It is always great to hear testimonies about what God is doing, and we already have several great stories to celebrate from our HEROES Series this fall.
1. From one leader shortly after the Ministry Summit’s training on using Jesus’ Serpent/Dove Method to bring Jesus into people’s hearts by asking questions instead of “fixing” with our own advice:
I used the Serpent/Dove method with my daughter this morning. It was incredible! Because my opinions, thoughts & feelings weren’t the focus I was able to really listen & ask key questions based on what she was telling me. I even used Jake’s phrase…..”so, lets get away from talking about the individual & their problems & get back to whats going on inside of you.” Instead of me advising & fixing & telling her what she should or shouldn’t do, she answered her own questions and gained insight for herself as to why she was struggling so much over a difficult decision she needs to make concerning this same individual and that she can go to God’s Word for wisdom.
All glory goes to God when we honor others by listening and put the focus on Jesus instead of ourselves.
2. An email I received after Lesson One: The Faith of Abraham
We had __ adults last night and tears were flowing within the first 5 minutes of the conversation. All but three people opened their hearts and shared last night in powerful ways! The Holy Spirit was absolutely moving from beginning to end. To God be all the glory!
[One member] said the group went deeper in one night last night than their group ever went in an entire year last year.
Praise be to God!!!
3. From one of our newer leaders:
Last night went great! God definitely provided someone to mentor.
The storytelling went well and was easier than I had expected. We dialogued a little during the story, and then rebuilt it. As we started ‘going deeper’ a couple people started talking about hearing God’s voice and as I thought it was an opportunity to explore I found out that they didn’t feel that God was speaking to them or that they were hearing God’s voice. I decided to use the rest of our time on hearing God’s word.
I know the Spirit was leading cause of a story one of the girls shared that coincided with what we decided to discuss.
4. Another leader’s observation about the HEROES biblical storytelling method:
One thing I noticed/love about the biblical storytelling method is that no energy is spent on things like, “I didn’t like what the author said about…; I didn’t agree with this…; etc.” It’s just Scripture going right into our hearts.
5. Another remarkable story from the first night:
Hi Reg, tonight was our first opportunity to get into the text of our study. [My spouse] and I went in thinking “man, our group is NEVER going to open up.” It has been difficult getting to know each other at a deeper level. But as you’ve heard so many times by now, the walls came down and the tears were flowing. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house tonight, praise The Lord!! It was so amazing and we have been so blessed by the things that took place and the things that were shared tonight. Just thought I’d let you know. So thankful that the Holy Spirit works despite our own doubts and shortcomings.
6. A note from one small group member to their leader:
Hi guys. When I was talking last night about our friends who lost their little girl 4 yrs ago and who is now going through a possible miscarriage, [our leader] asked us a question. He said “When you experience something like that how can you trust God again”. Today on Facebook that same friend wrote this: “God knows what you have gone through because he was with you all along, keep the faith- I am keeping my faith.”
Our dear friends who have experienced the most tragic event a parent can, and to be going though another heart wrenching thing are CHOOSING to stay faithful because they know that God has not left them and that He is with them even when things go so wrong. MY faith is strengthened tonight because I now know that our friends have found that faith in God.
Thank you for being in this small group with us. May we continue to grow, learn and strengthen each other over the next few months.
See you next week!!
7. A nice note from Sally C. about the HEROES study itself:
Hi, Reg. I want to thank you for the study provided for small groups this year. It really sparks good discussion, but better yet, I like it because it is not a “deep” study, one where I felt I have to be a Bible genius, but rather am able to be relational with those in our group. I personally feel that small groups should be about relationships as much as a Bible study. About sharing and praying, rather than an exegetic study. Small group, to me, is about family, and I surely do feel part of a family at our gatherings. Good job and I hope the future will bring more studies like this.
Thank you to all who were responsible for the writing and publishing of this study.
8. And finally, a comment from a Communication Card in last Sunday’s services:
Praise for the Heroes Study. It has sparked a renewed vitality in our small group.
Praise God, indeed!
Maybe your group has not experienced flowing tears or great redemption stories, yet. That’s okay. Group life, like all life, goes through seasons. Some are dry, but guess what, God moves us through the desert. Some are average, but guess what, God grows us through disciplined persistence and perseverance. Some are painful, but as we know, God often uses those times most effectively of all. And some are full harvest, which is where some of our groups are right now. As we share these great testimonies, we should all celebrate this time of God’s blessing and keep our eyes fixed on Him, through every season.
If you are not in a small group right now, it is always a good time to join one. See a list of the groups and how to join, right here.
Blessings on our homes,