Deb's Bible Study
Wednesdays at 6:30pm @ LUMC
In this six-session video Bible study, bestselling author Max Lucado looks at several "one another" statements in the Bible that reveal how the happiest people on earth aren't those who have the most but those who are willing to give the most away. While everyone craves happiness, and everyone benefits from it, the sad reality is that fewer people today are finding it. We have more possessions than ever before, better access to education, and greater advancements in technology and medicine. Yet the majority of us can't find an adequate reason to check the "yes" box on a happiness questionnaire.
Our culture tries to convince us there is one way to happiness: aspire, acquire, desire, retire. Happiness depends on what we hang in our closet, park in our garage, and deposit in our bank account. It's a path that always fails to deliver. Instead, Jesus provides a better way: "It is better to give than receive" (Acts 22:35 nkjv). Intentional, altruistic acts of service are the most reliable sources of well-being. It is a principle Jesus lived out in his own life. While he was accused of much, he was never described as being grumpy or perpetually somber. Rather, he said, "I came to give life with joy and abundance" (John 10:10 vce).
God wants to bring joy to the people of this generation, and in his Word, he has given us practical and applicable ways to quarry that joy by giving it away. In this study, group members will look at several key "one another" statements given in the New Testament and discover how to make happiness happen in their lives. They will discover that while the world can be a lonely and disappointing place, they can be God's representatives to bring about a cascade of kindness. While we cannot solve every problem, we can bring a few smiles to a few faces. In this way, we might even initiate a quiet revolution of joy.
Saturdays at 9am @ LUMC
RESTARTING IN FEBRUARY, 2020
Join us in the Pastor's Study, Sunday mornings at 9:30 for "A Different Kind of Christmas".
Let's cast a vision of living and giving like Jesus, beginning with the Christmas season and continuing through the year. This five-week study by Mike Slaughter, Lead Pastor of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church and popular author of "Christmas Is Not Your Birthday", helps participants see the traps and discontentment of consumerism and the call of God to live generously to fulfill God's mission in the world.