Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Sometimes my husband and I talk about the beer “Bible studies” that happen on Friday nights in local bars. Do we really think that men study the Bible during happy hour? No, but these men know where they're welcome. They know where they can relax. They know where they belong on Friday nights.
It's a simple fact of life. We all want to belong. We all want to fit in.
We all want to find a place where everybody knows our name.
In my neighborhood, when Wednesday morning rolls around, we have a home where we meet, where everyone is welcome. It is a safe place we can come to relax. It is a place to find community. It is the morning of our neighborhood Bible study.
We greet each other with a warm, “Hello!” We ask each other, "How are you?" and we actually listen to the answer. We share in the joys of children winning spelling bees and we share in the disappointments when they don't make the baseball team. We cry together when a loved one passes away. We celebrate when there is a wedding. Most importantly we talk about Christ's immense love for us and how it has transformed our lives. He has given us life and this life is in His Son. He has given us love and we share it with one another.
How about your neighborhood? Do you want a place where everybody knows your name? My guess is that everyone in your neighborhood wants a place like this too. Go ahead ... start a neighborhood Bible study! We have all the simple tips and tools you need to get started, and we would love to pray for you, too! Contact us and let us know!
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