An introduction to C&C
C&C is something that just kind of happened. My sister-in-law Sophie, would come over to the house during the evening to spend time with my wife and I, and we would fix coffee and talk about what God is doing in our lives. To be quite honest, I’m not even sure how long we were doing it before we started to name it.
Conviction and Coffee, Caffeine & Conversation, Water and the Word, Coffee & Calamity (not a good idea), Froth & Fellowship (just sounded ackward), Tea & Talking (we neverdrank tea) Frap & Faith (no frappuccino machine), and Coffee & Colostomy bag (that one was just gross).
Some other ideas that we recently worked through include, but were not limited to: Praise and Pinterest, Bible and Bacon, Supplication and Snow Cones, Bible and Bourbon, Bible and Biscuits, Eggs and Encouragement, Holy Spirit and Hot Browns, Worship and Whiskey, Worship and Watermelon, Praise and Popcorn, not to mention Reincarnation and Roast Beef. But again, some were misleading, others blasphemous, so we settled on Coffee and Conversation and it just kinda stuck.
For those of you who are interested in starting your own group, and you do not drink coffee those might be some suggestions for your group as well…
Hebrews is the name of the coffee shop that Sophie wanted to start up, so this image was specifically for her. I think it would look great on a store window. Perhaps whenever our children are grown, Lord willing, we will open up this coffee shop, where people can come, fellowship, have a good cup of coffee and great conversation about what God has been doing in their lives. That’s how it started for us. No agendas, no plans, just plenty of creamer, highlighters, and Bibles.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says to “encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are.” That’s the kind of thing that happens during C&C. With no agenda, we come to share whatever God has laid on our hearts. Some nights, it might be all prayers. We may have a burden for a friend or family member, so we discuss and pray for that. We often share about what book we are reading, what Scripture God has been revealing to us, and how God has been at work in our lives during the week.
Many times we come just to encourage one another.
Satan is a thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He is often relentless in his pursuit to keep us stagnant, indifferent, uncaring, and numb. It’s important for us as the body of Christ to come together and encourage each other. If we are truly pursuing Jesus, we can also expect that Satan will be attempting to de-rail us on our journey. He seeks to take our joy, our peace, and our assurance away from us. I am under attack often. I need encouragement, and some of the best moments with God have come from our times together during C&C.
Sometimes I think that the three of us have solved 82% of the world’s problems, just over coffee and a quick Bible study, and there are other days whenever we leave with more questions than answers. To me, that is one of the great things about having a C&C. You don’t have to have all the right answers, or any answers at all. It’s just a great time of fellowship, encouragement, and sharing in the glory of God.
Resources for C&C
The C&C study guides are topical word studies each with the same format. Each study guide begins with a quote or a scripture centered around the topic followed by a series of questions and verses centered around each topic. We have included several positive and negative examples found in Scripture of each word, as well as personal application questions which we pray are beneficial to the discussion. You can use these guides as a stand alone resource or with friends and family.
Here are the first 8 C&C study guides:
Free Image Resources
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