Leading "Living Life Together" Bible Study featuring Shauna Niequist


You can find the Living Life Together Bible Study series exclusively in the RightNow Media Bible Study Library here.

There are messy parts in all of our lives that we would rather not reveal—like strained relationships, sinking finances, and cluttered living rooms. We keep the doors of our hearts and homes closed for fear of being exposed. But what if we invited others in and experienced the beautiful acceptance and deep connection of Christian community? Author and speaker Shauna Niequist is passionate about living life in community. In four intimate sessions, she walks through Scripture, challenging women to step out of isolation and fear and pursue relationships rooted in rest, grace, and reconciliation. 

Shauna is the best-selling author of Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way, and Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table. She also writes for the IF:Gathering, Storyline Blog, and Women of Faith. 

Take a look at this video overview of the study.

As you saw in that video, this study features real-life stories of women who have experienced freedom in meaningful community with God and others. In this real-life story from the series, three women describe how they connected through a shared passion to serve their city. 

Who in your group might be weary of community? Which women share some of the same passions? What ideas do you have for serving as a group? Who will you reach out to as you start this study?
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At the beginning of each session, your group will watch a dramatic or amusing illustration to ease into the teaching topic. In this illustration from the study, women will be encouraged to reflect on their daily routines: Do they fall in bed exhausted every night? Are they working in their own strength and depending on their own performance? Do they need to rest in the Lord and breathe in his presence? 

To help you teach the lesson and dig deeper in Scripture, use the downloadable Leader's Guide and group handouts. Take some time in advance to consider the Bible study questions and come up with personal examples to encourage discussion among your group.

As you prepare to lead this Bible study, are there any ways I can pray for you or help you facilitate?
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God designed and delights in community. Thank you for taking the risk to invite women into authentic community where they can experience the beauty of being known, loved, and encouraged in Christ. 

You can find the Living Life Together Bible Study series exclusively in the RightNow Media Bible Study Library here.