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Message from Pastor Leon

posted Jul 23, 2015, 12:38 PM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]
In last months column I invited your comments and suggestions for next year’s small group resource. After visiting with several participants and leaders from the small groups over the last two years, it is clear that most would like to use the Believe resource this year. Believe is the follow-up to The Story which all groups used two years ago. The format is the same—a thirty chapter participant book, along with a 12 minute video by Randy Frazee to introduce each session and initiate the discussion. Leader’s guides and other resources are also provided.

The thirty sessions are divided into three ten session segments. The three segments address the following questions:
What do I believe? 
What should I do? 
Who am I becoming? 
Or, as Randy Frazee puts it, ‘learning to think, act, and be like Jesus.’ Or, as the Bible puts it (Philippians 2:1-2):
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.” 

The Believe book is arranged like The Story book, with the primary content being the words of the Bible itself, this time arranged around particular themes, along with paragraphs to introduce the themes and connect the various Scripture passages. The purpose is to help Christians know what they believe and why. The editors write: “Grounded in Scripture, Believe is a spiritual growth experience helping Christians learn 10 key beliefs, 10 key practices, and 10 key virtues of a Christian.”

Most small groups from last year will continue meeting at the same time and place. Your group leaders will contact you with the details, including when and where to get the books. All groups (except the Tuesday morning group) will be using the Believe resource. If you have not yet been a small group participant and would like to be contacted about joining a group, call Helen at the church office and I will call you. There are groups meeting Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings, and, Tuesday mornings. All groups meet twice a month. Additional times and places for groups will be offered if there is enough interest.

Let me know if you have any questions, and enjoy the rest of your summer.
Pastor Leon