It is a blessing to be able to have a small group materials library. Please help us be able to continue to be able to provide resources to your group.
The library is now located in the associate pastor’s office. You may also view our library below.
Material may be checked out during the week or on Sunday mornings through the associate pastor’s office.
All material should be returned in a timely manner. Lost or damaged material will be the responsibility of the borrower to replace.
There is no cost to your group or ministry to use these items. These items have been in rotation, donated, or cost fully covered.
Please check our library before ordering material.
All new material must be approved by either Pastor Gerten or Pastor Kris.
Once the material has been approved please order it through the church office (Paula or Kris) at 781-8400. You can also e-mail your request to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Your group will be responsible for 50% of the cost of the DVD or main material. Individuals in your group will be responsible for 100% of the cost of study guides or individual books that they will keep.
FBC Small Group Library:
The Measure of a Man-Part Two, Gene Getz, DVD.
Getz delivers the message of what it takes to be a man of God. Men will gain encouragement for what they can be in Christ – as fathers, husbands, and mentors to other men. Since 1974, The Measure of a Man has taught hundreds of thousands of men around the world how to live faithfully, lovingly and spiritually according to God’s direction. Drawn from Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus, true masculinity isn’t measured by a man’s strength but by these 20 biblical guidelines. Ten sessions.
6 books available.
Every Man, God’s Man-Spiritually, men are frustrated today because they feel they are repeatedly coming up short or are in other ways unfulfilled. Like football players in the “red zone,” they are struggling to complete the drive toward integrity and intimacy with God. That drive toward spiritual maturity requires both a shift of heart and a re-examination of the spiritual habits. What men lack today is, first, clear understanding of what God is really after in the relationship, and second, a clear plan connected to their goals that make sense practically and biblically. That’s what makes this book special: It specifically reveals God’s heart for men in the spiritual “red zone,” and sets forth the choices they must make to take the relationship with God all the way. Like other books in the “Every Man” Series, Every Man, God’s Man boldly gets into men’s heads and gives hope. It helps them persevere in their pursuit of God. Provides new insight into God’s objectives for them. And brings them to the new place God is calling them–a place of completion in the faith.
Wild at Heart, DVD.
Dare to be the man God created you to be! In eight provocative lessons on authentic masculinity, John Eldredge challenges you to abandon passivity and actively pursue your God-given dreams. Encouragement for men to walk the road least taken—and important insights for the women who love them! Includes one hardcover copy of the book, facilitator’s guide, field manual workbook, media kit (promotional posters, media slick and reproducible bulletin inserts), and three DVDs (eight sessions).
- The Heart of a Man
- The Poser and the Question
- The Wound
- Healing the Wound
- A Battle to Fight
- An Adventure to Live
- A Beauty to Rescue
- A Band of Brothers
Experiencing Spiritual Growth
Never content with the status quo in our lives, God asks us to grow. But how do we produce the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in our hectic lives? Learn what makes strong women, strong Christians, and strong testimonies of the grace and glory of God.
1 book available.
“The Power of a Praying Woman “-Stormie Omartian, DVD
It may seem easier to pray for your spouse, your children, your friends, and your extended family, but God wants to hear your requests for your life too. He loves it when you come to Him for the things you need and ask Him to help you become the woman you have always longed to be. The Power of a Praying Woman has led countless women into deeper, more fulfilling prayer lives. Now, with a new cover, Omartian, through her knowledge of Scripture and candid examples of her own epiphanies in prayer, shows you how to:
- draw closer to God
- know His plans and purpose for your life
- receive comfort, help, and strength for every day
Trust Him moment by moment with the concerns of your heart and discover the awesome power that prayer will release in your life. 10 Sessions.
Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman-DVD, 10 Sessions.
A Heart Like His by Beth Moore-He was a man loved and annointed by God, and his life serves as an example-both good and bad-for Christians in every time and place. In this in-depth look at the life of David, Beth Moore draws spiritual insight and understanding from a man who slayed a giant and saved a kingdom.
This book guides readers on an exciting and informative journey through virtually every twist and turn of David’s life as a shepherd, refugee, and king. Moore introduces readers to the heart of a man whose triumphs and sins were foundation blocks of God’s plan and prophecy and shows readers how to better serve God by understanding their own unique relationship to Him.
FAMILY, MARRIAGE, and PARENTING
Fireproof Your Marriage will challenge you to love better, to love first and to love for a lifetime! Founded on Biblical principles, this six session study is great for couple’s small groups. The Fireproof Your Marriage study integrates movie clips from FIREPROOF, along with key Scriptures, thought-provoking questions and devotionals, including concepts from The Love Dare book. Fireproof Your Marriage includes these six sessions: 1.) He Said/She Said: appreciating the God-designed differences between men and women. 2.) He First Loved Us: God’s love for you and how it enables you to love others. 3.) Love for a Lifetime: marriage as a lifelong covenant. 4.) Breaking Free: freeing yourself from temptations that can destroy a marriage. 5.) Forgiveness: offering and receiving forgiveness. 6.) A Better Way of Loving:unconditional love
EXTRAS: 2 books and 1 DVD
Dr. Randy Carlson’s Dream Marriage Powerpack-DVD, Six 25-35 minute seminars from Dr. Carlson.
“The Five Love Languages”-Gary Chapman, VHS
We all know that the greatest commandment is to love. However, relatively few of us know how to express our love in the heart language of our family and friends. Fortunately, in The Five Love Languages Gary Chapman identifies the five primary love languages and teaches us how to use these languages to express our love. Although this edition of The Five Love Languages was written specifically for couples, the basic principles Chapman explores will apply to all relationships.
The Three Chairs (Experiencing Spiritual Breakthoughs)-Bruce Wilkinson, VHS. Many books explain how an individual can break out of a spiritual rut—but this one helps whole families experience rejuvenation! Discover how providing children with uplifting experiences, modeling Christ every day, donating family time to godly endeavors, and more can bring an entire household closer to God. Four sessions.
Effective Parenting in a Defective World-Chip Ingram, DVD
Raising children is a tough challenge in today’s world—especially when they face constant pressure from their peers and culture. Packed with practical advice and Ingram’s own experiences, these nine sessions will give you a vision for your children’s future, a new understanding of God’s principles for child-rearing, and life-changing help for today.
“The Five Love Languages of Children”-Gary Chapman, VHS Are you expressing your love in a way your child understands? Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell help you discover your child’s unique communication style, so you can better meet his or her deepest emotional needs. From quality time to physical touch, these five “love languages” hold the key to your child’s development and success.
“Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours”-Dr. Kevin Leman, DVD and VHS Anybody who believes child-rearing is easy probably doesn’t have any. In this newly revised and updated bestseller, Dr. Leman-author of “The Birth Order Book”- offers 7 Scripture-based principles of “Reality Discipline” that make parenting easier. Discover a loving, no- nonsense approach that really works. 6 Sessions.
Shepherding a Child’s Heart-In this Shepherding a Child’s Heart DVD Tedd Tripp teaches sequentially through all the material in his book Shepherding a Child’s Heart. Grounded in the Bible’s divine plan for parenting, this DVD defines your goals as a parent and then provides the Scriptural methods for accomplishing them. Designed for use by Study groups or individuals, the content is divided into fifteen half-hour sessions. Also includes a bonus CD containing a reproducible course syllabus. Approx. 7.5 hours.
“Your Child: Essentials of Discipline“-DVD, 12 Segments. Looking for workable advice on how to raise your kids? Here it is! Through interviews and animated vignettes James Dobson and other experts tackle topics vital to 21st-century parents. You’ll discover wise counsel on effective discipline, self-confidence, and safeguards for a dangerous world. Learn how to grow and lead your sons and daughters—God’s way.
BIBLICAL BOOK STUDIES
A Spiritual Road Map in a Mixed Up World-I Thessalonians Vol.2
Experiencing the Passion of Jesus-Lee Strobel. Discussion Guide Only.
If you’ve seen the movie about the Passion of Christ, this study guide will help find answers to your questions about the event that changed everything. This guide designed for small groups, Christian education, or one-on-one meetings will help you explore: Who really killed Jesus? What crime did Jesus commit? Dit it actually happen like that? Why did Jesus suffer and die? What did the resurrection accomplish?
EXTRA: 6 books available
Faith at Work-James: Each week’s study includes an ice-breaker to get to know each other which is related to the topic, Bible reading with discussion, and caring time for prayer. In this Faith at Work study, the book of James will be covered in 12 weeks or meetings. Leader’s guide, commentary notes , and text from the Bible are included. This is a Growth and Develop Stage study which means the members begin to care for one another, inductive questions are deeper and the group explores ways to invite neighbors and coworkers to group meetings.
EXTRA: 1 book available
The End of Time-Revelation 1-12, unveils future events and hidden mysteries of God. The church awaits the return of Jesus with indescribable anticipation. This study will ambush your group as they come to vital conclusions concerning the church and her role and status in the end times, as well as present expectations contrasted to God’s future plan for the world and eternity.
EXTRA: 1 book available
The New Jerusalem-Revelation 13-22, Catch an amazing glimpse of heaven and the glory that awaits Christ-followers!God’s judgment makes many of us nervous and fearful. For those who haven’t chosen to begin a friendship with Jesus, judgment should be fearful. But for those who believe and trust Jesus, God’s judgment leads to the most grandiose safe haven ever—heaven. This study will point out the importance of God’s time of judgment and bring great hope and anticipation as the New Jerusalem, heaven, is described.
Discover the New You-New Community-Colssians, Bill Hybels, In Colossians, you and your small group will discover how to place your lives in the secure hands of God. If you long to experience newness of life, this study will point the way. If you desire to see God mold and shape your spiritual life, home, workplace, church, and relationships, Colossians will teach you the pathway to a whole new you.
Book of James, Vol. 1-Developing a Faith That Works, Rick Warren, DVD.
Join Pastor Rick Warren as he examines James 1:1-2:20 in the first of this two-volume small group study. The six-week study guide is designed to follow along with each video lesson and contains study questions as well.
Book of James, Vol. 2-Developing a Faith That Works, Rick Warren, DVD.
Join Pastor Rick Warren as he examines James 1:1-2:20 in the first of this two-volume small group study. The six-week study guide is designed to follow along with each video lesson and contains study questions as well.
Walking in the Light-I John, John wrote 1 John to a group of believers who were conforming to the standards of non-believers, who were failing to stand up for Christ, and who were compromising their faith. This study will share the information necessary to put believers back on track, point out the difference between truth and error, and encourage believers to grow in genuine love for God and one another.
Serendipity 301 James, Walking the Talk
The Holy Spirit: Living By the Spirit, Marlene Nathan.
Psalms-Walter C. Kaiser.
Old Testament Challenge 1-The Pentateuch
Old Testament Challenge 2-History of Israel
Fire on the Mountain by Ray VanderLaan (6 Sessions)
Filmed on location in Israel, Faith Lessons is a unique video series that brings God’s Word to life with astounding relevance. By weaving together the Bible’s fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan reveals keen insights into the Scriptures’ significance for modern believers. These illuminating ‘faith lessons’ afford a new understanding of the Bible that will ground your convictions and transform your life. The Faith Lessons video series is ideal for use at home, especially in personal and family Bible studies. Individual believers and families will gain vital insights from long-ago times and cultures through this innovative approach to Bible study.
The Path to the Cross by Ray VanderLaan (Five Sessions)
God’s story culminates with the intense devotion of his people in this 11th volume of the Faith Lessons series. Discover how their passionate faith prepares the way for Jesus and his ultimate act of obedience and sacrifice at the cross. Then, be challenged in your own life to live as they did—by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Five sessions include: 1. The Way of the Essenes 2. The Way of John the Baptist 3. Into the Desert to be Tested 4. The Last Passover 5. The Fifth Cup–Our Way of Hope
Walking with God in the Desert by Ray VandeLaan
Filmed on location in Israel, Faith Lessons is a unique video series that brings God’s Word to life with astounding relevance. By weaving together the Bible’s fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan reveals keen insights into the Scriptures’ significance for modern believers. These illuminating ‘faith lessons’ afford a new understanding of the Bible that will ground your convictions and transform your life. The Faith Lessons video series is ideal for use at home, especially in personal and family Bible studies. Individual believers and families will gain vital insights from long-ago times and cultures through this innovative approach to Bible study. Seven sessions include:1. Join the Journey2. It’s Hot in Here and There’s No Way Out3. Help Is Here4. When Your Heart Cries Out5. They Were Not Wandering6. Ears to Hear7. There’s Hope in the Desert7 sessions; 1 DVD with leader’s guide, 175 minutes (approximate).
Faith Lessons: The Early Church, DVD
As your small group studies the components of the success of the early church, you will gain an enlightened view of the devotion of the disciples, how God worked to spread the news and develop applications for evangelism today. Five 25 minute sessions.
“In the Dust of the Rabbi”-Five interactive sessions take you on a journey to the land and culture in which the disciples learned to follow Jesus, their Rabbi, so closely that they were covered by the dust kicked up by his feet. In addition to the DVD and small group discussions, there are 5, in-depth personal studies per session.
“Faith Lessons on the Promised Land”-Ray Vander Laan, VHS That the World May Know Ministries offers a variety of Faith Lessons videos designed to help Christians understand the significance of places and events of the Bible from the standpoint of an ancient Jewish worldview- and then apply that understanding to live the Christian faith more effectively today. The first volume in this series focuses on how God put his mark on a people and their land. That mark has extended through ancient Israel to the faithful today. Sessions are 20 – 25 minutes each.
- Standing at the Crossroads (Tel Gezer): As God called the ancient culture of Gezer to impact the rest of the world for His glory, so He calls upon us to do the same today.
- Wet Feet (The Jordan River): The same faith that caused Israel to safely cross the Jordan, can release God’s power in our lives today.
- First Fruits (Tel Jericho): Jericho teaches an important lesson about giving back to God our “first fruits.
- Confronting Evil (Tel Beth Shemesh): Unlike Samson, our lives must be distinctive, virtuous, and godly if we are to effectively influence modern society.
- Iron of Culture (Tel Azekah): Like David, we must employ cutting-edge technology to positively shape our culture.
“Faith Lessons on the Death and Resurrection of the Messiah”, Ray Vander Laan, VHS That the World May Know Ministries offers a variety of Faith Lessons videos designed to help Christians understand the significance of places and events of the Bible from the standpoint of an ancient Jewish worldview- and then apply that understanding to live the Christian faith more effectively today.
- 1 – When Storms Come (Sea of Galilee)
- 2 – Piercing the Darkness (Kursi)
- 3 – Gates of Hell (Caesarea Philippi)
- 4 & 5- City of the Great King- I and II (Jerusalem)
- 6 – The Lamb of God (Mount of Olives)
- 7 – The Weight of the World (Capernaum/Gethsemane)
- 8 – Roll Away the Stone (Garden Tomb)
- 9 – Power to the People (Southern Stairs)
- 10 – Total Commitment (Caesarea)
Heaven by Douglas Connelly
Heaven is hard for us to picture. We think of floating on clouds, singing praises and playing harps, or walking on streets of gold. While we know we want to go to heaven, we are a little nervous about what it will be like. These Bible studies provide a biblical perspective on heaven–something richer and more exciting than we can imagine.
Courageous Living Bible Study
In the new film Courageous (from the makers of Fireproof), four law officers are confident and focused when standing up to the worst the streets have to offer. But leading their families at home in a God-honoring way? That takes courage.
Based on the highly anticipated movie, the Courageous Living Bible Study is a 64-page book used for four weeks by an individual in relation with the class leader’s companion teaching DVD of Courageous film clips. It will guide the participant toward living more courageously in four key areas:
Responsibility: serving, protecting, and casting a vision for their family
Priorities: focusing on eternal things rather than what is temporary
Legacy: recognizing a father’s potential impact as a godly role model
Faith: strengthening a father’s identity in Christ, increasing in wisdom
The Coming Economic Armageddon by Dr David Jeremiah
Crave by Erwin McManus-This three session study uses the visual storytelling medium of film to reveal the hidden mysteries of the human soul–mystery that unveil the unmistakable fingerprint of God in all of us. Disc One-Intimacy, Disc Two-Destiny, Disc Three-Meaning.
The Best Question Ever by Andy Stanley-When it comes to sorting out the complexities of life, only wisdom can reveal the best path. Let’s face it—we’ve all made some pretty dumb decisions in our lives. For most of us, there are chapters in the past we would like to rewrite. There’s money we wish we had never spent, relationships we wish we had never started, and perhaps a few invitations we wish we had never accepted. Unfortunately, we can’t do anything to reverse the bad decisions of the past. But there is certainly no reason to repeat them either. This six-part DVD and study guide focuses our attention on one crucial question that has the power to goof-proof our decision making from this point forward. Donated by Chris and Dawn Iott
The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel-Former journalist and skeptic Lee Strobel has discovered something very interesting about science. Far from being the enemy of faith, science may now provide a solid foundation for believing in God. Has science finally discovered God? Certainly new discoveries in such scientific disciplines as cosmology, cellular biology, astronomy, physics and DNA research are pointing to the incredible complexity of our universe, a complexity best explained by the existence of a Creator. Written by Lee Strobel and Garry Poole, this six-session, 80-minute DVD curriculum comes with a leaders guide. The kit is based on Strobel’s book and documentary The Case for a Creator and invites participants to encounter a diverse and impressive body of new scientific research that supports the belief in God. Weighty and complex evidence is delivered in a compelling conversational style.
The six sessions include:
1. Science and God
2. Doubts about Darwinism
3. The Evidence of Cosmology
4. The Fine-Tuning of the Universe
5. The Evidence of Biochemistry
6. DNA and the Origin of Life
The Purpose Driven Life-You are about to embark on a journey of discovery. Throughout this six-session video-based study taught by Rick Warren you are going to discover the answer to life’s fundamental question: “What on earth am I here for?” And here’s a clue to the answer: “It’s not about you … You were created by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Every other path leads to a dead end.”
The Life of Noah- With powerful lessons, dramatic video clips and excellent teaching, Chris uncovers the prominent themes of Noah’s challenge to stand up for God in a world full of sin and trust God with the task of building the ark no matter how impossible it seemed. Present-day hurricanes and tsunamis provide a modern-day glimpse into the despair caused by the flood, yet God in His faithfulness rescues us from the storms of life.
The Life of Nehemiah- The Life of Nehemiah is 4-part video driven Bible study made for a 21st century audience by comparing the ancient story of Nehemiah’s courageous journey to rebuild a city in ruins with the horrific devastation of Hurricane Katrina. With teaching by Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe of the Awaken Ministry team with Erwin McManus and Mosaic in Los Angeles, Goodie unpacks the emotions, vulnerability and challenges Nehemiah tackled as he stood face to face with a decision to risk his life for the sake of trusting God and living in obedience to Him.
Facing the Unknown- Many people feel like their life leads them from one path to the next with no certainty. Is this the right job? Is he or she “the one?” Is now the time to have kids? What do I do now? Am I even on the right path? In these four video sessions, viewers will experience cinematic short videos that show Abraham living in the 21st century. What might he think and feel with the incredible steps of faith God asked him to take? After each short video, Mark Batterson will teach on the Biblical principles from Abraham’s story that apply to us today.
Crazy Love-Chan writes with infectious exuberance, challenging Christians to take the Bible seriously. He describes at length the sorry state of lukewarm Christians who strive for a life characterized by control, safety and an absence of suffering. In stark contrast, the book offers real-life accounts of believers who have given all—time, money, health, even their lives—in obedience to Christ’s call.Chan also recounts his own attempts to live crazy by significantly downsizing his home and giving away his resources to the poor.Earnest Christians will find valuable take-home lessons from Chan’s excellent book.What’s great is that the 10 clips are fresh material that directly relates to the 10 chapters in the book! These are a perfect fit without duplicating the exact words in the book. The study guide is a simple PDF. It’s basically 6 pages of follow up or “deeper thought” questions and Bible verses grouped in 10 clusters.
40 Days of Love-What is your number one priority in life? LOVE is to be that priority loving God with all your heart and loving your neighbor as yourself. But in today’s world, consumed with everyday challenges, flooded by distractions, and bombarded with temptations¦ how do you arrange your life to make loving God and loving your neighbors your deepest desire, highest aspiration, and constant focus? In this six-session group DVD study, Rick Warren shares practical, Christ-centered advice on how to authentically do just that¦ love God and love your neighbor as a normal way of life. With a focus on the spiritual truths of patience, kindness, truth, and forgiveness, you will learn to love like Jesus in 40 Days.
What If…, DVD
We all want to be meaningfully connected, but What If . . . our small group cared enough to be honest, to fail, to get off the couch and do something? Could we change our lives—and the world? Alan Danielson dares to ask the questions, and gets surprising answers. Includes discussion guide. Four 10-minute video sessions. Thank you to Brahm and Erin Olds small group for their donation.
Carpe Diem-Tony Campolo, VHS
Does quiet frustration rule your life? It’s time to wake up and renew your energy! Campolo encourages you to rescue every moment from the mundane rhythm of “going through the motions.” His contagious enthusiasm will help you become more engaged in your relationships, excited by your dreams, and refreshed in your gratitude for life! Four 40-48 minute sessions.
Daniel: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy-Beth Moore, DVD
Join Beth Moore in a faith-building study of prophecy, and learn how to shine for Christ in our modern culture. Just as the prophet Daniel faced unbelievable pressures— to compromise his faith, to live in a hostile culture, and confront temptations and threats—today’s believers face many of the same trials. Schedule one 12-week study or two six-week studies with your small group or Sunday school and examine the life of Daniel in an extremely contemporary way. Then explore the fascinating prophecies from the time of Daniel through the second coming of Christ. Five daily studies and 1 video worksheet per week show you how individuals can live with integrity in today’s self-absorbed society.
If You Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat: Award-winning author John Ortberg teaches participants the skills essential to “water-walking” in faith with God: discerning God’s call, transcending fear, risking faith, managing failure, and trusting God. Six small-group sessions on DVD that include video clips and group discussions. Approx. 102 minutes.
The Faith-When rightly understood, the Christian faith offers tremendous joy. Examine the historical and central truths of the faith with Charles Colson and Gabe Lyons. In six thought-provoking, soul-searching sessions, you’ll reflect on the nature of God, the human condition, the work of Jesus, and the coming kingdom; and comprehend more clearly why it’s a religion of hope, redemption, and beauty. Approx. 3 hours. DVD and participant guide.
The Forgotten God-Francis Chan-In this workbook companion to Forgotten God, author Francis Chan reminds us of the true source of the church’s power—the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and that without Him, we operate in our own strength, only accomplishing human-sized results. Offering a compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives the workbook is designed to initiate and facilitate both individual study, and small group discussion, interaction and practical application of the message of Forgotten God. The workbook will stand alone, or can be used alongside the Forgotten God DVD Study Resource. Francis’ thought-provoking teaching makes this a valuable workbook resource for individual study, a seven-week small group study, churches, youth groups, and college campus ministries—and perfect for retreat weekends.
Life’s Healing Choices-John Baker-The perfect guide for small groups teaches readers how to handle their hurts, hang-ups, and habits, finding strength in numbers and compassion from others.
Thousands of churches around the country have small group studies, and this book focuses on the eight concrete, well-defined choices that are the foundation of Life’s Healing Choices. This guide is specifically designed to help small groups study the principles in more detail, such as Admitting Need, Getting Help, and Letting Go.
Nooma-She: As evangelicals, we often focus on the masculine character of God. But when we ignore God’s feminine traits, could we be missing a fundamental part of the Almighty’s personality? In this thought-provoking DVD, Rob Bell seeks a more well-rounded understanding of the divine nature. A great way to spark meaningful discussion in your small group! Discussion guide included. 13 minutes.
Nooma-Rain: Things don’t always work out the way we want them to, or the way we think they will. Sometimes we don’t even see it coming. We get hit with some form of pain out of nowhere leaving us feeling desperate and helpless. That’s the way life is. Still, it makes us wonder how God can just stand by and watch us suffer. Where is God when it really hurts? Maybe God is actually closer to us than we think. Maybe it’s when we’re in these situations, where everything seems to be falling apart, that God gets an opportunity to remind us of how much he really loves us. 11 Minutes. Discussion guide included.
Nooma-Name: We all compare ourselves to others. We spend our lives wondering what others think and say about us. Some of us even wish we were someone else. We question why we are the way we are and not the way we wish we could be. Some of us have let the expectations of others dictated who we’ve become. We act a certain way to be accepted but know that we’re being untrue. But why are we so concerned with what other people think, say, or look like? What does it say about us if we are unable to accept who we are? Maybe if we really knew our true selves, we wouldn’t give so much attention to other peoples’ lives and live more in tune with the life God wants for us. 11 Minutes. Discussion guide included.
Nooma-Matthew-Losing someone we love can be the most difficult thing to go through in life. All the explanations and comforting words in the world don’t really help and everything can seem hopeless. But what might help us is to know, that in facing this kind of loss, Jesus wept.
Nooma-Open-Does God answer prayer? Some, but not all? Sometimes, but not all the time? Or does God always answer prayer and it’s just that sometimes God says no. Could prayer be bigger than God listening and answering? Maybe we need a fresh perspective on how we approach the things in life that compel us to pray.
Nooma-Shells-Do you often find yourself saying, ?I?m so busy? or ?I just have so much to do?? It?s easy to get overwhelmed with appointments, gatherings, to-do lists. But what are we really doing with our time? Many of us are running from place to place and it seems like life is just passing us by. We?re doing so many things, a little bit of everything, and yet it doesn?t feel like much of a life. But most of us find it hard to say no. We feel obligated. There are so many good things to do. So many good causes to join. But while we?re busy doing all these good things, are we missing out on something great? Maybe saying no would be easier if we knew what it meant to say yes.
Nooma-Tomato-Most of us grew up believing that our worth, our value, our acceptance comes from how good we are. How smart, how competent, how fast and better and skilled. But Jesus invites us to die to all of that so that we can really live
Nooma-Corner-Can success separate us from those who could use our help? Can it create a wall between those with and those without? Maybe we are only really successful when we can actually see who could use our help. And maybe when we give to those we see, we are reminded of what we have been given.
Nooma-Whirlwind-There aren’t nice, neat answers for why certain things happen to certain people. Often the perspective of a friend can help, but when there is nothing more to say, where do we turn? Maybe it’s when there is nothing more to say that God finally speaks.
“Breakaway”-DVD, Six Sessions. When you were young, you were told, “You are special!” and were encouraged to become anything you wanted. The future held unlimited options. But then life happened. And now you look around feeling, thinking, looking, and acting basically the same as the next guy. You can’t help but feel trapped and hemmed in. Unfortunately, many try to break out of the suffocating sameness by making the same bad decisions over and over again. This Breakaway DVD and study guide are designed to renovate your thinking by illustrating four core beliefs that dictate the decisions shaping the outcome of your life. This study will help you break out of the crowd and away from bad patterns for good! Break out of the crowd.
“Experiencing God “, Henry Blackaby, 4 VHS Tapes God is not simply the subject of our Bible study. Rather, He is a person who loves and longs to enter into relationship with us. In this contemporary classic Blackaby and King will share with you how God longs to share Himself, His purposes and His ways with you so that you can more fully share in His mission to this broken world. Seize this opportunity to experience the width and length, height and depth of God’s great love for you.
“Created to Be God’s Friend “, Henry Blackaby, VHS Tapes, 12 Sessions God called Abraham to be His friend. Henry Blackaby uses the example set by Abraham to show how God uses difficult events, traumatic circumstances, and trying life experiences to lead us to spiritual maturity. Readers will learn how God interacts with His people to transform them into men and women He can call friends. From the first time we respond to God’s Spirit in our lives through the choices that help us develop a worthy character, Abraham’s story shows us how we can be transformed and become friends of God.
“Breaking Free-Making Liberty in Christ a Reality in Life”-Beth Moore, VHS,
Breaking Free: Making Liberty in Christ a Reality in Life, leads you through an 11 week, daily study of the Scriptures to discover the transforming power of Christian freedom. Based on Isaiah 61:1-4, this in-depth study draws parallels between the captive Israelites and today’s believers. Beth points out the obstacles that hinder our relationship with God and shows how to remove them. As you identify spiritual strongholds in your life, you will progress on the journey toward greater freedom in Christ. You do not need the book BREAKING FREE by Beth Moore to do this study.
“Jesus the One and Only”-Beth Moore, VHS Come along with Beth Moore on a life-changing journey which will lead you through the hills of Galilee with the Teacher, across the lake with the Master, and, finally, on the road with the Savior – His face set toward the cross. This 10-week, in-depth, interactive study includes personal, daily assignments and weekly group sessions with video response sheets.
Just Walk Across the Room-Bill Hybels, Believers universally affirm that evangelism is a vital part of what God calls them to do, but very few make a practice of doing it. They feel awkward and ill-equipped, either because they’ve never been trained, or because their lack of interaction with non- Christians prevents them from using and developing the skills they do have. Bill Hybels addresses these concerns and signals the next era in personal evangelism with Just Walk Across the Room. Drawing on fresh perspectives from the author’s own experiences, as well as time-tested and practical illustrations, Just Walk Across the Room encourages and equips readers to routinely initiate spiritual conversations with those who don’t know Christ. Leaders Guide Included.
“The Christian in a Postmodern World”, Serendipity House What lies beyond the visible world? How do we get beyond peoples’ facades? Is God multi-cultural? Are all religions and beliefs equally valid? Should we respect authorities, even bad ones? Just because it’s true for you, doesn’t mean it’s true for me, does it? Where are our world and our lives headed? …Our “postmodern” society explores and questions all aspects of life and thought, even those we once took for granted. But, these are not new questions. This study explores key post-modern questions in light of historic Christianity and what the Bible says. Grapple with your questions in a supportive small-group environment. Deepen your awareness of the principles of being a Christ-follower.
This conversational, interactive Bible study is ideal for seekers, new Christians, and mature Christ-followers looking for relevant ways to discuss their faith.
Life Together-Growing to Be Like Christ, Growing to Be Like Christ is one of the study guides in the Doing Life Together series based on the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. The focus of this study is discipleship and the six sessions explore the basic habits of spiritual growth: relying on the Holy Spirit, cultivating time in the Bible and prayer, seeing life’s obstacles as opportunities for growth, and partnering with Christians who are committed to supporting your growth. Here is a realistic, practical path to growing strong in faith and Christian character.
Life Together-Developing Your Shape to Serve Others, The way you’re wired is no accident. God designed your unique mix of gifts, natural abilities, personality, values, and life experiences to play an essential part in his kingdom. These six sessions will help you develop your God-given design at home, at work, at church, and in your community in a way that extends God’s love to others and enriches your own life immeasurably.
Life Together-Sharing Your Life Mission Every Day, just isn’t that hard. You need a few skills, a few friends for support, and a glimpse of God’s heart for those who don’t know him. These six sessions will equip you to extend love to seekers around you and talk about your experience with God in ways that people will understand. God doesn’t ask you to do it alone–discover the power that comes from teaming up! Teachers featured on Sharing Your Life Mission Every Day: Erwin McManus, Bruce Wilkinson, John Ortberg, Anne Ortland and more.
Life Together-Connecting with God’s Family, God longs for you to have rich, genuine connections with him and a handful of other people. These six sessions will help you connect more deeply with Jesus Christ and build genuine relationships with Christian friends. Christ’s love makes it possible for you to be known and to know others, to be loved and to love, to resolve conflict effectively, and to move outward together in faith.
Personal Holiness in Times of Temptation-Bruce Wilkinson, VHS
Faith Under Fire-A New Kind of Faith-Lee Strobel and Garry Poole: This participant’s guide complements the four-session DVD small group experience that uses video clips of well-respected Christians debating differing viewpoints from the PAX-TV program Faith Under Fire, hosted by Lee Strobel. This curriculum stimulates lively small-group discussions about important spiritual and social topics relating to everyday life.
When Worldviews Collide, Ergun Caner-DVD
Ergun Caner, the dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, challanges Christians to confront our culture with the truth of Jesus Christ. When Worldviews Collide is an eight-week interactive study that helps you understand the beliefs and assumptions behind todays religious teachings. Caner identifies six distinctives that separate Christianity from all other belief systems. Drawing parallels with the diverse religious culture of the first century, the author uses the Apostle Paul’s courageous defenses of the Christian faith in the Book of Acts to expose the hollow claims of today’s false forms of spirituality. He also examines the beliefs of four major world religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam (his childhood religion) – and shows that those beliefs cannot stand against the truth of God’s word.
Know Fear-Ed Young Jr., DVD, God longs for you to have rich, genuine connections with him and a handful of other people. These six sessions will help you connect more deeply with Jesus Christ and build genuine relationships with Christian friends. Christ’s love makes it possible for you to be known and to know others, to be loved and to love, to resolve conflict effectively, and to move outward together in faith.
Serendipity 101 Assessment, Personal Audit
Serendipity 101 Stressed Out, Keeping Your Cool
Serendipity 101 Wholeness, Time for a Checkup
Serendipity 401 Rebirth, Creating a New Life
Interactions-Transpararency, Bill Hybels, While most of us will go to incredible lengths to alter our exteriors in order to gain the approval of others, to what lengths will we go to alter our interiors in order to gain the approval of God? Does your heart need softening? Is your mind razor sharp? Do you have ears to hear? Transformation will help you recognize and cooperate with God’s transforming influence in your life. Six group “InterActions” with leader’s notes.
Interactions-Serving Lessons, Bill Hybels
“Becoming a Contagious Christian”-Mark Mittelberg, Lee Strobel, and Bill Hybels, VHS
Becoming a Contagious Christian, the groundbreaking evangelism course developed by Willow Creek Resources, has helped over one million people to share the Gospel. This training avoids common mistakes some Christians make when introducing others to Christ. Avoid stereotyped approaches that feel intimidating to your friends with this six-session course. Learn to share your faith in a natural and effective way while being the person God made you to be. Join teachers Mark Mittelberg and Lee Strobel in a journey that will encourage you to reach your community for God.
The only way to get to the other side of life’s challenges and changes is to step out in faith and cross over—just as Joshua and the Israelites did. Like any crossing, it takes strength and courage. Crossing explores the extraordinary things that can happen when we trust God and let him lead the way.
LIQUID presents five true-to-life stories of characters in our world—the real world—with problems and struggles that mirror those found in Bible stories. This companion guide to the DVD is designed for you and your small group to reflect on and discuss how the Bible is as relevant today as it was when it was written.
The Dream Giver-Bruce Wilkinson, DVD Bestselling author Bruce Wilkinson shows how to identify and overcome the obstacles that keep millions from living the life they were created for. He begins with a compelling modern-day parable about Ordinary, who dares to leave the Land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream. With the help of the Dream Giver, Ordinary begins the hardest and most rewarding journey of his life. Wilkinson gives readers practical, biblical keys to fulfilling their own dream, revealing that there’s no limit to what God can accomplish when we choose to pursue the dreams He gives us for His honor. Six session.
Out Live Your Life-Max Lucado-These are difficult days in our world’s history. Billions of people are poor, millions go hungry or thirsty every day. Disease claims thousands of lives daily. But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God’s love and life? We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven, but here on earth. What if you lived in such a way that your death is just the beginning of your life? In Outlive Your Life DVD-Based Study, Max Lucado presents four sessions that follow the real-life stories of people who are making their lives count. Designed for individual study or for a small group experience, each session will show you not just why but how to live intentionally so that everything in your life—your time, your skills, your passions—all add up to something bigger than you. Designed as a companion to the DVD-Based Study, this participant’s guide can be used for journaling or as a prompt for open-hearted discussions with your small group. Let Max Lucado be your guide as you set out on a journey to outlive your life.
Fearless-Max Lucado-In his book Fearless, Max Lucado offers hope and calm in a time of unprecedented fear in our nation and the world. Now Max’s timeless messages are also available in a DVD-based study that can be used for individual reflection or small-group discussion. Fearless draws from Jesus’ encounters with people in frightening situations giving evidence that we can trust God through these scary times. In six sessions, Max takes a close look at our greatest fears and offers scripturally based reassurance and guidance through even the toughest moments of our lives. This companion discussion guide can be used for personal journalling or as a prompt for open-hearted discussions with your small group. Let Max Lucado show you how to find a sense of peace and security in today’s troubled world.
The Prodigal God-Tim Keller-Two sons, one who kept the rules religiously and one who broke them all. One Father who loved both lost sons beyond anything they could imagine. Discover how deep and far God’s grace goes in The Prodigal God The Prodigal God discussion guide will help you uncover, personalize, and apply life-changing insights from The Prodigal God DVD and book. In six captivating sessions, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller opens your eyes to the powerful message of Jesus’ best-known—and least understood—parable. The Prodigal God is a revelation of the very heart of the gospel: God’s radical love for sinners of every kind. Taking you beyond the traditional focus on the wayward younger son, Keller helps you glean insights from each of the characters in Jesus’ parable: the irreligious younger son, the moralistic elder son, and the Father who lavishes his love on both. Inside this guide, you’ll explore questions for group discussion and personal reflection, and exercises that will help you experience the truths of Jesus’ parable in your own life. The gospel is neither religion nor irreligion, but something else entirely. Whether you’re a devout believer or a skeptic, The Prodigal God will challenge you to see Christianity in a whole new way. Session titles include the following: The Parable The People Around Jesus The Two Lost Sons The Elder Brother The True Elder Brother The Feast of the Father Designed for use with The Prodigal God DVD and book.
FINANCES AND STEWARDSHIP
Good Sense, DVD
Everyone in your church can experience the joy of financial freedom. The Good Sense Budget Course helps participants discover tools and develop skills that enable them to control their finances, rather than allowing their finances to control them. Six 50 minute sessions.