Gathered by God


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Bible study themes

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September 2012


Session 1: Our Present, Christ’s Presence

Theme verse: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20)



October 2012
Gathered to Learn


Session 2: Learning the Tough Stuff

Theme verse: “Again he began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.” (Mark 4:1)



November 2012
Gathered for Life


Session 3: Nothing Lost

Theme verses: “Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’” (John 6:11-12)



December 2012
Gathered and Empowered


Session 4: Shake It Up

Theme verse: “When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31)



January/February 2013
Gathered for Rest  & Community


Session 5: Getting Away

Theme verses: "The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, 'Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.' For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat." (Mark 6:30-31)



Session 6: Koinonia Calling

Theme verse: “God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9)




March 2013
Gathered for Shelter


Session 7: Beneath Her Wings

Theme verse: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” (Luke 13:34)



April 2013
Gathered to Share the Story


Session 8: Storytelling

Theme verse: “When they arrived, they called the church together and related all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles.” (Acts 14:27)



May 2013
Gathered to be Sent


Session 9: Time to Go

Theme verse: “So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’" (Acts 1:6)



2013 Summer Study
All Who Hunger Gather Gladly
Audrey Novak Riley


When the hungry crowd gathered, Jesus told his friends to give the people something to eat—and then he made sure they could.