We saved you a seat.
How many spirits could be lifted and hearts encouraged with the offering of this simple phrase? In all of its simplicity, it’s actually quite a powerful statement.
Just ask any junior-high age girl.
Just ask any woman walking into a church fellowship hall, alone.
Just ask anyone who has ever replied, “Fine,” when asked how she’s doing… while inside she is anything but fine.
At (in)courage, we believe in the power of seat-saving. We believe in the glory of good, deep and true friendship. And we also know that friendship can be hard, making new friends even harder, and maintaining genuine friendship the hardest of all. So we gathered up a few of our besties, sat them around a table, and invited them to share their truth about friendship. We asked them to explore their relationship with Jesus as the ultimate model for authentic friendship, and we asked if we could video their discussion.
After several amazing conversations around that table, an incredible wardrobe and makeup team(!), and a year of diving in and writing her heart out, Lisa-Jo Baker and (in)courage friends gave us We Saved You a Seat: Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships – the first Bible Study from (in)courage. You can read an in-depth introduction to it here, but today we wanted to give you a little behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Bible Study.
During seven sessions, these friends of ours spoke to the heart of friendship. Nothing shapes us like the impact of a friend – it’s how Jesus radically and intimately connects with us. These women gathered around a beautiful table, and they invite us all to pull up a chair.
Welcoming us into their discussion on friendship are (in)courage contributors:
These are some seriously wise, sassy, insightful, thoughtful, smart, kind and FUN women! Take a peek at this video for more of who they are, and more of the heart behind this Bible Study:
Together these women will unpack what this seat-saving kind of friendship takes, with seven practical ways to take Jesus up on His invitation to love other people. To be friends who go first, who make the first move, and sometimes the hundredth move of starting over. This is the meat and potatoes of life – figuring out how to get along with the people we love as well as the ones who rub us the wrong way. This is the whole shebang, explored in seven simple steps.
We would love to give you a free week of the We Saved You A Seat study! Just click here to sign up to receive the first week of the study, including the first video discussion: Friendship Takes Showing Up.
And as if you needed more incentive to get your free gift… we will be randomly selecting FIVE of you from that signup list to receive the We Saved You A Seat leader kit for free! Yeow! The leader kit includes the study guide and two DVDs with all seven of the video sessions. Winners will be randomly selected on Tuesday, May 30, and notified via email. Giveaway open to US residents only.
So sign up for your free first week. When you do, you’ll be entered to win the whole study kit. Then come join us at the table. We’ve got a seat saved right here, just for you.