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That The World May Know- Pastor Leon

posted Jul 23, 2014, 12:04 PM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]
Our Small Group ministry at St. Paul’s got off to a good start last year with ten groups reading The Story and meeting to discuss what they read. Several groups completed the reading and all the groups are taking a break for the summer. Three of the groups will continue together in the Fall to complete their reading of The Story. Two of the groups want to continue meeting as a group with a new book. In other groups, leaders and hosts are changing times or places, and individuals that want to continue in a small group will be given the opportunity to sign up for a group that suits their schedule. New members are welcome in all groups, and more groups will be formed as needed. 

In the past year, these groups provided a great opportunity to not only learn about the Bible together, but also a chance to get acquainted with more people from our church family. The purpose of these small groups is to build a community centered on Christ. The early church, as described by Luke in the second chapter of Acts, gathered together in homes to grow in their faith in a setting of Christian fellowship. This small group ministry offers that opportunity. 

The resource for this year’s study will be a video series by Ray VanderLaan entitled “That the World May Know.” Each segment is filmed on location at a place in the Holy Land where a specific Bible story took place. VanderLaan talks about the story, explains the background and the significance of that setting, and then applies that Biblical lesson to our lives today. There are twelve volumes of six to ten lessons each in the series, so there is more than enough to choose from. I have talked to many pastors who have used this resource, and the response has always been very positive. I used these videos in a Bible Study at Central in Elk River over a three year period. When we finished, group wanted to start over with the same series and see them all again. The entire series is in Pastor Gorden’s office and you may ask to borrow one of the DVDs for a preview. Study guides are also available. Groups will not be required to use this series. There will be other options available, but this will be the primary resource this year. 

Groups will begin forming in August with sign-up sheets available in the bulletin. You may also call the church office to express your interest, or even sign up on-line: Adult Education page under the Education tab. 

–Pastor Leon