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© 2016 by The Caring Place

Connect Group Studies

For your connect group please choose a study from the options listed below. We love to let you all lead your groups from materials that have touched your lives. We have faith in you all and we are thankful that you are helping us live our lives connected. 

SOURCE: Ruth & Esther

North Point Ministries - http://resources.groupleaders.org/resources/detail/67

In two different times and in two distinct ways God used two women to change the course of history. The stories of Ruth and Esther teach us much about what it means to make decisions during difficult times and how God is often working behind the scenes in our circumstances.

SOURCE: Abraham

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While heralded as a patriarch of faith, Abraham's journey was filled with the messiness of life. Family quarrels, deception and manipulation, infertility issues... the list goes on and on. Yet, he chose to trust in the promises that God had presented before him, regardless of how distant and impossible they seemed. And so Abraham is for us an example of faith, and a reminder of what it looks like to trust God with the most important things in our lives.

SOURCE: Jonah & Nahum

North Point Ministries - http://resources.groupleaders.org/resources/detail/69

The book of Jonah follows the journey of a wayward prophet who wants nothing to do with God's mercy for others while the book of Nahum focuses on a country that receives news of its coming destruction. But the central figure in both of these books is God and his qualities of justice and mercy towards the ancient country of Ninevah. This study will examine how God's characteristics of justice and mercy should impact our relationships with others.

SOURCE: Mission (Acts 13 - 28)

North Point Ministries - http://resources.groupleaders.org/resources/detail/70

The first part of the book of Acts records how God began to establish the early church in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. The second half of the book of Acts shows how the gospel then was launched out of Antioch to the ends of the known world, carried by missionaries, the chief of whom was a man named Paul. This six-session study examines Paul's life as he attempted to follow God and the mission that was set before him.

SOURCE: Galatians

North Point Ministries - http://resources.groupleaders.org/resources/detail/71

This study covers the book of Galatians, a letter written by Paul encouraging the Christians in Galatia to return to the freedom that is found in a right relationship with Jesus. He was calling them back to a life of grace where they could chose to truly live our their faith through love. Over the next six weeks you'll hopefully discover if your faith is firmly rooted and lived out in the right way.

 

 

SOURCE: James

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Sometimes it can be an exercise trying to apply the Bible to your daily life. James, on the other hand, makes it perfectly clear for his readers by discussing real-life applications of the Christian faith throughout his letter. In this study you will discover the wisdom behind living out your faith in practical ways.

 

 

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Truth Matters is written directly to any audience, arming them with well-reasoned responses to the accusations that are most likely to appear in their lives, either as upcoming lecture notes and test questions or as inner qualms and questions. Things like: What gives the Bible any authority or credibility? Where is God in a world full of suffering? Why should Christianity be any more believable than any other religious system? And many, many more because it is easy to read yet loaded with meat and substance.  This book is a level-headed reaction to those who equate Christian faith with “blind faith,” even those whose subtle or stated goal is to separate Christians from their religious traditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Truth in a Culture of Doubt takes readers on a journey to explain topics such as the Bible’s origins, the copying of the Bible, alleged contradictions in Scripture, and the relationship between God and evil. Written for all serious students of Scripture, this book will enable you to know how to respond to a wide variety of critical arguments raised against the reliability of Scripture and the truthfulness of Christianity.

 

 

 

I Quit

4 Parts Preview http://www.life.church/watch/i-quit/  (hold Control key and right click)   Talk It Over Questions (PDF) https://open.church/downloads/create/71496-talk-it-over-questions-pdf    Preview DownloadQueue https://open.church/downloads/create/71495    Transcript (TXT) https://open.church/items/71495-transcript-txt

Speakers: Sam RobertsCraig Groeschel

Fed up with the status quo? The way things are isn't the way things have to be. Come see what happens when we're ready to say, "I quit."  There are 4 parts of this study that includes a video, talk it over questions PDF file, and teaching outline.  Part 1 – I Quit Making Excuses, Part 2 – I Quit Complaining, Part 3 – I Quit Living in Fear, Part 4 – I Quit Comparing.

 

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The methodology for this study would be as follows:

    1. The group would read the virtue prior to the meeting.

    2. There would be a teaching lead by you, facilitating a discussion

The methodology encouraged is that the people in the group read the same virtue in DeMarco's book before coming to group.  Then at group the leader would facilitate a discussion on it.  Then, as part of the group time, they would break down into pairs, threes or fours and come up with individual in and out of context practice.  This way it would be tailor made to the individual.  The others in this smaller setting can help with specificity and accountability throughout the two weeks between meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Using Biblical examples and 11 startlingly honest testimonials from present-day followers the author (Kyle Idleman) shows that being a Christian requires sacrifice and an all-consuming commitment to Jesus. Though his message is a direct challenge to the reader, Idleman offers humor and conversation instead of guilt and condemnation. He takes old themes (e.g., take up your cross, suffer for a greater purpose) and repackages them with natural wit and 21st century relevance. The meat of this succinct message could be lost if the titular catchphrase becomes yet another T-shirt slogan. But if readers latch onto the deeper meaning, they could find themselves reevaluating everything from their careers to their relationships. A refreshing read to recharge apathetic churchgoers. (June) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you sometimes perplexed with Jesus’s teaching? Do you really want what he wants? Bestselling author Kyle Idleman reveals that the key to the abundant life Jesus promised lies in embracing His inside-out way of life.
As he examines Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, Kyle unpacks the many counter-intuitive truths, including: brokenness is the way to wholeness, mourning is the path to blessing, and emptiness is required in order to know true fullness. Ultimately you will discover how Jesus transforms you as you begin to live out these paradoxical principles. Because only when you come to the end of yourself can you begin to experience the full, blessed, and whole life Jesus offers.

 

 

 

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Do you hunger for a vibrant spiritual life? Join A.W. Tozer in his passionate search for God in The Pursuit of God! Offering relevant, time-tested insights, he encourages you to seek a personal relationship with your heavenly Father with single-mindedness, clarity, and commitment.

 

 

 

 

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When the Nazis invaded Holland, Corrie ten Boom's quiet life turned into a nightmare. Because she made her home a "hiding place" for Jews, she and her family were sent to a concentration camp. Refusing to despair, Corrie discovered how Jesus can turn loss to glory! This unforgettable story will move you to tears and to joy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Woman’s Study of Nehemiah

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Slanted in women’s view - Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break - Member Book by Kelly Minter is a 7-session Bible study for women. Nehemiah's heart was so broken for those in need that he left the comfort of his Persian palace to help them. Like Kelly's other studies in the "Living Room Series", you'll find authentic Bible teaching, recipes, and a relational approach. Nehemiah also includes 7 video sessions that must be purchased separately and real-life ways to put feet to your faith. Are you ready to let God break your heart for a hurting, lost world and move you in compassion to be the hands and feet of Jesus? Includes Leader helps.

 

 

 

 

 

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Face the Tough Times with Confidence The question is not, “Will I face challenges?” The issue is, “How will I deal with the tough times that come my way?” No one travels far down the road without confronting the sobering reality that life can be hard. The book of Nehemiah is a case study in overcoming life’s challenges. Wave after wave of pain pounded on the shores of Nehemiah’s life, but he kept standing strong. A tsunami of relational, financial, and spiritual attacks came, but he withstood it all in the power of God. As we meditate on Nehemiah’s story, we discover the hope and victory that come when we walk in God’s wisdom through the challenges of life.

 

 

 

 

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Come Close and Meet the One Who Loves You How do you jog your memory and restore your vision of God? A fresh encounter! Look into the face of the Father and see him smile with delight as he gazes adoringly at you. Open your eyes and stand amazed at the glory and intricacies of creation and remember the vastness of God’s handiwork. Peek behind the veil of eternity and get a glimpse of heavenly worship and be swept into the party of praise. The book of Psalms opens our hearts and eyes to the presence, power, and character of God. In this ancient prayer book we discover how to connect with the One who loves us more than we dare to dream.

 

 

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Experience the Transforming Presence of God What if you could look over the shoulders of great saints from the past and learn from their example? Suppose you found a diary that contained the prayers, confessions, and dreams of some of history’s most godly people. What might you learn? How might God teach you? The book of Psalms captures lessons that span the scope of human experience. How do I deal with guilt? Can I overcome fear? What will help me grow to trust God in uncertain times? Where can I find true blessedness? What leads to peace in relationships? These are just some of the life-changing lessons God wants to unfold in your heart as you dig into the teachings of the Psalms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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J. I. Packer's Knowing God has become a classic of the Christian faith. Why? While it gives us information about God with clarity and grace, it does much more---it aids us in actually knowing him, in building our relationship with him, and helps draw us closer to him in love and worship. This 20th anniversary edition of Packer's classic has new Americanized text, reader-friendly type, and a new preface. Study guide not included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How could a loving God send people to hell? Why does he allow suffering? Can one religion be "right" and the others "wrong"? Responding to the questions of open skeptics and ardent believers, Keller draws from literature, philosophy, reason, and real-life conversations to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief.

 

 

 

 

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What did the writer of Genesis mean by “the first day”? Is it a literal week or a series of time periods? If I believe that the earth is 4.5 billion years old, am I denying the authority of Scripture? In response to the continuing controversy over the interpretation of the creation narrative in Genesis, John Lennox proposes a succinct method of reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture. With examples from history, a brief but thorough exploration of the major interpretations, and a look into the particular significance of the creation of human beings, Lennox suggests that Christians can heed modern scientific knowledge while staying faithful to the biblical narrative.

 

 

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Funny how the riches of God's grace seem to run out the moment we're saved! From then on, we tend to base our relationship with him on our accomplishments rather than on his unconditional acceptance. In "Transforming Grace" Bridges addresses the "performance treadmill" and what can happen when we forget how generous God's grace is. Come back to the love that's waiting for you, and learn to trust His grace every day.