|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.
Mountain City is a mining town in northern Nevada where many inhabitants are of Basque descent. Their ancestors came from the western Pyrenees and the Bay of Biscay in France and Spain, but the Mountain City Basques are third-generation Americans. Basque family names often refer to where people live—to places or houses or to the relationships between places and houses. For example, the surname Goikoextea means “the house above.” Arriaga means “place covered with stones.” Other Basque surnames mean “place by the fountain,” “house farther below,” “highest house,” “place of pear trees,” “following house,” and so on. Names such as these convey ideas of rootedness and belonging. People with names like “house farther below” and “upper house” cannot even refer to themselves without indicating how their house once fitted in the community, where it stood in relationship to other dwellings in the community.
Of course, the houses and places that those names denote are in Spain and France. The people in Nevada live in homes that have no connection to their names. Their names have lost not only their meanings but also the bond to the community that they represented.1
Followers of Jesus share the family name “Christian.” In our Bible Lesson, Paul recommended principles of family interaction, including justice and mercy, for relationships within a congregation. Following those principles can help us avoid a disconnect between our family name of “Christian” and our faith community.