Infusion Bible eStudies: Surprised by Joy



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. the words of the Scripture, and in them discover God's message for you today. 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.


Our city suffered a severe ice storm several years ago that wiped out electrical power for thousands of homes, some for a number of days. Our first discovery with our loss of power was the degree to which our daily lives depended on electricity. The second discovery—one of long-term value—was a deepened sense of gratitude. As power was restored to one neighborhood after another over a period of days, a common sentence was repeated in hundreds of conversations: “I’ve never in my life been so thankful for our electricity!” For weeks afterward at our house, our evening prayers included thanks for our working electricity.

Sometimes it is not those who have “always had” faith who feel the deepest gratitude for God’s gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Sometimes it is those who have lived their lives apart from God but are suddenly “surprised by joy.” Two men in the little church where I grew up had been alcoholics. When those men stood up to testify to their faith, there was poignancy and power in their witness that moved me even as a boy. They seemed to know something about God’s grace that others did not; at least, they acted and talked as if they knew it much more deeply.

Eternal life is as great a gift to receive whether one is a hopeless addict or a routine soul. There is no real difference in our need for Christ, and surely there is no difference in the eternal life that God offers us.

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Infusion Bible eStudies: Surprised by Joy (Leader's Guide)
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Infusion Bible eStudies: Surprised by Joy (Student)
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