SERENDIPITY BIBLE for GROUPS Author:GOD The Serendipity Dream — Welcome to the Serendipity family and to the dream of building a Christian community through small groups. — This Bible is one of many resources designed to help small groups get together, get changed and get going! — About this study Bible: — Special: Why a special study Bible for small groups? — Because the type of study mat... more »erial must take into account the interaction of people in a group.
Interaction: What do you call this group interaction? Serendipity.
Serendipity: What is "serendipity"? Originally, it meant "the facility of making happy chance discoveries" (Horace Walpole, 1743). Applied to Bible study, serendipity is what happens when a group of people get together to share their lives around the Scripture and the Holy Spirit does something special.
Koinonia: What is this "something special"? Koinonia.
Upper Room: What is "koinonia"? It is the Greek word for in-depth spiritual community. It is what happened in the Upper Room when a bunch of broken people(the walking wounded") got together, cared for each other and discovered a whole new power in their lives through the Holy Spirit.
Baseball Diamond: How do you get to "koinonia" as a group? Using the illustration of a baseball diamond, "koinonia" is home plate. To get to home plate, the group must go around three bases.
Sharing: What are the three bases? First base is "history giving"- sharing your spiritual story with one another. Second base is "affirmation"- responding in the group to each other's story with words of genuine appreciation and thanks. Third base is "goal setting" or need sharing- where you need to move on in your spiritual life and where you need the support of the group.
Group Building: How does this special Study Bible fit into this? The Serendipity Bible For Groups gives you the tools for building a solid, sturdy, balanced support group.« less