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Who Needs Christmas?: Series Overview
Who needs Christmas? Seriously, who needs it? Well, as it turns out, maybe we all do. In this series, we’ll discover just how important the Christmas story really is—for all of us.
SCRIPTURE “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing” (Genesis
“And all peoples . . . ” (Genesis 12:3b).
“I will make you a light to the Gentiles” (Isaiah 49:6b NLT).
“My name will be great among the nations, from where the
sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure
offerings will be brought to me” (Malachi 1:11a NIV).
“But when the set time had fully come . . .” (Galatians 4:4 NIV).
BOTTOM LINE The entire world needs Christmas.
SUMMARY The Christmas story is full of remarkable moments. But did you know that the Christmas story really kicked off about 2,000 years before the birth of Jesus? This week, we’ll take a look at what happened in those years—the promises, trials, and victories—that all pointed to one thing: The world needed Christmas.
SCRIPTURE “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son,
born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those
under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship”
(Galatians 4:4-5 NIV).
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we
were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NIV).
“You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that
a murderer be released to you” (Acts 3:14 NIV).
“You killed the author of life” (Acts 3:15a NIV).
“Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as
your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy
Spirit” (Matthew 1:20b NIV).
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the
name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins”
(Matthew 1:21 NIV).
BOTTOM LINE God needed Christmas to demonstrate His love.
SUMMARY We all tend to think of Christmas as a holiday that’s about God, but not really for God. After all, Christmas is really for us, right? The truth is, the first Christmas wasn’t just for people—it was for God as well. This week, we’ll discover that not only did the world need Christmas to understand God’s love, but God needed it, too.
SCRIPTURE “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him
the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their
sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21 NIV).
“Then neither do I condemn you” (John 8:11b NIV).
“Go now and leave your life of sin” (John 8:11c NIV).
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”
(John 10:10b NIV).
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body . . .
(Romans 6:12a NIV).
BOTTOM LINE Christmas is for people who need freedom.
SUMMARY Have you ever felt like something had total and complete control over your life? Believe it or not, that’s what sin can do. It can have incredible power over you, and before the birth of Jesus, it seemed nearly impossible to escape. But Christmas changed that. This week, we’ll see that we all need Christmas to be set free.
Hello My Name Is: Series Overview
Who are you, really? The answer may be simpler than you think. In this series, we’ll discover that when we look to God for the answer, we can live confidently knowing our identity is found in Him.
SCRIPTURE See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his
children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong
to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children
because they don’t know him (1 John 3:1 NLT).
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah
BOTTOM LINE What God says about you is the most important thing about you.
SUMMARY Who are you, really? It’s an important question because who youthink you are can decide a lot about your life. This week we’ll discover that when it comes to really understanding who we are, the most important voice we can listen to is God’s.
SCRIPTURE Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves (Proverbs 11:17 NIV).
But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as
these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from
your lips (Colossians 3:8 NIV).
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things
(Colossians 3:2 NIV).
BOTTOM LINE Be kind to yourself.
SUMMARY Have you ever thought about the way you talk to yourself? Most of us say negative things to ourselves that we would never say to other people. And soon enough, those negative messages become a part of who we are. This week we’ll see that one of the best things we can do to better our lives is show ourselves a little kindness.
SCRIPTURE For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the
Lord. Live as children of light (Ephesians 5:8 NIV).
Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise
(Ephesians 5:15 NIV).
BOTTOM LINE It takes courage to live in the light.
SUMMARY When it comes to figuring out who we are and who we want to be, it can be tough to know exactly where to aim. But Paul gives us the best target to shoot for—Jesus. As we read his words of wisdom this week, we’ll get a glimpse of the kind of person Jesus helps us become—the kind of people who live in the light.
Stuck: Series Overview
In this series, we’ll discover that God’s heart is for us to live free from the things that keep us stuck. We’ll see that God has the power to get us unstuck and move us forward in the story He’s writing for our lives.
SCRIPTURE Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the
word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” Barnabas
wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul
did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted
them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the
work. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted
company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but
Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the
grace of the Lord (Acts 15:36-40 NIV).
Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you,
because he is helpful to me in my ministry (2 Timothy 4:11
NIV, emphasis added).
BOTTOM LINE You’re not as stuck as you think you are.
SUMMARY Have you ever felt stuck in a relationship? Whether it’s with a friend, teammate, boyfriend, or girlfriend, it’s hard to find a way to change a relationship when we feel stuck. As we look at the friendship between Paul and Barnabas in the Bible. We’ll learn what we can do in a relationship when we feel stuck.
SCRIPTURE There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time
to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to
search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to
throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be
silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV).
BOTTOM LINE This isn’t as forever as it feels
SUMMARY Sometimes feelings seem like they’ll last forever. When we’re stressed out, upset, angry, or sad, it’s hard to believe we’ll ever be able to feel differently. This week Solomon—the wisest guy who ever lived—reminds us that with God’s help, we have the power to get our minds and emotions unstuck.
SCRIPTURE Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of
life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let
the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes (Ephesians
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of
love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).
BOTTOM LINE Ask God to change your mind in the moment.
SUMMARY A bad habit or negative pattern of behavior can impact your life in ways you might not even realize. But how do we break free from the habits we’re stuck in? This week we’ll discover that changing our behavior and breaking bad habits starts by asking God to change our minds.
Best Seller: Series Overview
When it comes to the Bible, do you ever wonder what all the fuss is about? In this series, we’ll unpack what the big deal is as we discover that the Bible can be a useful and powerful tool that impacts our lives today.
Best Seller: Week One September 24 Discussion Questions
SCRIPTURE Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed
down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses
and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself
have carefully investigated everything from the beginning,
I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most
excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of
the things you have been taught (Luke 1:1-4 NIV).
BOTTOM LINE Context makes things clearer.
SUMMARY The Bible is the number one bestseller of all-time, but the idea of reading it isn’t always that appealing. Maybe that’s because for a lot of us, we’re just not sure that what’s written in the pages is all actually true. This week, we’ll take a look at a few reasons we can trust that the Bible is not only true, but also something we can read and understand with clarity as well.
SCRIPTURE Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path (Psalm 119:105 NIV).
BOTTOM LINE The Bible brings things to light.
SUMMARY If you’ve ever found yourself stumbling around in a dark room looking for a light, then you know what life without the help of the Bible looks like. Instead of waiting until the dark moments to turn to it, God wants us to see the Bible as a tool that can help you light up your whole path. This week, we’ll look at a few simple steps you can take to begin using the Bible to light your way.
SCRIPTURE I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:11 NIV).
“In your anger do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26a NIV).
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your
requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends
all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in
Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV).
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you
will be counted among the wise (Proverbs 19:20 NIV).
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews
BOTTOM LINE Memorizing Scripture makes you stronger
SUMMARY For most of us, the idea of memorizing the Bible feels more like a chore or obligation than anything else. But the Bible actually has a lot of important, powerful things to say to help us handle life a little better. As we look back at Psalm 119 this week, we’ll see that when we capture God’s Word not only in our minds but in our hearts as well, we’ll be stronger because of it.
Reality Show: Series Overview
In this series, we’ll talk about the issues that make our families feel like a reality show. As we look at one of the Bible’s most famously fractured families, we’ll see how God can use every family for His good—even ours.
Reality Show: Week One September 10 Discussion Questions
SCRIPTURE It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau (Hebrews 11:20 NLT).
“Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to
eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die” (Genesis
Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “But my brother Esau is a
hairy man while I have smooth skin. What if my father touches
me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down
a curse on myself rather than a blessing.” His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go
and get them for me” (Genesis 27:11-13 NIV).
BOTTOM LINE God can use a fractured family.
SUMMARY While we’d all like to picture our families like the ones in sweet, wholesome TV shows, the truth is, most of our families are more likely to be the stars of a reality show! And sometimes we think the dysfunction might disqualify our families from being used by God. But God doesn’t think so. In fact, just as He used one of the most dysfunctional families in the Bible, God can use any fractured family . . . even ours.
Reality Show: Week 2 September 17 Discussion Questions
SCRIPTURE You used to walk in these ways, in the life
you once lived. But now you must also
rid yourselves of all such things as these:
anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy
language from your lips. Do not lie to each
other, since you have taken off your old self
with its practices and have put on the new
self, which is being renewed in knowledge
in the image of its Creator (Colossians
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy
and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with
compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness
and patience. Bear with each other and
forgive one another if any of you has a
grievance against someone. Forgive as
the Lord forgave you. And over all these
virtues put on love, which binds them
all together in perfect unity (Colossians
BOTTOM LINE Focus on fixing you.
SUMMARY Every family has a climate—a mood you can feel almost right when you walk in the door. Have you ever stopped to consider how you might be contributing to it? While we don’t always have the power to change the climate in our homes, we do have the power to change what we bring to them. As Paul shows us this week, it all starts by focusing first on fixing ourselves.
Reality Show: Week 3 September 24 Discussion Questions
SCRIPTURE As he [Jacob] approached his brother, he
bowed to the ground seven times before
him. Then Esau ran to meet him and
embraced him, threw his arms around his
neck, and kissed him. And they both wept
(Genesis 33:3b-4 NLT).
BOTTOM LINE Family is forever.
SUMMARY Sometimes we tend to see our families as temporary—something we can’t wait to escape when we graduate. But no matter how far you go or how much time goes by, you can’t change the fact that ultimately, family is forever. As we look back at the story of Jacob and Esau, we’ll see that when we begin to embrace our families as forever, we can choose to be the ones who impact the future of our families for good.
Measure Up: Series Overview
We all feel the need to compare ourselves to others, but when we do, we somehow never seem to measure up. In this series, we’ll see that we can be free from the trap of comparison when we look to God to find our worth.
Measure Up: Week One August 6 Discussion Questions
SCRIPTURE And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves. Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. Again I saw something meaningless under the sun: There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless—a miserable business! (Ecclesiastes 4:4-8 NIV).
BOTTOM LINE Trying to measure up only brings us down.
SUMMARY Whether we’d like to admit it or not, we all have a tendency to base some of our worth and value on one thing: how we measure up to the people around us. In other words, we compare ourselves to others. This week we’re taking a look at what Solomon has to say about comparison and what we can do to stop trying to measure up and start finding peace.
Measure Up: Week Two August 13 Discussion Questions
SCRIPTURE But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:4-6 NIV).
BOTTOM LINE Take your cue about you from the One who made you.
SUMMARY We all have a mirror—something or someone we look to that tells us if we measure up. But what happens when our mirrors leave us feeling like we’re not okay? This week we’ll discover that when we look to Jesus, we’ll always measure up.
Measuring Up: Week Three August 20 Discussion Questions
SCRIPTURE “Again, [the kingdom of heaven] will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’” (Matthew
BOTTOM LINE What you have matters less than what you do with it.
SUMMARY Sometimes we get so caught up thinking about what we don’t have that we lose sight of what we have right in front of us. This week, as we walk through a parable Jesus shared with His followers, we’ll learn that what we have isn’t nearly as important as how we use what we have.
Other Resources Available at TSC:
I. DEPRESSION, EATING DISORDERS, CONFIDENCE
Starved: Mercy for Eating Disorders by Nancy Alcorn
SUMMARY: The seemingly insignificant desire to lose a few pounds can quickly become a powerful, addictive eating disorder. Maybe you’ve already tried to escape but failed. Or maybe you’re just now willing to admit that you have an eating disorder. Is there any hope for breaking free?
Author Nancy Alcorn says yes, you can find hope and freedom if you apply the principles in this book. Nancy combines deep compassion with practical knowledge, insight and guidance from God’s Word. The lives of more than two thousand young women who have experienced the life-changing program of Mercy Ministries, which Nancy founded, are proof that these principles work.
Starved will help you learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder, understand how and why eating disorders develop, and know how to break free and stay free. Read the stories of girls just like you, who once had no hope but now live with joy and freedom. There is mercy for eating disorders!
Violated: Mercy for Sexual Abuse by Nancy Alcorn
SUMMARY: If your life is out of control and you feel hopeless, you haven’t read this book yet.
You know there are “good” secrets and “bad” secrets. You’ve kept yours for far too long. Your life is consumed with shame, guilt and fear. You keep people at arm’s length, never allowing anyone to get too close, afraid they’ll find out you’ve been sexually abused. Is there any hope for breaking free?
Author Nancy Alcorn says, yes, you can find hope and freedom if you apply the principles in this book. Nancy combines deep compassion with practical knowledge, insight and guidance from God’s Word. The lives of thousands of young women who have experienced the life-changing program of Mercy Ministries, which Nancy founded, are proof that these principles work.
Violated will help you reach beyond your pain so you can expose the truth about your past, find healing and through God’s Word, understand your true value in Christ. You can move beyond simply surviving your circumstances to experiencing the incredible life God has for you. Read the stories of girls just like you, who once had no hope but now live with joy and freedom. A chapter full of guidance and encouragement for parents and others who care is also included. There is mercy for sexual abuse!
Trapped: Mercy for Addictions by Nancy Alcorn
SUMMARY: If your life is out of control and you feel hopeless, you haven’t read this book yet.
You thought, just one time won’t hurt. But now, what once seemed innocent and harmless is consuming your life. You need it to get through each day. You feel hopeless and see no way out. Is there any hope for breaking free?
Author Nancy Alcorn says yes, you can find hope and freedom if you apply the principles in this book. Nancy combines deep compassion with practical knowledge, insight and guidance from God’s Word. The lives of thousands of young women who have experienced the life-changing program of Mercy Ministries, which Nancy founded, are proof that these principles work.
Trapped will help you recognize the signs and symptoms of an addiction, identify the root issues behind the behavior and learn how to break free and stay free. Read the stories of girls just like you, who once had no hope but now live with joy and freedom. A chapter full of guidance and encouragement for parents and others who care is also included. There is freedom and mercy for addictions!
Stomping Out the Darkness by Neil T. Anderon and David Park
SUMMARY: No matter what you see when you look in the mirror, God sees something better. That's because God sees you as the person you can become. Discover how to break free of negative thoughts and discover the joy of being a child of God.
Loving Your Body: Embracing Your True Beauty in Christ by Dr. Deborah Newman
SUMMARY: A recent Focus on the Family poll of women indicated that one of the primary reasons for low self-esteem is a negative body image. Using stories of women who have struggled with a negative body image, explanations backed with research and statistics, and scriptural evidence, the author helps readers understand that they are wonderfully and beautifully made in God's image. Includes study questions for individuals and small groups.
Me, Myself, and Lies by Jennifer Rothschild
SUMMARY: Me, Myself, and Lies: A Thought Closet Makeover - Leader Kit by Jennifer Rothschild helps a leader facilitate this video-driven women's Bible study that encourages them to clean out the junk in their minds and replace hidden negative thoughts with positive truths from God's word.
Words are powerful. Especially the words women speak to themselves. All too often, what they say to themselves when they lie in bed at night or look in the mirror in the morning is not even close to the words God wants them to speak to their souls. According to Rothschild, what we think about often has a ripple effect on nearly every area of our lives. (7 sessions).
SEED - Pack 1 by Priscilla Shirer
SUMMARY: SEED - Pack 1 is a DVD Leader Kit by Priscilla Shirer in a 6-part series of short videos that includes thought-provoking, modern-day parables with weekly Bible study guides. SEED Pack 1 is designed to facilitate three separate small group experiences. Watch the videos included, use the discussion guides together with your group, and go deeper with further study in the Member Book during the week. The homework in the member book is designed around Priscilla's 5 Ps teaching method, helping those who participate to dig deeper into Scripture. Purchase individually or in packets of three with accompanying Member Book that provides 3 weeks of study and corresponds with the DVDs. Homework is in weekly format, not daily. (3 sessions).
Partners in Prayer by John C. Maxwell
SUMMARY: Prayer is the bridge that allows pastors and lay people to partner together effectively in ministry. Author John Maxwell knows this to be true because a prayer-partner ministry changed his church and empowered his ministry. Writing in a warm, anecdotal style with lots of practical hands-on help, Maxwell describes how this method of support has been proven time and again in churches of all sizes. Empower your laity for ministry involvement with this complete plan for creating a prayer partner program in your church.
Let Us Pray by Watchman Nee
SUMMARY: What is prayer? Are we really praying when we pray? Do we know the power of prayer? These matters and others must be understood if we would have a real prayer life and be effective in prayer. In this little volume of collected messages given over a long period of ministry by the author, and which are now translated and published in English for the first time, Watchman Nee shares with us the lessons on prayer that he has learned through the years. He considers prayer to be a mystery, though not something that is incomprehensible. He views prayer as the greatest work to which men are called. It is a working together with God. Through it, God's purpose is accomplished and Satan's intentions are broken. And its benefit to the one who prays is something great as well. Let us therefore follow the admonition of our blessed Lord, who said: "Rise and pray" (Luke 22.46).
God's Plan for Your Life: Overcoming Grief by Family Christian Store
SUMMARY: 30 devotionals based on Biblical principles to guide you in your Journey through grief. God has a Plan to heal your heart, the bible promises that God can do anything...even mend a broken heart. This book offers time-tested, biblically-based solutions for the emotional pains that only God can heal.
IV. QUESTIONING FAITH, LIFE, MEANING, ETC.
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
SUMMARY: This book has transformed millions of lives. Are you ready for a change? On your journey you’ll find the answers to three of life’s most important questions: The Question of Existence: Why am I alive?, The Question of Significance: Does my life matter?, The Question of Purpose: What on earth am I here for?
Living out the purpose you were created for moves you beyond mere survival and success to a life of significance—the life you were meant to live.
Missing Pieces by Jennifer Rothschild
SUMMARY: Does God care? Is He fair? Is He even there? Although you may know all the right answers, they don't always feel right. Explore these and other questions in this realistic look at the messy, mysterious uncertainties of faith. God's ways don't always make sense, but He is trustworthy. Come close to Him. Trust Him more than your feelings. God will reveal Himself and fill in your missing pieces.
What Love Is by Kelly Minter
SUMMARY: The letters of 1, 2 & 3 John were written to encourage followers of Jesus to remain faithful to the truth. Believers are challenged to look at contrasting themes such as walking in the light instead of darkness, truth versus lies and deception, loving God more than loving the world, and the meaning of true fellowship and community rather than shallowness. This 7 session study reveals not only the heart of John but also the heart of Jesus. A great addition to The Living Room Series that includes recipes and a relational approach. Contains DVDs and Member Book with leader helps.
Ruth: Loss, Love, & Legacy by Kelly Minter
SUMMARY: Ruth is a women's Bible study of Ruth's journey of unbearable loss, redeeming love, and divine legacy. The second in the Living Room Series, this 6-week study delves into the virtuous character of Ruth, her unique relationship with her mother-in-law Naomi, and her blossoming love with Boaz. If you've ever felt devastated, struggled as a stranger, longed to be loved, or wept along the way, you'll find a loyal sister in Ruth. This study includes stories, recipes, a leader guide, interactive Web site extras, and free bonus videos.
Nehemiah by Kelly Minter
SUMMARY: The Nehemiah DVD Leader Kit includes 1 Study Member book and 2 DVDsfeaturing 7 group sessions averaging 20 minutes in length and including short interviews with people who are living out what God has put in their hearts to do. You won’t want to miss this component of the study.
In this 7 session Bible study for women, Nehemiah’s heart for the oppressed, suffering and poor is a beacon whose light shines on the current call of the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Nehemiah had to have a heart that could break so he could restore a wall that was broken. In addition, this study addresses teamwork, integrity, generosity, truth in culture, God’s compassion, and much more.
Like Kelly’s other studies in the Living Room Series, you’ll find authentic Bible teaching, recipes, and a relational approach. Nehemiah also includes 7 video sessions and compelling interviews that will help you put feet to your faith. Discover what God has put in your heart to do through the study of His Word, and let God break your heart for the lost and hurting, because a breaking heart is often what God uses to restore the broken.
Loving Well by Beth Moore
SUMMARY: Loving Well Retreat in a Box by Beth Moore features four heart-to-heart messages designed to help women embrace the biblical mandate to love and to develop skills for loving others. Great for a weekend retreat or anytime you need a four-session women's Bible study. These DVD-based messages include bonus footage featuring fun, laugh-out-loud retreat ideas for skits and games from Beth and Living Proof Live worship leader Travis Cottrell.
Taped at a Living Proof Live event, Beth discusses how some people are a joy to love, some are difficult to love, and how we all deal with some people who are humanly impossible to love. In all of those relationships one truth endures: We will never be able to love others well until we have been loved well. And only God can ultimately give us the complete love we so desperately need.
All Things New by Kelly Minter
SUMMARY: The city of ancient Corinth was much like our own modern-day cities: a melting pot of electrifying cultural experiences to be had, along with the myriad pitfalls of spiritual depravity. Still, Paul wrote to the church of God in Corinth. Meaning God’s church is meant to thrive in any city and every circumstance in which we find ourselves. Paul’s letter is as timely as ever.
In “All Things New: A Study of 2 Corinthians,” Kelly Minter will lead you through the Letter of 2 Corinthians over 8 sessions, exploring the anchoring truths of bearing treasures in jars of clay, meeting Christ through a pressing thorn, opening wide your heart in the midst of hurtful relationships, and what it means to embrace the lost and lonely as ministers of the new covenant. Each of us has a message to proclaim and live by: Because of Jesus the old has gone, the new has come.
Stepping Up by Beth Moore
SUMMARY: Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent - Leader Kit by Beth Moore, helps a leader facilitate this women's Bible study of Psalms 120-134 and contains all that is needed to conduct the 6 weeks of small group time. Traveling pilgrims sang these psalms both on the way to the great festivals of the LORD and as key elements of the worship at those festivals. Just as a song or poem can express feelings of fear, doubt, hope, and joy, these 15 psalms model how we can voice our own petitions and praises to our God, who is always available and ready to hear us.
Explore the major feasts of Israel and journey with Beth through this 7-session study. Themes of unity, joy, gratitude, redemption, repentance, the power of blessings, facing ridicule, and more are explored in detail. Modern-day believers in Jesus Christ can learn much from these treasured Psalms in their journey toward greater intimacy with God.
Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength by Priscilla Shirer
SUMMARY: Gideon: Your weakness. God’s strength. is a 7 session women's Bible study by Priscilla Shirer. When we hear the name Gideon, most of us think about his 300 soldiers or the fleece he laid out under the evening sky. But Gideon’s story is so much bigger than that—bigger than any one man and his mark on Israel’s history. Like everything else in the Bible, this is a story about God and His people. His love for them, as well as His strength operating in spite of their weakness—even through their weakness. And because God’s people includes you and me, Gideon’s story is also about us—our lives, our doubts, our struggles, and our possibilities as believers. From a state of fear, weakness, and insecurity, Gideon emerged as Israel's hero, filled with God's presence and His passion for deliverance. This study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life. In what ways do you feel insufficient? Those places create the greatest opportunity to experience the sufficiency of God. Instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, see them as the gifts that they are, given specifically and strategically by God to unlock the door of God’s strength.
Jonah: Navigating a Life interrupted by Priscilla Shirer
SUMMARY: Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted – DVD Leader Kit helps a leader facilitate this women’s Bible study experience and contains all that is needed to conduct the small group time. What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! In this 7-session Bible study, Priscilla redefines interruption and shows that interruption is actually God’s invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city.
SEED – Pack 2 by Priscilla Shirer
SUMMARY: SEED - Pack 2 is a DVD Leader Kit by Priscilla Shirer in a 6-part series of short videos that includes thought-provoking, modern-day parables with weekly Bible study guides. SEED Pack 2 is designed to facilitate three separate small group experiences. Watch the videos included, use the discussion guides together with your group, and go deeper with further study in the Member Book during the week. The homework in the member book is designed around Priscilla's 5 Ps teaching method, helping those who participate to dig deeper into Scripture. Purchase individually or in packets of three with accompanying Member Book that provides 3 weeks of study and corresponds with the DVDs. Homework is in weekly format, not daily. (3 sessions)
VII. BECOMING NEW
Rebuild- A Study in Nehemiah by Kathleen Nielson
SUMMARY: Rebuild: A Study in Nehemiahtakes us into a compelling story! The Book of Nehemiah tells of God's people returned from exile and rebuilding the broken-down city of Jerusalem. More than that, it tells of God's people being rebuilt according to His Word. As we watch the leader Nehemiah direct the rebuilding, we're watching the Lord God direct history according to His promises–all of which were fulfilled in the promised Christ who came from this people's seed. This study of Nehemiah helps us understand our history as believers in Jesus Christ. It helps us learn to walk in faith according to God's Word, even in times of weakness and rebuilding. Eight lessons draw us into the text, giving background and asking questions that lead us to make fruitful and personal observations.
A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place by Beth Moore
SUMMARY: Perhaps no Old Testament event so dramatically illustrates God's persistent desire to relate to His children as the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness. Through the tabernacle God initiated a deeper relationship with His Chosen People by bringing reconciliation and revealing His glory. And certainly, no Old Testament event so richly prefigures the coming of the true Tabernacle, Jesus Christ. In this 10-week in-depth Bible study you will be challenged to prepare your heart, like the holy of holies, to become a home for His love and glory — a dwelling place for the Most High God.
Beloved Disciple by Beth Moore
SUMMARY: A Note from Beth Moore
"Every disciple and early follower of Christ left a legacy for future believers. John's legacy was love. Perhaps like no other disciple, John understood that relationship is the point. Every command of Christ and call to obedience is to enhance relationship and place the recipient in a posture the Giver can bless. This study is about finding our way to the heart of Jesus and reclining so closely that our pulse begins to throb in tandem, loving what He loves and hating what He hates."
Explore with Beth, the life of the apostle John who must have thought that he had seen everything. Having been with Jesus all the years of His ministry, John witnessed more miracles than he could count, saw more displays of power than he could comprehend, and experienced more love than he could fathom. John was there when Jesus turned the water to wine, offered Living Water to the woman at the well, yielded to His Father's will in the garden of Gethsemane, and gave His life on a Roman cross. And one unforgettable morning young John outran Peter to his Savior's empty tomb.
Yet God had more in store for the Son of Thunder. As the other disciples were martyred one by one, John remained to write his sublime Gospel proclaiming Jesus' identity as the eternal Word of God. In his three letters John left a legacy of divine love to ignite the passion of future believers. And while exiled on Patmos, John recorded His risen Lord's glorious revelation of victory and hope.
David: Seeking a Heart Like His by Beth Moore
SUMMARY: David: Seeking a Heart Like His - DVD Leader Kit by Beth Moore helps a leader facilitate this compelling women's Bible study of David, and contains all that is needed to conduct the 11 weeks of small group time.
God will never give up on you. Explore how David's life proves this promise to be true in this updated edition of the best selling A Heart Like His: Seeking the Heart of God Through a Study of David. In this examination of the “man after God's own heart,” David will delight and disappoint you. You'll want to be just like him at times and nothing like him at others. If you've ever experienced doubts, temptations, losses, family problems, or personal inconsistencies, this study is for you!
First released in 1996, this updated Bible study features all new video sessions and updated Member Book content to speak to today’s women. While other Bible studies about King David exist in the market place, Beth Moore has a unique way of bringing the truth of Scripture to life. Regardless of the topic, you will not want to miss this updated study about seeking a heart like David! Contains subtitles for the hearing impaired.
IX. STRONG WOMEN
Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman by Beth Moore
SUMMARY: Esther: It's Tough Being a Woman - Leader Kit by Beth Moore helps a leader facilitate this women's Bible study experience and contains all that is needed to conduct the 9 weeks of small group time. Join Beth in a very personal examination of the Old Testament story of Esther as she peels back the layers of history and shows how very contemporary and applicable the story is to our lives today. If you've ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the Bible study for you. Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther's day, it's tough today. This portion of God's Word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried, and pressured lives.
X. STRONG HOLDS
Breaking Free by Beth Moore
SUMMARY: Beth considers Breaking Freeher life message. This in-depth Bible study leads you through Isaiah 61:1-4 to discover the transforming power of Christian freedom by drawing parallels between the captive Israelites and the spiritual strongholds in our lives. First released in 1999, this updated edition includes 11 new video teaching messages, along with updated Bible study content and testimonies from women like you who have found freedom from their personal captivity. No matter what life stage you're in or struggles you're going through, if where you are isn't where you want to be, don't stay there. Break free.
Here, Now, and Then by Beth Moore
SUMMARY: Here and Now...There and Then by Beth Moore is a lecture series on the book of Revelation. Beth presents many points of view, allowing women to decide for themselves when the interpretation varies among scholars. She teaches that God is as specific about what He does reveal as He is about what He does not reveal. Each of the 11 sessions is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. The set includes 11 DVDs and one listening guide with light homework.
XII. GOD'S GIFTS
Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit by Beth Moore
SUMMARY: Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit - Leader Kit by Beth Moore helps a leader facilitate this women's Bible study experience and contains all that is needed to conduct the 10 weeks of small group time. Join Beth in a study of the fruit of The Holy Spirit as presented in the book of Galatians. Beth walks participants through each trait listed in the fruit and encourages women to know the freedom of a Spirit-filled life. Through this study participants will look at the supernatural aspects of the fruit and that you cannot grow, learn, or produce the fruit on your own. Beth challenges you to develop the fruit by maintaining an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God. A Spirit-filled life truly results in living beyond yourself.
One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer
SUMMARY: Join Priscilla on an exploration of the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness in her newest Bible study, One in a Million. Priscilla encourages participants to fully engage in the abundant life God has waiting for those who will allow Him to take the lead in daily living. One in a Million is an opportunity for you to experience your deliverance from strongholds, to conquer your wilderness living, and to claim your God-given inheritance.
XIII. WISDOM, LISTENING TO GOD, FAITH
Sacred Secrets by Beth Moore
SUMMARY: The world is obsessed with telling secrets for the sake of sensationalism. But not all hidden things are poisonous and dark. Sacred Secrets is the new 6-session study from Beth Moore that explores secrets: some forgiven, some covered, and some just between you and God. Join Beth to find out what happens when we let God teach us "wisdom in the secret heart" (Psalm 51:6, ESV). Small Group Kit includes 2 DVDs of interactive teaching and 5 Study Journals. Can be used for a 5- or 6-week study or a weekend retreat or conference.
He Speaks to Me: Preparing to Hear from God by Priscilla Shirer
SUMMARY: He Speaks to Me: Preparing to Hear from God - Leader Kitby Priscilla Shirer helps a leader facilitate this women's Bible study experience and contains all that is needed to conduct the seven small-group sessions. A common question of many Christians is, "How can I know when God is speaking to me?" Priscilla uses the account of God speaking to Samuel in 1 Samuel 3 to show how God speaks to Christians and how we can discern His voice and position ourselves to respond. In this exciting adventure, participants will discover how God spoke to Samuel, Samuel's response, and how He speaks to believers today; they will be encouraged to listen and respond to God's voice; and by listening to God's voice and obeying Him, women will experience spiritual growth, Christian discipline, and the desire to serve. (7 sessions)
Can We Talk? by Priscilla Shirer
SUMMARY: Can We Talk? Soul-stirring Conversations with God - Leader Kit by Priscilla Shirer helps a leader facilitate this women's Bible study experience that delivers familiar spiritual disciplines through a fresh, new method of teaching. The Member Book includes an introduction, followed by 6 weeks of study, 5 days a week. As women respond to a variety of biblical passages, prompted by thought-provoking questions, they'll develop a Christ-focused view on important issues and experience a closer walk with their Creator. (7 sessions)
Resilient Faith by Mary Jo Sharp
SUMMARY: For so many Christians in the American culture, faith is an easy thing. They go to church, they read the Bible, and they love Jesus. But what happens when their comfortable world is turned upside down? For too many people, their faith is shaken. Faith in Christ can-and should-be constant, because Christ, the One in whom we place our faith, is constant. We all face-or will face-difficult times when we need to stand firm in our Christ-centered faith. The Book of 1 Peter offers the needed understanding of what a resilient faith looks like and how we can stand strong regardless of what comes at us. Ideal for small groups.
Fingerprints of God by Jennifer Rothschild
SUMMARY: Fingerprints of God: Recognizing God's Touch On Your Life - Leader Kit by Jennifer Rothschild helps a leader facilitate this women's Bible study experience and contains all that is needed to conduct the 7 sessions of small group time. This interactive Bible study for women exposes the wonder of God's touch upon our lives. Participants will discover that when they experience God's touch, they will recognize six things: honor, intimacy, shelter, guidance, redemption, and refinement. And just like clay in the skilled hands of a potter, God's touch molds us and shapes us from glory to glory. Encouraging, practical, engaging, and challenging, this study communicates Jennifer's personal experience in receiving and giving the touch of God.
Why Do You Believe That? by Mary Jo Sharp
SUMMARY: How confident do you feel in talking about matters of faith? Do you wish you could express your beliefs with more effectiveness? Join Mary Jo in a practical seven-session study and gain understanding and skill to share Jesus effectively with others, and you'll better understand your own faith. Answer your doubts, build your confidence, and start changing lives.
Breathe by Priscilla Shirer
SUMMARY: One of the greatest challenges amount women in our culture is taking time to cease from all the activities and just breathe. We are in bondage to busyness. We constantly strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us. By neglecting time for tranquility, serenity, and repose, we limit our Christlikeness and miss out on some of God's greatest gifts. In the Old Testament, Sabbath was given to the Israelites as a gift, and it is still a gift to us today. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted, then the concept of Sabbath will change your life.
XIV. SACRIFICE, SERVANTHOOD
To Live is Christ by Beth Moore
SUMMARY: More than any other person, Paul provides us an example of sold-out servanthood. He understood what it means to die daily, crucified with Jesus Christ. As a result, Paul shows us how to live fully as a bond servant to Christ. As you study the Book of Acts and the Letters of Paul, you will come to know the characters personally. Most of all you will feel the challenge to follow Paul's example just as he followed the example of Christ.
When Godly People do Ungodly Things by Beth Moore
SUMMARY: When Godly People Do Ungodly Things: Arming Yourself in the Age of Seduction - Leader Kit by Beth Moore helps a leader facilitate this women's Bible study experience and contains all that is needed to conduct the 6 weeks of small group time. In this biblical guide to authentic repentance and restoration, Beth examines why devoted followers of Jesus Christ can fall into the traps of Satan.
Christians are still subject to Satan's attacks. He is determined to disrupt the lives of believers, destroy their ministry, and steal their joy. Sadly, those who have "fallen" may not recognize the devil's schemes until they have already been caught in a snare of defeat. This six-week Bible study is written in three parts. The first part is a warning to believers, while the second part shows women how to prepare for attacks by the Enemy. The third part is directed to those who have been snared by seduction, and compassionately points the way back to God.