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Are you a Bible Study Insider member yet? Bible Study Insider is a new way to preview the latest and best LifeWay Bible studies. As a member, you’ll receive a Bible Study Insider box twice a year. Each box contains 15-20 member books of our latest Bible studies for your adult, men’s, women’s, and young adult groups. Now you can take your time and personally review our studies from the comfort of your home or convenience of your church. Each box contains at least $150 worth of member books and costs just $50.* Plus, each box includes a $50 voucher to apply toward your next Bible study order of $50 or more. And you get to keep all the member books. So you’re building an entire library of trustworthy content to have on hand for other group leaders and future needs. 2


Bible Study Insider is ideal for pastors, ministers of education, small group leaders, Sunday School teachers, or anyone interested in Bible study and the materials used in study groups. Check out biblestudyinsider.com to learn more.

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GROUP LEADERS WANT DIRECTION by Eric Geiger

In recent research, which Ed Stetzer and I will be sharing in an upcoming book on groups, we discovered that the majority of small group leaders in churches are not given any direction as to what their groups should study. Not only are these leaders not given Bible studies that fit the overarching discipleship plan of the church, they are not given any direction. Not a list of suggested resources, not a plan for choosing studies, nothing. As a church meets for worship gatherings on Sunday, a wise pastor will not hand the microphone over to just anybody to teach. The pastor values the sermon—and the people—too much to haphazardly allow the teaching to “just sort of happen.” Yet every single week, in some of those same churches, groups gather and form community around studies that are disjointed from any type of discipleship plan, or worse, are disconnected from the doctrine and beliefs of the church.

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Though we don’t regard this haphazard approach as healthy, we wondered if perhaps this is what group leaders really want. We thought that perhaps church leaders and pastors desperately wanting to gather people in groups have just decided this is not a battle they want to fight with group leaders who are adamantly insisting they choose the direction of study for their groups. We wondered if pastors had not cast a compelling discipleship strategy for their leaders, were just glad they have leaders, and wouldn’t dare jeopardize that by providing direction to leaders who insist they don’t want any. To test that assumption, we interviewed over 1,000 small group leaders. And we found that group leaders, over 75 percent of them anyway, say they want direction. They say their church should have a discipleship strategy, should have a vision for what groups study together,

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and that group content should be connected to their church’s doctrine and direction. Sadly, many church leaders fail to offer this. Thus, their churches are filled with a lot of guys like Jason… Imagine Jason in a church without a discipleship plan for their groups. His first year he attends a group and they decide they want to study relationships for a while, followed by the latest book by the pastor on the radio, then a cursory look at the end times, and then a quick run through some Proverbs. After eighteen months, the guy leading the group gets transferred to another city, so Jason joins another group. This group launches and follows a similar pattern. After three years, Jason has essentially studied the same content in a rather random and haphazard fashion. Does the Lord use this? By all means, yes! His Word never returns void, but the discipleship could be so much more effective, so much more strategic, so much richer. The apostle Paul said, “We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:28). Paul wanted to see maturity and development occur in the people he led, and according to this passage, this involved teaching with wisdom. The antithesis of teaching with wisdom is a haphazard plan or no plan for developing people in our groups or classes. In another passage, Paul said that he engaged in ministry as a skilled master builder in response to and empowered by God’s grace, and he challenged us to be careful how we build (1 Corinthians 3:10). Building skillfully surely means more than a

random and disconnected array of programs, studies, and events. Two Wise Approaches So let me offer two wise approaches to your group/ministry content: a discipleship plan or aligned content. Throughout my ministry in local churches, I have practiced both of these approaches at different times, in light of the context, and as the Lord led. I believe in both of them because I see wisdom and intentionality in both practices. Approach One: A discipleship plan A discipleship plan is not the same thing as discipleship, but is a key facilitator. Discipleship itself is much broader and deeper than information. Ultimately, discipleship is about transformation. A wise discipleship plan for groups or classes is a plan to engage the people in the Word over time, thus transforming them to become more like Christ. Educators would likely call this a “scope and sequence” of what is studied or a “taxonomy of learning.” It exposes those in groups to the whole counsel of God’s Word. A wise discipleship plan is much more than throwing a whole bunch of studies on the wall and hoping some of them stick. It is a skillful approach that drives people intentionally and systematically through the Word and, as a result, transforms their lives. Approach Two: Aligned content A second approach that has merit and wisdom is aligned content. A church that practices aligned content works hard to connect their small group continued on page 24

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Let Hope In by Pete Wilson Learn to rejoice when you run into problems because they help you endure and give you strength, character, and a sure hope—a hope personified in Jesus.

Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a committed church community that he and his wife, Brandi, planted in 2002. Over the course of 10 years, Cross Point has grown to reach more than 5,000 people each weekend through its five campuses located around the Nashville area, and online. Pete gained national attention with his best-selling book, Plan B, a title that has been printed in five languages and launched Putting Plan B Into Action, a six-week DVD curriculum that serves as a study companion to the book. Empty Promises, Pete’s much-anticipated second book, followed.

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Productive Finding Joy in What We Do by Ronnie & Nick Floyd Learn to find balance between living to work or working to live, and discover how to move from living and earning for yourself to investing in the kingdom of God.

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Do Over Experience New Life in Christ by Ben Mandrell Take some time to go through Romans and consider that life doesn’t have a reset button for your bad choices, rash decisions, angry outbursts, but Jesus Christ alone can cancel your past.

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Honest to God Real Questions People Ask by Robert Jeffress Equip yourself to be more effective in sharing your faith with others as you explore foundational issues in the life of every person: the origin and significance of human life, the existence and nature of God, and how God reveals Himself and relates to people.

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The Gospel Project Some people see the Bible as a collection of stories with morals for life application. But it is so much more than that. Sure, the Bible has some stories in it, but it is also full of poetry, history, codes of law and civilization, songs, prophecy, letters—even a love letter. When you tie it all together, something remarkable happens. A story is revealed. One story. The story of redemption through Jesus. gospelproject.com

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How Suffering Sets You Free by Tullian Tchividjian In this world, one thing is certain: Everybody hurts. But this study is not so much about why God allows suffering or even how we should approach suffering. It is about the tremendously liberating and gloriously counterintuitive truth of a God who suffers with you and for you. It is a book, in other words, about the kind of hope that takes the shape of a cross. lifeway.com/gloriousruin In the box!

William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is a Florida native, the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, and a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. A graduate of Columbia International University (philosophy) and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Tullian is the author of Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life’s Most Important Relationship, Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different, and Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels. Tullian is also a contributing editor to Leadership Journal. He speaks at conferences throughout the U.S. and his sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program “Godward Living.”

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What Are You Afraid Of? Facing Down Your Fears with Faith by David Jeremiah Identify what you’re afraid of and the sources of those fears, then find the truth that sets you free to live the fearless life God created you to enjoy. Available in January. lifeway.com/afraid

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Finding Truth When Life Isn’t Black and White by Mike Glenn Work through some of the gray areas that Christians often argue about, such as divorce, sexual identity, and more. Available in January. lifeway.com

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God’s Invitation to Young Adults $12.95 by Henry and Richard Blackaby This interactive Bible study is the popular young adult edition of Experiencing God, inviting young adults to join God in His work. It focuses on the application of the Kingdom Principles, as set forth in Experiencing God, and how these principles apply to collegiate and young adult life issues. Leaders will find an easy-to-use teaching plan for each session in the back of the Member Book, along with a free online poster for promotional use. lifeway.com/eg

Experiencing God at Home A Bible Study for Parents $ 11.95 by Tom and Richard Blackaby The Bible teaches that the Body of Christ is to strengthen and encourage each other to maturity. Parents especially need help in discipling their children, building a godly home, and growing spiritually grounded, God-oriented children. Using this study, mature church leaders and staff can link arms to help and encourage parents in their responsibility of Experiencing God at Home by involving a new generation with Experiencing God principles and making practical application opportunities. Kids resource is also available. lifeway.com/eg

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Knowing and Doing the Will of God by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude V. King Experiencing God is quite possibly the most powerful and influential Bible study ever created at LifeWay. Now revised and expanded, this classic study guides readers to experience a relationship with God through which they come to know and do His will by learning to recognize when He is speaking. It also helps them understand the importance of His timing. Many truly amazing testimonies are included in this revised version, but God has more work to do. Will you join Him?

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Genesis to Revelation $ .95 11 by Chad Hovind You could take a lifetime and still not learn all there is to know about the Bible. But now your entire church can quickly gain an understanding of the grand narrative of Scripture and be able to share the story they have learned. Theologians and new Christians alike will enjoy the fun, memorable, and easy-to-follow format, along with the unique and entertaining video teaching of Chad Hovind. There are also additional resources for kids and students. (8 sessions) lifeway.com/fasttrack

Chad Hovind is the author of Godonomics and lead pastor of Horizon Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. His love for ministry and creativity can be seen in many forms: leading teams, motivational speaking, expository teaching, and experience as an actor, director, and video producer. Chad graduated from Moody Bible College in Chicago and received his master’s degree from Moody Graduate School.

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Tips for Studying the Bible

The Bible can be pretty intimidating. It’s filled with big words, parables, and measurements that can be hard to understand. And sometimes all those things keep us from really digging into Scripture. Many of us have participated in Bible studies but have never taken the step of learning how to read and study the Bible. This year, I’ve been reading through the Bible chronologically, and it’s been one of the richest seasons in Bible study I’ve ever had. As I read, I’m watching everything unfold as one huge story, which all points to Jesus. It’s simply beautiful. Here are nine things to consider as you study the Bible: 1. Know what you’re getting into. People will often study Scripture asking the question, “What does this passage mean to me?” when the better question would be, “What does this passage mean?” The interpretation of the Bible isn’t up to us and our best guess as to what it might mean or could mean; God inspired it with a specific interpretation, and our goal should be discerning what that is.

2. Pray before you study. This may seem obvious or redundant, but it’s critical. When we approach Scripture, it should be with humility and an attitude to receive and learn. Ask God to reveal himself to you through his Word. We are given the Holy Spirit as a guide (Acts 2) as we interpret the Word. 3. Choose a plan. For those of you who like some structure, there are a ton of resources available! Here are some great places to start: One Year Bible, SheReadsTruth, YouVersion (smartphone app), Read the Bible for Life, and Reading God’s Story. These plans will walk you through the Bible and can be a great way to start or enhance your journey of studying Scripture. 4. Read the passage in context. It can be easy to just pick out a verse that sounds good to you, but to really understand it, you should read the context (the surrounding chapter/ verses). Take the time to find out who the author is, who the book was written to, and why it was written, and it can clear up a lot of questions. A study Bible or commentary can be a great resource.

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Known for presenting Scripture in living color, Christian speaker and Bible study author Beth Moore enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination, and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. Beth’s broad collection of LifeWay women Bible studies covers relevant topics from believing God to be Who He says He is to loving difficult people. Each in-depth study guides you on your faith journey.

Bible Study Insider Info • After teaching about how secrets manifest at the Living Proof Live Greensboro, N.C. event, Beth wondered if it might become a study for a greater audience. Sacred Secrets was born! • Beth has said the Sacred Secrets message developed out of a fresh work the Lord was doing in her own life. • The Study Journal is a different experience from Beth’s other studies. We hope women will dig deep into the Scriptures and spend time pondering and wrestling with their answers to the questions in the Study Journal.

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Life Lessons Learned in My Castle of Chaos by Vicki Courtney Most women grow up on a steady diet of fairy tales and chick flicks that drive our dreams and leave us with a sugarcoated version of reality. The truth is, marriage and motherhood are hard. And no matter how much we give or how hard we try, we may never feel like it’s enough. The Ever After Bible study addresses the difficulties and blessings of marriage and motherhood. Poignant, funny, and even cathartic, Vicki shares mistakes made, lessons learned, and memories to keep. Most of all, she reflects the hope that Christ meets us wherever we are in the journey and that He alone is the answer to the happilyever-after we long for. lifeway.com/everafter

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continued from page 15 5. Interpret Scripture by Scripture. Hang with me on this one. In his book, Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, R.C. Sproul writes, “We must not set one passage of Scripture against another passage. Each text must be understood not only in light of its immediate context, but also in light of the context of the whole of Scripture.” When you can look at Scripture as one big story, all inspired by God, you will start to see it more clearly. 6. Approach the Bible with a teachable spirit. If I’ve learned anything over the last few years, it’s how much I don’t know. There are a lot of things about the Bible that we have to wrestle over. We’re grappling with concepts and truths about theology and doctrine, and it’s hard. Sometimes, we’re just trying to understand a basic truth. It’s important to dig and ask questions, but knowing that we can’t (with our finite minds) completely understand it all. Continue to ask hard questions, and don’t give up!

of the learning process! The more you read and study, the more the Bible will come alive in your life. 9. Be a student of the Word. Be in the Bible daily. Make sure you have people in your life who are at least a little bit ahead of you in their spiritual journey. Ask someone to disciple you and to challenge you as you study the Bible. As you dig deep into the Word, you will undoubtedly fall more in love with Jesus. My prayer for you is that you develop a love for God’s Word that’s unquenchable. He truly does satisfy our souls (Psalm 107:9)! These are just a few ways to get started, and this definitely isn’t a comprehensive list. Here are a few more helpful resources: Starting Your Library (Beth Moore) Inductive Bible Study (Kay Arthur) BlueLetterBible.org (Online resources, commentaries, study tools) WORDSearch (Bible software)

7. Allow God to speak. So often, we approach the Bible with a “what’s in it for me?” attitude, and there are times that we just need to read to understand. Don’t just read to check it off a list, but read to understand and learn. The Word begins to come alive as you start to soak it in! As you spend time in the Word daily, it allows God to speak to you through His Word. 8. Take it slow and ask questions. You’re not going to understand it all in one day! If you’re a verse-by-verse person, study it that way. Don’t be afraid to ask questions—it’s a huge part

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continued from page 5 studies to their sermons so that people in groups are diving deeper together and applying the text studied in the worship gatherings to one another’s lives. Some churches that practice aligned content also connect the studies in the kids ministries and the student ministries to the sermons and the small group studies. By doing so, families more easily engage in conversations about their Bible studies because everyone is studying the same biblical truth each week. The advantage of a discipleship plan is the thorough and well-designed structure that systematically walks people through a wise plan of study over time. The advantage of aligned content is the synergy created as sermons and studies focus the church in one direction. To help churches have a wise discipleship plan, each of our Bible study series (Bible Studies for Life, Explore the Bible, and The Gospel Project) is developed in community with church leaders we respect, with educators, and with scholars so that we can lay our heads on our pillows at night really believing that we have a plan to develop and mature people over time. For more information on these, visit www.lifeway.com/n/ ongoing-bible-study To help churches with aligned content, we have a customized curriculum team that custom writes Bible studies for churches based on their teaching calendar and plan. We know that it is extremely challenging for a church to do this alone, and we want to help so that the church

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leaders can focus more energy on leadership development and other essential group leadership functions. For more information on this, visit www.discipleshipincontext.com If the sermon were treated haphazardly, people would assume that it was not that valuable to the church and to her leaders. Surely, then, how a church approaches the content of their group studies reveals to the people the real value the church places on groups. It is best to have a wise plan for developing disciples through groups. The good news is that the group leaders in your church likely recognize this reality already.

Eric Geiger serves as one of the vice presidents at LifeWay Christian Resources, leading the Church Resources Division. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. He is also a teaching pastor and a frequent speaker and consultant on church mission and strategy. Eric has authored or co-authored several books including the best selling church leadership book, Simple Church.

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by Bryan Carter, Tierce Green, and John Bryson Get insights into some of the ways men can find both their best fit and more fulfillment in their work. Available in January.

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Manhood Restored How the Gospel Makes Men Whole

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by Eric Mason Explore the concept of biblical masculinity and learn how to restore what God intended you to be.

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The Real Win Pursuing God’s Plan for Authentic Success

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by Colt McCoy and Matt Carter Even dedicated Christian men struggle to find time for Bible study. If you have a group of outdoorsmen, this unique six-session study can help keep them in their seats—and attract a few of their friends. Texas Longhorn football legend Colt McCoy and his pastor Matt Carter explore the essence and purpose of biblical manhood with the men and family who have shaped them. Each session’s video follows the authors on hunting and fishing trips at two legendary Texas ranches. Discover what true success for a man looks like, particularly as a follower of Christ.

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Colt McCoy was the winningest quarterback in the history of NCAA football and led his University of Texas team to the 2010 BCS national championship game. During his senior year, Colt won thirteen of the top fifteen major college player awards, including quarterback of the year, offensive player of the year, and outstanding football player of the year. The 2008 Heisman Trophy runner-up, Colt now plays in the NFL and has been involved in domestic and foreign ministries. Matt Carter is the lead pastor at Austin Stone Community Church. Planted in 2002, the church has grown from a core team of fifteen to more than twelve thousand regular attendees today. Matt graduated from Texas A&M and holds a master’s degree in divinity from Southwestern Seminary, where he is currently pursuing a doctorate of ministry. He speaks at conferences and seminars around the country.

Bible Study Insider Info • The conversations between Matt Carter and Colt McCoy were filmed at the Texas Mountain Ranch, located only a short drive away from Utopia, Texas. • The ranch is home to several exotic animals, including zebras, camels, elk, and a baby kangaroo that wears a diaper and often wanders through the different buildings in the complex. • Matt Carter’s 12-year-old son, JD, joined him on one of the hunts and got his first deer.

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BRIDGESTONE ARENA | NASHVILLE, TN In 2014, we’re honoring the soldiers who died to give us freedom and the One who died to give us eternal life.

… and more, including the headliner who is such a big deal, we can’t even mention his name here. #MainEvent14

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Grace Unplugged

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by Russ Rice and Brad Silverman Based on the movie of the same title and the parable of The Prodigal Son, this is the perfect Bible study for those looking for God or wondering if He is looking for them. Student edition also available. lifeway.com/graceunplugged In the box!

Own It Leaving Behind a Borrowed Faith by Michael and Hayley DiMarco

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Begin owning your faith—developing a solid belief in God that is truly your own—through this paperback book inspired by the movie Grace Unplugged.

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What are you missing? Here’s a list of the top posts at Bible Study Insider blog.

• Snack recipes for small groups • 20 Bible studies for him and her • Ice breakers for a first-time small group Our “Samples” tab is very popular. Go there to download Session One samples of the following Bible studies: • K ingdom Agenda by Dr. Tony Evans • L ove Dare for Parents by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick • F ast Track by Chad Hovind • G lorious Ruin by Tullian Tchividjian • T he Real Win by Colt McCoy and Matt Carter •M  anhood Restored by Eric Mason

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