Monday, September 9, 2013

Stepping out of my comfort zone

One of the things I've been whining about a LOT to my poor hubby is how I miss good Bible study.  I participated in several rounds through another local church, but then the program/schedule/leaders changed.  I took part in one led by a very dear lady in our church, but I found the material extremely basic and I was left longing for more...

I chatted with a friend who has led several studies, but due to some very difficult circumstances she's unable to commit to anything else right now.

Hubby asks whether I've prayed about leading one myself.

Ummmm.

I don't do that.

I just like to go to ones that others are leading and talk too much.

See, I don't really feel like I've been called in that area.

Oh, wait, but I *do* have a minor in Biblical studies AND I definitely felt the Holy Spirit leading me out of my last "post."

Please stand by while I tell God that it's not a good idea.

Throughout random conversations this summer, three different people made comments about how I would be a good Bible Study leader.

Cue our pastor talking about launching a congregation-wide initiative of small groups, and encouraging us all to pray about our roles.

Guess what?

I'm leading a Bible study.

I'm a bit scared.

We're doing an inductive study on Philippians, which has always been my favorite book.  I find it fascinating that Paul - while imprisoned - is writing to a group of people to tell them to focus on the good stuff and REJOICE.  And also tell them that God will get them through whatever (FYI: Philippians 4:13 isn't a peppy cheer).  I need to be reminded about many of the teachings in this epistle.

Five ladies signed up yesterday: I know 1 well, 1 so-so, and had never met the other 3.

We'll do another round of sign-ups this coming Sunday, and then we're kicking things off on September 19.

Yep, I'm being s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d.  That's always uncomfortable, but I really am excited to see how God works through this!