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1 John
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
xx4Bible1 John is a book of comfort and challenge. It comforts us with the reminder that we are children of God. It challenges us to make our faith genuine by expressing in our lives what we believe in our hearts. Participants will explore this important book by examining four key questions.
1,2 Corinthians
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
x8BibleThis study examines the correspondence from the apostle Paul to the early church in Corinth. Paul's letters to this church provided guidance - for persons new to faith as well as those growing in faith - about what it means to be a disciple of Christ. This study examines some of the "big questions" the church faced, and that we still face today.
1,2 Samuel
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
x8BibleThe Books of 1 & 2 Samuel provide full of powerful images, engaging characters, and fascinating stories. This study looks at eight big questions based on selected the text and challenges participants to explore them thoughtfully together. This study will provide a high-level overview of this these books, providing a foundation for further individual and group exploration.
A Grief ObservedC.S. LewisxGeneralIn April 1956, Lewis, a confirmed bachelor, married Joy Davidman, an American poet with two small children. After four brief, intensely happy years, Lewis found himself alone and inconsolable. This is the unflinching account of how a stalwart believer lost his sense of bearings in the "mad midnight moment" of grief. Loss of a Spouse.
A Passionate LifeBreen and Kallestadxxx8GeneralA Passionate Life is designed to transform the life of every believer through biblical principles presented in the form of eight simple and memorable shapes. These shapes form a discipleship approach that help each of us gain a greater understanding of what God intends to do in our personal lives, in our church and in the world. It is designed to make life-long learners who will grow together in a counter-cultural lifestyle.
A Women After God's Own HeartElizabeth GeorgexxWomenThis very popular selection for personal and group study is filled with rich advice, spiritual wisdom, and practical applications. With passion and personality, Elizabeth George shares how a woman can follow God and seek His heart in every area of her life including her husband, her children, her home, her walk with the Lord, and her ministry. There is peace and purpose for the woman who prepares her heart and mind to embrace God's plan every day. This new look complements other bestselling titles by Elizabeth George.
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
x8BibleThe Holy Spirit is clearly at work in Acts, pouring out on people from many nations on the day of Pentecost, giving Jesus’ disciples the power to speak boldly, gathering early believers together for worship, and sending out Peter and Paul as missionaries. In this course, participants will examine the beginnings of the church and will find meaningful connections between the early church and the church today.
AHA: The God Moment that Changes EverythingKyle Idlemanxxx6GeneralWe've all had an "aha moment" in our lives, an insight that changes everything. With everyday examples and testimonies, author Kyle Idleman draws on Scripture to reveal how three key elements - awakening, honesty, action - can produce the same kind of "aha!" in our spiritual lives. In trademark City on a Hill style, the AHA Small Group Study marries straightforward bible teaching and cinematic storytelling. In it, three modern-day prodigals seek life apart from the Father, find themselves alone and desperate in their own distant country, and are faced with their AHA moment.
Altar EgoCraig Groeschelxxx6
Christian Living
This inspiring six-week church campaign will unite your congregation to abandon self-worth based on accomplishments and possessions, and turn instead to the eyes of God for definition. Six video sessions expand on the teaching from Craig Groeschel’s book of the same name with lessons that are challenging and full of grace. The study guide provides teaching notes, discussion questions, Bible study, and between-session activities.
As Long as We Both Shall LiveSmalley and Cunninghamxxx6MarriageGary and Ted share personal stories and keen insights into the concepts explored in each session, adding a fresh dimension to the Bible study and discussion format of the study guide. Couples and small groups won't want to miss the biblical teaching offered by these two trusted authorities on successful relationships. They will be glad they didn't miss it when they experience firsthand the contentment and beauty of a life-giving marriage!
Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn From ThemLiz Curtis HiggsxxWomenWith her beloved combination of trademark humor and biblically based teaching, Higgs explores truths learned from women like Eve, Delilah, Jezebel, and others whose experiences have surprisingly contemporary relevance. Her engaging approach to each story is sure to draw her audience in. Perfect for Bible studies and small groups, the 10- to 12-minute video sessions can be used in 3-week, 6-week, 12-week formats, allowing groups to decide what works best for them.
Balanced: Gaining and Maintaining Finacial StabilityAndy Stanleyxx6FinancesCan you be unbalanced financially and still be a devoted follower of Christ? What does it even mean to be financially balanced? In this six-session study, you'll be challenged to examine what you really believe about finances and faith. Each session consists of a Starter Question focusing on that week's Practical Application, a 15-20 minute Video segment (DVD included in book), Discussion Questions, Key Memory Verse, and Flip-A-Coin section where real-life financial situations are discussed. Ideal for groups or individual study.
Balancing Life's DemandsChip Ingramxx10
Christian Living
Are you busy, tired, stressed out, and stretched to the limit? Does life seem a little out of control? Are you running long on "to do's" and short on time? In Balancing Life's Demands you will learn how to put "first things first" and find peace in the midst of pressure and adversity. No cliches or quick fixes, just practical biblical insights to help you order your personal world. Kit includes 2 DVDs with 10 Video Sessions and 1 Study Guide.
Becoming a Contagious ChristianBill Hybelsxxx6EvangelismThis Willow Creek Resources six-session evangelism course for churches and groups of all sizes is designed to equip believers for effective evangelism by showing them how they can share the gospel in a natural and powerful way while being the person God made them to be.
Becoming a Woman of PurposeCynthia HealdxWomenWomen around the world have been motivated and inspired to become more godly through Cynthia Heald's classic studies.Challenging insights from classical thinkers and writers, along with Cynthia's own reflections plus questions on key verses from Scripture combine to provide a solid foundation of biblical principles. Now updated for a new generation of women, Becoming a Woman of Purpose explores the goals and successes that leave women feeling unsatisfied, and gives a better understanding of God's purpose for your life—to love and serve Him.
Before Amen: The Power of A Simple PrayerMax Lucadoxxx4PrayerIn Before Amen, Max Lucado, a self-professed "recovering prayer wimp," reveals his personal struggles with prayer. He will show your church how he discovered that prayer is not a privilege for the pious or the art of a chosen few but a simple tool all believers have been given to have a conversation with God. Through the use of a simple, easy-to-remember, pocket-sized prayer that he distilled from the prayers in the Bible, he will lead your church members in building a prayer life that is stronger, better and deeper.
Beginning Life TogetherLife Together Seriesxx6
Christian Living
God never intended you to do life alone, but to do life together in community. This introductory group study, Beginning Life Together, gives you an overview of the five biblical purposes that God intends for your life. Get ready - you're about to begin a six-week journey that will give you a taste of the life God created you to live! The Study Guide includes discussion questions, icebreakers, study notes, directions for prayer and worship, and texts listed for further study. The Starter set includes one DVD and one Study Guide.
Believing GodBeth Moorexx10WomenIf God is who he says he is and can indeed do what he says he can do, why are so many Christians living mediocre lives? Beth Moore thinks that there is a simple answer to this question: unbelief. Therefore, in Believing God she challenges us to take God at his word, believe his promises and, as a result, live fuller lives. Don't be afraid to set aside your unbelief and experience the great blessings of God's promises.
BoundariesCloud and Townsendxx
Christian Living
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us, mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts, emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God's will from our own.
Breathing Room: Space Between Our Current Pace and Our LimitsAndy Stanleyxx4
Christian Living
Life is better with breathing room. In our attempt to get the most out of life, it's easy to lose control of our lives. For most of us, breathing room feels more like a luxury than a necessity. In this series, Andy Stanley shows us how to create breathing room in our schedules, our finances, and our relationships. Disc 1 is viewed on a DVD Player and contains the Bible Study messages. Disc 2 is a Data Disc with video and audio files; it is used in a computer. Contents:
Buyers, Renters, and FreeloadersHarleyxMarriageSingles, find your lifelong love! The best-selling author of His Needs, Her Needs tackles your concerns as a single Christian, helping you recognize various styles and stages of commitment. Offering expert advice and tested tools, Harley helps you measure your "romantic relationship attitude," and suggests guidelines for growing into---and maintaining---"buyer" behavior.
Character Study: Adam, Abraham, Sarah and Jacob
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
xx4BibleEnter into the story of one of God's people with each session of this 4-session Bible study. This is a fun, light-hearted study complete with cartoon drawings and group activities. In this study, groups will look at the characters of Adam, Abraham, Sarah and Jacob. The stories of these characters are developed in chronological scenes, giving participants a sense of the sweep of the person's story from start to finish.
Character Study: Gomer, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Job
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
xx4BibleExplore scenes from the lives of Gomer, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Job in this People of Faith Bible study. These scenes are in chronological order to give participants a sense of each person's story from beginning to end.
Character Study: Ruth, Samuel, David and Elijah
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
xx4BibleExplore scenes from the lives of Ruth, Samuel, David and Elijah in this People of Faith Bible study. These scenes are in chronological order to give participants a sense of each person's story from beginning to end.
Christian: It's Not What You ThinkAndy Stanleyxx8
Christian Living
Through eight engaging and enlightening small group bible study sessions, Andy Stanley unpacks these qualities Jesus prescribes for his followers that made them unique. What if believers today embodied these traits? Would the non-believing world put aside its definition of ‘Christian’ and instead know us by our love?
Come ThirstyMax LucadoxxGeneralWe are busy people. Burdened people. Burned-out people. We need to take a walk by the still waters and drink deeply of the Lord’s comfort, rest, and refreshment. Are you ready to receive what your soul longs for? Come, and come thirsty.
Comparison TrapAndy Stanleyxx3GeneralLet's face it. Not a day goes by that you're not tempted to glance to the left and to the right to see how you measure up to the people around you. But it doesn't stop there, does it? You're tempted to compare your children to other children, your spouse to other spouses! Its a Trap!
Connecting With God's FamilyLife Together Seriesxx6
Christian Living
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.
Cost of DiscipleshipDietrich BonhoefferxGeneralThe Cost of Discipleship compels the reader to face himself and God in any situation. Bonhoeffer speaks of "Cheap Grace": preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession. "Cheap Grace" is grace without discipleship. "Costly Grace" is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. "It's costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life."
Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
Timothy Kellerx
Christian Living
Have you ever thought money, power, or love would bring you happiness? Discover how only God can wholly satisfy our cravings! Keller explores Scripture to demonstrate how our hearts can turn good, wholesome things into idols that drive us. Using classic Bible stories, he reveals the key to understanding our society and transforming our own minds. 240 pages, softcover from Riverhead.
Courageous Living Bible StudyCat, Kendrickxx4MenA dynamic four-week small group Bible study leader kit based on the bold fatherhood and family principles featured in the film Courageous (from the makers of Fireproof); includes one 64-page member book and a DVD-ROM featuringCourageous film clips to support each lesson. In addition, there are a number of printable leader helps to assist in preparation for teaching each lesson. The Courageous Living Bible Study Leader Kit will help facilitate leading men toward living more courageously in four key areas:
Crazy LoveFrancis Chanxxx10GeneralDid you know that God is crazy about you? Here Francis Chan shows you how to respond to that love with a selfless, Christlike life! Coordinating with his bestseller, this insightful 10-week curriculum is perfect for individual or small-group study. The DVD features ten 10-minute in-depth teaching sessions with discussion questions, and more. The 192-page softcover workbook includes a leader's guide.
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
x6BibleExplore the stories of Daniel and his friends in this rich and inviting study. The course provides an opportunity to ponder our calling as faithful disciples in troubling times. Additionally, each session begins and ends with a devotional component inviting participants to reflect on what they hear in the text and what the message of the text means for us in our calling to discipleship.
Daniel: Lives of Integrity Words of ProphecyBeth Moorexx12GeneralJoin 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.
Dare to be UnCommonTony Dungeexx7MenSuper Bowl Champion Tony Dungy has spent his life shaping young men. Now in Dare to be Uncommon, Tony Dungy is ready to share core truths he wants every man to understand, live by, and pass onto others. This leader pack is designed to explore key principles found in Tony Dungy's Uncommon. Through Scripture, discussions, and activities-plus character building insights and candid 'pep-talks' from Tony Dungy-men will be challenged to examine their lives and aspire to a true life of significance. A life of renewed integrity.influence.and faith.
Deepening Life Together: ActsLife Together Seriesxx8BibleDuring this 8-session study, Erik Thoennes will discuss how the dramatic conversion of Saul set the stage for the expansion of the church to the Gentiles, a critical first step in Jesus' commission to take the Gospel to all nations. In the climax and resolution to the study, we will learn that despite Paul's persecution and imprisonment the Gospel is not bound as he continues to boldly proclaim God's good news, advancing it to the ends of the earth.
Deepening Life Together: EphesiansLife Together Seriesxx6BibleIn this 6-session study, Mike Meeks uses humor to explain how we are adopted, accepted, empowered and transformed from the inside out. Pastor Mike's amusing anecdotes from his life illustrate principles about spiritual warfare and the practical application of God's plan and principles in our lives.
Deepening Life Together: Fruit of the SpiritLife Together Seriesxx6BibleLearn how to increase the yield of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-contol in your life and become more like Jesus to those around you. Perfect for small group ministries and Bible study groups, this six-session study guides participants through the Scriptures, helping them to grow in relationship with God and others. This study can be done with or without the companion DVD and includes Leader's Motes and other helpful resources that can be used in the group.
Deepening Life Together: JamesLife Together Seriesxx6BibleWisdom is the understanding that enables a person to face trials, an attitude that determines how we live. The book of James encourages the reader to evaluate his/her behavior and make adjustments where we have shortcomings. The leader notes and appendixes provide everything a leader needs to start and sustain a small group study. The guide also include assessments and group forms to chart and track your spiritual growth as well as reflections for daily watering in the Word.
Deepening Life Together: JohnLife Together Seriesxx8BibleAs John's gospel begins, Jesus is revealed as the Word and creator of the heavens and the earth. He is the self-revelation of God who became a human being to bring light and life to all who believe in him.During this 8-session study, Pastor Jim Garlow with will take us through his eyewitness account of Jesus' life, ministry, death and resurrection.
Deepening Life Together: ParablesLife Together Seriesxx4BibleJesus was a master story teller. His parables-simple stories from everyday life-were entertaining yet contained a powerful spiritual message. The parables would lure people to listen and then catch them with powerful conviction in some area of spiritual need.
Deepening Life Together: PaulLife Together Seriesxx4BiblePaul: 4 Sessions teaches on the apostle Paul who did more than any other person in the ancient world to assure that Christianity became a cross-cultural movement rather than an obscure Jewish sect. His writings make up much of the New Testament. But how did Jesus take a young hothead who persecuted Christians and turn him into the first evangelist to the Gentiles? What can we learn from the way Paul responded to God's call?
Deepening Life Together: Promises of GodLife Together Seriesxx7
Christian Living
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, human-kind became separated from God. During this 7-week study, Pastor Dennis Keating will unfold God's plan to restore humanity to perfect relationship with him through Abraham, David, and eventually through his son, Jesus Christ.
Deepening Life Together: PsalmsLife Together Seriesx4BiblePsalms: 4 Sessions concentrates on the authors of these poems and hymns and how they used them to express their feelings toward God. Each of the four sessions guides you through the Scriptures, cultivating a dynamic group discussion and helping you grow in a deeper relationship with God and others. With leader notes and training, this DVD-based small group series includes everything a new or experienced leader needs to successfully start or sustain a healthy small group. Guides also include assessments and group forms to chart and track your spiritual growth as well as reflections for daily watering in the Word.
Deepening Life Together: RomansLife Together Seriesxx7BibleThe book of Romans was the apostle Paul's greatest theological work-his magnum opus-written to the church in Rome. During this 7-week study Pastor Greg Sidders takes us step-by-step through the truth of the Gospel as it relates to the topics of condemnation, justification, and sanctification.
Deepening Life Together: RuthLife Together Seriesxx4BibleRuth: 4 sessions is a part of the Deepening Life Together series that's designed to help you dig deeper into the Word of God. Each study in the series is taught on DVD by dynamic and inspirational teachers with commentary by scholars and special guests from leading Christian colleges and seminaries. Perfect for small group study and Sunday School, each participant should have their own study guide.
Deepening Life Together: Sermon on the MountLife Together Seriesxx6BibleWhat was Jesus teaching us in his Sermon on the Mount? And how can we let God work within us to move us toward greater holiness? This six-session study helps you answer these questions using Scripture, personal study, and group interaction. The guide also include assessments and group forms to chart and track your spiritual growth as well as reflections for daily watering in the Word.
Deepning Life Together: Praying God's WayLife Together Seriesxx4
Christian Living
Jesus made prayer the highest priority in his life, turning to God not only in times of crisis, but in times of decision, need, and joy and happiness as well. Jesus shared his whole life with God, not just the difficult or challenging parts.
Developing Your Shape to Serve OthersLife Together Seriesxx6
Christian Living
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.
Diet Disciple and DiscipleshipCarol Showalterx
The best way to know the heart of the 3D program, is to know the heart of the woman who took it national and has guided its development ever since. Writing with transparent and endearing honesty, Carol Showalter, the wife of a prominent Presbyterian minister in upstate New York, tells of fighting (and mostly losing) the battle against excess weight all her life. In 1972, she was about to enroll (again) in a well-known secular diet program that was meeting in her church, when she was arrested by a Sunday school poster of a happy face, with a slogan, "Smile, God has the answer!" She could not get it out of her mind. And when she prayed about it, she found He did have the answer. Today, there are nearly one million graduates of the 12-week program, 3D, many of whom have had their lives wonderfully changed, as they discovered that God would meet them, wherever thay were at and would heal them, often through others who shared their struggles. That revelation—and how much more time He desired her to spend in prayer with Him, conferring with Him on everything— changed her whole way of looking at things, and her life.
Effective Parenting in a Defective WorldChip Ingramxxx9ParentingRaising 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 Chip 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! Includes study guide. Three DVDs, approx. 5 hours total.
Emotionally Healthy SpiritualityPeter Scazzeroxxx8
Christian Living
Begin the journey of applying the profound biblical truths found in EMotionally Healthy Spirituality. Eight studies take you beyond merely reading about emotional health and contemplative spirituality to introduce you to a life with God that goes beyond "tip of the iceberg spirituality".
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
x4BibleEphesians is an invitation into a world of grace, sweeping us into an all-encompassing vision of God’s eternal plan to redeem all creation. In this letter, we learn about the geography of grace where God labors to fulfill the mystery of the divine plan. This study invites participants to a spirituality of knowing and living the peace of Jesus that is the destiny of the entire creation.
EpicJohn Eldredgexxx4GeneralEpic invites us to revisit the drama of life, viewing God not only as the author but also as the lead actor and exploring His motives and His heart. As Eldredge retells the gospel in four acts, he examines the power of story, the universal longing for a "plot" that makes sense deep inside us, our desire for a meaningful role to play, our love of books and movies, and how all of this points to the gospel itself.
Essentials of Marriage: Handle with CareRosberg, Slattery, Ramseyxx6MarriageIn Essentials of Marriage: Handle with Care, experts like Gary and Barb Rosberg, Kay Arthur, and Dave Ramsey present hard-hitting strategies for couples to deal with the biggest threats to growing together . . . including anger, depression, and financial troubles. You and your spouse or group will discover new, Bible-based ways to beat these marriage busters.
Every Woman's MarriageShannon and Greg EthridgexxWomenGet ready to set your husband's heart ablaze! If you're a deperate housewife longing for a deeper, more intimate connection with your spouse, then Every Woman's Marriage can show you how to reignite your relationship with spiritual, emotional, and physical passion. Learn what makes your husband's heart grow cold and how you can fan the embers into flame. Includes a comprehensive workbook for individual or group study. Paperback.
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
xx6BibleIn the book of Exodus, we learn that God prepares, calls, leads and forgives a chosen people - then and now. In this study, participants will consider the stories from Exodus that are central to the Old Testament and explore how the themes of these stories continue to be central to our lives today. Each session focuses on a different question and theme.
FearlessMax Lucadoxxx6GeneralImagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, or doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, where you could trust more and fear less.
FightCraig Groeschelxxx5MenIn Fight, a five-session, video-based small group Bible study, pastor and bestselling author Craig Groeschel explores the life of Samson, helping you uncover who you really are—a man created with a warrior’s heart in the image of God—and how to stand up and fight for what’s right
FightKenny Luckxxx6MenGet ready for the fight of your life! In this third book of the God's Man series, Kenny Luck issues a challenge to men to engage in the spiritual battle raging around them. Too many men fall prey to Satan's schemes and go down in flames, as their marriages, careers and ministries go down with them. In Fight Luck gives you strategic "intel" into how the Enemy operates so you can be aware and ready to defend yourself. Open your eyes to the movements of the Enemy and learn to fight victoriously!
Fireproof Your LifeMachael Cattxx10GeneralWe all experience spiritual dry spells when the flames of tragedy, loss, and grief blight our inner landscape. How can you conquer life's fires? Discussing issues such as marriage, temptation, and financial concerns, Catt shares eight ways you can stand firm in Christ. Discover how hardships can help you survive the blaze of life's trials! 176 pages, softcover from CLC.
Five Things God Uses to Grow Your FaithAndy Stanleyxxx6
Christian Living
Your faith matters to God! Imagine how differently you would respond to life if you knew with unshakeable confidence that God was with you. Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith is an exciting 6-session DVD study from Andy Stanley that establishes the biblical case for five things God uses to grow BIG faith. This pack includes one DVD and one Participant Guide, filled with helpful discussion starters, video overviews, a useful Leader's Guide and much more. When used together, they provide a powerful catalyst for spiritual growth.
FollowAndy Stanleyxx8
Christian Living
Religion says “Change and you can join us”. Jesus says, “Join us and you will change.” There’s a huge difference. Jesus doesn’t expect you to be perfect. He just wants you to follow him. Being a sinner doesn’t disqualify you from following him. Being an unbeliever doesn’t disqualify you from following him. In fact, following almost always begins with a sinner and unbeliever taking one small step.
Forgotten GodFrancis Chanxxx7GeneralToday's church admires the gift of the Holy Spirit, but have we neglected to open it? Francis Chan tears away the wrapping paper and ribbons to uncover the source of the believing community's true power for witness and service.
Future FamilyAndy Stanleyxx6FamilyFamily. We all have one. While some of us loved our 'growing up' years, others of us couldn't wait to move out and start fresh. Either way, we want our Future Family to be a step up from our families of origin. Most of us want something better for our children. But what? When it comes to family, what does a preferred future look like? What exactly are we aiming for?
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
xx4BiblePaul's letter to the Galatians could easily be considered one of the most radical book in the New Testament. It shows Paul at his most youthful, least understated and most non-compromising. Participants in the study will explore this rich letter and the background that surrounds those to whom it was written through four big questions.
Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes us JustTimothy KellerxJusticeIn Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church Tim Keller, explores the connection between when believers in Christ receive grace, and how that impacts the world around them. He argues that the Bible is a trustworthy guide for living a life of justice, and denies the claims of skeptics that the Bible has been a regressive influence in the world. Sharing examples from the lives of believers around him, and giving support from the Bible, Keller outlines a hopeful manifesto for all who seek to show God's mercy to the world.
Gensis Leader Kit
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
xx8BibleThe book of Genesis traces our origins from cosmic beginnings through stories preserved from pre-history. Each story provides us with a glimpse of God's intentions, how God acts, and who we are in relationship to God and the rest of creation. In this study, participants will explore early stories of faith and God's promise in the book of Genesis through each session’s big question.
God for the Rest of UsVince Antonuccixx6GeneralFeaturing real-life stories of an unusual church that reaches out to people on the Las Vegas Strip, God For the Rest of Us helps expand viewpoints, overcome stereotypes and model how to really love people like Jesus does.
Gods at WarKyle Idlemanxxx6
Christian Living
In this new series, Kyle Idleman challenges our presumptions about sin by suggesting that all sin derives from the same source—idolatry. While we don't see many "graven images" around today, Kyle argues that there are still countless gods passionately at war for the throne of our hearts. If we put the wrong god on the throne, our lives will be thrown into chaos, and all of the effort we put into fighting sin and overcoming it will be futile.
Gospel in LifeTimothy Kellerxx8GeneralJoin author and pastor Tim Keller in an eight-week, video- based study of the gospel and how to live it out in everyday life. In Week One you and your group will study the city, our home now—the world, that is. Week Eight closes with the theme of the eternal city, our heavenly home—the world that is to come. In between, you’ll learn how the gospel changes our hearts, our community, and how we live in this world.
GraceMax Lucadoxxx7GeneralDon't settle for a wimpy grace. Max Lucado's Grace DVD based study takes you on a journey to discover the depth of God's grace - greater than you can imagine, more than you deserve, and all that you need. Kit includes seven teaching videos featuring Max Lucado (7 - 12 minutes each) on DVD, Participant Guide, Leader's Guide, and Spanish language tracks for each DVD session.
Growing to Be Like ChristLife Together Seriesxx6
Christian Living
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.
Guardrails: Avoiding Regrets in LifeAndy Stanleyxx6
Christian Living
In this in this six-session video based study, Andy Stanley challenges us to stop flirting with disaster and establish some personal guardrails. In addition to the small group sessions, this DVD includes six full-length messages from Andy Stanley, downloadable promotional material, and a Leader's Guide PDF. Approx. 247 total minutes. The kit includes the DVD and one participant guide. The guide includes discussion questions, video overviews, between-session devotions, and a leader's guide. Session titles:
H2O: A Jouney of FaithKyle Idlemanxx7GeneralH2O is a DVD-based, seven-week experience designed to create a safe atmosphere where people are comfortable considering the person of Jesus Christ. This creative newly re-released tool meets an ancient need: sharing the truth of Jesus Christ through relationships and community. H2O transforms lives by feeding the mind, moving the heart, and stimulating the senses.
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha WorldJoanna Weaverxxx10WomenIn this ten-session DVD with accompanying participant's guide, Joanna Weaver walks with us through the truths of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World and into a deeper devotion to God. Thoughtful, practical, and encouraging, the study takes a look at contrasting sisters of the Bible, inviting us to recognize the "Mary" and Martha" in each of us. Each video session is approx. 20 minutes in length.
Heaven NowRick LarsonxMarriageThe DVD "Heaven Now" is designed for couples that have a really good marriage and couples that have a very difficult marriage. This DVD will improve every marriage and if heeded, will bring more joy into your marriage then you ever dreamed possible.
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
x6BibleThe Letter to the Hebrews is one of the more sophisticated new testament writings, with the author connecting the Old Testament passages to the present concerns of the community of faith. This study takes 5 big questions based in the text and challenges participants to explore them thoughtfully together.
How to Be Rich: Its Not What You Have. Its What You Do With What You HaveAndy Stanleyxxx4FinancesIn this small group Bible study, Andy Stanley looks at the early Christians, showing that generosity was the hallmark of the early church. Generosity changed everything. It changed the world once, it could happen again. This small group study is a tool that will invite conversation and reflection around the topic of what to do with what we have. He will encourage you to look at richness differently, which might just lead our families, communities, and world to looking at Christians differently. The pack contains How to Be Rich: A DVD Study and How to Be Rich book, which includes small group discussion questions.
iMarriageAndy Stanleyxx6MarriageUntil Expectations May You Part Giddy with excitement and burning with love's fire, engaged couples are filled with desires and expectations! Wonder and eager anticipation propel them forward. Then comes the marriage and if they take the wrong approach, those unrealized expectations and unmet wants can turn a life-giving covenant relationship into a dead-end contractual agreement. Suddenly your marriage has no love, joy, or peace. In this marriage-makeover DVD and study guide from Northpoint Resources, Andy Stanley 's three key teachings help you transform your expectations and examine the "I's" of marriage: "Keeping My 'I' On You," "Putting Your 'I' Out," and "It Takes Three." Broken into six DVD sessions with discussion questions, this is one lesson your marriage won't survive without.
In Pursuit of JesusRick and Bev Lawrencexx10GeneralFor now, forget about extracting life lessons from Jesus, and explore who he is...because you're fascinated by him and drawn to him. Through 10 dynamic sessions, participants acquire new abilities to articulate why they follow Jesus.
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
x8BibleWe encounter many voices in the pages of these books: the prophet Jeremiah, sundry kings, Jeremiah’s enemies, and a people at first defiant and later in excruciating torment. In addition, we hear the voice of God speaking through Jeremiah and Jeremiah’s contemporaries. God, however, does not just speak “back there” and “then.” The living God speaks to us through the Bible, this book of faith. This study looks at how God is revealed to us as one who will not rest until we are at last a people whose hearts and minds are molded to the image and likeness of Jesus.
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
x8BibleWhen reading the Gospel of John, we are immediately struck by the poetic quality and the prevalence of imagery and metaphor that is absent from the other Gospels. In this study, participants will explore how the Gospel of John shows us the depth of Jesus relationship to God..
John 3:16Max Lucadoxxx6BibleBuilding on stories and illustrations from 3:16 The Numbers of Hope by Max Lucado, this 64-page evangelistic book leads the readers word-by-word through John 3:16, the passage that he calls the "Hope Diamond" of scripture. It's the perfect way to introduce the gospel to friends and acquaintances through Max Lucado's warm and easy to understand writing style. Experience God's grace and plan of salvation for the first time or use this booklet to share the message of hope with someone you know.
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x4BibleThe book of Jonah paints a picture of a God who pushes God's people to go beyond religious and ethnic boundaries to share the love and mercy of God with all of God's desire to save all people. This study explores how Jonah offers a vision in which God's love and mercy is not only available to the people of Israel, but to other peoples as well.
Just Walk Across the RoomBill Hybelsxxx4EvangelismBill Hybels teaches you to share your story in 100 words. Using Jesus as a model and drawing from his own personal experiences, he equips participants to step out of their comfort zone and share their faith stories with others. A Leader's guide is included inside the DVD case. The participant's guide provides information for each session and between-session study to do on your own.
Keeping you CovenantHomebuildersx4MarriageThe HomeBuilders Couples Series is designed to strengthen marriages and develop supportive relationships with other couples. Whether you've been married for years or are newly married, this series will help you and your spouse discover timeless principles from God's Word that you can apply to your marriage.
Life TogetherDietrich BonhoefferxGeneralAfter his martyrdom at the hands of the Gestapo in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer continued his witness in the hearts of Christians around the world. In his book Life Together we learn of Pastor Bonhoeffer's experience within Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul's letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words. Life Togetherserves as bread to all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.
Life@WorkJohn C. Maxwellxx
Christian Living
People of faith need to be comfortable and intentional in two worlds-the world of the kingdom and the world of the commercial-blending and balancing their roles in each. Authors John C. Maxwell, Stephen Graves, and Thomas Addington identify the basic tools followers of Jesus should always have in their work toolbox: Calling, Serving, Character, and Skill.
Living a Life of BalancexWomenMany of us yearn for balance in our lives. That precise alignment which will leave all our daily responsibilities in perfect harmony. As Christians we aren't just balancing our household schedules with work, diet, rest, and exercise, we must also consider the spiritual balance of our lives. How are we handling the balance between faith and sight, between love and obedience, between longing and contentment? Only God can guide us toward the balance we desire, and it starts with our hearts. This 12 week study will help us get there.
Love and RespectEmerson EggerichsxxMarriageWhat's the secret to a successful marriage? Unconditional respect for him and unconditional love for her, says Eggerichs. Drawing from Ephesians 5:33, his breakthrough bestseller and workbook will help you and your spouse achieve a deeper level of intimacy by stopping the crazy cycle of conflict, initiating energizing change, and enjoying renewed passion. Hardcover book; Paperback workbook.
Loved by GodLiz Curtis HIggsxx7GeneralHave you ever doubted that God cherishes you? Join Liz Curtis Higgs for a verse-by-verse examination of the story of Jacob, Esau, Leah, and Rachel found in Genesis 25 and 27-29. You'll discover that God's plans for you are bigger than you imagine and that his love for you knows no bounds.
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
x8BibleThe Gospel of Luke invites us to explore the story of Jesus and his mission as God's Chosen One (Messiah). From the joyous accounts of Jesus' birth in a manger in Bethlehem to the stark images of Golgotha to the eye-opening meal at Emmaus, we are invited into a remarkable story. This course invites participants into rich discovery as they explore key stories and events of this Gospel.
Made to Crave: Satisfying your Deepest Desires with God Not FoodLysa TerKeurstxxx6
Has food become your source of comfort? After a hard day at work, or a long day with the kids, don't you deserve that big piece of chocolate cake? Lysa TerKeurst used to think so, but that was before God showed her that what she really needed was more of Himself. In Made to Crave, Lysa won't tell you what to eat or how much to exercise, rather she explores why we make unhealthy food choices. She'll help you discover what it is you're really seeking, and how that need can only be met in our faithful Heavenly Father. And when your cravings are satisfied with His love, a healthy body will follow. Focus on the Family Recommendation.
Making Sense of ScriptureDavid LosexGeneralIn Making Sense of Scripture, David Lose invites the reader to engage in a conversation, one that he imagines discussing around his kitchen table, about seven major questions of the Bible. More than a standard biblical reference book, Making Sense of Scripture is a dialogue that encourages readers to bring their questions or doubts to the table when reading Scripture. During this conversation, there are different opportunities for the reader to interact with the Bible, ultimately leaving room for personal transformation of the heart and mind.
Making Sense of the Christian FaithDavid LosexGeneralMaking Sense of the Christian Faith is an exciting and inviting exploration of the major theological doctrines of the Christian faith in the order of the biblical story. Written as a conversation in order to invite you to "jump into" the conversation, the text stimulates the reader's thinking instead of attempting to persuade a particular point of view. The book is written as a single narrative that anyone can read with great enjoyment and satisfaction. Topics include Theology, Creation, Sin, Covenant Law, Community, Incarnation, Atonement, Church and Holy Spirit, and Eschatology.
Making Sense of the CrossDavid LosexGeneralThe 3rd book in the Making Sense Series, Making Sense of the Cross, gives you the opportunity to ‘listen in’ on a conversation with two people having an open and candid conversation and discussion about the cross. One of the voices knows a little more and assumes the role of teacher or coach, someone who has had the time and opportunity to study the faith in some depth. The second voice assumes the role of someone who is curious and knows a little bit about the faith but brings a lot of questions.
Making the Most of MarriageKevin Lemanxx7MarriageStrengthen your congregation by building stronger husband-wife relationships with this practical curriculum for couples from renowned Christian psychologist Kevin Leman. Featuring seven 25-minute lessons on DVD, this family-focused seminar also includes three audio CDs of the complete series, a 32-page workbook, a facilitator's guide, an instruction guide, and a promotional kit for getting the word out.
Bible (Augsburg Fortress Collection)
x8BibleThe Gospel of Mark is not just good news about Jesus. It reveals, sometimes in surprising and scandalous ways, how Jesus is God's good news to us. This study takes 8 big questions based in the text and challenges participants to explore them thoughtfully together.
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