Life Group Resources

 
Do you know what it is like to laugh, sweat, pray, cry, and dream? Life is intended to be lived together, and Life Groups help form that pattern in our community.

Art & Faith

Art & Faith is a commentary on the crisis of imagination happening in the modern church. Increasingly, artistic and religious expressions are viewed as different--and somewhat conflicting--realities. But author Jon Bowles throws light on the worlds of faith and art, revealing the ways the two are not dichotic but instead necessarily related. This is a story about how art has shaped the imagination of one church toward the kingdom.
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Community: Starting Well in Your Small Group

Community. It's a word we often hear, but what does it really mean? And why is it so important to your spiritual life? Because you can’t grow spiritually unless you’re connected relationally. In this 8-session, video-based study, specifically designed for launching new small groups well, you’ll explore how building deep relationships with the people in your small group and serving in the larger community around you will grow your faith.

Connecting in Christ Together

Fellowship. The word gets used a lot in church. But too often our understanding and practice of fellowship are shallow and stripped of the life-giving, life-transforming power God intended community to have. Jesus lived out and taught a deeper, more radical kind of fellowship―a way of interacting that makes others sit up and take notice. These six sessions will show you Jesus’ way of loving others “as I have loved you.”
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Cycle of Victorious Living

For a new generation...a new take on an ageless truth. Dr. Earl Lee addressed these peace-stealers many years ago in his classic Cycle of Victorious Living, which has sold more than 100,000 copies. The cycle he identified continues to motivate, reassure, and inspire today. Scott Daniels, now pastor of the same church Dr. Lee led long ago, uncovers once again these truths from Psalm 37 and shares them in a new voice for today’s reader. The abundant life you hear so much about is actually closer than you might think.
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The Despised

The people whose stories are told here are all despised by someone or another. But another thing they all have in common is the opportunity for redemption. Some accept this redemption, some never do and in some instances, we are left to wonder.
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dot.comDating

A third of America’s singles are dating online. Millions of singles find the love of their life through a dating site. So what about you? Do you fear megapixels and modems will take the romance out of finding love? Are you put off by a stigma that no longer exists? Or maybe, with more than 1,000 online dating sites to choose from, you’re wondering who is truly safe and trusted.
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Economy of Love

America thrives on a simple message-that what we currently have is not enough. Not big enough, not nice enough, not fast or hip enough. The American dream is based on wanting more. Economy of Love will challenge individuals to join in community, journeying together as they begin to consider a new standard of living-a personal economic threshold oriented not around the size of a monthly paycheck, but around the value of enough
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Elephants in the Church

There are certain subjects that many people choose to ignore, or at the very least, refuse to talk about. This 7-week study examines topics often avoided, especially by those inside the Church.
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Everyday Christian

As a Christian you must reflect the image of Christ each day--not just at church or when you are among other believers. Everyday Christian: Living Like Christ Seven Days a Week enables you to understand what it means to be a Christian outside the walls of the church.
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Connecting in Jesus

This series gives you the chance to introduce your students to the godly, human, shocking, saving person of Jesus. Each book includes all the Scripture for a given lesson, the student-friendly commentary, and individual questions and experiences to deepen and strengthen a small group.
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Faith Among Friends

The purpose of this study is to help people understand the importance of sharing their faith in today's world. The aim of this book is to enable people to realize that sharing their faith in both word and action is important. But beyond that, it will help people within the local church look at the way they, as the community of faith, reach out to their world with good news of the gospel.
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Financial Fitness

In the midst of one of the most challenging and unusual economic climates we have ever experienced, Pastor Rick looks at the biblical laws of money management in this new series. If you're upside down on your mortgage, deeply in debt, struggling to make ends meet, or just concerned with managing your money well, this is a series you won't want to miss.
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Grace-Full Leadership

God has redefined the world of management for the Christian leader through scripture. Christ presents the paradox of being a leader and a servant at the same time. In Grace-Full Leadership, Bowling explores the leadership qualities and practices that are distinct within the community of Christian leadership.
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The Good and Beautiful God

What does being Christlike really mean? Smith believes we need a pattern for transformation. He encourages us to re-examine what we think about God (our narratives), how we practice (the spiritual disciplines), and whom we interact with (our social context) to discover the life Jesus lived and grow in the knowledge of a good God.

The Kingdom Experiment

The Kingdom Experiment looks at each beatitude, encourages discussion in your small group, then gives you several exercises to try the next week. Go ahead, a non-traditional approach to understanding what Jesus meant could be just the ticket.
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Making the Climb

Making the Climb is a riveting first-person account of one man’s attempt to climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the life-changing lessons learned along the way.
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Mom Essentials

Whether we're new moms or grandmas, we all need some help navigating this lifelong journey of motherhood.

Get ready to discover how aligning your daily routine with Scripture doesn't just help you "get through" your busy days; it helps you fill those days with purpose and it helps you fulfill your purpose as a mother, a woman, and a follower of Christ.

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The Money Experiment

What would happen if, instead of focusing on how we budget our money, we changed the way we thought about money? By exploring the Biblical narrative, The Money Experiment will challenge readers to not only think, but live, differently--encouraging them to place their entire lives, including their money, inside God’s story and mission.
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The Mosaic Experiment

The Mosaic Experiment revisits some of the ancient practices that are still relevant to kingdom living in the 21st century-pilgrimage, scapegoats, cities of refuge, and a few others are a picture of what it looks like when old truths and current culture collide. Not your typical small group book, this 6-8 week journey will make you get down and dirty-Moses style.
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Perfectly Imperfect

How can someone be perfectly imperfect? Isn't that a contradiction?

The Bible is filled with stories of people with all kinds of flaws and imperfections. The astounding thing is what happens when God changes their lives.

Perfectly Imperfect is about people whose true-to-life stories are found in the Old Testament. They are like us in many ways--confused, tempted, and often afraid. They are flawed, real people, but then God enters their lives and everything changes.

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Public Jesus

Jesus lived a very public life. Overthrowing tables, eating with sinners and tax collectors, and exposing a Kingdom that was breaking in. Public Jesus helps expose people to the many opportunities that are all around them to reflect the love of Christ and uncover a religion that is neither private nor personal.
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Reclaiming Eve

Inferior. Second-best. Marginalized. Every daughter of Eve faces an identity crisis at some time in her life. And many wonder where they fit in on a regular basis. Authors Suzanne Burden, Carla Sunberg and Jamie Wright set out to discover what the Bible says about every woman's identity.
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Restoring the Family Altar

He wants to invade our space – occupy our living rooms and turn up the spiritual thermostat of our homes! God is longing to restore the place of prayer and worship in our families and give the Holy Spirit opportunity to change our lives forever!
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Sunday Asylum

In this 5-week series, Stanley Hauerwas invites us to join a conversation—evaluating our role in culture and in our current church environment. Sunday Asylum will not only help you explore what it looks to be citizens of the kingdom, but will encourage you to reassess your own beliefs and motives.
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The Tangible Kingdom

Written for those who are trying to nurture authentic faith communities and for those who have struggled to retain their faith, The Tangible Kingdom offers theological answers and real-life stories that demonstrate how the best ancient church practices can re-emerge in today's culture, through any church of any size.
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Thin Places

Our God moved into the neighborhood, seeking to invite us into His story of reconciliation, and commission us to missionally engage our neighborhoods with the good news of the kingdom. Joining the concepts of monasticism and mission, author Jon Huckins will walk you through six postures of missional formation: listening, submerging, inviting, contending, imagining, and entrusting.
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Transformed

In Transformed, author Caesar Kalinowski shows you that when you became a Christian everything about you changed in an instant. You received a new identity based on who Jesus is, not on who you were. As a believer, you literally become part of God's family of missionary servants. This is who you are--not what you do.
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What’s So Amazing About Grace?

Written for those who are trying to nurture authentic faith communities and for those who have struggled to retain their faith, The Tangible Kingdom offers theological answers and real-life stories that demonstrate how the best ancient church practices can re-emerge in today's culture, through any church of any size.

When God Takes Too Long

In When God Takes Too Long, Joseph Bentz examines the mysteries of God’s timing and shows Christians how to thrive in the midst of one of life’s greatest frustrations...waiting.
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The Women

The Bible was set in a Patriarchal time a time when women were considered second-class citizens. Despite the cultural stigmas surrounding them, the women mentioned in the Bible were portrayed as wise teachers, faithful followers, loving mothers, and strong leaders.
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Celebrate | An Advent Experience

There are many ways to celebrate this time of anticipation festivities, gifts, songs, food, time with friends and family, and traditions. There is one tradition of receiving a small gift each day through the use of the advent calendar. In this 4-week devotional for families, you will be encouraged to participate in this tradition with a twist. This advent season, Celebrate will challenge you to fill your Advent calendar with daily acts of mercy. Instead of celebrating by preparing to lavish resources where there is merely want, prepare by lavishing mercy where there is need.
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Christmas Gifts that Won’t Break | An Advent Study for Children

This study explores how the gifts of the Advent season have a permanence that speaks to generations of children past, present, and future. Everything you need to implement this study for children is self-contained in this single resource. No additional student books are required.
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Christmas Gifts that Won’t Break | An Advent Study for Youth

What are the Christmas gifts that won’t break? They are those gifts that cannot be lost, that never go out of style, and that are independent of the chances and changes of life. They are the gifts that have been graciously given by God.

Designed to be used in conjunction with the Adult and Children's versions in an all-church Advent study, this study will focus on four of those gifts that also coincide with the four outer candles of the traditional Advent wreath: Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace.

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The Five Love Languages

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge! How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?

In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide.

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The Five Love Languages | Military Edition

Marriage is hard enough for the everyday civilian. But imagine marriage when you’re separated by thousands of miles . . . when one of you daily faces the dangers of combat . . . while the other shoulders all the burden of homefront duties. Add to that unpredictable schedules, frequent moves, and the challenge of reintegration, and it’s no wonder military marriages are under stress.
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The Good Fight

Discover the secret to a genuinely happy marriage! Drawing on extensive research and their years as marriage counselors, Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott uncover common misbeliefs about marital conflict, showing couples how a good fight actually enriches a relationship, making it stronger. Filled with practical advice that couples can implement quickly and easily, The Good Fight helps husbands and wives build a relationship where harmony outweighs tension and peace finds a home.
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Love Talk

Love Talk is like no other communication book you’ve ever read. The fruit of years of research by two foremost relationship experts (who also happen to be husband and wife), this book forges a new path to the heart of loving conversation. You’ll begin by identifying your security need and determining your personal communication style. Then you’ll put together everything you discover to learn how the two of you can speak each other’s language like never before.
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Love Talk Starters

Love Talk starters is … just that! Questions for couples to use to spend getting to know each other better and to sharpen their communication skills.
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Right From the Start

Brand new from family counselors and popular conference speakers, Dr. David and Lisa Frisbie. Hugely readable, chock-full of questions and topics and ideas if you're dating, engaged, or considering marriage. Be aware: This book boldly goes where other pre-marriage books have not yet gone. This is an in-depth look at why marriages go bad --- and how you can keep your marriage from becoming yet another divorce statistic.

Hugely readable, constantly entertaining, and a real eye-opener in several places.

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Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

This is more than a book—it’s an experience, especially when you use the his/her workbooks filled with more than 40 fun exercises. Get ready for deeper intimacy with the best friend you’ll ever have.
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The Soul Mate Marriage

How do you take your marriage from good to great?

Can you start with a decent, above-average marriage and become "friends of the heart" --- two people who are closer, deeper, and wiser in their relationship?

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Trading Places

To understand your spouse you’ve got to walk in his or her shoes. Ever feel like you’re stepping on each other’s toes? Then maybe it’s time you put yourselves in each other’s shoes. Of course that may sound uncomfortable. But it’s easier than you think—and it will revolutionize your relationship.
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