Have you heard small group members talk about discord they’ve experienced? “If I have to hear one more negative comment about (insert name of political candidate they admire) I am going to explode!” Or, “I have the worst neighbors! They always (insert an unpleasant behavior).” And there is always, “I’m going to give up all my social media; people’s posts have become so toxic!”
The madness of the year 2020 did not die in the year 2021, but Christians are called to look at eternity, not current circumstances. Are you looking for studies to help you with all the divisiveness in our world – with a view to eternity in mind? What about studies that teach how to show the love of Christ to family, friends or neighbors who are divisive in their politics or inflammatory in their behavior or comments? Or studies to teach you how to do God’s will in this wild world in which we are living? Look no further than these great studies, all found on Small Group Advisor.
Speaking the truth in love
“Keep it Shut” by Karen Ehman is a study about how our mouths can contribute to either discord or love. Speaking the truth in love and dealing with our anger verbally are just two of the important areas covered in this six session study.
Connecting with others through love
“You Make me Crazy” by Rick Warren is all about loving those we find unloveable. As it says about the study: “We all have relationships that drive us crazy. Whether it’s a boyfriend or girlfriend, spouse, sibling, parent, co-worker, or crazy relative you see once a year at Thanksgiving, a crazy-maker can really make life difficult. This six session video study from Rick Warren will help bring sanity to your relationships so you can do more than just coexist. Learn how to connect with the crazy-makers in your life through these six sessions.”
Living and showing love
“Start Becoming a Good Samaritan” by Michael Seaton is a six lesson course on changing the world through the kind of love shown by the Good Samaritan – love that acts. How can we not be excited about this study from the description alone, as a study “that will help your group look at issues like poverty, social injustice, the pandemic, the environment (all the hot buttons for divisiveness in our communities) and teach you how to make an impact today.”
Two Not On This Site
Not listed on this website, but definitely on point for these divisive times are the two Bob Goff studies, “Love Does” and “Everybody, Always”. Both of these studies teach about why we love and how we begin putting love into action.
Let’s make 2021 a year with small groups all over the globe studying ways to shine the light of Jesus’ love into the darkness of discord and division.
Hi. I’m Allison Olson and have been blessed enough to be friends with Janice and Bill since 2016. I’ve been in a small group ever since Bill ran an Alpha course at our local church which turned into a small group that lasted a little while. My husband and I joined with Bill and Janice when they began their couples’ small group.
Janice, knowing how much I love to write, invited me to be a blog contributor on this site. I formerly wrote blog posts for the Never So Broken Ministry for women. I’m a transplanted Southerner (Tennessee and Florida), who has happily lived in Minnesota for 21 years with my husband and two grown children.
Small groups have been my second family and I hope we can help you with yours!