Adult Bible Fellowship: Is Fellowship the Goal?

We need more Bible study. We need more in depth focus. We need the meat of the Word. So goes the pleas  for Bible study. I would argue that I do not need more knowledge or greater understanding of deep truths, but rather greater obedience to the truths I know already. It is not an either/or proposition, but a both/and possibility.

Is fellowship a goal? Yes. Is fellowship the end result? Emphatically no. Producing committed disciples of Jesus Christ is our intended result. The intent of our Adult Bible Fellowships is not Continue reading

6 Questions for Intentional ABF’s

Great ABF’s don’t just happen, but are created by godly, praying, caring, authentic members.

I read this quote recently and thought I’d throw a few questions for you all to think about. Hopefully some thought-provoking questions:

  • Who have you intentionally sought to encourage this week?
  • Are you praying for individuals in your ABF? More importantly, are you praying for specific needs they have?
  • Have you recently communicated in a meaningful way that you are praying for them? Continue reading

5 Ideas to Connect Your ABF Class

We make a BIG DEAL about our ADULT BIBLE FELLOWSHIPS. One of the ways to cultivate a “family feel” to your ABF is to connect outside of Sunday mornings. Here are five ways to encourage someone in your ABF:

  1. Ask someone if they have a prayer request that you can pray for them over the next week.
  2. Commit to a joint project for a needy neighbor or retiree in our church – the ABF that serves together stays together. Continue reading

How to Prepare for a Sermon

God’s Word is powerful. The world was formed by the word of God (Heb 11:3). Souls are saved by the word of the Gospel (Rom 10:17). One day, Christ–the Word Himself–will judge the nations and establish His everlasting rule by the “sword” that comes out of his mouth (Rev 19:13-15). I’m thankful that our pastor takes a substantial amount of time to study the Word in sermon preparation each week.

But shouldn’t you be doing a little sermon prep of your own–I mean–if God’s word is really that crucial? Below are just a few random tips on preparing for a sermon: Continue reading

Using Facebook for Ministry

An online virtual explosion has taken place since 2004. It’s called Facebook. It started for college students and then quickly included working professionals. It seems as if everybody has a Facebook account, including businesses, non-profits and even churches. Some criticize the waste of time that Facebook occupies, some enjoy connecting with old acquaintances, teens (and adults) share more details than some would care to know. Many believers are coming to a growing conviction to use it to the “glory of God” (1 Cor 10.31) and are using it in a redemptive, Christ-honoring way.

So, what does a ministry of Facebook look like? Continue reading

Adult Bible Fellowship & Discipleship

In a recent message Pastor Campbell mentioned four considerations on discipleship. These are thought-provoking and sobering statements about how we intend to disciple via our Adult Bible Fellowships.One other thought, just because we have decided that Adult Bible Fellowship is the tool that does not mean it automatically happens. ABF is the tool, but discipleship happens as people are engaged in other’s lives.

  1. Understand the Devil hunts for someone unattached.
    The Devil goes after the one that is Continue reading

Philippians Memorization Project

Last Sunday night, I observed that we may be yielding less-than-awesome results from our efforts to teach kids the Bible, in part because we grown-ups aren’t taking the initiative to internalize the Word of God ourselves.

In an effort to curtail this tendency, a few AWANA leaders and I are attempting to memorize the book of Philippians by the end of the school year.

I hope you’ll join us.

You’re probably an expert memorizer, but since I’m not, I did a little research on how to best go about it. You can find the plan we’ll be using here (feel free to adapt). Here is a free online audio version of Philippians. And below are a few tips that I gathered on how to effectively memorize long passages of Scripture: Continue reading