Proposed Small Group Studies Fall 2012
Serendipity Bible for Groups MVCC Resource The Serendipity Bible is the ideal choice for groups that want to mine the riches of God's Word; for individuals who want a superb personal study Bible; and for leaders who may lack the experience, but not the heart, for conducting group Bible studies that make a difference. The Serendipity Bible offers 60 course outlines, 16 topical studies, and 200 Bible studies with questionnaires. You can study the Bible by topic, book, or stories, or through studies that take you through the church year. Beginner studies use questions that are open-ended, promote sharing, and feature hard-hitting, relevant endings. Advanced Bible teachings take groups deeper with questions that help leaders start the meeting, take the group through the reading, and create an effective close to the meeting.
Crazy Love by Francis Chan â€“ 10 sessions It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'tsâ€”it's falling in love with God. The Crazy Love Study Resource helps you and your small group to dive deeper into God's love. A companion to the best-selling Crazy Love book by Francis Chan, this 10-week study follows a day-in-thelife of Francis in the form of ten, 10-minute segments that correspond to each chapter of Crazy Love. These thought-provoking teachings are designed spark discussion, interaction, and practical application of the Crazy Love message with small groups, churches, youth groups, and individuals.
3:16 by Max Lucado – 6 sessions A twenty-six word parade of hope: beginning with God, ending with life, and urging us to do the same. Brief enough to write on a napkin or memorize in a moment, yet solid enough to weather two thousand years of storms and questions. If you know nothing of the Bible, start here. If you know everything in the Bible, return here. We all need the reminder. The heart of the human problem is the heart of the human. And God's treatment is prescribed in John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. He loves. He gave. We believe. We live. Guided by Max Lucado's warm and gracious storytelling style, each participant is encouraged to value the 3:16 verse, form and share their own 3:16 story, and to begin living a 3:16 life. (6 sessions)
It’s Personal by Andy Stanley – 4 sessions Are questions, concerns, or doubts preventing you from making a personal connection with God? This powerful series is directed to men and women who desire a personal relationship with God, but who have questions they want answered first. In this four-part series, Andy Stanley makes a case for the fact that adults don't become followers of Christ by getting all their questions answered. In most instances, something happens that shrinks those questions. And that something is always personal. You don't have to understand everything to believe in something.
Canvas :Heart by Pete Wilson â€“ 6 sessions Heart, from the Serendipity Canvas series, is a video-driven small-group experience created to lead group members on an expedition to understand what God reveals to them in the inner most places. Bringing a new multimedia dimension to Bible study, Heart incorporates Scripture, smallgroup activities, thematic videos, and good old conversation. The design of Canvas Series is flexible, offering opportunities for personal reflection, casual group meetings (with food and snack suggestions), movie nights, and more. Group members will: Understand the heart as the keeper of their history Discover that the heart is where God is best found and heard Explore what prompts our emotions and what they reveal See the heart as the seat of our emotions Learn that the heart is the place where we most closely bear God's image
Life, Money, Hope by Dave Ramsey â€“ 3 sessions Is God concerned about your financial situation? What does the Bible have to say about debt? What is the most important thing to know about money? In these three engaging 30-minute session shot at LifeChurch.tv, Dave Ramsey, a personal money management expert, popular national radio and television personality, and the best-selling author of Financial Peace and The Total Money Makeover, looks to Scripture as he discusses several critical issues about your personal finances.
Men’s Study 33 The Series: A Man & His Design - Authentic Manhood – 6 sessions 33 The Series: A Man and His Design is a 6 session Bible study that builds upon many of the timeless truths taught by Robert Lewis in the original Men's Fraternity curriculum but also includes new material on authentic manhood. The series is designed to inspire and equip men to pursue authentic manhood as modeled by Jesus Christ in His 33 years on earth. Volume I contains six sessions that explore the basic foundations of authentic manhood and God's clear design for men. This first volume of 33 starts with meaningful insights into the current state of manhood, which will help men navigate through some realities that have created cultural confusion. It follows by unfolding God's mandates for all men and offering a clear definition of authentic manhood that will help men on their journey. Each participant will learn the four "faces" of manhood and how to anticipate and transition through the specific seasons of life.
Women’s Study Pursuing God’s Beauty by Margaret Feinberg – 6 sessions An eloquent weaving of art, Scripture, and spiritual insight, Pursuing God's Beauty will take you into the riches of the Gospel of John. Whether you are watching on your own or with a group, you'll find breathtaking portraits of salvation, redemption, and restoration. Filmed in an art studio, this six session study explores what it means to celebrate and radiate the beauty of Christ in your own life.
Women’s Study Pursuing God’s Love by Margaret Feinberg – 6 sessions The book of Genesis reminds us that God has been telling our love story since the foundations of the world. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, abounding in imagination, creativity, mystery, and wisdom. And even when we question God's love or act in disobedience, God pursues us. This six-session Bible study is designed to take participants through the book of Genesis and explore the unflinching love of our Creator.
Keep Climbing by Todd Phillips – 4 sessions
Why isn’t God making my life easier? Life is hard. We pray and ask God to help, but many times it seems like he’s not there. We know God can perform miracles, yet our problems often remain. Is God listening? Does God care? In these four sessions, Todd Phillips leads a team to Russia to climb Mount Elbrus, the tallest mountain in Europe. Todd uses their perilous trek as a backdrop to explore how God works with us through the challenges in our lives.
Experience Life by Pete Briscoe – 4 sessions Are You a Follower? Every day, the world screams at us, “You’re number one. Look out for yourself—your own comfort and happiness.” But that’s not what Jesus said. He told us to follow him. And following him means we’re not number one—Jesus is. In these four sessions, Pete Briscoe explores what it means to surrender to Jesus and the dynamic impact following Christ will have on our personal lives, our relationships, and our service to others.
The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons – 6 sessions In the wake of the stunning findings his book unChristian shared with the world about younger generations' disenchantment with Christianity over the past few decades, Gabe Lyons became an active participant in most every discussion about the future of Christianity in the U.S. and the world. The Next Christians, a six-session video curriculum, takes into account recent efforts at Christian renewal, addressing the significant challenges that could undermine the viability of Christianity if the faithful do not employ a completely new outlook. Lyons looks ahead, citing current day models and examples, of how Christianity over the next 100 years can and must adapt, as he optimistically paints a picture of how Christianity’s best days just might lay ahead as a new generation rediscovers their faith in this unprecedented new era in the West.
not a fan by Kyle Idleman
fan: an enthusiastic admirer. In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. Is that how you define your relationship with Him? An "enthusiastic admirer"? Close enough to Jesus to get the benefits but not so close to require sacrifice? He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a... completely. committed.
follower. How would things change if you lived as Jesus lived, and loved the way He loved? Maybe youâ€™re ready to join the hundreds of people who have stepped across a line and said: i
am not a fan.
CLASSES AT MIAMI VINEYARD
Gripped by the Greatness of God â€“ 8 sessions Gripped by the Greatness of God - Member Book by James McDonald is a Bible study that uses selected passages from Isaiah and seeks to reveal the sovereignty, holiness, grace, and glory of God. Awed by His greatness, as participants come to recognize each of the matchless attributes that characterize God, they will also be led, naturally, to a renewed heart of worship. The pastor of Chicago's Harvest Bible Chapel, MacDonald is also founder and host of the popular Walk in the Word radio ministry. (8 sessions)
The Alpha Course : Express & Extended Version MVCC Resource Alpha gives everyone the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course usually meets once a week for 10 weeks, including a one-day or weekend getaway. During the discussion, everyone is welcome to contribute their opinions and no question is considered hostile or too simple. Questions might includeâ€”Is there a God? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going?
Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey â€“ 9 sessions
We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!
Experiencing God by Henry & Richard Blackaby MVCC Resource
Knowing God does not come through a program, a study, or a method. Knowing God comes through a relationship with a Person. This is an intimate love relationship with God. Through this relationship, God reveals Himself, His purposes, and His ways; and He invites you to join Him where He is already at work. This is the central thesis of Experiencing God by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King. The authors' emphasis on revelation through personal relationship makes faith sound like a true adventure--leading believers to engage with people and circumstances they might otherwise have avoided. The organization of Experiencing God adds to this effect, proceeding step by step through the various ways a believer's relationship with God is deepened (via the Bible, prayer, and the Church, among others).
Becoming a Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels & Mark Mitttleberg â€“ 6 sessions
People matter to God. That foundational truth is why Bill Hybels planted a church where people can hear a clear, contemporary presentation of the gospel, relate to others who have decided to follow Jesus and respond to the life-changing good news of the gospel. In Becoming a Contagious Christian you will discover why we are called to be Contagious Christians, how authenticity, compassion and sacrifice help us relate to seekers and how to clearly share the gospel with those you love. This resource is designed for Sunday school, small group and individual study. Let Becoming a Contagious Christian revitalize your passion for evangelism and enable you to fulfill Christ's Great Commission!