Small Group: The Beanfield

‘God, grant us the courage to stand, and having done all, to stand again, we are the laborers, our food is to do the will of Him who sent us, the harvest truly is great, and the workers are few, this is our field and it’s still worth defending’. If you ever find yourself walking by the hub on a Thursday night you may very well hear this creed being loudly recited as a declaration of the students inside. For within the walls of the hub dwell a group of students with such zeal and enthusiasm for Christ likeness and creative expression. This small group led by its humble and God-fearing leader allows students a place to hear from the word of God while simultaneously being able to respond and share their heart on the topics discussed.

 

The group centers around the idea that we, as Christians, must protect our bean field, which represents the field of souls Christ left in our care. This image is based off a song about the topic by Matt Black and the 5 Dragon Daughters (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwXO2cUOm0Q). The small group draws a varying and unique group of students who have come to appreciate the intimate and authentic feel of the meetings. Unlike traditional gatherings I have been a part of, here the time is split in half with the first half being the sharing of a message by the leader, and the later part being left completely open for students to get up and share for themselves. Students use this platform to respond to the topic being discussed or share personally about what they are going though at that particular time. And, this group fills not only our souls, but also our bodies with wonderful coffee brewed for all, adding to the coffee house feel and aroma of the group. It stand for a place where students can feed on God’s word, experience community, and authentically express themselves to one another.

coffee

 

“The Beanfield that the Farmer sits upon represents the “field” of souls that Christ left in the care of his people. Much like Shammah of the Old Testament, even in the face of great opposition the Farmer refuses to retreat as the others have; he refuses to relinquish his field unto darkness. The house is a comfortable place, as it should be. It is a place of rest. But the field will not tend to itself. If left alone the weeds will grow, the thieves will come, and the harvest will be irreversibly tarnished. The harvest is plenty, but the workers are few. This is our field, and its still worth defending.” -Matt Black
Erin Fox

About Erin Fox

Hey! I'm Erin Fox and I am a junior at Nyack College. I'm just a Midwest girl who made the move to the East coast and loves every minute of it. My major is Inter-cultural studies with a minor in Spanish and Bible. After college I plan on moving to the mission field and sharing the love of Jesus while helping and loving his people all along the way. I love Nyack and know that with each day it is equipping me more and more to do God's work throughout the world.
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