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The Books of the Bible

Many Home Groups will be exploring “The Books of the Bible,” which is designed to return God’s Word to the format in which it was originally presented.

By Mary M. Rall
Community Covenant Church

Signups for Home and Vitality groups will begin in Community Covenant’s lobby following both services Sept. 11, creating opportunities for participants to share life together with Christ in the center.

The Vitality Groups will be featured as part of Souper Wednesdays, the first of which will be Sept. 21 from 6-8 p.m.

Souper Wednesdays will offer sustenance for both body and soul, starting with a meal of homemade soup and warm bread from 6-6:45 p.m., said Lead Pastor Todd Michero. Studies for adults on a variety of topics and programming for children will be featured from 6:45-7:45 p.m. to allow families and individuals to participate.

According to Todd, childcare will be offered for children 3 and younger; a reading circle will be featured for 4 year olds through second graders; and a Homework Club will be provided for third through fifth graders.

Jeanne South is co-leading a women’s Vitality Group with Sandy Gold on “He Speaks to Me: Preparing to Hear from God.” She said she was motivated to participate in Souper Wednesdays to help contribute to developing a sense of community at CCC.

“I want to have community and build relationship,” Jeanne said. “I think doing so in the church in another venue besides Sunday morning church is a great way to do that.”

She added Souper Wednesdays are intended to help take the stress out of trying to grab a bite to eat amidst participants’ sometimes hectic schedules so they can carve out time to plug into the Community Covenant family as part of their weekly routines.

“When you sit down to eat, you can get to know people,” Jeanne said. “We really want people to come and get to know each other and Jesus.”

Those seeking community outside of CCC are encouraged to explore participating in Home Groups, which will begin the week of Sept. 25 to Oct. 1.

Home Groups will be offered on a variety days and will help participants to worship, grow, serve and have fun together, said Pastor Tyler Shaw.

“Let’s rediscover what it means to share life together with Jesus in the center,” Tyler said, adding the groups are intended to be an integral and intentional part of individual’s lives.

Central to that is the Word of God, Tyler said, adding many Home Groups will be exploring “The Books of the Bible” as part of the Covenant Community Bible Experience.

“The Books of the Bible” is the NIV version of the New Testament, Tyler said, which is designed to return God’s Word to the format in which it was originally presented prior to the introduction of centuries of artificial formatting that changed the order of the books and added chapters, columns, verses, notes and commentary.

“It’s not a study,” Tyler said. “What we’re encouraging people not to do is come to the Bible like it’s a textbook, but as a book.”

Simple questions will be discussed by the Home Groups weekly, such as what participants noticed for the first time, to help create a natural and casual learning environment.

“It’s more like an open discussion,” Tyler said. “What we’re trying to do is see it as a story we can see ourselves in, rather than a study.”

Groups will be encouraged to read “The Books of the Bible” for 15 minutes daily through Christmas, Tyler said, adding Home Group participants will gain the opportunity to have a greater understanding of who Christ is together.

“We want to connect people to the life of Jesus,” Tyler said. “It shows us something when we have a vision of who Jesus is.”

Copies of “The Books of the Bible” will be offered for $5 each, and information on available Home and Vitality groups will be featured following both worship services Sept. 11-25. Any associated costs for specific Vitality Groups will be offered at that time as well.

Email tyler@communitycovenant.net for more information on hosting, facilitating or participating in a Home Group.

Additional information on Vitality Groups and Souper Wednesdays can be obtained by calling 696-5229.