Bible Studies for Life: Welcome Home, Bible Study Book by Michael Kelley - Lifeway Bible Study
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 biblicalÂ 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." Session Titles: 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) Features:Â • Biblically rooted content •Â Commentary and word study Benefits: Â • 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. Â
About the Author
MichaelÂ KelleyÂ lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife, Jana, and three children: Joshua, Andi, and Christian.Â He serves as the director of groups ministry for LifeWay Christian Resources. As a communicator,Â MichaelÂ speaks across the country at churches, conferences, and retreats. He is the author ofÂ Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, and God; Transformational Discipleship;Â andÂ Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life. Â Â Â Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues over the past 20 years, Rainer led Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. The firm provided church health insights to over 500 churches and other organizations over that period. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons: Sam, Art and Jess, who are married to Erin, Sarah and Rachel respectively. The Rainers have tenÂ grandchildren: Canon, Maggie, Nathaniel, Will (with the Lord), Harper, Bren, Joshua, Collins, Joel, and James. He is the author of more than two dozen books, includingÂ Breakout Churches,Â Autopsy of a Deceased Church,Â Simple Life,Â Simple Church,Â Raising Dad,Â The Millennials, andÂ Essential Church. His recent book,Â I Am a Church Member, was #1 on the CBA best-seller list for several months, andÂ Who Moved My Pulpit?Â was released in JuneÂ 2016 by B&H Publishing Group.
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