We are having so much fun at our Bible studies on Thursday nights! Last week we finished the verse-by-verse study of Genesis that we started almost two years ago. That was a big one! We had Beth's homemade peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookies to celebrate! ;) Wes has something new to begin in January, but for the next few weeks he decided to do just a basic study of how the Bible came to be and a little bit of Baptist history. Tonight was our first night of studying the canonization of the Bible.
What is so fun is that everyone is free to ask questions as we go along. So they do. Which brings up more information, which opens up more discussion. The blessing comes from hearing our church family members saying things like, "That's why it's so important to study the Bible and read it every day - so you know when false doctrine presents itself." This is not my husband, their pastor, telling them they have to read their Bibles every day. This is church members telling each other that they need to read their Bibles every day! This is scriptural fellowship, folks! Hebrews 10:24, 25 - "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Wes was teaching the lesson and in charge of the meeting, but the people were doing much of the provoking and exhorting of each other, which is the purpose of assembling together. It warms our hearts to see our people growing individually and then helping each other to grow! This is exciting - no other job on earth could be this exciting!