Tuesday, September 9, 2014

After the Story

It has been a long journey that we have been on week after week. A total of 27 weeks to be exact with a couple Sundays off, thrown in for good measure. The journey has been well worth it! Everyone that kept up with the reading gained in knowledge and developed a closer relationship with God and with each other.

Our adult Sunday Connect has never been stronger with two full classrooms and for the first time in a long time we were able to keep our Wednesday night Bible study intact through the summer. A big thank you to everyone who participated with "The Story".

But now we wonder what is next? What are we doing after "The Story"?

The answer is that we will be following the book "I Am a Church Member" through a six week, lesson series. The book, written by Thom S. Rainer, is surprisingly short in comparison to the last series, but it can have an even bigger impact. The purpose of "The Story" was to get us all on the same page and increase our general knowledge of the Bible, along with some good biblical truths taught along the way.

Now "I Am a Church Member" will sharpen our commitment and resolve to becoming a full fledged member of the body of Christ. The study is commitment based where each participant will be asked to affirm what being a church member means. The text asks us to be a functioning, unifying, selfless and prayerful church member that will lead their families and treasure church membership as a gift. The leadership is very excited about this new series and hope that you will be excited too as we learn how to connect with each other, our community and God.

Also, the format for Sunday Connect will stay the same following the same basic message from the youngest to the oldest. Wednesday Night will also follow the book.

The books are being ordered and will be available the week that "The Story" ends. Also the book is quite thin and a very easy read with the cost being between five and ten dollars. We are ordering enough for each family to have a copy. If you wish to donate the cost we will let you know the exact amount once they are ordered.

The Elders are looking forward to this next study and hope that you will commit yourself to this six week study. Over the next few weeks we will let you know more about this exciting next step.

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