Overcome, Session 1: Finding Your Way Out of the Desert

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by Jim Johnston One of my favorite television shows is Man vs. Wild, an ingenious reality show that attempts to show you how to survive in any number of hostile environments—from the Costa Rican rainforest to the Alaskan frontier to a wide array of desert locations. The host is an aptly named British gentleman named […]

Overcome, Session 1: Life Puzzle

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by June Chapko As a child, whenever we visited my grandparents, I had the honor of choosing a puzzle from the closet in my mother’s old bedroom.  The closet was piled high with boxes of jigsaw puzzles, waiting to be selected. I loved sorting the pieces and finding several that seemed to fit, but I […]

Connected, Session 1 (Connected in Christ): All Additional Resources

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  Here are the magazine articles that were selected to go along with this session: Bible Studies For Life: Adults—He’ll Come Running Bible Studies For Life: Adults (KJV)—Meaningful Ministry to Those Who Can’t Attend Bible Studies For Life: Young Adults—He’ll Come Running Bible Studies For Life: Senior Adults—All Excuses Ceasing Ronnie Floyd’s blog post, Connecting in […]

Connected, Session 1 (Connected in Christ): Additional Questions

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The Point: Church membership is a privilege made possible through Christ. Icebreaker What ideas or images come to mind when you hear the word membership? What club or group did you long to join as a child? When has someone helped you belong? When have you felt like you belonged? Ephesians 2:17-18 How have you benefitted […]

Connected, Session 1 (Connected in Christ): Conclusion Option for women’s groups

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Ask the women in your group, Before we began this discussion today, what did church membership mean to you? What gave you your definition of what it means to be a member of a church? Explain that church membership may not be something you regularly consider, ponder, or study. But let’s take a moment to consider […]

Connected, Session 1 (Connected in Christ): Introduction, Option for Boomers.

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  Before the session, lead class members to picture Uncle Sam from the “I Want You” recruiting posters of World War I and II.    This iconic image was first used during WWI to promote enlistments in the military.  This campaign was so successful that it was used again during WWII.  What about this image compelled people […]

Connected, Session 1 (Connected in Christ): Intro Option for Parent’s groups

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  After highlighting what The Bible Meets Life says about the perks of membership, point out that some cell phone providers offer perks for family plans. Instead of buying separate data plans for each family member, a family plan can offer savings and allow family members to share minutes and data. Some plans offer the […]

Connected Session 1(Connected in Christ): Discussion Option for Men’s groups.

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Share the following story: “A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going.  After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him.  It was a chilly evening.  The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit, the […]

Connected: My Life in the Church, Session 1: Live It Out Option for Singles or Collegiate Group

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    To conclude this session, show this video clip, “I Am Home” from the movie Freedom Writers. If you do not see the video, click here to view the video on WingClips.com. (May not be viewable on Apple portable devices). http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/freedom-writers/i-am-home. “I Am Home” reminds us of the significance of true connection. We all have difficulties we […]

Connected, Session 1: Meaningful Minstry to Those Who Cannot Attend

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  by John Garner They are in every church in America. They are faithful believers. They have held positions of leadership in their churches. They have been great neighbors, employees, and citizens. They have taught Sunday School, been deacons, and some have preached. They are some of God’s choice servants. They are shut-ins. These folks […]