Welcome to the Acts Bible Study introduction week. This is an online Bible Cafe™ study introduction where we gather in virtual small groups to meet our leaders and community members. Expect to spend one hour together- by Zoom, video, or a private FB group. This is great time to make some new friends! We’ll find out where are you from and what you like most about where you are living.
Gather with me on Monday nights and you’ll meet women from Ireland, Canada, Colorado, California, and more. In my Wednesday Zoom group we have members from California, Oregon, Texas, Boston, and New York. On Thursday mornings, Stasia Nielsen is leading her Zoom group from Mexico. Friday mornings I am sipping coffee with Dotsi Campbell as we chat about Jesus -virtually.
Did you notice that we are scattered in many locations? This is something women really love at the Bible Cafe™ Our uniqueness brings a variety of opinions and experiences into the weekly discussion. Personally, I think Heaven’s Banquet Table might look like this too. A diverse blend of ages, life stages, locations, careers, and coffee/tea. Pour me a cup and I will sit with you all day talking about Jesus.
By the way, I asked a fun icebreaker question this week: If we came over to your house for a visit today, would you serve tea or coffee? Informal or fancy?
After laughing like girls at a tea shop, we started talking about our hospitality (or lack of…) Living near the ocean, I tend to be informal with almond croissants and hot coffee for my guests. Yet on special occasions- like Mother’s Day or Royal Weddings- I set the fancy dishes, three-tiered trays, and mini tiaras for my guests. Feather boas and velvet hats are a must. As a hybrid in hospitality, I’ll bake a fabulous quiche but fill in the party trays with pastries from the local bakery.
As you can see, the “café” concept is built around community. We look forward to talking about the Bible, sharing a good laugh, praying for one another, and seeing your faces (on Zoom).
Most of the Bible Cafers in the Acts study like to participate by sharing answers AND listening to others. At first, some of the women will observe the group and wait to answer a question. Since this is not a classroom, the leaders do not call on you by name. If you have something to say- speak up. Every voice adds depth to the conversation and we love hearing your thoughts each week.
For this study, our small groups are blended. Some women say they are in a season of spiritual sleepwalking, while others feel spiritually awake. What a great opportunity to learn from one another.
If we notice you are missing from the group or falling behind, many of you asked for accountability. A private message or a text message (Zoomers) was most preferred. Someone said it’s easy to disappear or walk away from a larger group gathering. She’s right. And we have encouraged our leaders to pray for you and keep you on track to the finish line.
When you show up in small group, you add value to the community. We witness your faith and we share our testimonies too.
When God calls us to Bible study, He is calling us to a deeper faith.
Let’s Get Started!
Bible Cafe™ Founder & Director
CHRISTINE ABRAHAM is the Bible Cafe™ Founder and helps people understand the Bible, fellowship in small groups, and develop a lasting relationship with Jesus. She earned a Graduate of Theology degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. Christine has facilitated more than 100 Bible Cafe™ studies. She is a popular Christian Life & Leadership Coach. She lives in California with her husband and two rescue dogs.