Well hello! I’ve come back again to share with you a book of 16 pre-planned Bible studies for use in a small group environment, all covering different aspects of the topic of genuine, joyful, sacrificial, Christian fellowship. They can be used individually or in any size or type of small group, and they come with all the features of a good study, including study questions, prayer prompts, application points, and more. Let’s get into it!
The Things I Liked
- These studies are pretty pre-packaged and really simple to use as a group facilitator.
- I really enjoy the balance in these studies between teaching and asking questions, which is really difficult for me to achieve as a group leader without putting in quite a bit of prep work.
- This book offers fresh light and perspective on what it means to be a part of the beautiful and dynamic body of Christ! It was definitely inspirational to me in truly understanding the meaning of fellowship and the beauty and responsibilities that come along with it.
- This book and the teachings could be edifying to any Christian, regardless of background or denomination. That is not to say that this is fluffy or free of any challenge, but instead that this is not a sort of niche book that will appeal to certain denominations and offend others.
The Things I Didn’t Like
- When I first saw the cover of this book, I was under the impression that I would get some inspiration for my own Bible studies that I write and lead and maybe be able to collect some icebreaker questions, prayer prompts, or application points to use in my studies. However, there aren’t really any original icebreaker questions – they’re basically the same couple questions for every chapter with a new lead-in question for each topic. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good questions and would probably bring about some good open discussion, but they’re not very specific or original.
Note to Parents
No content to be concerned about!
In short, this book is a great choice for any of you who lead a small group and are looking for a “turn-key approach,” as the book’s synopsis says. These studies are loaded with Scripture, depth, teaching, and application, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy using it in your group.
Have you ever been a part of or led a small group? Do you have any books you’d like to see me review? I’d love to hear from you down in the comments!