Last night was the final session for ‘The Pilot’ group of the ‘Grace Is For Sinners: Bible Study.’ Six weeks isn’t that long, compared to the connections that we made with each other.
They were trying to figure out ways to stay connected, joking around about trying to sneak into the next group, when someone mentioned coming to the final session of every group. All of the groups adding up and getting together at the last session.
I love this idea.
In the first meeting, I propose a challenge to those who come. The challenge to not only recognize the flaw in the religious system and need for change, but to be the change. We spend the next four weeks digging into the system, comparing and contrasting common practice against scripture, results and overall message. At the final session, I ask a series of questions to see what they have learned.
‘The Pilot’ group wants to be there to hear the answers. I think they’re taking the challenge to be a part of a group of people who ‘get it’ seriously. They are determined to be the change.
It will be so inspiring to watch the final sessions grow over time and for everyone to connect with others who have the same challenge and goal.
“The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love — love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God. Those who fail to keep to this point soon wander off into cul-de-sacs of gossip. They set themselves up as experts on religious issues, but haven’t the remotest idea of what they’re holding forth with such imposing eloquence.” (1 Timothy 1:5)