Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Younite Bible Study- Day 1

I've been such a blogging slacker as of late. So for the 2 of you who read my blog, I apologize for that and also for the fact that you've probably already read what I'm posting. Here is the 1st day of Bible study from Younite. I edited it a bit for this and there was also a couple of places for the students to write out their thoughts.

Day 1- Unity Within the City/Community

As of 2008 there were 52,511 people living in McMinn County. Out of this number only 34,724 attended church (note this is any type of church, not only Baptist or other Christian churches). If you do the math, this means only 61% of people attend church of some sort in McMinn County. We know that more than likely all that attend church are not saved. Also just because someone does not attend church does not mean that they are not saved. I say all of that to make mention that there is more than likely well over half of McMinn County residents that are lost. This means that they are dying and going to hell. We’re in the Bible belt and it we just assume that there is a high percentage of Christians, but that’s not true. So what’s the big deal? Well if you ask yourself that question then you need to check your heart before you go any further in this study and ask God to show you why this is such a big deal.

Begin by praying, praising God for who He is and thanking Him for blessing you. Then ask Him to speak to you through this time of Bible study. Finally ask Him to speak to you while you are on your ministry site today. Ask Him to stretch you spiritually and give you opportunities to share the love of Jesus with others.

Read John 13:1-17

We’re not going to force anyone to wash anyone else’s feet, for several reasons so don’t worry. The point is to realize that in order for unity to take place in this city/community, we must humble ourselves in the form of a servant. You may have heard this before but you must realize that you not above anyone. Not the poorest of poor, not the lowest of the lows, and not even the people who you despise and maybe have even stated that you hate. We are not above anyone….period! If Jesus was willing to humble himself to serve these 12 men, then we must too humble ourselves to serve others. Jesus was even willing to serve these men when He knew that they were about to abandon, deny, and sale Him out.

We are serving as a group today and that is wonderful! But know that true service is when we serve without anyone knowing except God alone. We must not serve today in order to earn a pat on the back or to look good or even be seen by others, but to be Jesus to others.

Close this time by praying that God will give you a heart to serve others, no matter what the cost, even if it makes you uncomfortable. Ask God to take you out of your comfort zone today!

Remember- unity begins with you!

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