Infusion Bible eStudies are downloadable small group studies that can be read online, printed, or emailed. Each study includes a leader guide and a study guide and is suitable for a one-hour group Bible study.
Listen...to the words of the Scripture, and in them discover God's message for you today.
Look...at a brief verbal snapshot from the scrapbook of contemporary life and discover its connection both to you and to the Scripture passage.
Live...inside the Scripture to discover its context and message; then allow the Scripture to come alive in you and cause you to live out your faith in new and more-effective ways.
Read an excerpt from this study below.
William E. Sangster, one of England’s greatest preachers in the mid-twentieth century, recalled an alcoholic who committed his life to Christ. Years earlier the man had been a leading layperson, but his drinking had brought him quite literally to the gutter.
This man was unable to maintain his new commitment to Christ at first. Again and again he would slip into his old ways. Dr. Sangster suggested that on days when the struggle was especially difficult, he should drop by the church so they could pray together. One day as they were praying, the man broke down as he realized how far he had fallen. He said to Dr. Sangster, “I know I’m in the gutter. I know it. But oh!... I don’t belong there, do I? Tell me I don’t belong there.”1
As Dr. Sangster recalled the event, he said that the man “had lost his way...but not his address.” Sangster responded to the man, “No, you don’t belong there.... You belong to God. At the last heaven is your home.”2
As a nation, the people of Judah lost their way so often that they had reason to wonder if they could ever return to God. The prophet Isaiah wanted them to remember that, whatever their failings, their home was with God. They must remember their address.