The Bible tells us that being in community with other believers is a necessary part of growing as a Christian. By having Christian friends, we can help and encourage one another (1 Corinthians 12:21-26). The Bible lists quite a few "one anothers," which are basically things we are supposed to do for each other. Things like loving one another (1 John 4:12), encouraging one another (Hebrews 3:13), inspiring one another to do good things (Hebrews 10:24), serving one another (Galatians 5:13), teaching one another (Romans 15:14), honoring one another (Romans 12:10), and being kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32). Small group communities are a wonderful place to do that.
Thankfully, the world knows no physical boundaries these days when it comes to small groups. The internet is an awesome way to connect with other people across the planet and time zones. We aren't bound to certain meeting places and times now. This is a world where community is possible anywhere!
With that in mind, and knowing that you're probably online all the time anyway, what do you think about starting a 412teens Small Group Bible study? This is a need that we have been considering fulfilling for quite awhile because it seems like a lot of our questioners are in need of a strong community of believers to encourage and support them as they seek to live their lives for Christ. We'd like to see if that would work here on 412teens in 2016.
What do you think? Would you be interested in joining a weekly Bible study right here on 412teens.org?
I would post a passage to read and reflect upon individually. Then you would comment on that post with any study notes you would like to share. (I'm thinking we would use the S.O.A.P. method to get our thoughts together.) Once you've posted your contribution, you can read others' and encourage them and/or get them to think more on a particular topic.
Let me know what you think and/or if you have any suggestions to expand upon this idea. Thanks, guys!
Cat is the webmaster and editor of 412teens.org and writes novellas with local young writers at her workshops. She also contributes at GotQuestions.org, Blogos.org, and GQkidz.org. When Catiana is not writing or hanging out with teens, she loves spending time with her two kids, five socially awkward cats, and her amazing friend-amily that gets together every Saturday for various shenanigans.