Have you thought about what your group will study after Lent? Easter Sunday is April 21st, so the time to decide on your next study is now. Here are eight brand new studies for small groups.
Reckless Love: Jesus’ Call to Love Our Neighbor by Tom Berlin
In his exploration of Jesus’ teaching and travels with his disciples, Berlin suggests that Jesus teaches us how to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength by showing us how to love our neighbor. You will see the ways Jesus’ care for others disrupted the way his disciples thought and acted so deeply that they learned to love God fully and join Jesus’ mission to share the good news unambiguously. DVD, leader guide, and book are available. 6 sessions.
The Authenticity Challenge: 21 Days to a More Content Life by Sarah Heath
Heath invites you to embrace authenticity in three key areas of your life: vocation (the What), relationships (the Who), and faith (the Why). Over the course of 21 days, you will be guided through seven daily challenges each week related to one of these areas. Being authentic in all areas of your life allows you to see how uniquely beautiful your story is. DVD, leader guide, and book are available. 3-4 sessions.
Determined: Living Like Jesus in Every Moment, A Study of Luke by Heather M. Dixon
Follow the life and ministry of Jesus as you consider the choices He made on His way to the cross. You’ll receive a model for intentional living that you can replicate to ensure you are living each day to the fullest and making a difference for God’s kingdom. DVD, leader guide, and book are available. 6 sessions. Note: Heather lives in Knightdale, NC!
Rediscover and experience the love of God in Old Testament law. Do you struggle with knowing how the Old Testament law aligns with the good news found in the New Testament? Kalas explores what he sees as a rather significant hole in so many American Christians’ experience. Leader guide and book are available in print. Short videos are available online. 6 sessions.
Cultures in Conflict: 5 Lessons on Paul Proclaims Jesus as Lord – Part 2 by Ray Vander Laan
How do you live in a culture where the worldview conflicts with Christianity? Learn from Paul as he presents his beliefs to the most powerful court in Athens and settles among the Greco-Romans of Corinth. Volume 16 in the That the World May Know series. Filmed on location in biblical lands. DVD and Discovery Guide are available. 5 sessions.
Dialogues On Sexuality
published by Sparkhouse
Hear from ministry leaders and community members about sexuality and the church, including topics like patriarchy, women’s rights, sex and marriage, and why language matters. The video offers a real-life glimpse at how these topics impact daily lives and what it means to the broader community, spurring conversation and discussion around the topics. DVD, facilitator guide, and learner book are available. 8 sessions.
Angry and Good: A Biblical Approach
by Bert Ghezzi
The Bible teaches us how to use anger wisely. Anger is good if we engage it to help us do the right thing and if we don’t let it escalate out of hand. Under the power of the Holy Spirit, we can transform our anger into occasions of grace. Over time, we learn how to replace anger with behaviors like patience, endurance, and determination to do the right thing. DVD, PDF discussion guide, and printed book are available. 6 sessions.
Guardrails: Avoiding Regrets in Your Life by Andy Stanley
Ever wonder what it would be like to have guardrails in other areas of your life—areas where culture baits you to the edge of disaster and then chastises you when you step across the line? Stanley challenges us to stop flirting with disaster and establish some personal guardrails. This is a revised edition with five full-length messages and five shortened messages for group use. DVD, PDF leader guide, and printed study book are available.
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