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Christian Community Bible Study

Recognize and Learn to Live in Authentic Christian Community

This course teaches students to identify Christian community and act in a way that builds and nurtures a positive network of relationships. Students learn by studying the book of Acts in the Christian bible and both reflecting on and sharing experiences in being part of a community (both good and bad, authentic and superficial experiences).

The study consists of 12 sessions that involve reading the entire book of Acts and selected passages. The course includes printable downloads with questions to spark conversation. It also consists of audio content in which I share my experiences in community.

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.

Note: this course is in beta mode and may change from day to day.


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 coldly transactional, even in church, and sometimes especially 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 am NOT a theologian. I believe in grace, not works, and being reconciled with God through Jesus.



Class Curriculum


  Getting Started in Thinking about 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?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
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.

This course is not open for enrollment.