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Winter Study: 5 Things God Uses To Grow Your Faith

As we head south for the winter, our small group is getting ready for Andy Stanley’s 5 Things God Uses To Grow Your Faith.  We’ll be doing Ninety each week live with Andy Stanley and Clay Scroggins.  We hope the new series is a good one for the two of us and our southern friends…

It’s the start of a new year. But believe it or not, we’ll be celebrating Easter in just 90 days. Between now and then, join us on a journey through the life of Jesus.
In the meantime, we are so happy that the couples in our group stepped up to host in their homes, facilitate discussions and rotate bringing dessert.  We will miss seeing everyone, but are hoping to stay in touch via Facebook.  I’ve personally already watched the  5 Things God Uses To Grow Your Faith series several times so I know it will be a good one for all of the participants.  Here is what they can expect:

Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith by Andy Stanley is an exciting small group bible study that establishes the biblical case for five things God uses to grow an unshakable faith in you.

Imagine how different your outlook on life would be if you had absolute confidence that God was with you. Imagine how differently you would respond to difficulties, temptations, and even good things if you knew with certainty that God was in all of it and was planning to leverage it for good.

In other words, imagine what it would be like to have PERFECT faith. In this new small group bible study, Andy Stanley builds a biblical case for five things God uses to grow BIG faith.

Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith Participant’s Guide with DVD

What would it be like to have perfect faith? Find out in Andy Stanley's dynamic group study! The six sessions will spark discussion about approaching each day with unshakable confidence; belief in God's control; and trust in his purposes. Discover how God uses practical teaching, providential relationships, private disciplines, personal ministry, and pivotal circumstances to grow your faith.

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Fall Study: The Book of James with Francis Chan

Well we recently wrapped up our Christian study with Andy Stanley and are moving on to the Book of James.  But I wanted to take a moment to tell you all how much our group loved Christian!  It is hands-down THE best study that we’ve done in our couple’s small group.  Even the men were fully-engaged in the discussions and many of the lessons were shared by us on social media platforms like Facebook.  The information was just too good not to share with family and friends.  If you are looking for a study for your small group, I highly recommend Christian…it would work for new thru spiritually mature believers.

And now we kick-off our Book of James study with Francis Chan.  We haven’t really done a specific book of the Bible study in our group up to this point so we are looking forward to digging in.  The Book of James is literally my favorite book of the bible so I’m super excited to get started.  Francis Chan is usually pretty good and he doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to teaching what God expects of us.  Here’s a preview of what we are expecting to see and hear….

Francis Chan unpacks the dense truth contained in the book of James in front of the iconic backdrop of San Francisco, the city where he lives and ministers. Through 12 sessions, Francis works through James verse-by-verse, challenging followers of Christ to move beyond a private, intellectual knowledge of God and His Word, to a vibrant faith that impacts every square inch of life.

Please note that this study is only available through Right Now Media so if your church or group leader doesn’t have a login to this site, you won’t be able to do this study.

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Summer Study: Christian with Andy Stanley

Tomorrow we will be meeting for week 4 of our summer small group study.  So far, we’ve all been loving this one.  Andy Stanley is funny and relatable and best of all, the material being covered in Christian: It’s Not What You Think has been thought-provoking.

Christian Participant’s Guide with DVD: It’s Not What You Think

What does it mean to be a Christian? Ask 100 people that question and you are likely to get 100 different answers. In Christian, an eight-session DVD Bible study, pastor and bestselling author Andy Stanley explores the one word that Jesus gave his followers that should define them. Includes one Christian DVD and Participant's Guide.

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What I personally like about this study is that it is a good choice for people that are at any point on their faith journey from newbies to mature Christians (I mean disciples….watch this series and you’ll know what I’m referring too).   I’m really looking forward to the next 5 weeks as we finish up this interesting series.  The group discussions have been wonderful and I feel like we are getting to know each other so much better since doing this series.  Did I mention how much we’ve enjoyed it ?!?!

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New Studies for 2017!

As you can imagine, whittling down all the great studies out there just to our Top 100 favorites was difficult.  Initially, we had a hard time finding good studies to cover various books of the bible so this Spring I focused on finding some good ones to replace a few that we weren’t thrilled about.  If your group is looking for a great small group study that focuses on a Book of the Bible take a look at these:

Book of James: Developing a Faith That Works DVD Study

It should come as no surprise that Rick Warren is a favorite teacher of mine and although this two volume series dates from about 10 years ago.  It is an oldie, but goodie.  You’ll find practical advice for walking in faith and applying lessons to your everyday life.

Each volume is 6 sessions with a video that is 25 to 30 minutes long.  Be sure to get the study guide as well which will have memory verses, teachings and discussion questions.

 

The Girl’s Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World Small Group DVD Study

Liz Curtis Higgs is a well-known women’s bible study teacher that hits it out of the park with this series where she walks through the Book of Ruth which has 12 chapters verse by verse.  You can choose to do one chapter per session or do several so that you could meet for 3, 6, or 12 weeks.  The flexibility is nice.

The book is full of provoking study questions that will have your small group attendees talking and that’s the point right?!?

 

The Gospel According to Jonah: A New Kind of Obedience DVD Study

Join J.D. Greear for a walk through the Book of Jonah in a world that is fraught with missteps, disobedience, idolatry, and mistaken “identity.”

Group members will recognize some of this issues and themes in their own lives.  Be sure to get the participant’s guide as well!

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