Last Monday I received an e-mail that was a huge blessing, but also a huge responsibility.
A huge part of Cedarville’s ministry is bible studies, or discipleship groups. My freshman year, I joined one, led by a good friend and woman who strives to be excellent at all she does. I have always looked up to her. This year, my second year, I was able to get the opportunity to lead one. There are 12 students who are mentored by a man and his wife, learning what it really means to be a disciple. Then, those 12 students chose a book and lead a bible study. Then, the 8-10 students in their group all lead their own bible study. So this past year I was leading a bible study, but still in a bible study.
The e-mail that I received on Monday told me that I was selected to be one of those 12 students that gets to learn as much as possible able discipling, and I get to lead my own bible study!!! I am so blown away by the privelage that I have received, and prayer against pride would be much appreciated. I know that this will not neccessarily always be fun, easy and the greatest joyride ever.
I am looking forward to the bond that will form between myself and the other 11 members, along with Mark and his wife. The thing that I miss most about Africa is not the smells or the sounds or the sounds or the FEEL of Africa, but the people. I miss the close bond that I had with my friends. The way that my senior class knew everything about me- and could build me up (or tear me down) like no one else. I have not found relationships like that very easily here in America. So I am very excited to form that bond with others.
My first job is to find a book that I want to teach on. I have decided that I would like to teach on the topic of prayer. This is way out of my league, as prayer is not something that I am an expert at. Oh, no. way. Not sure why God would want me to lead a bible study on prayer. I think I only listened to him long enough to hear him tell me that he wants me to do a study on prayer, and then I filled the rest of the time with protesting, being distracted and just plain ol’ not even listening. If anyone has any really great book ideas for me, I would love to hear them. Even if they aren’t on prayer, I would love to know what it out there. It is hard to pick a book when I have no idea….I don’t even know if I agree with the beliefs of the author. Anyways, just send me an e-mail, or post a comment-reply on here. I would love any advice that anyone has about teaching a bible study, too.
I am so excited, and would appreciate prayer- that I will be a humble leader throughout the entire year. And I am sure that everyone reading this will hear much, much more about discipleship council.