June 4th | 11:30am
Interested in leading a small group this summer?
Summer is an opportunity for new rhythms of relationships and renewal. Beginning in June we will take a break from Sermon Discussion Guides and will instead be providing a list of Bible or book studies that can be done together, or done individually with encouragement and updates from the group.
We will have a brief (under 30 minutes) meeting with all small group leaders on Sunday, June 4th, right after church. This meeting will be a chance to share ideas & resources for new or existing small group leaders.
Please let Kate know if you can attend (firstname.lastname@example.org).
New Testament for Everyone. N. T. Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion, with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the back of the book. The series is suitable for group study, personal study, or daily devotions.
Know Doubt: Embracing Uncertainty in Your Faith by John Ortberg. In this refreshingly candid look at what it takes to live a life of faith, John Ortberg takes an honest look at the misgivings and uncertainties that often shake our beliefs as we navigate through the highs and lows of life.
Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey Philip Yancey explores the intimate place where God and humans meet in Prayer. Polls reveal that 90 percent of people pray. Yet prayer, which should be the most nourishing and uplifting time of the believer’s day, can also be frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery. Writing as a fellow pilgrim, Yancey probes such questions as: Is God listening? Why should God care about me? If God knows everything, what’s the point of prayer? Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent? Why does God sometimes seem close and sometimes seem far away? How can I make prayer more satisfying? Yancey tackles the tough questions and in the process comes up with a fresh new approach to this timeless topic. “I have learned to pray as a privilege, not a duty,” he says, and he invites you to join him on this all-important journey.
Psalms of Ascent from She Reads Truth. The Christian life is a climb—a journey of constant growth, sacrifice, and trusting God for what we cannot see. The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) were sung by worshipers as they made the journey up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. They are a series of songs to divide the journey, each one focusing on an essential aspect of the life of a child of God. We’ll dig into these traveling songs with the help of short summary essays and thoughtful, reflective questions for each psalm. Take your pack on your shoulder and walk with us as we pursue God together.
Deeper into Scripture from YouVersion. Deeper Into Scripture is a methodology of scripture reading that instructs, encourages and equips people to read God's Word daily and deeply. We have created a unique four-fold method of bible reading that directs the individual to read a short passage of scripture four times. Each reading is done with a different question, instruction or objective to be considered. This repetitive reading takes us deeply into the Word of God, increases our understanding and draws us closer to Him.
The Apprenticeship series by James Bryan Smith. The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in love with the God Jesus KnowsThe Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of ChristThe Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love
Praying the Lord’s Prayer as a group. Payer is a struggle because creation is at war with God but the Lord’s Prayer helps align our lives around His kingdom. http://thegatewaychurch.com/the-lords-prayer/
Table fellowship. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him (Luke 24:30-31)