There is something powerful that happens when a church hears a sermon from the pulpit and then it gets reinforced in the Bible study or small group.
What your congregation will gain with this approach:
- One Big Idea. Rather than people hearing one idea Sunday morning and another in their personal study or group meeting, congregants can focus on one message at a time.
- Processing. This approach allows further reflection and discussion of the message. In a dialogue environment, everyone is able to ask the questions they wanted to ask on Sunday.
- Commitment to the message. Because groups are using a study that reinforces your message, people will be thinking about the message during the week, and leading up to the Sunday service.
- Greater group involvement. Every Sunday focus on the importance of being in a group where “you’ll have the opportunity to dig deeper into this topic” often encourages many to at least try out the idea of being part of a group.
Now that you know the benefits, here are 5 new Bible studies for you to choose from that have free sermon resources.
In this newly filmed six-session video Bible study, bestselling author Philip Yancey explores the concept of grace—something the world cannot duplicate and the one thing it craves above all else—and illustrates what it looks like in action. He also examines how Christians lavish grace on a world that knows far more of cruelty and unforgiveness than it does of mercy.
The core idea of Romans is that we are saved by grace, through faith. In a format designed for small-groups or personal study, Max Lucado welcomes us into the freedom of grace with this exploration of Paul’s letter to the Roman church. When we truly understand the power of grace, it sets us free from having to do good, so that we can do good. There’s no more have to, instead there’s I can do. In this liberating video study–the first of the 40 Days Through the Book series, Lucado focuses on several important themes in the book of Romans.
We’ve all been in circumstances that cause our minds to spin out of control with thoughts that are unproductive, destructive, and harmful. During these moments, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and wonder why we keep repeating the same mistakes. We need to recognize these thoughts are not of God but from a lurking enemy—an enemy who seizes every opportunity to lie his way into our minds and claim control over our lives. In this Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table video-based Bible study, based on King David’s famous words in Psalm 23, pastor and author Louie Giglio offers biblical insight on how to win the battle of your mind!
The prophet Elijah had just experienced a great victory over the prophets of Baal. But it only took a death threat from a wicked queen to send him running for his life into the wilderness. It was there, while hiding out in a dark cave, that he fell into a state of depression. In this five-session video Bible study, bestselling author and pastor Chris Hodges explores this story of the prophet Elijah to reveal how everyone is susceptible to depression. Even when we’re walking closely with God, we can still stumble and get lost in the wilderness of tangled emotions. But Elijah’s story reveals that we don’t have to stay there! We serve a God who meets us in the darkness.
If you want to follow the Messiah, you’ve got to get ready to move! Mark’s gospel has an urgency to it that’s hard to ignore. Mark needed to take the early Christians back to the basics. In his rapid-fire account, he pulls no punches in answering these important questions: Who is this Jesus? What does he expect of me? Is suffering a normal part of the Christian life? What will encourage and strengthen my trust in Jesus? These questions are not born of a lack of faith, but serve to strengthen and stabilize our relationship with the Savior.