Guidelines for Participants

Perfect Joy Bible Study and Support Group

 

1.  Be discerning.  We, as leaders, will do our very best to follow Scriptures in all of the principles that we share with you.  However, we ask that you hold us accountable and feel free to come to us, if you find an area in which we have failed to stay true to God’s Word.

James 3:1-2 – Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

2.  Practice grace.  As we share our stories, ideas, and thoughts throughout the course of this study, some may find offense in something that is said.  Please consider that everyone here is at a different place in their story.  We all react differently to similar situations.  We all have different past experiences that lead us to where we are right now.  We want this to be a safe place to share our hearts, as we learn God’s truth.

Proverbs 19:11 – Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

3.  Don’t assume.  We will never fully understand another’s grief. We may understand parts of it, but we can’t fully grasp all of it. We all carry our grief through our own personality and filter of life circumstances. And with that in mind, each grief, each loss, each circumstance will carry the same exact weight within this group.  We also believe that the same truth will set each of us free.

2 Corinthians 10:12 – Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

4.  Pursue healing.  It is easy to get stuck in our grief.  It is easy to enjoy feeling sorry for ourselves or even being envious of another’s situation.  Our primary goal for this ministry is to give you the tools as found in God’s Word, in order that you may grieve, heal, and ultimately find freedom to comfort others in their grief. We want to see the truth set you free from the life-consuming bondage that grief can often cause.  If you need further help in this process, please let us know!

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

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