These study groups would start on either February 7 or in early March - depending on whether we offer a different outreach type study during the month of February.
The Prodigal God: Finding Your Place at the Table
In this six-session small group Bible study, pastor and bestselling author Timothy Keller uses one of Jesus’ best-loved parables – the Prodigal Son – to illustrate the depth of God’s love and how his grace extends into some very unexpected places.
Taking you beyond the traditional focus on the wayward younger son, Keller helps you glean insights from each of the characters in Jesus' parable: the irreligious younger son, the moralistic elder son, and the Father who lavishes his love on both. Inside this guide, you'll explore questions for group discussion and personal reflection, and exercises that will help you experience the truths of Jesus' parable in your own life. The gospel is neither religion nor irreligion, but something else entirely. Whether you're a devout believer or a skeptic, The Prodigal God will challenge you to see Christianity in a whole new way.
This Prodigal God Discussion Guide will help you uncover, personalize, and apply life-changing insights from The Prodigal God DVD and book. In six captivating sessions, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller opens your eyes to the powerful message of Jesus' best known―and least understood―parable. The Prodigal God is a revelation of the very heart of the gospel: God's radical love for sinners of every kind.
This Discussion Guide is designed for use together with The Prodigal God DVD and book (both sold separately). Includes discussion questions for groups and individuals, suggested resources for further reading, Scripture references, helpful notes for leaders, and much more. When used together with the DVD this study provides users with practical tools that transform their faith.
1. The Parable The People Around Jesus
2. The Two Lost Sons
3. The Elder Brother
4. The True Elder Brother
5. The Feast of the Father
Rendezvous: A Sacred Encounter with God
Most Christians have heard numerous sermons discussing the importance of having a relationship with Christ, but what does that really mean? We accept God's love, openly profess our faith, and follow the beliefs of our church. But how many of us really take time to genuinely know the God who loves us?
We all want to build a real relationship with Christ, but for many words like discipline, obedience, and holiness stir up feelings of guilt and frustration associated with our failure to successfully practice these in the past. Christ wants us to know Him. But He doesn't want us to spend time with Him out of guilt or duty. He wants us to fall in love with Him--so much so that thoughts of Him are with us wherever we go. He wants to rendezvous with us wherever we are. He's waiting for us to see the everyday moments of our lives as opportunities to have sacred encounters with Him.
Rendezvous: A Sacred Encounter with God opens the door to having a new connection with Christ and presents ways to turn our spiritual routine into a sacred romance with the One who loves us most. With mystery and revelation, Frank Moore discusses how we can encounter Christ--in our lives, our closest relationships, our friendships, our community, and the world. He provides a new understanding of how spiritual practices such as submission, hospitality, and compassion can help guide us to sacred rendezvous with God and genuine relationship with Him.
Begin to turn everyday moments into sacred encounters and fall in love with God like never before. Rendezvous with Him. He's waiting. Spiritual Practices Include: Accountability, Bible Reading/Study, Compassion, Congregational Participation, Discipleship, Examination, Direction, Example, Fellowship, Hospitality, Journaling, Justice, Meditation, Moderation, Submission, Mentoring, Prayer, Sabbath, Sacraments, Service/Ministry, Simplicity, Small Group Participation, Suffering, Thinking, Witness, and others.