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Christian Community Bible Study

Share : Connect : Belong : Grow

This study is designed for a small group of people who are willing and able to wrestle with the topic of community and take actions in order to live differently. It's ideal for a Sunday school class, church group, or community group.

This course invites you to

  • consider the lives of the early church and its Christian community
  • share stories about your own experiences in community
  • connect deeply and authentically as you gain insights into the lives of your small group members
  • learn to engage with and love your community
  • grow with friends in a safe, encouraging, yet challenging, environment.

You'll dive into the the book of Acts and reflect upon and talk about being part of a community. My hope is that you and your group members will acknowledge difficulties while learning to be delighted in community.

The course, Christian Community Bible Study, consists of 12 sessions that involve reading the book of Acts, discussing selected passages, and sharing experiences prompted by the main topic covered in the scripture. Your purchase gives you access to the study including downloadable and printable PDFs of each lesson. You may make copies of each lesson for distribution to small group members participating in this study.

Over the next few months, I will be adding the following course materials:

  • Leader's notes covering the Bible study portion of each session
  • Audio/video recordings sharing personal experiences relating to the topic and illustrating possible responses to reflection questions
  • Tips on leading this Bible study in your own small group

As I add content, I will be adjusting the course price. Buy now and get these updates at no extra cost.


Your Instructor


Julie Rains
Julie Rains

I'm here to help you experience a new way of living, thinking, and doing as a Christian.

I've come to understand that experiencing the world and interacting with the people can be transformative. Doing things and discussing our experiences, honestly and kindly, can lead to deeper understanding of who we are, who our neighbor is, and who God is - and how he's calling us to act.

So much, that is, too much, of our lives are transactional, even in church. Tasks are assigned and celebrated upon completion while relationships, genuine friendships, are dismissed as unimportant and irrelevant to our cause -- except, sometimes, within our already established circle of companions.

As far as my credentials, I have participated in and facilitated Bible studies, small groups, and church teams. I've led the strategic planning process at my church and developed a platform for its small group ministry. In the community, I host the occasional bike ride and serve as assistant organizer for a 500+ member community cycling group. However, I am NOT a theologian. I believe in grace, not works, and being reconciled with God through Jesus.



Class Curriculum


  Intro: Learning to Live in Community
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  Session 1: Exploring Christian Community
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  Session 2: Sharing the Good News and Becoming a New Community
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  Session 3: Setting and Managing Priorities
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  Session 4: Dealing with Differences
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  Session 5: Being Honest
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  Session 6: Extending and Accepting Hospitality
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  Session 7: Making Friends and Changing Lives through "Random" Encounters
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  Session 8: Encouraging and Accepting Encouragement
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  Session 9: Thinking Positively in Challenging Situations
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  Session 10: Seeking Out Mentors and Mentoring Fellow Christians
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  Session 11: Trusting God and Fellow Christians
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  Session 12: Expanding the Christian Community
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
Course materials are available as soon as you complete the enrollment process. The course is self-paced or group-paced so you can decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
The course is accessible for two years after your purchase. You'll have plenty of time to complete the course: most groups can finish the course in 12 to 24 weeks.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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