Cokesbury Fall 2022 Studies Comparison Chart

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Title Signs and Wonders: A Beginner’s Guide to the Miracles of Jesus

Author(s) Amy-Jill Levine

Tom Berlin

Discover Jesus’ character through the “I Am” statements in John. Light. Bread. Shepherd. Life. The Gospel of John uses these and other symbols to paint a picture of who Jesus is. See how these words point to the deep mystery of Jesus Christ. In the Gospels, Jesus modeled the Christian spiritual life for us. Focus on five essential spiritual practices that are rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God, are intended as part of our own daily walk, and are an essential part of growing together in the church.

The Big Picture: Seeing God’s Dream for Your Life


Called: Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice The Lord’s Prayer: The Meaning and Power of the Prayer Jesus Taught


Description Unlock the courage that you already possess as a follower of Christ! Throughout Jesus’ life, he was called upon to be brave. By examining the life of Christ, we can begin to understand what true courage is and how God works in our lives when we exhibit a brave faith. God interrupts the lives of ordinary men and women, calling and empowering them to lives of service they never would have imagined. Called will examine the lives of the Abraham, Samuel, Esther and Mary Magdalene, Jonah, and the beloved disciple. Discover how to hear and respond to the unique call God is placing on your life in this six-week study.


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Amy-Jill Levine explores selected miracles of Jesus in historical and theological context. For each miracle, she discusses not only how past witnesses would have understood the events, but also how today’s readers can draw meaning from Jesus’ words and actions. The story of Joseph in Genesis teaches us to look for the big picture in our lives. It shows us how God weaves what seems random into a beautiful image of joy, survival, purpose, and meaning. See God’s dream for your life as you begin connecting the dots of God’s grace, presence, and protection.

Jesus Revealed: The I Am Statements in the Gospel of John The Walk: 5 Essential Practices for the Christian Life

Most Christians know the Lord’s Prayer by heart, but do we really understand and appreciate the meaning and power of its words? Adam Hamilton guides us to really know—and really pray—the Lord’s Prayer. And he teaches us how to use it as a pattern for our own prayer life. Book, Leader Guide, DVD Book, Leader Guide, DVD Book, Leader Guide, DVD, Worship Resources, Free Youth and Children’s downloads

Susan Robb Adam Hamilton



Title Courage: Jesus and the Call to Brave Faith

Jevon Caldwell-Gross & Nicole Caldwell-Gross Matt Rawle Adam Hamilton # of SessionsVideos/ 5 6 sessions plus 6 art videos 6

Title Prepare the Way for the Lord: Advent and the Message of John the Baptist

For two thousand years, Christians have turned to the story and message of John the Baptist in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In each Gospel, the story of Jesus is intertwined with that of his cousin John the Baptist, the one whom the prophets foretold would come to “prepare the way of the Lord.”

The Gift of the Nutcracker Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas Laceye Warner, Amy Valdez Barker, Jung Choi, Sangwoo Kim Matt Rawle Magrey R. deVega, Ingrid McIntyre, April Casperson, & Matt Rawle Adam Hamilton Wesleyan scholars Jung Choi, Sangwoo Kim, Amy Valdez Barker, and Laceye Warner on an Advent journey guided by the practices in John Wesley’s means of grace. Each chapter guides participants covers an aspect of Wesleyan means of grace. The Christmas classic, “The Nutcracker,” was first performed in 1892 and its music, dance, and story hold a special place in our cultural Christmas celebrations. Matt Rawle explores the story to help us understand God’s greatest gift of the Christ child, and the kingdom Christ came to establish. In 1741, John Wesley preached his famous sermon “The Almost Christian” in which he encouraged people to follow Christ wholeheartedly rather than being an “almost Christian.” This book breaks down the barriers that prevent us from experiencing an “altogether” love, hope, joy, and peace in Christ in our lives and in the world. His parents named him Jesus, but the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names: Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In Incarnation, Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. Book, Leader Guide, DVD Book, Large Print Edition, Leader Guide, DVD, Worship Resources, Youth study, Children’s Leader Guide Book, Leader Guide, DVD Book, Large Print Edition, Leader Guide, DVD, Youth study, Children’s Leader Guide


The Angels of Christmas: Hearing God’s Voice in Advent Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent

Susan Robb Amy-Jill Levine Matt Rawle 6 4


Reexamine this familiar classic through the lens of faith and see how Christ speaks to us through our culture. Free Youth and Children’s Book, DVD Book, Leader Guide, DVD Book, Leader Guide, DVD, Worship Resources, Children’s Leader Guide

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Author(s) Adam Hamilton

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The Heart That Grew Three Sizes: Finding Faith in the Story of the Grinch

All the Good: A Wesleyan Way of Christmas


Explore the four angelic visits surrounding the birth of Jesus with Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds. In this study, the readers dive deep into the history of the angel Gabriel–and other angels–in the Old Testament. Angels of Christmas uses these four angelic appearances to discuss God’s presence in history and our lives today. This rich and challenging fourweek Advent study shows how the Gospel narratives connect to the Old Testament; highlights the role of women in first-century Jewish culture; and emphasizes the importance of Mary’s visitation, the census, the stable, the star of Bethlehem, and the flight to Egypt.

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Explore the faith themes in the Christmas classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! How did the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes Christmas morning? Could it be that the very thing we think we hate is the one thing that changes our lives?




An Amplify Original. Six short videos introduce (or re-introduce) readers to the Bible. With easy-to-follow animation, each episode takes readers through a different aspect of the Bible, how it is organized, and general themes found throughout.


The Lord’s Prayer: The Meaning and Power of the Prayer Jesus Taught

Description Read the Bible in a year— together or on your own. The Bible Year leads congregations, small groups, and individuals to grow closer to God, through daily reading from Genesis to Revelation. Amplify Media weekly videos and short daily devotions provide a common thread and framework to help along the way.

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Reckless Love: Jesus’ Call to Love Our Neighbor

Adam Hamilton Amy-Jill Levine

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Author(s) Tom Berlin

Videos include: The Bible, The Old Testament, The New Testament, Genesis, The Gospels, and The Letters of Paul. Explore what Christians believe, why they believe, and why it matters through the Apostles Creed. How do we discover and examine the truths that give meaning and purpose to life? Hamilton considers important questions of life, reality, and truth found in the Apostles’ Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs. This study takes a detailed and colorful overview of Matthew 5-7, collectively known as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Through Dr. Levine’s engaging method of biblical interpretation, readers will come away with a solid understanding of the Sermon on the Mount in its historical and theological context.

Author(s) Magrey deVega Amplify Media Adam Hamilton Amy-Jill Levine


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Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi

The Bible Year: A Journey Through Scripture in 365 Days Basic Bible Creed: What Christians Believe and Why Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven

Description As Christians, we strive to follow Jesus’ teaching to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength which, in turn, we hope will help us better love our neighbors. But what if we turned that around? Follow the Greatest Commandment and learn how your love for the people around you can completely renew your faith and help you experience a loving God. Most Christians know the Lord’s Prayer by heart, but do we really understand and appreciate the meaning and power of its words? Adam Hamilton guides us to really know—and really pray—the Lord’s Prayer. And he teaches us how to use it as a pattern for our own prayer life. Amy-Jill Levine takes you back in time and explains how original audiences understood Jesus’ parables. In this six-session study, you’ll learn how new interpretations of the parables continue to challenge and provoke contemporary readers two thousand years later.


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In The Wesley Prayer Challenge, author Chris Folmsbee invites readers to consider words from the Wesley Covenant Prayer each day for three weeks, while reflecting on their meaning in the context of the larger piece. Adam Hamilton uses his captivating storytelling talent to take you on a six-week journey through England tracing the life of John Wesley. His story is our story. It’s our heritage, it defines our faith, and it challenges us to rediscover our spiritual passion. Recharge. Reboot. Reorder. Based on The Wesley Covenant for Renewal, Five Means of Grace is a six-week, video-based study that will show you how to reorder your life through prayer, searching Scripture, receiving the Lord’s Supper, fasting, and conferencing (worshiping together). In Three Simple Rules, Rueben Job offers an interpretation of John Wesley’s General Rules for today’s readers. For individual reading or group study, this insightful work calls us to mutual respect, unity and a deeper daily relationship with God.

The Wesley Prayer Challenge: 21 Days to a Closer Walk with Christ Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It Five Means of Grace: Experience God’s Love the Wesleyan Way Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living

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Participant Book, Leader Guide, DVD, Youth Study Book Book, Leader Guide, DVD Daily Workbook, Leader Guide with Download, DVD, Companion Reader Book, Guides: Leader, Program, & Children’s, Youth Study Book, Devotions



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The study offers an introduction to our denomination’s founder in a practical and accessible way and engages small groups and churches to work through twenty-one questions studied over three weeks to help renew passion and discover a deeper commitment to God and others. This eight-week study uses Wesley’s own words to address questions that many of us in the twenty-first century still struggle with today. Each chapter explores a key Scripture text and one of Wesley’s sermons about the text in order to illuminate his understanding about what it means to be a real Christian. Discipleship is ongoing. A Disciple’s Path helps us look beyond membership, presenting an engaging approach to discipleship from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective. The 6-week study is perfect for new-member groups, but also works well in small groups of long-time members. This twenty-first century translation of Wesley’s money management philosophy will give everyone in your congregation—children and teenagers as well as adults of any age—a new way to think about money, not only during your stewardship program, but for the rest of their lives.

Author(s) Chris Folmsbee Scott J. Jones & Arthur D. Jones James A. Harnish with Justin LaRosa James A. Harnish 6 4


Participant Book, Leader Guide, DVD Book, Leader Guide, DVD, Youth Study Book, Children’s Leader Guide Book, Leader Guide, DVD Book, Large Print Book


The Wesley Challenge: 21 Days to a More Authentic Faith Scripture & The Wesleyan Way: A Bible Study on Real Christianity A Disciple’s Path: A Guide for United Methodists Earn. Save. Give. Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money




Leader Guide, DVD Title Surrendered: Letting Go and Living Like Jesus Determined: Living Like

in Christ

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Author(s) Melissa Spoelstra Neece Cowart

“Just pray about it.” “God’s got this.” Though well-meanimg, these phrases can sound like clichés. We want to know how to have a bold and courageous faith. In Joshua, you’ll learn how to fight in faith as you internalize God’s promises, draw strength from God’s faithfulness, act in obedience to God’s commands, and believe what our limitless God can do. Every life gets messy at times. But as we see in the Bible, God loves to use messy people! Dig into the lives of biblical heroes who were just like us but who were used by God in powerful ways. Examine five wonderful but messy people (and one messy parable character). In the hands of God, our messes can become His masterpieces! DVD Leader Guide, DVD Workbook, Jesus Freedom

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Barb Roose Jennifer


Distractions and busyness can contribute to a drift toward indifference in our spiritual lives. Journey with the first followers of Jesus and witness the birth and growth of the early church through spiritual awakening to the power of God’s Spirit, message, freedom, grace, mission, and direction.

in Every Moment Pursued: God’s Relentless Love for You Breakthrough: Finding

Conflict has always been part of our lives, but these days, disagreements seem ramped up. Neese combines stories of sibling rivalries from the Bible with personal experience, humor, hope, and her love of God’s Word to illustrate how we can have peace and reconciliation in all of our relationships.

Jennifer Cowart Barb Roose 6 Are you facing a problem in life that you just can’t fix, no matter what you do? If you’ve heard the phrase “Let go and let God,” it’s easier said than done. Learn from Jesus’ example, you’ll discover six principles that will equip you to let God lead you to victory despite your circumstances as you deal with the problems and pain you are facing. Imagine waking up every day convinced that the hours ahead are a precious gift to be used wisely and that you know exactly how to spend them to be a force for God’s good. In Determined, connect with a Savior who remained laser-focused on his mission to love the world. And together be determined to embrace the abundant life we are promised in Jesus. Discover how God is pursuing you as you explore His relentless love from Genesis to Revelation in Pursued by Jennifer Cowart. We will see that God passionately pursues people who do not deserve his love, and we are those people! Let go of feeling like you are not a “good enough” Christian and find freedom in Christ by studying Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Breakthrough by Barb Roose shows us that even the believers in the early church struggled to let go of rule-keeping and performance to embrace God’s free gift of grace.

WOMEN’S STUDIES Title Acts: Awakening to God in Everyday Life Common Ground: Loving Others Despite Our Differences Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle Messy People: Life Lessons from Imperfect Biblical Heroes

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Author(s) Barb Roose Heather M. Dixon

Augsburg Fortress Publishers



Author(s) Rob Fuquay, Nicole and Jevon Caldwell Rob Fuquay

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The Grace of Les Misérables

An Amplify Original. Drawing on history, public opinion surveys, and personal experience, Robert P. Jones delivers a provocative examination of the unholy relationship between American Christianity and white supremacy, and issues an urgent call for white Christians to reckon with this legacy for the sake of themselves and the nation.

After meeting LGBTQ+ young people who “didn’t know God could love them because their churches said God didn’t,” Warren realized the church has got work to do. In Reclaiming Church, he calls on young progressives to work within the church for change, giving practical and positive steps on how to join voices, be heard, build bridges, and work together. This book and study encapsulates principles McNair gleaned from successfully working with at-risk African American boys in the inner city in over 30 years of ministry. It teaches youth workers how to address social, emotional, physical, and spiritual issues facing young black men in the city.

Sexuality and the church is a challenging topic to discuss. This 8-week study gives insight into key topics like patriarchy and the church, women’s sexuality, sex and marriage, and why language matters when talking about sexuality. Explore seven unique perspectives and experiences from leading voices in this topic.



Revolutionary Kingdom: Following the Rebel Jesus Dialogues On: The Refugee Crisis





Faithful and


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Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is a truly epic story. In the six-week study The Grace of Les Misérables, author and pastor Matt Rawle dives into six ideals found in the story—grace, justice, poverty, revolution, love, and hope—each represented by a character in Hugo’s story.


Author(s) Robert P. Jones Matt Rawle Mike Slaughter Fortress Publishers of

Facilitator Guide, DVD Title Justice or Just Us:

Title White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity


Jesus provided us with the vision of a kingdom worth dying for, making him the most radical revolutionary of all time. In this study we learn that to join this revolution and be true disciples of Christ we must exchange comfortable cultural worldviews and values for the radical requirements of living out the Kingdom in the here and now. This study replicates a conversational experience on the refuge crisis. It is packed with wellresearched information brought to life with the lived experience and stories of people at the center of the topic. The video is created as a documentary—interviews mixed with motion graphics give viewers an inside look at the center of topic and how it plays out in real life. DVD, Study Book, Resources Book, Leader Guide Learner Book, The Biblical Call to Confront Racism Inclusive: The Bible, Sexuality, The United Methodist Church On: Sexuality Reclaiming Church: A Call to Action for Religious Rejects Not : Growing up Black, Male and Christian in the Hood

J. J. Warren Chris McNair racism is not just a social or political matter, but a theological one. It is the Bible that calls to pursue justice, and the Bible that calls to oppose racism. This four-week video curriculum help acknowledge the reality of racism in world as well as Christian responsibility to oppose it. an understanding of how United Methodists can be both obedient to God’s Word and fully welcoming to LGBTQ persons in the church. This six-session resource for Sunday schools and small groups has been designed for participants to develop their own perspectives on the Bible’s passages related to homosexuality.


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Author(s) Amy-Jill Levine Adam Hamilton Matthew L. Skinner Bruce M. Metzger, revised & updated by David A. deSilva

Jesus Read Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet Navigating Isaiah 15 Essential Biblical Texts


John: The Gospel of Light and Life Acts: Catching Up with the Spirit Breaking the Code, Revised Edition: Understanding the Book of Revelation

Byron Thomas N. T. Wright of SessionsVideos/

Description In The Difficult Words of Jesus, AmyJill Levine shows how the difficult teachings would have sounded to the people who first heard them, how they have been understood over time, and how we might interpret them in the context of the Gospel of love and reconciliation.



Author(s) Rabbi Evan Moffic Adam Hamilton

Description Discover how the Torah can be a source of wisdom, truth, and transformation in your life. Rabbi Moffic explores the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, highlighting points of interest to Christians, and describes the role of the Torah in Jewish worship and practice. Turn your reluctance into boldness by walking in the footsteps of Moses. Join award-winning author Adam Hamilton as he explores the sites of Moses’ life, sharing historical information, archaeological data, and biblical text. In this Amplify Originals series, Byron Thomas walks through a study of the book of Isaiah, exploring four visions of the prophet on themes such as answering God’s call and spiritual estrangement. Includes stories from his childhood, experiences with his family, and the words of Isaiah on justice and peace. No matter where we are on our spiritual journey, we all need guidance through life’s challenges. In this engaging video series, we invite you to explore the wisdom found in 15 key biblical texts that you can use to bring deeper meaning to your life. Book, Leader Guide, DVD Book, Leader Guide, Large Print Edition, DVD, Youth Study, Children’s Leader Guide Book or PDF download, Free

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The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. This writing is filled with rich images and profound truths, but John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they “may have life in his name.”

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Learn to walk more closely with God with the boldness and the zeal of the apostles. This study explores six key themes that illustrate the ways in which reading Acts is capable of igniting our imagination about the character of the Christian gospel, the work of God’s people, and living faithfully in today’s world. Breaking the Code, Revised Edition provides a trustworthy guide to the rich symbolism of this important biblical book. Professor David deSilva adds additional content to Bruce Metzger’s original book, leading us through the themes of this fascinating book, including the latest research, archeology, and more. Book, Leader Guide, DVD Book, Large Print Edition, Leader Guide, DVD, Youth Study, Children’s Leader Guide Book, Leader Guide, DVD Book, Leader Guide, DVD

The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to His Most Perplexing Teachings



Title Reading the Old Testament through Jewish Eyes: A Study of the Scriptures