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Adrienne's Story: My Whole Life Would be Suspect


There was no way I was going to a neighborhood Bible Study! These people were radicals. They would no doubt judge me. I didn’t own a Bible, and I certainly wouldn’t be able to find my way around one if I did. All my life prior to Bible Study attendance would be suspect! I was almost 40 years old, had everything anybody would rightfully need in life, and I was miserable. The self-help aisles at Barnes and Noble weren’t helping. I sensed I was being pushed hard by the Holy Spirit to give it a try. I see that now, only in retrospect. So I went.

None of my fears were founded. The group of women I met that first year were polite, patient and concerned about the spirituality of others. Nobody attempted to convict me on my prior lack of Bible knowledge or church attendance. There were no critics as I flipped back and forth through my Bible trying to locate the proper Book. No one commented on me or my family’s spiritual life prior to that first year of the study.

I cannot begin to estimate the value our Neighborhood Bible Study has brought to my life and to my family’s lives. There is no doubt the Lord intended for me to be in that environment to come into a personal relationship with Christ. Despite having the worst of preconceived notions, I was to take away Truth – life-altering Truth. Jesus is likely delighted to not be the stern taskmaster and cosmic scorekeeper anymore. My family now knows the Lord as the Loving Father that He is. My husband and I have grown in faith together in the years since I started attending the study. All three of my children now know Jesus and have the opportunity to live a life intertwined with Him, which I never had. I am certain that my grandchildren will have the opportunity to grow up with Jesus.


Did I mention that the woman who ultimately showed me the way to Christ actually asked me often to attend the study, through at least two years of carpooling? I am eternally glad that I finally said yes.












Adrienne Osbourne



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Clueless,Sliding, Stuck and Stranded!


 

On a cold November night, I left my friend’s mountaintop cabin, clueless to the impact that several inches of damp leaves covering their long, steep driveway was about to have. Three quarters of the way up the drive, the tires on my SUV started to spin, and I began sliding backward. I was clueless as to what to do! Before I could react, my back wheels went off the pavement, and I was stuck on a steep incline. For all I knew, I was about to head off into the deep ravine that lay beyond my tires. I managed to get out of the car and trudge up the long hill to find help. After three hours, the tow truck driver was clueless as to how to get my SUV out of its predicament.I was freezing, my car was stuck, and I was stranded.

I hiked back to the cabin, tried to thaw out and get some sleep.In the morning, another tow truck driver tried, but he too was unsuccessful.  I was standing there praying, when Joey, the tow truck driver,  asked for my keys and climbed into my car. He yelled out the window, “Ma’am, did you know your SUV has a four-wheeldrive?”

You guessed it--I had no idea. And even if I did, I wouldn't have known how to use it. In a matter of minutes, with just a flip of a switch, he rocked my SUV back onto the pavement and drove it up the steep driveway. After receiving a brief four-wheel drive lesson, I was on my way home. I was clueless because I didn’t know my vehicle was equipped with a four-wheel drive. And if I had known, but had never been shown how to use it, I still would have been just as clueless.

This experience reminds me of my early Christian life. I was clueless as to the Holy Spirit’s presence and power living within me. As a result, much of my Christian experience could be described as sliding, getting stuck or being stranded. Even if I had known about the Holy Spirit, I still would have been clueless as to how to access His power for living a victorious Christian life, if I had never been told.

Would you describe your Christian experience as “sliding, being stuck or stranded?” I invite you to LEARN MORE about the Holy Spirit’s presence and power, which is available to you today!

John 3:1-8; John 14-16; Acts 1:8




Debbie

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Jan's Story: My Heart Began to Heal


Following the tragic loss of one of my children in 1992, I was invited by a neighbor to attend Debbie McGoldrick’s NBS. Through understanding God’s presence and purpose in trials and receiving the encouragement and love of neighbors, my heart began to heal. I know personally the power of NBS to change lives and grow women in their faith journey. I began an NBS when I moved to a new neighborhood in 1998, and I am passionate about making NBS available to women at all stages of life. Whether they are exploring the Bible for the first time or desiring to grow in their faith, women love to meet in the comfort of a neighbor’s home to study and discover together God’s life-transforming Word.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 NIV

To watch Jan tell her story in her own words; click here:  Jan's Story

 

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Start With Prayer

So you want to start something, but don't know how, or where to begin, right?  Well... let's start right here!


Praying for Yourself

 

  • Pray that God will give you His vision, His plan for your neighbors, and that you will see people and their needs as He sees them.



  • Pray that God will grow your heart for those who don’t know Christ and give you a desire to reach them through an NBS.



  • Pray that you will be intentional about your own spiritual growth, allowing God to work in and through you.



  • Pray for God’s guidance, equipping, and empowerment to move forward in what He is calling you to do.


As important as prayer is to the foundation and beginning of your NBS, your personal spiritual growth is just as important to sustaining your NBS.

In his acclaimed book on communication, Dallas Seminary Professor Dr. Howard Hendricks says it best: “The effective teacher always teaches from the overflow of a full life. If you stop growing today, you stop teaching tomorrow.” Mother Theresa reflects the same message: “To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil into it.”

Our spiritual growth as leaders and facilitators of our NBS allows God to use us to model and encourage our members to pursue a relationship with Christ more intentionally. To be effective in encouraging our women to grow, we must be challenging ourselves by practicing spiritual disciplines beyond studying our NBS material – spiritual disciplines such as daily Bible and devotional reading and spending time with God in prayer and listening.

“You see, effective teaching comes only through a changed person,” says Hendricks. “The more you change, the more you become an instrument of change in the lives of others.”

 

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