I’ll Come to Bible Study TWICE

I still remember T’s response when I invited her to Bible study.  She became quiet, then took a deep breath and said, “I’ll come twice.”

She did come twice.  I said nothing, but I prayed.  The third week she was there again!  She continued for several months. One day I broached the subject,  “I’m glad you’ve continued coming to Bible study.  What are your thoughts about the Bible now?”

She said, “I believe it’s true,  but I don’t think I could ever become a Christian.”
“Why is that?”
“I could never live the life.”
“I understand because I was there once.  What I discovered is that when I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ He sent the Holy Spirit to live in me. He gave me His power to live above my circumstances and to obey God.  I could never have done it on my own.  It wasn’t so much that I had to live a different life. God actually came and changed me—inside and out!”

A few weeks later T called to say she had given her life to Jesus Christ.  “I did it two weeks ago, but I didn’t say anything because I wanted to be sure it was real.  It IS real! God has changed me. I have joy and a peace like never before.”

A week later:  “I feel as if I’ve just been born and I’m seeing life with newborn eyes.  I think I’ll send out birth announcements to the gals in our Bible study!”

T  painted flowers on the front of each card. Inside it read, “This is to announce the birth of a new child of God, T___ D___,  sister to Jesus. Born Again on February 22.  Praise God and thank you for your prayers!”  She handed out the announcements at Bible study. We were all teary-eyed.

Doesn’t a birth announcement call for a shower?   Two weeks later I hosted a New Birth Shower for T.   The sign on our front door read, “Come in and celebrate the addition of a new name in the Lamb’s Book of Life!”

We enjoyed a brunch which included a casserole of eggs, sausage and mushrooms.  Of course a shower must have gifts!   T received a new Bible, some inspirational books and CDs.  Then she shared her story of how Christ had changed her life.   It was a precious day we will always remember!

  • You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’  John 3:7
  • The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white.  I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.    Revelation 3:5
  • Have you ever considered giving a New Birth Shower for a new believer? What are your thoughts?  To leave a comment, click on the title of story and scroll to bottom of page.

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to I’ll Come to Bible Study TWICE

  1. Anita says:

    I absolutely LOVE the idea of a ‘new birth shower’! What a wonderful way to keep mentoring and discipling new believers.

  2. Liana says:

    What a precious idea Kathleen … Do we really comprehend the absolute miracle of our new birth? Lord help us to celebrate this sweet knowledge daily.

    • Kathleen says:

      That is so true! Even if it’s been many years since the new birth took place, it’s a miracle that it ever happened in the first place, and could not have happened if HE had not drawn us to Himself in the first place! (John 6:44)

  3. Betsy says:

    Wow! Kathleen, you are creative. That is a great idea to give a new birth shower. New believers need the encouragement. Good for you and your friend!

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