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1 and 2 Samuel: Growing a Heart for God (New Community Bible Study Series)

John Ortberg

2008    96 Pages    (Zondervan)

ISBN 13: 9780310280491    ISBN 10: 0310280494

Written by the dynamic leaders of church ministry across the country, this series explores life-changing topics from a biblical perspective. New Community guides don’t force small groups to choose between Bible study and building community. Just the opposite. Each study delves deeply into Scripture in a way that strengthens relationships. Challenging questions encourage group members to reflect not only on Scripture but also on their own lives---individually and as a part of God’s [...]

Written by the dynamic leaders of church ministry across the country, this series explores life-changing topics from a biblical perspective. New Community guides don’t force small groups to choose between Bible study and building community. Just the opposite. Each study delves deeply into Scripture in a way that strengthens relationships. Challenging questions encourage group members to reflect not only on Scripture but also on their own lives---individually and as a part of God’s family. And unlike most Bible studies, the New Community series helps study groups convert biblical principles into practical teamwork---helping at the soup kitchen, bringing a meal to someone, writing an encouraging letter, and so on. Filled with prayer, insight, intimacy, and action, each study in this series will help group members line up their lives and relationship more closely with the Bible’s model for the church. [less]

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1 CORINTHIANS 1-9 CHALLENGING CHURCH

DEVER, MARK

2012    96 Pages    (The Good Book Company)

ISBN 13: 9781908317681    ISBN 10: 190831768X

Even today, Jesus is still a figure of intense interest and admiration for millions. But then theres His church. Church is a boring topic for most, and a reluctantly fulfilled duty for many. And we can understand why. Churches say they have the best news in the world, that they have the answer to our problems, that they are Gods embassies on earth; and yet churches are made up of people like you and me, who are grumpy, irritable, unfaithful, selfish, and worse. And as that is sadly true of [...]

Even today, Jesus is still a figure of intense interest and admiration for millions. But then theres His church. Church is a boring topic for most, and a reluctantly fulfilled duty for many. And we can understand why. Churches say they have the best news in the world, that they have the answer to our problems, that they are Gods embassies on earth; and yet churches are made up of people like you and me, who are grumpy, irritable, unfaithful, selfish, and worse. And as that is sadly true of churches today, so it was of the church in Corinth. It was young, it was full of life, and it was just as full of problems. What would God say to such a challenging church? What did they need to be excited by, to listen to, to learn?Use this seven-study guide to open up the first nine chapters of the letter of 1 Corinthians, to hear what God said to His church in Corinth, and what God still says to His church today. [less]

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1 CORINTHIANS 10-16 LOVING CHURCH

DEVER, MARK

2013    (Good Book Co)

ISBN 13: 9781908317964    ISBN 10: 1908317965

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1 CORINTHIANS THE CHALLENGES OF LIFE TOGETHER

STEVENS, PAUL

2001    96 Pages    (IVP Connect)

ISBN 13: 9780830830091    ISBN 10: 083083009X

Life among Christians can be great. But it can also be exasperating! The joys of fellowship in Christ too often give way to division and debate. You may find yourself drawn into arguments over such things as the correct form of worship or the proper role of charismatic gifts. Perhaps you wonder, Why don't we get along together as we should? Or How can we recapture the unity of the early church? Surprisingly, the first Christian believers didn't always live in harmony either! As Paul [...]

Life among Christians can be great. But it can also be exasperating! The joys of fellowship in Christ too often give way to division and debate. You may find yourself drawn into arguments over such things as the correct form of worship or the proper role of charismatic gifts. Perhaps you wonder, Why don't we get along together as we should? Or How can we recapture the unity of the early church? Surprisingly, the first Christian believers didn't always live in harmony either! As Paul Stevens and Dan Williams lead you through this study of 1 Corinthians, you will see that the issues facing the Corinthian church are little different from the ones your church struggles with year after year. Here in 1 Corinthians is a portrait of Christian community not as it was meant to be, but as it often really is. But here too is practical advice for overcoming the challenges of life together. Now available in IVP Connect's revised LifeGuide Bible Study format, 1 Corinthians features questions for starting group discussions and for personal reflection, as well as a new "Now or Later" section following each session. [less]

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1 John: How To Be Sure

Nathan Buttery

2008    56 Pages    (The Good Book Company)

ISBN 13: 9781904889953    ISBN 10: 1904889956

We live in an age of uncertainty: about ourselves, about the truths of the Christian faith, and about the future. At a time when the first-century church had been invaded by false teachers, the apostle John knew that Christians who are not sure of God s truth can wander away, never to return. He wrote to help his dear children , not only to know the real truth, but to be confident of it, and to rest upon it. If then, why not today? We all urgently need to hear and obey God's loving message in [...]

We live in an age of uncertainty: about ourselves, about the truths of the Christian faith, and about the future. At a time when the first-century church had been invaded by false teachers, the apostle John knew that Christians who are not sure of God s truth can wander away, never to return. He wrote to help his dear children , not only to know the real truth, but to be confident of it, and to rest upon it. If then, why not today? We all urgently need to hear and obey God's loving message in this letter of John's. This Good Book Guide will help us continue in Christ, so that we will be confident and unashamed when he returns. [less]

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1 Kings 1-11: The rise and fall of King Solomon

James Hughes

2011    96 Pages    (The Good Book Company)

ISBN 13: 9781907377976    ISBN 10: 1907377972

He was a king who rose to dizzying heights. An empire renowned wisdom breathtaking buildings incredible wealth Solomon had it all. And under him, Gods chosen people Israel enjoyed a golden age.But he was also a king who fell ruinously. His reputation became tarnished his kingdom was divided his achievements did not last. Solomon's life and rule are a fascinating study of wealth and powerand their corrupting influence.But his rule is not primarily a morality tale. Solomon's reign, and the [...]

He was a king who rose to dizzying heights. An empire renowned wisdom breathtaking buildings incredible wealth Solomon had it all. And under him, Gods chosen people Israel enjoyed a golden age.But he was also a king who fell ruinously. His reputation became tarnished his kingdom was divided his achievements did not last. Solomon's life and rule are a fascinating study of wealth and powerand their corrupting influence.But his rule is not primarily a morality tale. Solomon's reign, and the blessings Gods people enjoyed under him, point us to a greater king, who will never fall. The king and his kingdom turn out to be just a shadow of the reality that is to come in Christ. Its rise shows us how wonderful it is when Gods people live in Gods land under Gods king. Its fall reminds us that the best is yet to come.The eight studies in this Good Book Guide will help ordinary Christians get to grips with the first eleven chapters of 1 Kings. They will encourage and challenge you as you seek to live as Gods people today. And they will excite you as you look forward to the eternal glory of living under great Solomons greater SonJesus Christ. [less]

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1 PETER LIVING IN THE REAL WORLD

CHESTER, TIM

2013    64 Pages    (The Good Book Company)

ISBN 13: 9781907377853    ISBN 10: 1907377859

Christians in the west have had an easy ride for the last couple of centuries, with freedom to practise their faith, meet together, read and teach the Bible and spread the good news of the gospel. This is unusual compared with the experience of most Bible-believing Christians throughout history and worldwide today. But things could be changing. For how much longer can these freedoms be guaranteed? Wise Christians understand that opposition and suffering are normal for the church and are prepared [...]

Christians in the west have had an easy ride for the last couple of centuries, with freedom to practise their faith, meet together, read and teach the Bible and spread the good news of the gospel. This is unusual compared with the experience of most Bible-believing Christians throughout history and worldwide today. But things could be changing. For how much longer can these freedoms be guaranteed? Wise Christians understand that opposition and suffering are normal for the church and are prepared for anything. That's why Christians today need the message of 1 Peter a letter to first-century believers surrounded by trials and hostility. Why does God let this happen? How can my faith survive? How should I treat those who cause me suffering? These questions and more are covered in five sessions full of practical application. Let's be prepared, so that our faith "may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed" (1 Peter 1 v 7). [less]

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1 THESSALONIANS LIVING TO PLEASE GOD

WALLACE, MARK

2008    64 Pages    (The Good Book Company)

ISBN 13: 9781904889533    ISBN 10: 1904889530

Do you feel like an ordinary Christian. Not especially gifted or knowledgeable. Does anyone really notice your faith? Does any of it matter? Time to take a look at the Thessalonians. When this group of ordinary first-century pagans believed in Jesus Christ, they changed so dramatically that many others across the Roman world were imitating their faith, hope and love. The apostle Paul, thrilled to see their vibrant Christian lives, recorded his delight in this lovely warm letter, packed with [...]

Do you feel like an ordinary Christian. Not especially gifted or knowledgeable. Does anyone really notice your faith? Does any of it matter? Time to take a look at the Thessalonians. When this group of ordinary first-century pagans believed in Jesus Christ, they changed so dramatically that many others across the Roman world were imitating their faith, hope and love. The apostle Paul, thrilled to see their vibrant Christian lives, recorded his delight in this lovely warm letter, packed with advice and encouragement to keep going. This was a transformation that would change lives, cultures and destinies far beyond first century Macedonia. Learn through this Good Book Guide how an unremarkable, pointless existence, can be transformed into lives marked by an unshakeable faith, overflowing love and sensational hope. It is this kind of life that ordinary Christians like you are called to. So that, in the our world of suffering, hostility and trials we will be blameless and holy when our Lord Jesus comes. [less]

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2 Corinthians 1-7: True Discipleship (Good Book Guide)

James Hughes

2009    96 Pages    (The Good Book Company)

ISBN 13: 9781906334758    ISBN 10: 1906334757

Many of the problems in our churches today are the same things that the Corinthians struggled with. Problems with pride and arrogance, with misunderstanding the gospel, with thinking that the Christian life is more about health, wealth and happiness than about suffering, wrestling and persevering through difficulties to reach glory. Just like the Corinthians, we get stuck in the here and now, and forget about eternity. Like them, we are more impressed by fame and fortune than by faithfulness to [...]

Many of the problems in our churches today are the same things that the Corinthians struggled with. Problems with pride and arrogance, with misunderstanding the gospel, with thinking that the Christian life is more about health, wealth and happiness than about suffering, wrestling and persevering through difficulties to reach glory. Just like the Corinthians, we get stuck in the here and now, and forget about eternity. Like them, we are more impressed by fame and fortune than by faithfulness to Jesus Christ. We too struggle when life gets hard, and would love life to be a prosperous bed of roses. We would love to be strong, but know that we are weak - fragile clay pots that are filled with the immense treasure of Gods grace.So Pauls letter speaks to us as it spoke to them - about the way of true discipleship. And the reality he paints is not for the faint-hearted. Because it involves suffering as well as comfort. It means listening to hard truth as well as receiving and enjoying forgiveness. It involves dying to ourselves and the world, as well as living for the Lord. Use this lively guide to get to grips with what it means to live as Gods new creation in the old creation that is passing away. [less]

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2 CORINTHIANS FINDING STRENGTH IN WEAKNESS

STEVENS, PAUL

2001    80 Pages    (IVP Connect)

ISBN 13: 9780830830107    ISBN 10: 0830830103

Do you despise your weaknesses? Do you hate hardships? Do you beg God to remove obstacles from your life? The apostle Paul delighted in his weaknesses, welcomed hardship as a friend and thanked God for obstacles that offered opportunities to experience God's power. Was he crazy? In this study guide Paul Stevens shows you how this foundational Christian disciple and church leader will turn your thinking upside down! In everything Paul teaches you to rely, as he did, on God's great promise: "My [...]

Do you despise your weaknesses? Do you hate hardships? Do you beg God to remove obstacles from your life? The apostle Paul delighted in his weaknesses, welcomed hardship as a friend and thanked God for obstacles that offered opportunities to experience God's power. Was he crazy? In this study guide Paul Stevens shows you how this foundational Christian disciple and church leader will turn your thinking upside down! In everything Paul teaches you to rely, as he did, on God's great promise: "My grace is sufficient for you." Now available in IVP Connect's revised LifeGuide Bible Study format, 2 Corinthians features questions for starting group discussions and for personal reflection, as well as a new "Now or Later" section following each session. [less]

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2 THESSALONIANS (LIFE CHANGE SERIES)

GRUEN, DIETRICH

1996    96 Pages    (NavPress)

ISBN 13: 9780891099925    ISBN 10: 0891099921

In Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians, he continues to encourage them to stand firm in the hope of Christ’s return. He assures his readers that Christ had not yet returned—despite rumors that Paul himself had said the opposite.This Bible study of the book of 2 Thessalonians examines how Paul briefly described the circumstances that will surround Christ’s return, giving signs to look for when trying to confirm rumors of the Second Coming.7 sessionsPersonal study [...]

In Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians, he continues to encourage them to stand firm in the hope of Christ’s return. He assures his readers that Christ had not yet returned—despite rumors that Paul himself had said the opposite.This Bible study of the book of 2 Thessalonians examines how Paul briefly described the circumstances that will surround Christ’s return, giving signs to look for when trying to confirm rumors of the Second Coming.7 sessionsPersonal study needed between meetingsIncludes study aids and discussion questions [less]

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2 TIMOTHY FAITHFUL TO THE END

MULRYNE, MARK

2007    64 Pages    (The Good Book Company)

ISBN 13: 9781905564569    ISBN 10: 1905564562

The church is only one generation from extinction. The societies of our world stand in opposition to Jesus Christ, while false teachers seem to run rampant through churches, destroying faith and denying God's power. Inside and outside church, people ridicule, intimidate and oppose anyone who sticks to the Bible. How can true Christianity survive?This was the situation that the apostle Paul faced, in prison, near the end of his life, and looking to his younger co-worker, Timothy, to take the [...]

The church is only one generation from extinction. The societies of our world stand in opposition to Jesus Christ, while false teachers seem to run rampant through churches, destroying faith and denying God's power. Inside and outside church, people ridicule, intimidate and oppose anyone who sticks to the Bible. How can true Christianity survive?This was the situation that the apostle Paul faced, in prison, near the end of his life, and looking to his younger co-worker, Timothy, to take the gospel to the next generation. In this deeply personal letter to his spiritual 'heir', we have the last written words of the man who had labouredlabored so long and hard, against such odds, to build Christ's church.Are you demoralised? Feeling cowardly? Tempted to be ashamed of the gospel? Stand in Timothy's shoes, as you work through these seven studies. Listen to the testimony, the encouragements and the commands of the apostle Paul - and get yourself thoroughly equipped for every good work. You too can fight the good fight, finish the race and receive the reward given to those who are faithful to the end. [less]

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5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter: The Bible Study (Member Book)

Vicki Courtney

2009    176 Pages    (Lifeway Christian Resources)

ISBN 13: 9781415867341    ISBN 10: 1415867348

5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter - Member Book by Vicki Courtney provides a personal study experience five days a week plus viewer guides for the group video sessions of this in-depth women's Bible study. Your daughter's growing up. The world has a lot to say to her, and she's starting to listen. Even if she doesn't quite know it, she needs you more than ever. It's time for you to press in, to tell her some things she might not know (or might have forgotten) about who she is in [...]

5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter - Member Book by Vicki Courtney provides a personal study experience five days a week plus viewer guides for the group video sessions of this in-depth women's Bible study. Your daughter's growing up. The world has a lot to say to her, and she's starting to listen. Even if she doesn't quite know it, she needs you more than ever. It's time for you to press in, to tell her some things she might not know (or might have forgotten) about who she is in God's eyes. Just five conversations, but they could be the basis for a whole new way of relating to your daughter. [less]

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5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Son: The Bible Study (Bible Study Book)

Vicki Courtney

2011    176 Pages    (LifeWay Press)

ISBN 13: 9781415869574    ISBN 10: 141586957X

5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son - Member Book is a women's Bible study for moms who desire to help their sons build foundations of faith that will equip them throughout their lives. Author, Vicki Courtney, helps you prepare to talk to your son about the tough topics — because even though knowing what to say or how to say it can be hard, there's no one better to teach him about life, love, and faith than you. Small-group Member Book includes five weeks of home study, viewer guides, [...]

5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son - Member Book is a women's Bible study for moms who desire to help their sons build foundations of faith that will equip them throughout their lives. Author, Vicki Courtney, helps you prepare to talk to your son about the tough topics — because even though knowing what to say or how to say it can be hard, there's no one better to teach him about life, love, and faith than you. Small-group Member Book includes five weeks of home study, viewer guides, discussion questions, and a leader guide for facilitating six group sessions. The member book also offers variety of between-session activities that build parenting skills and biblical understandings. 5 Conversation Topics: Don't define manhood by the culture's wimpy standards. It's OK to be a man! What you don't learn to conquer may become your master. Not everyone's doing it! (And other truths about sex you won't hear in the locker room.) Boyhood is only for a season. P.S. It's time to grow up! Godly men are in short supply - dare to become one! Designed for mothers of sons, this six-session Bible study will help you discover and implement principles for raising godly men. From sons' failing to launch into manhood to growing up too soon, Vicki covers the hot-button issues you're sure to face and gives you the tools to navigate the land mines with confidence. [less]

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7 DAYS OF PRAYER WITH JESUS

SMED, JOHN F.

2013    132 Pages    (Grace Project Prayer Current)

ISBN 13: 9780986663154    ISBN 10: 0986663158

The secret to discovering God is found in the Lord's prayer. Come explore Jesus' simple but purpose-filled pattern for prayer - a rich one that unfolds a roadmap in a world with no direction of its own. Jesus invites you to pray it personally. To pray this prayer is to journey deeper into the life of God, and deeper into the life of the world. Each chapter explores the implications and impact of each petition on our lives and world. Included are reflection questions, prayer prompts and sample [...]

The secret to discovering God is found in the Lord's prayer. Come explore Jesus' simple but purpose-filled pattern for prayer - a rich one that unfolds a roadmap in a world with no direction of its own. Jesus invites you to pray it personally. To pray this prayer is to journey deeper into the life of God, and deeper into the life of the world. Each chapter explores the implications and impact of each petition on our lives and world. Included are reflection questions, prayer prompts and sample prayers to help you begin and deepen your personal journey in prayer. THIS BOOK IS DESIGNED FOR . Christians who want to develop a deeper, more regular/daily habit of prayer . Christian small group leaders looking for materials to disciple a group in prayer "Journey in Prayer is a wonderful and transformative book, both scholarly and practical. John Smed is a very effective communicator. My own prayer practice has become more directed affording me greater mental and emotional clarity and stability. I feel more resilient with a greater sense of spiritual resources and relationship to God, whom I now address as "Father." Thank you for creating this book which will help many who pray and many for whom we pray." Elizabeth, doctor" [less]

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21st Century Parent

Rob Parsons

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33 The Series: A Man and His Design (Training Guide)

LifeWay Church Resources

2012    111 Pages    (LifeWay Christian Resources)

ISBN 13: 9781415873953    ISBN 10: 141587395X

This first volume of 33 starts with meaningful insights into the current state of manhood, which will help men navigate through some realities that have created cultural confusion. It follows by unfolding God's mandates for all men and offering a clear definition of authentic manhood that will help men on their journey. Each participant will learn the four 'faces' of manhood and how to anticipate and transition through the specific seasons of life. (6 Sessions)Features: * Timeless [...]

This first volume of 33 starts with meaningful insights into the current state of manhood, which will help men navigate through some realities that have created cultural confusion. It follows by unfolding God's mandates for all men and offering a clear definition of authentic manhood that will help men on their journey. Each participant will learn the four 'faces' of manhood and how to anticipate and transition through the specific seasons of life. (6 Sessions)Features: * Timeless truths adapted from the original Men's Fraternity * A multi-generational and racially diverse teaching team * Engaging roundtable discussions * Exclusive interviews with manhood experts * Moving testimonies and documentaries * Teaching combined with a variety of creative elements * 30-minute sessions * For group or individual study [less]

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33 the Series A Man and his Marriage

Dr. Robert Lewis

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33 The Series, Vol. 2: A Man and His Story

LifeWay Church Resources

2012    112 Pages    (LifeWay Christian Resources)

ISBN 13: 9781415875520    ISBN 10: 1415875529

In the pursuit of authentic manhood, every man must understand and come to grips with the defining moments and key relationships that have shaped his unique 'story.' In this second volume of 33 The Series, men explore their stories through a biblical perspective. With help from experts and regular guys, they will be equipped to learn from their past, come alive in their present, and enjoy God's best in the future.Features: * Timeless truths adapted from the original Men's Fraternity * A multi- [...]

In the pursuit of authentic manhood, every man must understand and come to grips with the defining moments and key relationships that have shaped his unique 'story.' In this second volume of 33 The Series, men explore their stories through a biblical perspective. With help from experts and regular guys, they will be equipped to learn from their past, come alive in their present, and enjoy God's best in the future.Features: * Timeless truths adapted from the original Men's Fraternity * A multi-generational and racially diverse teaching team * Engaging roundtable discussions * Exclusive interviews with manhood experts * Moving testimonies and documentaries * Teaching combined with a variety of creative elements * Six 30-minute sessions * For group or individual study [less]

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40 Day Experience

H. Blackaby

2007    (Serenity House Publishing)

ISBN 13: 9781415822982    ISBN 10: 1415822980

How do you perceive the world? Is it cold and harsh? A place where we each live and act in isolation? Or do you look around in amazement, because you can see evidence of God's power and presence-not just in creation, but in our daily lives. Yes, God is at work in the world today. Fifteen years ago, that was the message of the Christian classic Experiencing God. And today it's just as true as ever. Only now, with Reality, your church has an opportunity to explore and understand the 7 key truths [...]

How do you perceive the world? Is it cold and harsh? A place where we each live and act in isolation? Or do you look around in amazement, because you can see evidence of God's power and presence-not just in creation, but in our daily lives. Yes, God is at work in the world today. Fifteen years ago, that was the message of the Christian classic Experiencing God. And today it's just as true as ever. Only now, with Reality, your church has an opportunity to explore and understand the 7 key truths from�Experiencing God�in a whole new way. This completely new interactive study with devotions will bring your members together-uniting both their minds and hearts through common study. In the process, it will strengthen their relationships with other believers and, ultimately, with God. Because only when you are fully aware of God's presence, can you can know and do His will. That's Reality. Designed to help pastors and leaders to reach their churches with a strong overview of the Reality message. Kit contains one DVD, one member book, and a copy of the special 15th anniversary edition hardcover book. Also includes a CD-ROM with an administrative guide, plus worship, sermon, and promotional helps. Media Samples: Henry Blackaby on God's Will Sample Video Sample Pages PDF Administrative Guide Link [less]

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40 DAYS IN THE WORD

WARREN, RICK

206 Pages    (Saddleback Resources)

ISBN 13: 9781422801796    ISBN 10: 1422801799

This is an excellent product that has helped me getting my devotional and study life in the Word together. Rick Warren has put together a wonderful group of people to help you along the way

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40 Days of Community: What On Earth Are We Here For? -- Study Guide

Rick Warren

2012    96 Pages    (Zondervan)

ISBN 13: 9780310689119    ISBN 10: 0310689112

The 40 Days of Community Study Guide—part of the Living with Purpose small group bible study by Rick Warren—is a dynamic individual or small group study guide that will help you learn how to fulfill God’s five purposes for your life. By unpacking the biblical support for each of the five purposes (fellowship, spiritual growth, service, worship, and sharing the good News) you’ll learn the ways it applies to you and your circle of influence, and how you can use this knowledge to benefit [...]

The 40 Days of Community Study Guide—part of the Living with Purpose small group bible study by Rick Warren—is a dynamic individual or small group study guide that will help you learn how to fulfill God’s five purposes for your life. By unpacking the biblical support for each of the five purposes (fellowship, spiritual growth, service, worship, and sharing the good News) you’ll learn the ways it applies to you and your circle of influence, and how you can use this knowledge to benefit God’s kingdom. Through it, Warren also explains how God planned for Christians to fulfill his purposes in community with each other in our church families, small groups, and in the world as a whole. Why did God plan it this way? Because we’re better together! 40 Days of Community will deepen your understanding of how God uses community for your own good and growth, as well as help you cultivate deeper relationships with those around you. Learn to fulfill God’s purposes … discover how we are better together. This study guide is designed for use with the 40 Days of Community DVD and 40 Days of Community Devotional Journal. Sessions include: 1. We’re Compelled to Love God’s Family 2. We’re Commissioned to Reach Out Together3. We’re Chosen to Fellowship Together4. We’re Connected to Grow Together 5. We’re Called to Serve Together 6. We’re Created to Worship Together [less]

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250 Big Ideas for Purpose Driven Small Groups

Steve Gladen, Lance Witt

2004   

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3:16: A Study for Individuals or Small Groups

Max Lucado

2007    124 Pages    (Thomas Nelson Inc)

ISBN 13: 9781418529239    ISBN 10: 1418529230

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Act Like Jesus Study Guide: How Can I Put My Faith into Action?

Randy Frazee

2020    160 Pages    (Zondervan)

ISBN 13: 9780310119036    ISBN 10: 0310119030

How to Get Beyond Your New Year's Resolution  Remember your last New Year's resolution? The last time you decided, "That's it, I'm going to change something"? And then you didn't? You wanted to see a change happen, you knew what you needed to do, but you couldn't make it stick.  We do the same thing with our faith. We want to live more like Jesus lived, but just wanting to and trying harder never seems to work.  So how do you transport your beliefs as a Christ-follower twelve inches [...]

How to Get Beyond Your New Year's Resolution  Remember your last New Year's resolution? The last time you decided, "That's it, I'm going to change something"? And then you didn't? You wanted to see a change happen, you knew what you needed to do, but you couldn't make it stick.  We do the same thing with our faith. We want to live more like Jesus lived, but just wanting to and trying harder never seems to work.  So how do you transport your beliefs as a Christ-follower twelve inches from your head to your heart?   You practice. You do. You act.   In Act Like Jesus, Randy Frazee walks us through the spiritual workouts we need every day to develop a lifestyle of loving God and loving others, and learning to act like Jesus.  To drive beliefs from our head to our heart, the first four practices help us reach up to God:  We cement our confidence in God by worshiping him  We have a conversation with God by praying  We find God's guidance in the Bible  We dedicate our whole lives to God's purpose  The last four practices give us ways to reach out to others:   We devote ourselves to Biblical community  We exercise our spiritual gifts  We give away our resources   We share our faith out of love for others  To become like Jesus, our beliefs need to not only inform us but also transform us. It is the practice of reaching up to God and out to others that will drive beliefs from our head to our heart. Act Like Jesus teaches the life-giving spiritual disciplines that will lead us in fulfilling our mission to love God and love our neighbor.  Sessions include:  How Do I Worship God?   Why Do I Need to Pray?  How Do I Study the Bible?  How Much of My Life Does God Want?  How Do I Develop Healthy Relationships?  What Spiritual Gifts Has God Given to Me?  How Do I Use My Money to Serve God?  How Do I Communicate My Faith?  This study is adapted from the Act portions of the Believe Study Guide and Think, Act, Be Like Jesus by Randy Frazee (2015).  Designed for use with Act Like Jesus Video Study (9780310119050), sold separately. Streaming video access included.   [less]

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ACTS SEEING GOD'S POWER IN ACTION

LE PEAU, PHYLLIS J.

2002    120 Pages    (IVP Connect)

ISBN 13: 9780830830077    ISBN 10: 0830830073

Do you ever feel powerless? It was not always so for the people of the early church. Jesus transformed their lives--and they changed the world! Acts is the extraordinary record of what these early Christian disciples did. The power that you see in action in this book is the same power that can transform your life. As Phyllis J. Le Peau leads you through the pages of Acts, you will begin to understand what the Holy Spirit can do in you and in the world. This revised LifeGuide Bible Study features [...]

Do you ever feel powerless? It was not always so for the people of the early church. Jesus transformed their lives--and they changed the world! Acts is the extraordinary record of what these early Christian disciples did. The power that you see in action in this book is the same power that can transform your life. As Phyllis J. Le Peau leads you through the pages of Acts, you will begin to understand what the Holy Spirit can do in you and in the world. This revised LifeGuide Bible Study features additional questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection. Included are expanded leader's notes and a "Now and Later" section in each study. [less]

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ACTS THE MESSAGE OF JESUS IN ACTION

Fernando, Ajith

2010    160 Pages    (Zondervan)

ISBN 13: 9780310320449    ISBN 10: 0310320445

A series of Bible study guides following the format and content of the NIV Application Commentaries Series. Each study looks at the original meaning, bridging contexts, and contemporary significance of the text, and offers small group participants a better understanding and relevant application of the biblical material to their daily lives.

A series of Bible study guides following the format and content of the NIV Application Commentaries Series. Each study looks at the original meaning, bridging contexts, and contemporary significance of the text, and offers small group participants a better understanding and relevant application of the biblical material to their daily lives. [less]

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ACTS THE SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL

MACARTHUR, JOHN

2015    144 Pages    (Thomas Nelson)

ISBN 13: 9780718035051    ISBN 10: 0718035054

Luke wrote the book of Acts as a testament to the explosive spread of the gospel and the rapid growth of the church after Christ’s ascension. Beginning with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost when the church was born, he shows how Christ empowered His followers with divine authority to preach the gospel to all nations. Luke also shows how, even in the midst of persecution and opposition, the early believers were able to rely on God’s spirit for direction and continue with the [...]

Luke wrote the book of Acts as a testament to the explosive spread of the gospel and the rapid growth of the church after Christ’s ascension. Beginning with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost when the church was born, he shows how Christ empowered His followers with divine authority to preach the gospel to all nations. Luke also shows how, even in the midst of persecution and opposition, the early believers were able to rely on God’s spirit for direction and continue with the work He had given them to do. God showed His infinite power regardless of the circumstances, just as He continues to do today. The MacArthur Bible Studies provide intriguing examinations of the whole of Scripture. Each guide incorporates extensive commentary, detailed observations on overriding themes, and probing questions to help you study the Word of God with guidance from John MacArthur. [less]

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All Things New - Teen Girls' Bible Study: A Study on 2 Corinthians for Teen Girls

Kelly Minter

2016    160 Pages    (LifeWay Press)

ISBN 13: 9781430059936    ISBN 10: 1430059931

The city of Corinth was like our communities and cities—full of people and full of problems. In the middle of this busy metropolis, an early church was struggling to make a difference. Paul challenged the church to share the message of reconciliation—the gospel—despite hardship, pain, and struggle. He encouraged the new believers, reminding them the gospel was meant to thrive in circumstances such as these.   Over 8 sessions, Kelly Minter will lead girls through the Letter of 2 [...]

The city of Corinth was like our communities and cities—full of people and full of problems. In the middle of this busy metropolis, an early church was struggling to make a difference. Paul challenged the church to share the message of reconciliation—the gospel—despite hardship, pain, and struggle. He encouraged the new believers, reminding them the gospel was meant to thrive in circumstances such as these.   Over 8 sessions, Kelly Minter will lead girls through the Letter of 2 Corinthians to discover how Paul’s encouragement to the believers in Corinth challenges the church and young women today. This Bible study also includes leader helps and 7 weeks of personal study to be completed between group sessions. As new creations in Christ, we are to spread the message of Jesus’ grace, comfort, and generosity with the world. In the way we live, we must boldly declare that He makes all things new. [less]

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Altar Ego Study Guide: Becoming Who God Says You Are

Craig Groeschel

2013    96 Pages    (Zondervan)

ISBN 13: 9780310894940    ISBN 10: 0310894948

Many people are obsessed with the approval of others. The problem is that living for what people think of you is the quickest way to forget what God thinks about you.   In Altar Ego, author Craig Groeschel shows individuals and small groups how to abandon self-worth based on accomplishments and possessions, turning instead to the eyes of God to define them. Participants will learn to expose false labels and selfish motives as the roadblocks they are, going instead to the altar of God’ [...]

Many people are obsessed with the approval of others. The problem is that living for what people think of you is the quickest way to forget what God thinks about you.   In Altar Ego, author Craig Groeschel shows individuals and small groups how to abandon self-worth based on accomplishments and possessions, turning instead to the eyes of God to define them. Participants will learn to expose false labels and selfish motives as the roadblocks they are, going instead to the altar of God’s truth and pursuing the higher values he sets above the world.   You don’t have to get caught up in your self-worth or lack thereof. Your worth is not based on your opinion of yourself. You are valuable because God says you are His.  You are not your past. You are not what you did. You are not who others say you are. You are who Christ says you are.   This study guide offers discussion questions and other supplemental material to delve further into God’s divine plan, and will ultimately help you sacrifice any old, unhealthy, untrue, and unbiblical thoughts about yourself and introduce you to your altar-ego—who you are in Christ. [less]

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Always True

James MacDonald

2011    160 Pages    (Moody Publishers)

ISBN 13: 9780802477842    ISBN 10: 0802477844

Follow bestselling author, speaker, and pastor James MacDonald as he delivers the biblical hope of God’s promises in the midst of life’s storms. 2 Peter 1:3 refers to certain portions of God’s Word as exceedingly great and precious promises. Great promises are ones that don’t fall apart during difficult times; they reveal hope in the midst of the storm. Precious promises are ones that we find strong enough to hold us up and resilient enough to get us through. God’s promises become [...]

Follow bestselling author, speaker, and pastor James MacDonald as he delivers the biblical hope of God’s promises in the midst of life’s storms. 2 Peter 1:3 refers to certain portions of God’s Word as exceedingly great and precious promises. Great promises are ones that don’t fall apart during difficult times; they reveal hope in the midst of the storm. Precious promises are ones that we find strong enough to hold us up and resilient enough to get us through. God’s promises become exceedingly great and precious to us when nothing else will do. By way of digging into the theology of God’s Promises, Pastor James uncovers 5 major categories of promise in the Bible and the 5 areas about which God repeatedly makes promises. From what to do with fear and doubt to God’s goodness, help, and victory—the Bible has much to say about God’s presence in our difficulty. Last year, Pastor James released When Life is Hard to point you toward hope in the midst of trials. Now, Always True will point you to God’s promises, which are always true. [less]

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An Unexpected Christmas

Andy Stanley

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Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed: A Study of David (Member Book)

Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, Kay Arthur

2008    148 Pages    (LifeWay Christian Resources)

ISBN 13: 9781415865859    ISBN 10: 141586585X

Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed: A Study of David - Member Book provides the participant experience for the women's Bible study taped at the 2007 Deeper Still conference featuring Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, and Kay Arthur. These three women explored their lives and the life of David in this six-session Bible study. The messages presented by these beloved authors are divided into three segments, two lessons from each author. Each segment focuses on the life of David at a different stage [...]

Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed: A Study of David - Member Book provides the participant experience for the women's Bible study taped at the 2007 Deeper Still conference featuring Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, and Kay Arthur. These three women explored their lives and the life of David in this six-session Bible study. The messages presented by these beloved authors are divided into three segments, two lessons from each author. Each segment focuses on the life of David at a different stage of his life: as a young man (sessions one and two by Priscilla Shirer), as a middle-aged man (sessions three and four by Beth Moore), and as a man facing the final third of his life (sessions five and six by Kay Arthur). You'll laugh with them, cry with them, and learn to love God with them.The Member Book includes: 6 weeks of interactive Bible study, Includes group leader helps [less]

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Antagonists in the Church: How To Identify and Deal With Destructive Conflict

Kenneth C. Haugk

189 Pages    (Augsburg Publishing)

ISBN 13: 9780806623108    ISBN 10: 0806623101

Antagonism exists in the church. It leaves in its wake broken lives: people who are hurt, discouraged, and apathetic. Although only a very few persons are antagonists, these individuals have the potential to disrupt and even destroy a congregation's mission and ministry. In this balanced and practical book, Kenneth Haugk shows how congregational leaders can learn to prevent or reduce much of the pain and suffering caused by antagonism; tell the difference between constructive, healthy [...]

Antagonism exists in the church. It leaves in its wake broken lives: people who are hurt, discouraged, and apathetic. Although only a very few persons are antagonists, these individuals have the potential to disrupt and even destroy a congregation's mission and ministry. In this balanced and practical book, Kenneth Haugk shows how congregational leaders can learn to prevent or reduce much of the pain and suffering caused by antagonism; tell the difference between constructive, healthy conflict and destructive antagonism; and cope with antagonism when it arises. [less]

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ARMOR OF GOD, THE

SHIRER, PRISCILLA

2015    192 Pages    (Lifeway Christian Resources)

ISBN 13: 9781430040279    ISBN 10: 1430040270

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Art of Marriage - Getting to the Heart of God's Design, The

154 Pages    (Family Life Publishing)

ISBN 13: 9781602003569    ISBN 10: 1602003564

6 Sessions: 1 Love Happens: God's Purpose And Plan; 2 Love Fades: Overcoming Isolation; 3 Love Dances: Fulfilling Our Responsibilities; 4 Love Interrupted: Communication And Conflict; 5 Love Sizzles: Experiencing Real Intimacy; 6 Love Always: Leaving A Lasting Legacy.

6 Sessions: 1 Love Happens: God's Purpose And Plan; 2 Love Fades: Overcoming Isolation; 3 Love Dances: Fulfilling Our Responsibilities; 4 Love Interrupted: Communication And Conflict; 5 Love Sizzles: Experiencing Real Intimacy; 6 Love Always: Leaving A Lasting Legacy. [less]

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