Bible Study on Joy
By Captain Jan Pemberton
Divisional Women’s Ministries Secretary, Alaska Division
“I choose joy… I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.”
This is a 4-week Bible Study on Joy. It is designed to be done in a small group. Group studies are essential to our Corps mission, to grow saints and have a better understanding of the Bible.
Why Small group Bible Studies? Why is it important to be in a group setting?
Bible Studies are sometimes the starting point of growing community, discipleship, and serving more in our church. Experts say that those who participate in a community of believers and learn God’s word develop a healthier spiritual life that those who do not. Those who join in studying God’s word read their Bibles more often and pray more and feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts with groups of people, thus boosting their confidence. Long story short: gathering together to learn more about God’s word matters, and your study group matters!
How to Have Discussions on How You Can Unleash Joy in Your Life
Have easy questions that everyone in the group can answer. Don’t call out those who are shy. They will open up when they feel comfortable. The group will dig deeper throughout the study, but this is a good starting point. Have fun, and laughter is encouraged.
Read the passages of scripture together. Have the group discuss the passage read and give feedback. Encourage several members of the group to share.
Unpack it to see how it is affecting those around the world and in your communities. What do others, both believers and non-believers, think or believe?
How can the group apply the scripture? Be honest and be real. Have those in the groups to provide examples if they feel comfortable enough.
Prayer is the best way to end a conversation during your study together. Also, give praise reports as well.
Small Group Guidelines
To learn from one another, see things from someone else’s vantage point, to grow close to the Lord, and learn more about the Bible. These are essential to grow spiritually and to transform lives.
Regular attendance increases trust within the group.
It provides a safe place to share deep feelings and ask questions a person may not feel they can ask others. Your small-groups can offer a safe space without judgment.
Don’t share with others the struggles or worries of your cluster with others outside the group.
We should be encouraging one another to live a God-honoring life.
When people participate, others Find value in everyone’s unique perspective. Help one another by encouraging them to participate.
Builds lasting Friendships:
Find ways to pray, serve the Lord, and enjoy each other’s company.
Week 1: Recharging your Joy
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:19
Week 2: Refresh My Soul
“I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.” Philemon 1:20
Week 3: A Joyful Spirit
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Week 4: Holding on to Your Joy
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3