The Importance of Group Bible Study


As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)

Group fellowship is time well spent and as old as Christianity itself.

Prior to the printing press, personal quiet time was possible only for a privileged few. In fact, during the early centuries of the church overemphasis on personal (or “private”) worship was considered characteristic of the heresy of Gnosticism! For the vast majority, spiritual growth took place within the Christian community, as people gathered together to listen to and discuss God’s Word.

Today, nobody would discourage solitary Bible reading and contemplation. Christ is present when we are alone or in a group. However, there are benefits from group worship. In addition to Sunday worship services (11 am) and Sunday school (9:30 am), Bent Creek Baptist offers many opportunities for group fellowship and biblical learning.

Here’s a short list of benefits for group fellowship.

Strengthen each other’s faith

In his letter to the Romans, Paul taught us that when we see the faith in another believer, it encourages us in our own faith.

… that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. (Romans 1:12)

Support

Small group members can provide a “safety net,” supporting each other in hard times.

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

Prayer

When people become connected emotionally, they are more open to praying for one another. Often, group members exchange prayer requests or become prayer partners.

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. (1 John 3:21-22)

Friendship

Many people, including Christians, lack close friends. When people get together in a small group, close friendships form and often remain long after the group ends.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

Remember, God doesn’t expect pastors and teachers to do all the ministering. He gave each of us gifts and talents to encourage, teach, and challenge each other. Small groups provide the perfect setting for Christian ministry, one to another.

In 2015 take advantage of opportunities for group worship and learning at Bent Creek Baptist Church. Consider this an invitation to all BCBC members and our Bent Creek neighbors in the community to participate.

  • Super Super Six
  • BCBC Women’s Bible Study
  • BCBC Men’s Bible Study
  • Student Ministry
  • Awana (preschool to 6th grade)
  • Small group bible study

Call the church office for more information. 828-667-9818