NEW!1 Peter: Keep Hope Alive - (Available in Print) This study of First Peter focuses on keeping hope alive in the face of pressures and circumstances that could possibly extinguish it completely, or worse, turn authentic faith into a pale replica of the real thing.
Accounts of Worship in Scripture Individual experiences of worship offer insights into the changes that must take place in a person's life after an encounter with God. 4 sessions.
Actively Awaiting New Birth If we prepare for Advent as carefully as parents prepare for the birth of a child, we will experience Christmas anew. 5 sessions.
Approaching a Missional Mindset - (Available in Print) The World isn’t the same as it once was. We must be the church in a new place, in unimagined ways, and with a wider range of people. Engage your small group with the radical and refreshing challenge of developing a “missional lifestyle.” 4 sessions.
Christians and Hunger - (Available in Print) These sessions challenge us to apply gospel lenses and holy imagination to what literally gives us energy to live: food. With God’s grace, we have the opportunity to imagine communities where tables are large and all are fed.
NEW!Christmas in Mark - (Available in Print) In the early chapters of Mark, we will encounter a Christmas story. This story, however, will not be quite like the one told by other Gospel writers, but it will resonate with the reality of your life. Mark doesn’t deny the beauty or reality of the nativity; however, he seems to believe that Christmas beginsthe gospel beginswhen Christ intrudes upon the hard realities of life.
The Church as Mission
Presents the church as mission, making mission more basic to the church's existence. 4 sessions.
The Church on a Mission - (Available in Print)
What does it mean to be a church on a mission? The lesson of Acts 1:8 is that we must simultaneously carry out Christ’s mandate at home, in our region, in places that have been our blind spots, and around the world. 4 sessions.
Churches in Transition
Examines why good leadership is essential to dealing with change and examines how relationships can change as the world changes around us. 3 sessions.
Colossians: Living the Faith Faithfully - (Available in Print) Paul’s letter to the Colossians begins with a high-minded philosophical defense of the faith, but concludes with a collection of extremely practical advice for living by faith. This study addresses the questions many Christians face today, helping them apply Paul’s practical advice in their own lives. 4 sessions.
Commitment Commitment to God transcends all others because it requires all this and more; God asks nothing less of us than ourselvesour whole selves. 3 sessions.
Community Building Under Construction: A Habitat for Humanity Vacation Bible School uses a construction metaphor to help children learn about community. This teaching guide includes 10 sessions, 5 for youth and 5 for adults.
Conflict in Galilee Realize wholeness, community, freedom, and purpose through Jesus’ authority. 4 sessions.
Elijah the Prophet
Discern whom we really serve as a people, what it means to commit ourselves to God, and what it means to serve God in fearful times. 3 sessions.
Embracing the Word of God - (Available in Print) We live during a time of transition in Christian history. Basic assumptions about the truth of the Christian faith are being questioned, not only by nonbelievers, but by Christians themselves. First John offers a starting point for understanding of what it means to “be” Christian. 4 sessions.
Explores the many ways we know and learn about God. 4 sessions.
Facing Life's Challenges - (Available in Print)
This study explores four significant challenges common to most persons of faith: the challenge of new light, the challenge of time’s limit, the challenge of living with mystery, and the challenge of authentic spirituality. Although these issues are neither simple nor easy to ponder, Poole effectively leads us in confronting these challenges. 4 sessions.
Faith at Home
Christian relation within the family, in the church, and in the larger culture. 4 sessions.
The Implications of Mission Whether we are doctors, lawyers, teachers, storekeepers, fast food workers, stay-at-home caregivers, retired, or unemployed, being "mission minded" is foundational to the Christian life. 4 sessions.
Jesus in Galilee
Encourages and inspires us to consider our need for repentance and change at Easter. 5 sessions.
Joseph God's providential guidance and care are woven throughout Joseph's story, and Joseph's devotion and sustained obedience to God were crucial factors in his rise to leadership in Egypt. 4 sessions.
The Matriarchs - (Available in Print)
The matriarchs of Genesis offer their lives as testimonies of faith, perseverance, and audacity. But they also teach us what not to do. And nearly all of the matriarchs have something to teach us about suffering. 5 sessions.
Maturing in Missions
This unit explores how developing a missions vision is essential to the maturing process of individual Christians and the church. 4 sessions.
Old Testament Promises to God - (Available in Print)
Some individuals may feel that our promises couldn’t possibly mean anything to God. Perhaps the real question is this: under what circumstances should or do we make such promises? The Old Testament contains several examples of people making promises to God, using the unique form of a biblical “vow.”
Preparing for Easter
The themes for the next three weeks are appropriate to the reflective nature of Lent. They include some of the most basic concepts of our Christian faith--the nature of sin, faith, and grace.
Seeking Holiness in the Sermon on the Mount The Sermon on the Mount has long been recognized as the pinnacle of Jesus’ teaching. But with this importance in mind, it’s easy to think of Jesus’ teachings as lofty and idealistic, offering little guidance for everyday life. Perhaps Jesus’ sermon allows us to see beyond ourselves, beyond our own failures and shortcomings--revealing God’s intention for our lives. 4 sessions.
Seeks to re-acquaint believers with biblical stewardship. 4 sessions.
Stewardship: A Way of Living - (Available in Print) Great News! Stewardship is not about money! At least not just about money. Certainly, stewardship relates to money, and, yes, we need to tithe. However, stewardship branches out into multiple areas of life. Properly practiced, this act of service can lead to peace and purpose in living. 4 sessions.
Stories to Serve By
Each sessions deals with one of Jesus’ parables on servanthood. 4 sessions.
Strengthening Our Souls
Through conversation, contemplation, accountability, and practice of these commitments, we will allow Christ’s grace to activate, animate, and actuate the soul of the church. 4 sessions.
By learning to study the Bible, keeping the Sabbath, and exploring what it means to be called Christian, those in the church have the opportunity to grow into the people God created them to be. 4 sessions.