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.
For many of us, the phrase “behaving in church” brings to mind stories of children’s misconduct. For example, when my son Scott was three, my wife and I dropped him off at his Sunday school classroom and proceeded to our class. A woman arriving later at our class asked mirthfully, “Didn’t you dress Scott this morning?” When we looked puzzled, she said that she had just seen him dancing on top of his classroom table wearing nothing but his cowboy boots. Red-faced, my wife rushed from the room to corral our son.
Sometimes adults are told to behave in church as well. One congregation I served as pastor had a number of members who were dairy farmers. On Sundays, they rose at 4 am to milk the cows. Then the farmers hurried inside to shower, change clothes, and get ready for church. Once they arrived in our warm sanctuary, some would begin to nod off. From my perch in the chancel, I saw more than one wife elbow her dozing husband who was starting to snore. It was the wives’ way of telling their husbands, “Behave yourself in church.”
Paul told Timothy that he was writing to explain how people should “behave in the household of God” (1 Timothy 3:14-15). Paul had more in mind than decorum, however. He was referring to the ethical lifestyle of followers of Jesus and Christian leaders.