Grace Church (Eden Prairie)
9301 Eden Prairie Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55437
The Outpost Center (Chaska)
6053 Highway 212 E.
Chaska, MN 55318
We are pleased to offer Couples Studies - please join us and be part of our neighborhood-focused Couples Study of God's Word!
Why not spend some of that time with your beloved in God's word?
Our Bible study has been running for the past 11 years. This will be the fifth year of the couples' version.
The format is flexible. Some groups consist of several couples. Others prefer going solo, doing the lesson on the Lake or at the cabin. It doesn't matter. Whatever day/time works for you is your choice. Spending time in God's Word every day this summer will no doubt enhance your walk and your marriage - join us in this journey! If you’ve been wanting to do a Bible study with your spouse, now is a perfect time to start.
We are pleased to offer Young Adults studies - please join us and be part of our study God's Word!
Why not use this crazy season of life to deepen your friendships and knowledge of God's word?
Our Bible study has been running for the past 11 years. This will be the third year of the young adult version.
The format is flexible. There are multiple groups split by age. Meeting times depend on the availability of specific groups. Whatever your previous experience and current schedule may be, there is a group for you. Spending time in God's Word every day this summer will no doubt enhance your faith and your friendships. Join us on this journey - now is the perfect time to start!
In 2011, a handful of us from BSF were reflecting on what impact the summer break was having on our walk with Jesus. The honest assessment showed a 1-step forward, 2-steps back kind of scenario. Not good. There was not only a 4-month break, we were noticing it was taking at least 2 months to get back to where we were the previous May. The backsliding for some of us was more pronounced - to the point where our wives would be asking in August, “When does BSF start again?” We took the hint and launched a Bible study for men that we prayed would survive. Previous attempts at neighborhood studies focused on books written by man. None of those survived even a single summer. We decided following BSF’s model and studying the Word of God was the secret. That was a good decision.
12 years later, we’ve seen pretty consistent participation. There have been regulars from BSF that keep coming back. We’ve also seen a number of men join Bro’ Time as their first Bible study. The on-ramp is not intimidating. It’s only a 3-month commitment. The atmosphere is casual. We emphasize the fellowship aspect by allowing groups to stay together and gain traction. The end result for some of those rookies: many went on to join BSF; some became discussion leaders and Bible study rock stars. It often started with a wife passing us a secret note saying, “Would you invite George to Bro’ Time? He’ll never sign up if I suggest it.”
Number one, of course, is our dedication to learning and growing from God’s Word. Our discussion time in small groups is designed to stay dialed in to the Word, what it’s teaching us, and how we are to apply it right now, in the moment.
Prayer has been a powerful aspect as well. Women do this more naturally, so it’s an eye-opener for some guys to see how prayer is designed to work in our lives. Having a group of men praying for one another is a cool thing to witness. Seeing God answer those prayers is even more awesome.
Fellowship is one of the things we’ve been very intentional about. These three ingredients (Scripture, Prayer, Fellowship) are crucial to growth in Christ. Early on, we recognized that fellowship can be forgotten for men, not so much for women. Often, we’ve to have a firm commitment to make this happen. At Bro’ Time, we’ve tried to make it easy. The funny thing about good, holy Christian fellowship is that once you experience it, soon you’ll be practicing it, more naturally, like the women do. Fellowship is an awesome way to live out your faith. It’s a chance to put your money where your mouth is (not sure if that analogy works, but you’ll figure it out). We have groups that take trips together, like Boundary Waters canoeing or sailing on Lake Superior. Others gather for outdoor BBQs in the summer, all on their own initiative. So, the fellowship thing has caught on. God has instructed the men well.
Devotionals is next on the list. At about year 4 or 5, we started writing daily devotionals that would relate to the lesson for the week. Rather than giving a lecture, we wanted to do two things:
I bet some of you don’t know that we launched a Couples’ version of Bro’ Time in 2018. The big problem with that was the name. The wives continue to ask, “Why’s it called Bro’ Time?” Another subtle hint. The genesis of this offshoot came from a Bro’ Time regular who asked, “I’ve been doing BSF and men’s Bible studies for a long time, but I’ve never studied the Bible with my wife. Could you start a couples’ Bible study?”
I love it when people come right out and ask questions like that. Totally honest and direct. In the moment, however, I was not wanting to put one more thing on my plate, so I had a little discussion with God afterwards. The short version of that conversation is this: God, you got help me with this. And He did. Literally, I did zero recruiting. Each couple approached me and asked if I knew of a couples’ study they could join. All but one of those couples are still with us in 2023. Solid, dedicated, enthusiastic students of the Word. There are tears most nights we get together, which is a beautiful thing. The relationship bonding has been great too. We all know each other. We spend time together throughout the year. We are active in each others’ lives and we continue to pray for one another. God made this happen and he started it with a single question in the church parking lot one Sunday in April.
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