"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together...but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25
Aaahhhh....the sweetness of "the assembling of ourselves together." The nourishment and refreshment of face-to-face Bible study and fellowship are vital for us as Christians. The Bible teaches us the importance of healthy face-to-face relationships with believers so together we can worship, study the Bible, fellowship, pray, break bread, encourage and challenge one another. For Christian women, I believe the desire for us to gather and grow is woven into our heartstrings. We are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together...and I think we crave His perfect design of gathering and growing in the core of our beings.
Acts chapter two teaches us the necessities for vibrancy and growth. The believers gathered regularly "...with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God..." (Acts 2:46-47) Sounds inviting and refreshing. Simple, vital, nourishing, life-giving gathering together.
This will be the fifth year I have facilitated and hosted a Gather & Grow Bible study group in my home. A very precious group of women gather together to grow in Him and His Word. We assemble to seek the Lord, to worship in song, to pray, to share struggles and to rejoice in praise to Him. We read His Word, we laugh, cry, sing, listen and share. We gather and grow...for Him and in Him.
The growth in each woman's heart through the Gather & Grow Bible study is a testimony to His faithfulness and His desire to grow us in His truth! "So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow." 1 Corinthians 3:7 God brings the growth. God's breath brings the increase.
The personal testimonies, notes and emails we have received from the women in Gather & Grow about how they have grown in the Lord are jaw-dropping amazing! GOD is good. GOD gets the glory. It is all HIS doing.
What really tickles me is when we hear from husbands of women in the group. When the husbands are making a point of telling us the change in their wives, I do a happy dance. Living a life of godly integrity happens within the four walls of our own homes first. So when we hear from one of the husbands, we rejoice at God's good work all the more! The husband of one of the gals in our group even gave our Gather & Grow group some alternative names ~ "Assemble & Resemble" and "Hang Out & Sprout"! That is indeed, by His grace, what we do - Gather & Grow, Assemble & Resemble, Hang Out & Sprout.
Autumn 2011 made its debut as it peeked over the horizon at 5:05 this morning. Autumn brings the start of Bible studies that journey together through winter and linger into spring. Seasons of gathering together. Seasons of growing together.
Are you feeling led by the Lord to host a Gather & Grow Bible study? I'd like to pray for you and encourage you. Please be sure to leave a comment with your prayer request. It would be an honor to pray for you and your group.
If you feel led to host a Gather & Grow Bible study, I am giving away, as unto the Lord, a Made to Crave Bible Study Bundle (by Lysa TerKeurst)!! This Bible Study Bundle includes a book, DVD teachings by Lysa and a Participant's Guide!! Please leave a comment and share a bit why and how you feel led (be sure I have your contact information). The winner of the Bible Study Bundle will be announced next week, and we will get it to you right away!!
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As we each daily meet with Him at our own Table For Two, we are encouraged to also gather with one another in His Word and in fellowship. He meets us and fills us. Gather & Grow with Him. "You shall be filled at My table..." Ezekiel 39:20
"So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved."