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What are Glad Tidings Bible Studies

Evangelistic activity

You can introduce Jesus to your friends and relatives through a Glad Tidings group. We can learn from church history that a small group has always been a vehicle of reaching new people.

Lay activity

If a lay person is asked to organize an evangelistic meeting, it requires much preparation from him/her. A Glad Tidings group, however, is very easy to arrange. The more such groups you have in your church, the more lay people can take part in evangelization.

Learning by discovery

Because the participants answer questions, they always make many discoveries about the text. People learn much more effectively by discovering something for themselves rather than by hearing what others have already discovered.

A place to meet Jesus

Jesus is the Word who became flesh, which means that we can always meet him in the word of the Bible. The purpose of a Glad Tidings group is not primarily to teach facts about Christianity, but to let people meet the living Savior. Jesus himself speaks to the participants during a Bible study, comforts them and helps them. See Matt.18:20.

A Christian fellowship where non-Christians are also welcome

When we discuss a Bible passage, something happens also among us. Hearts are opened; problems are shared with other participants as well as with Jesus. And when fellowship becomes meaningful, people bring their friends and the group starts to grow.

What is the difference between a usual Bible study and a Glad Tidings group?

Usually the participants of a Bible study are expected to have some previous knowledge about Christianity. Not so in Glad Tidings group - the questions for these studies are written such that even newcomers can take part in the discussion just by looking at the passage. Participants are also led to apply the text in their own lives with the help of the questions. One more thing: in Glad Tidings groups we are not after "the right answers", but rather want to encourage the participants to say what they really think and mean.

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