Connection is important.
In fact, we know from research that connection is one of our most basic needs.
As children of God, in a family of God, we may already know this, but the scientific community is uncovering amazing research that (not shockingly) supports the way God designed us from the beginning.
Here’s two of my favorite TedTalks about connection the impact of connection on our lives:
We need connection like rain needs drops and bagels need cream cheese, no even more than that. We were made to connect to God, and also people.
In Genesis, God walked with Adam and Eve, and we crave that kind of connection to Him, whether we know it or not. In Christ, we are free to draw near to God once again and we wait for eternity for all the singing and dancing with Him face to face.
At the creation of the New Testament church we see connection revealed even deeper- one body, one baptism, one Lord. This is more than nice ideas. It’s a way of life. We reach others with hope by – you’ve got it – connecting with them, friendship, care, fighting against isolation and the lie that it’s easier on our own.
So, this fall, with our online Bible study Chasing Freedom, we’re going to add a layer of connection we haven’t had before. A connection challenge, if you will.
We’re partnering with the Dear 52 Project and the talented Anna Noble, to offer a free downloadable mini-set of Dear 52 cards.
There will be one card for each week of study. You print it and you send it to someone. Here are some samples to get you excited:
Connection. It’s that easy.
Who in your life could use a handwritten note that says,
“I thought of you.”
“I’m praying for you.”
“It’s been awhile. How have you been? ”
“Hey, we’re talking about freedom in this Bible study and I just really appreciate that you let me be myself.”
Two lines, four lines, or a small journal entry…no matter the length of the letter, the connection is created; friendships, relationships, or family care and concern grows and encouragement builds up.
Here’s all the Chasing Freedom components, pick and choose what works for you:
- six easy-to-read weeks of study, to connect you to our God and His great love for you
- a card, each week, to connect you with someone who also needs to know that they are treasured and loved. It’s a beautiful thing
- Thursday night Facebook Live studies to connect us to one another
- Fridays and Saturdays – there will be Chasing Freedom podcasts for those of you who are audio people, and to hear a voice sharing freedom rather than words on a page
Stretching our hearts wider for Christ and those He puts in our path…together.
Find the cards and the study, beginning September 18th, right here, at ilovemyshepherd.com.