Women’s Ministry Leaders: Are you considering What Love Is by Kelly Minter for your church’s Bible study groups? Sample the study first, by watching this teaching clip and reading an excerpt from session one of the study below. You can also read the entire first session.
By Kelly Minter
Recently when I ran into a friend and asked the normal “How are you?” She gave me an honest response. She told me she’d just had a really hard conversation with her husband and how painful it was and how God was working in their marriage. Can I tell you that this was the most refreshing 25 minutes of my weekend? A fellow believer was honest with me, which helped me be honest with her. As a result I believe we had fellowship. You’d go to church for this, I promise.
We forget that the Christian life is about our fellowship with a living Person, Jesus. When He’s active in our lives and in the lives of others we’ll have endless things to talk, dream, and pray about. We’ll have fellowship, and fellowship will lead to joy. No fleeting pleasure compares to the joy that comes from fellowship-even fellowship in the midst of suffering. When Jesus is in our midst and we’re joined together with Him and with one another, the common bond of our Savior ignites heart-bursting joy.
If our fellowship with the Lord and other believers is stale we’ll tend to become judgmental, draw harsh lines, or go the opposite way and dismiss the need for fellowship altogether. But if we’re communing with the Lord on a regular basis, we won’t be able to help our desire to invite others into the community of believers. While I want us to be deeply grateful for our invitation into the fellowship of believers, I want us to be equally passionate about inviting others into that fellowship.
With the advent of social media and the Internet we’re in danger of replacing fellowship for something that is merely a shadow of the real thing. We can download a sermon instead of sitting next to someone on a Sunday morning, we can email a prayer instead of physically enfolding another hand in our own, tweets and posts can be our manna instead of communing with God in His Word. Let’s push out of our private worlds and embrace the very gift John gives us as his reason for writing: the glory of fellowship.
Kelly Minter is an author, speaker, and songwriter. She is passionate about women discovering Jesus through the pages of Scripture. Whether it’s through study, song, or the spoken word, Kelly desires to authentically express Christ to the women of this generation. She has found deep hope and healing through the Bible’s truths, making her message personal and relational. She is author of The Living Room Series of Bible studies, including What Love Is: The Letters of 1, 2, and 3 John.