Welcome Home : Connecting and Engaging People in the Church (6 Sessions) (Bible Study Book) (Bible Studies For Life Series)
: Welcome Home Bible Study Book includes Bible-study content, small group experience for six sessions, applicable Scripture, key-word study, and a life-application section called "Live It Out." Two practices are foundational to the identity and mission of the...
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Welcome Home Bible Study Book includes Bible-study content, small group experience for six sessions, applicable Scripture, key-word study, and a life-application section called "Live It Out."
Two practices are foundational to the identity and mission of the church: (1) evangelism-inviting others into the family of Christ and (2) discipleship-leading those people to grow in their walk with Christ and in ministry with His body, the Church. While most Christians would certainly agree with that truth, we're not always a welcoming people who encourage spiritual growth and participation in the life and ministry of the Church.
It's wise to periodically ask ourselves how we're doing at welcoming others to the faith and the family of God. This study complements the book Becoming a Welcoming Church by Thom S. Rainer, highlighting biblical teaching and examples that support the practical suggestions in the book. It examines several principles that will show your church family how to clearly and authentically communicate, "We're glad you're here."
Reality Check (Titus 3:3-11)
Open Arms (James 2:1-10)
Gracious Hospitality (1 Peter 4:7-11)
Intentional Love (Luke 10:25-37)
Authentic Joy (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)
Going Out (Acts 16:6-15)
• Biblically rooted content
• Commentary and word study
• Learn how your life can serve as a welcome mat to the church.
• Recognize that welcoming others into the church goes beyond a friendly handshake.
• Understand how to ground your service and love in hospitality.
• Discover how and why it's important to go out of your way to love others.
• Understand how authentic joy flows from a relationship with Jesus.
• Realize that engaging others with the gospel means going to where they are.
Michael Kelley is director of Discipleship at LifeWay Christian Resources. His previous written works include "Holy Vocabulary", "The Tough Sayings of Jesus", and "Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal".<BR>
Thom S. Rainer (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. He was founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His many books include Surprising Insights from the Unchurched,;The Unexpected Journey; Simple Church and Breakout Churches