Christian Community At Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies

22 May

Community

We are gearing up to start a new Bible Study this Sunday.  Can I just tell you how stinkin’ excited I am?  I am y’all and yes I am a Texan, and I am participating with thousands of women all over the world in the most awesome studies I have experienced in all my Christian life.  My hope is that some of you will read this and you might join us in studies that will change your lives.  Here is a link for Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies http://proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/.  Our next study is Limitless Life by Derwin Gray.  You can actually do the study at the link above every day with Melissa and her team, or you can join an awesome facebook group of twenty or so women.  Time is short – the study starts this Sunday.  All you need is the book and a Bible.

We blog on Thursdays and this week we were asked to share what community means to us. For me I have never felt so much a part of a community as my OBS sisters – sisters who pray for me, who pray with me, who lift me up, who encourage me when I walk through valleys and who joyously cheer me on when I am on that mountaintop, who don’t compare ourselves with one another, who support each other with the precious gifts that God has given us.

Here are some of the steps I believe to becoming a community like we are in P31 OBS:

1.  We have to WANT to GROW in the Word of Jesus Christ.  That is the first step and that is how I found Melissa Taylor.  I retired and I wanted to be in a women’s Bible Study outside of church mostly because I didn’t want to go to one in the evenings.

2.  We have to do more than just hang out.  I found at first in my group we hung out a lot, but we were growing and learning to love one another and we were fellowshiping.  We laughed, we cried, we prayed and eventually we delved in to our Bible Studies together and have grown and grown more in love with the Word, memorizing scripture and truly cherishing what we read and study each week.

3.  We have real compassion for one another.  When one of us hurts, we all hurt.  When one of us is in tears, we all are crying with each other.  When one of us has a joy, all of us are super excited together.

4.  We are transparent with one another bringing our emotional needs and even spiritual needs to one another.  Sometimes in church it can be difficult.  Here in OBS it is ok to be transparent and it is ok to be REAL because we do not judge.  It is ok to share that we need prayer for someone on drugs, someone going to jail, someone drinking too much, someone going through miscarriages, loss of loved ones, someone with a child going through difficulties, health problems or whatever.  There is no fear of sharing.  We love each other and we truly care.  It’s not a place to gossip but a place to lift one another up to our Father.

5.  We are living in a way that glorifies our Father and yes we make mistakes every single day.  We all do, but we lift one another up and our world.  We just finished a study and one of our verses was about being the light of the world to others.  We shared how we have been a light in our homes, our communities and with others.

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6.  We are humble and positively others-centered and gentle in our groups, our teams, and all of OBS leadership.

If we are serious about our Lord we should be serious about community.  Jesus is Lord, our Lord and for community to be real He must be the Lord of our thoughts, our actions, our hearts, our words, our treatment of others, and how we live every single moment of our lives.  He is our example.  He loved God, his Father.  He loved people.  That is what Christian community is all about – loving others as He loves us.

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21 Responses to “Christian Community At Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies”

  1. Cheryl Smith May 22, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    Love this! You said it much better than I possibly could have!

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  2. Brenda May 22, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    You are so lucky to have found a sense of community. I have felt so alone for many years and am looking for something like you have found. This is my first online Bible study and I hope that I will be able to join and become an active member of just such a community.

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    • bloggerlovestheking May 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

      Brenda I prayed for many years for one friend to trust and be able to share with. God brought me here. I have so many beautiful ladies I trust and love and have even met several of them for lunch and coffee. So glad you are here with us and hope you are even more blessed than I have been.

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  3. Lauren May 22, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Love this, my friend, and love being in community with you!
    Lauren

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  4. Shelly Faust May 22, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    Debbie, I love the six things you shared about community! And I LOVE being in community with you! Still smiling over our face to face meeting Monday! 🙂

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    • bloggerlovestheking May 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

      Me too Shelly. You blessed my heart and God brought you here in perfect timing. Hugs.

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  5. Amanda M. May 22, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Community is such a beautiful thing! You describe it so well. I am looking forward to being part of an online community once again!

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  6. Trish Cordell May 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Awww!! I just love this post. Just put a big ol’ smile on my face!! So happy to be on this journey alongside you in the bestest community ever!! Big hugs Debbie!!!

    Trish 🙂 (see–that’s me smiling)

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    • bloggerlovestheking May 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

      You are looking cute in that smile today Trish. So glad to be part of this community with YOU! Hugs.

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  7. kymmie May 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    What a great description of this community! Awesome blog! 🙂

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  8. Vicki May 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    Yes! and Amen!

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  9. Mandy May 22, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    Love your post about community!

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  10. Audra May 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    “We have to do more than just hang out”… I LOVE that. We are here with a purpose. Healthy relationships will be formed through this, as long as we keep our focus. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  11. Theresa Haskins May 23, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    AMEN! I really enjoy being a part of this on-line sisterhood too!!!

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