Monday, July 31, 2017
Online Bible Study?
Recently I heard about a ministry called Love God Greatly and their Bible Study groups, many of which are online. To be honest, the thought didn't appeal to me at first. I've been a part of and have led women's bible studies before, and there's just something special about physically showing up! You can read each other's facial expressions and understand so much from tone of voice and body language. You can give hugs and welcoming smiles. And let's not forget coffee and snacks! Relationships are built easily when we make time to get together.
But...I haven't been in a women's bible study for years. Why? Because it's too difficult to find a group of women who want to commit to a study AND align schedules to make it happen! I'm in a season of life where my kids activities and therefore my schedule are always changing. Evenings that we do have free I usually try to reserve as family time. So you take multiple women with varying schedules, and it's hard to meet consistently. Maybe this online bible study thing is worth a try! Women can plan their time with God whenever is convenient in their schedule that day, and then post insights and encourage others in a private online group setting. The best part - you can do it in your pajamas!
So you've probably guessed by now that I'm in for a trial run. And more than that...I feel like God wants me to facilitate a group. It forces me to put the time and effort in. As with anything, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it! I have a month to prepare, because the next study with Love God Greatly (LGG) begins on August 28th and is over 1 & 2 Timothy. If this interests you too, read on for more info!
How long does it last? It begins on August 28th and continues for 6 weeks.
What do you have to do? LGG publishes a journal that can be ordered through Amazon or downloaded for free. It provides daily Scripture readings, room to journal using a SOAP format, and other helpful tips. LGG also has a blog that posts related devotions 3 times per week. After journaling, simply participate in conversation in a private Facebook group.
What is SOAP? This is a method of journaling. SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. Click here for more info.
What will we be studying? 1 &2 Timothy. Click here for a description of the study or to order the study journal from Amazon.com. You can also get a kids version of the journal here so they can study along with you!
How do I join? Just let me know you are interested and I will send you an invitation to join the group Facebook page once I have it ready to go! Also, you may go ahead and order your journal (see above). There will be a PDF version available for free download at a later date if money is an issue. However, buying the $12 journal through Amazon helps to support the ministry and offers a nicer presentation of the material.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. Who wants to try this out with me?