Why study in small groups?
Studying God’s Word together with other women can deepen your faith and understanding, as well as build bonds of friendship that will be a strength in your life.
Community is a hallmark of the faith-filled life
Community and fellowship with one another is a hallmark of the faith-filled life, but too often, the thing we struggle with the most. Whether it’s because we think we’re too busy, that others are too busy, or we feel insecure about opening ourselves up, connecting with others can feel difficult. Small group study can also build bridges with those of different faiths in your community. The Lord has said, “For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them,” (Matthew 18:20)—we can feel Him close as we meet together.
Studying in a small group is all about opening your heart as you
and your friends of all faiths study God’s Word together.
The reality is, the depth of our relationships is correlated to the time in which we’re willing to spend together. It’s marked by our honesty and vulnerability with one another, by the things we have in common, and in our service to one another. We hope that starting or participating in a small group will help you meet other women in your community, find greater power in God’s Word and grow faith.
3 Tips for a Successful Small Group
Fill your conversations with what is similar, rather than what is different about your religious beliefs. Build on commonalities. Try not to start conversations by saying, “In our church, we believe…” But rather, “Our belief is similar to yours, this is what we have in common…”
Let love be
your only motive
It is common for people to wonder if you have an agenda when you invite people from another faith into a religion-centered conversation. But, what if that agenda was simply to build a bridge, start a friendship, and learn to love someone for who they are? For the purpose of these conversations, keep love at the forefront of your intentions.
Build your faith
and that of others
Our hope is that each participant will leave better than they came, and that your own faith will be strengthened through this experience as well as the faith of every person who was a part of the study. The hope is that each individual will be strengthened in their own faith tradition as a result of your time together.