience the Bible as a whole as you gain clarity and confidence in your understanding of Scripture. Discover a biblical context that reshapes and brings to life stories from the Old and New Testaments. Each week is accompanied by maps, general Bible facts, and word studies.