Saturday we’re having our first 7SD Men’s Breakfast…eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, hashbrowns, OJ and coffee…oh and a football game after breakfast. I’m going to be giving a vision talk and we’re going to hang out and have a great time…who knows we may go hunting, kill something, bring it back and cook it for lunch…all I know is we’re doing guy things and 7SD is all about helping men be men…the type of guy God created us to be.
Hope you can make it.
We had our second small group session last night. Our small group is awesome. Here’s what we do. We record the first half hour of the Monday night football game and everyone meets at 6:00PM. We have food and watch the first half commercial free. We pause the game at half then do the Bible study. The Bible study is based off the message from the weekend service, discussion questions are printed on the notes each week. We pray for each other and then watch the second half commercial free.
We have a point system we’ve developed to add a little extra to the game. Prior to Monday night everybody emails their picks and we record the predictions like…1. who wins the coin toss, 2. 1st catch 3. 1st points 4. 1st Touchdown 5. score at end of each quarter 6. and score at the end of the game. 7. Who wins the game., etc. We are keeping a running tally and the winner will receive a MNF Bible Study trophy…and bragging rights for the rest of the year.
Small groups are vital in churches but I think especially in a new church. It really helps people get connected and put down roots and grow. God uses small groups to help each of us learn from others. And, when the group is doing the study based off the message from the weekend it helps everyone take the message deeper. Studies show that people forget 95% of what they hear within 72 hours…bummer for preachers when we take all week to prepare something people are only going to remember 5% of at best. So, this is another way to help people really “get” the message and take it to the next level.
We are beginning a brand new teaching series next week called “TXT…The most important text you’ll ever get.” We’re really looking forward to digging into the Bible and helping people see the basics and the depth of what the Bible is and how it is relevant to our life today. Our goal is that everybody would have an opportunity to open the Word and be transformed by what God says to each of us. Just like a TXT from a friend…it’s really pretty useless if we don’t read it. See you Sunday.