Congratulations on making it this far in “All Things New: a Study on 2 Corinthians” by Kelly Minter! We’re on the fourth week and have four more to go. You’ve learned about Paul, the Corinthians, the Bible, and yourself- as you apply the Word to your own life. Our small groups are engaged with stimulating conversations and it’s been a delight to see you there each week. Good work ladies!
For some of you this has been a challenge. Don’t give up your group or your commitment to study- this is the time where temptation often sets in. You may be a week behind, or feeling pressure and disorganized at home, or just too exhausted at the end of the day to open the book and study. We know how that feels, many of our leaders experience it too!
Be kind to yourself and work through the obstacles. You may need to wait until Saturday to do your lessons all at one time. Or get up 30 minutes earlier each day and put the study ahead of your other scheduled activities. Try setting reminder alarms on your phone and don’t ignore them when they go off! Get creative and make it work. You’ll be so glad that you overcame the obstacles and finished through the book of 2 Corinthians with us.
This week we explored the concept of home and eternal life. Kelly Minter writes on page 75, “I think one of the reasons we’re afraid to think too deeply about eternal life is because we’re not intimate enough with the Lord NOW (emphasis mine) for thoughts of heaven to really comfort us.”
I’ll explain this from my own spiritual journey. Many years ago when a friend’s husband died, I would not attend his funeral because I was too terrified to face death. As a child I attended a religious school that mandated funeral attendance for parish members who did not have family. Instead of seeing funerals as celebrations, I watched through the eyes of an eight year old child and observed sadness and obligation. There was no joy in funerals from my childhood perspective.
As an adult I unknowingly carried this with me until I started Bible studies and my relationship with the Lord grew deeper and deeper with each completed study. Now I embrace death as a celebration and a physical separation of the body. Walking with Christ, I’ve attended memorials (two in the same week) for my aunt, grandmother, father-in-law, suicide victims, and babies. While I still weep and grieve, I grieve with hope instead of fear. This is the result of spiritual growth and transforming my childhood religion into an adult relationship with Jesus.
It’s worth repeating: Bible study is not about duty, it’s about relationship.
Study. Connect. Grow.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK
- Read SESSION FIVE of “All Things New” by Kelly Minter
- Join a Womens Bible Cafe study group this week
- (optional): Watch SESSION FIVE video
Praying for illumination of 2 Corinthians as we complete this study together! I’ll see you in the community groups this week!