What is Bible Study? #Mormons #ExMormons

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When we talk about the Scriptures, Christians are talking about only the Bible. We believe it is the final authority. When a Christian talks about going to Bible Study, we are talking about studying parts of the Bible together as a group led by someone who is following lesson guidelines (or sometimes led by a pastor who attended some kind of seminary).

We have fellowship time together 30 minutes prior to the study beginning where someone almost always brings food. She has the gift of hospitality. The first hour is dedicated to discussion. Every week we do homework, studying the scriptures on our own through prayer and research. When we come together, we discuss our answers.

Doubts are expressed, too.

Questioning Mormonism is like questioning the integrity of your family. In a Christian church, doubts are encouraged. I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but doubts bring questions and questions bring fulfillment. It is through the questions that our faith grows.

Just like how our faith grows through the different trials in our lives. God doesn’t cause the trials, but because we live in a sin-filled world, we endure different painful moments. God doesn’t waste pain. He turns what others mean for evil into something glorious.

Bible Study for me is a way to gather with other people and discuss God’s Word. It is also accountability, too. Don’t think of accountability like the Mormon church where your skirts are measured for the correct length, but think of it more like promising to eat healthier and having someone ask you weekly if you have kept to your goals.

If you have doubts, you can attend a Christian Bible Study during the week day somewhere without them knowing you are Mormon. I challenge you to just listen to the discussions and ask your questions. If you are feeling shy, talk to the Bible Study leader in private. See if he or she is willing to meet you sometime so you can have a safe place to ask your questions.

I prefer private conversation. You are more than welcome to email me in lieu of a comment or contact me via social media.

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