Small Group Resources
This section includes traditional study booklets, DVD-based studies and innovative worship resources for use in small groups.
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NOTE: We have single copies of many of these studies but the sheer volume of material available means that re:fresh cannot stock everything. If you wish to order multiple copies of a book for your study group, please leave time for us to obtain copies. It can also be helpful to have an alternative in mind in case a particular study is out of print.
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Life Journeys with Jeff Lucas
DVD-based small group study resources from CWR
Each pack includes a DVD with four or more short talks by Jeff Lucas and a study book with daily Bible readings, icebreakers, group study notes and questions. Further copies of the study books can be purchased separately.
Life - The Journey for New Christians
A six-week DVD resource for individual or group use. It comprises a DVD with six introductory sessions with Jeff and others (including Adrian Plass and Ishmael) and a 48-page booklet with discussion starters for each session and daily reading notes for use between each session. The latter are intended for personal study and include Bible readings and notes for each day.
The Impossible Dream
Filmed in India and based on Micah 6:8, this pack comprises six ten-minute talks by Jeff Lucas addressing the issue of poverty, injustice, oppression and exploitation. The studies explore ways in which we can combine compassionate action on behalf of the disadvantaged with our mission to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Lost & Found - Become a prodigal-friendly church
Jeff Lucas examines reasons why people walk away from the Church and how we can create caring communities that make people want to stay and that encourage the prodigals to return.
A walk on the Wild Side
Four studies, based on the book of Jonah, examining how we can partner with God in mission. Jeff Lucas talks about God's passion for his people and encourages us to trust, even when we don't understand what God is doing.
Elijah - Prophet at a Loss
Filmed in London, the four studies present Elijah as a man of mixed emotions - sometimes bold and strong, at others depressed and discouraged. Jeff Lucas takes events from our history as well as Elijah's to help us make our stand for God.
How to form authentic kingdom-centred friendships that will last and become richer with the years. The four studies look at:-
# The Power of Love
# Hopes and Disappointments
# Falling Out
# Friendship that Builds
Singing in the Rain
Six studies which aim to help us navigate life's rough waters with confidence and poise by examining Jesus' actions in the week leading up to his crucifixion. This series is ideal for Lent studies.
Stop Looking for the Will of God
Jeff Lucas demonstrates how we can discover God's will for our lives by seeking God for himself instead of getting hung up on what he wants us to do.
Multiply - Disciples making disciples
by Francis Chan with Mark Beuving
Multiply is written as a 24-session course in discipling for use in small groups. It is not so much about techniques as what to teach disciples and so offers material to strengthen the faith of the teacher as well as the taught. It ranges through material on discipleship, the church, studying the Bible, understanding the Old Testament and understanding the New Testament.
Each session is accompanied by a 5-minute on-line video.
Published by David C Cook/Kingsway. 333 pages, paperback. £8.99.
Cover to Cover Bible Studies
This ever-expanding series is produced by CWR for individual or group study. Typically each Guide contains seven sessions covering a Bible book, passage or a theme. Many are written by the late Selwyn Hughes adapted and supplemented by Ian Sewter.
Each session includes an opening icebreaker, Suggested Bible Readings, an introduction to the passage or topic, "Discussion Starter" questions, a personal application and notes on Seeing Jesus in the passage. There are also separate notes for group leaders.
2 Timothy & Titus - Vital Christianity
The 23rd Psalm
Nehemiah - Principles for life
Hebrews - Jesus, Simply the Best
The Second Coming
The Sermon on the Mount
The Prodigal Son
The Divine Blueprint
Fruit of the Spirit
God's Rescue Plan
Rivers of Justice - Responding to God's call to Righteousness
Advent - Joy to the World
Advent - When He comes
Lent - The Time has come
Gospel in Life
by Timothy Keller
Gospel in Life is an intensive eight-session course on the Gospel and how it is to be lived out in our personal lives, in the community and in the world. It comprises a study guide and separate DVD. The Study Guide contains Bible studies, group discussion questions, home studies and notes to help leaders.
Good Book Guides –
studies for groups and individuals
The aim of each study in this series is to “uncover the meaning of a passage, and see how it fits into the ‘big picture’ of the Bible”, with an emphasis on applying what has been discovered to everyday life. Each study includes a "talkabout" discussion starter question, an introduction, questions to "investigate" what the passage is saying and questions to "apply" the passage plus suggestions to explore further and suggestions for prayer. A leader’s guide is included.
The Series includes:-
Ruth: Poverty and Plenty
Psalms: Soul Songs
Psalms: Work Songs
David: God's True King
Ezekial: The God of Glory
Zechariah: God's Big Plan for Struggling Christians
Mark 1-8: The Coming King
Mark 9-16: The Servant King
Romans 1-5: God & You
2 Corinthians 1-7: True Discipleship
Colossians: Confident Christianity
I Thessalonians: Living to Please God
2 Timothy: Faithful to the end
Hebrews: Consider Jesus
I Peter: Living in the Real World
1 John: How to be sure
The Apostles Creed
Contentment - Healing the hunger of our hearts
Women of Faith
The Holy Spirit
Man of God
Small Group Toolbox from CWR
• Hearing from God
• Discovering your
Four studies per book
Each study comprises:-
• A preview
• Personal exploration
• Studying together
• Applying the Scriptures
The Talking About Series
Short films to get you talking
Each DVD contains approximately twenty short films that can be shown individually or as part of a longer series. They aim to provide easy-to-use sermon introductions or discussion starters for small groups and churches and include a study guide and details of further internet resources. Leading Christian speakers offer insight on various topics addressed within the series, including Philip Yancey, Nick Pollard, Andrew White, Anna Robbins, Jennifer Rees Larcombe and Krish Kandiah. £10.99
Talking about Jesus
18 short films featuring Philip Yancey, Krish Kandiah, Anna Robbins, Andrew Whjite, Nick Pollard, and many more covering questions such as:-
What does Jesus life teach us today? Why did Jesus have to die? Can we be sure that Jesus rose from the dead?
6 sessions each with 3 films on these topics:
Jesus' incarnation, miracles, teaching, attitudes, death, resurrection
Talking about Prayer
- 20 short films (5 each topic) featuring Pete Greig, R T Kendall, Jennifer Rees Larcombe, Nick Pollard, Beth and Matt Redman and many more
Why should we pray?
What happens when we pray?
Jesus taught us how to pray?
How do I ....?
Study guide included and additional internet resources available
Talking about Forgiveness
21 short films(6-9 each topic) featuring Timothy Dudley Smith, Faith Forster, Rob Parsons, Tim Keller, Jill Saward and many more
What is forgiveness?
Why should I forgive?
How do I forgive?
LifeGuide Bible Studies from IVP
New to the UK, this series includes a large range of thematic studies and character studies as well as studies in Old and New Testament books.
Following the familiar format of the LifeBuilder series, each guide has eight to 12 studies, each based on a relevant Bible passage. Each session has introductory notes and suggestions for an initial discussion ands personal reflection followed by about 12 questions for discussion. Plus separate leaders' notes. £4.99 each.
Growing Older & Wiser
by Dale & Sandy Larsen
9 studies for those who are growing older.
Wise Up! - James 1
Listening to the Young - Job 32
When the kids are grownups too - Exodus 18
Dealing with fears - Psalm 71
Hospitality - God's Call to Compassion
by Patty Pell
9 studies including:-
Hosting the traveller (Genesis 18 and Exodues 2)
A heart of hospitality - Psalm 146
Dwelling in service - Matthew 25
Destroying barriers - Acts 10
Money & Work
by Carolyn Nystrom
10 studies including:-
What is my time worth? - Ecclesiastes 3 and 12
Use or lose - Matthew 25:14-30
Why work? - 2 Thessalonians 3
How much is enough? - Ecclesiastes 5
How much is too much? - 1 Timothy 6
Missions - God's Heart for the World
by Paul Borthwick
9 studies including:-
God the seeker - Genesis 3
God's attack on Racism - Jonah
Concentric-Circle outreach - Acts 1
The Motivational example - Philippians 2
Sabbath - the Gift of Rest
by Lynne M Baab
Eight studies including:-
An invitation to rest in abundance - Genesis 1-2
Finding refreshment in God's Creation - Exodus 20
Discovering Sabbath delight - Isaiah 58
A Goift for us - Mark 2
Exodus - Learning to Trust God
by James Reapsome
24 studies in the book of Exodus with an emphasis on trusting God. In the story of the Israelites' struggles we can learn how to handle hardship and hope.
Jesus the Reason
by James W. Sire
Eight studies looking at different incidents in the life of Jesus to give users reason to believe. Topics include:-
Jesus the lover of sinners - Luke 7
Jesus the servant and saviour - Mark 10
Jesus the Sacrifice - Mark 14-15
The Resurrection of Jesus - Luke 24
Four new LifeBuilder studies from Scripture Union:-
• Prayers of the Old Testament
• Following Jesus
• Coming of the Saviour
• Paul - His Life & Teaching
Christian Basics Bible Studies
A series of study guides based on well-known books. Each guide has six chapters and follows a workbook format with:-
• Introductory notes and questions
• A Bible passage with questions
• More questions to help readers apply the passage in daily life
• Suggestions for prayer
Guides (price £3.99 each) cover:-
Certainty based on Know Why you Believe by Paul Little
Character based on Who you are when No One's Looking by Bill Hybels
Christ based on Basic Christianity by John Stott
Commitment based on My Heart - Christ's Home by Robert Boyd Munger
Decisions based on Finding God's Will by J.I. Packer
Excellence based on Run with the Horses by Eugene Peterson
Hope based on Never Beyond Hope by J.I. Packer & Carolyn Nystrom
Perseverence based on A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Peterson
Prayer based on Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybells
Priorities based on Tyranny of the Urgent by Charles Hummel
Transformation based on Developing a Heart for God by R Manley Pippert
Wisdom based on Making Life Work by Bill Hybells
Witnessing based on How to Give Away your Faith by Paul Little
Lifebuilder Bible Studies
Lifebuilder is the definitive and probably the most popular series of Bible Study Guides for individual or small group use. Published by Scripture Union, there are more than 100 books in all. Each comprises 10-12 separate studies with an introduction and about a dozen questions. There is a separate section of “Leader’s Notes” at the end of each book giving guidance on how to lead a group and help on individual questions. Authors include Jim Packer, John White, John Stott, Eugene Peterson and Leighton Ford. A recent addition is The Story of God and Man (left) which traces God's big plan from Genesis to Revelation in 12 sessions.
There are four main series as follows:-
# Topical studies 36 books covering themes such as Christian Beliefs, Faith, Angels, Forgiveness, the Fruit of the Spirit, Parables, Prayer, Singleness, Suffering and Spiritual Warfare.
# Character Studies. This includes books on individual characters – David, Joseph and Peter – and books with one study for each character, covering Old Testament Characters, New Testament Characters, Old Testament Kings and Women of the Bible.
# Old Testament Books covering 18 books including Genesis (26 studies in three parts), Nehemiah, Esther and Psalms.
# New Testament Books covering all of the New Testament books
New Testament for Everyone Bible Study Guides
These guides can be used on their own or alongside Tom Wright’s New Testament for Everyone commentaries. Each session has an introduction, opening question, about a dozen questions and prayer suggestions. Ideally, a leader would use the associated commentary while members each have copies of the Study Guide.
Old Testament for Everyone Bible Study Guides
An expanding series of guides which includes Genesis for Everyone Part I (Genesis 1-16), Genesis for Everyone Part II (Genesis 17-50), Exodus and Levitiicus for Everyone, Numbers and Deuteronomy for Everyone, 1 & 2 Samuel for Everyone and Joshua, Judges and Ruth for Everyone.
IVP Bible Study Guides
Inter Varsity Press offers more than fifty Study Guides in seven series. Most of these series' comprise about eight 64-page booklets with six to eight studies on a common theme.
John Stott Bible Studies – A series of ten books covering The Beatitudes, Jesus Christ and ten New Testament Books with linked themes such as Acts – Seeing the Spirit at Work; Romans – Encountering the gospel’s power and Ephesians – Building a community in Christ. 8-20 studies per book.
Christian Basics – 13 books by well-known authors including Paul Little, Bill Hybels and John Stott. Each comprises six studies on subjects such as Certainty, Christ, Hope, Perseverence, Prayer, Priorities and Witnessing.
Fruit of the Spirit – Eight books each devoted to a separate characteristic. Six studies per book, 80 pages £2.50 each
Pathway Bible Guides – Straightforward Bible Studies for small groups
Pathway Bible Guides aim to provide simple, straightforward Bible study material that is suitable for both new Christians and those with a limited grasp of English who may find other materials too difficult. There is a helpful, comprehensive leader’s guide in each book and the books are based on individual books of the Bible. Published by Matthias Media.
DVD So who is this Jesus? presented by Russell Boulter
This is an excellent DVD for use with teenagers or seeker groups. It comprises three 17-minute sessions which run consecutively but can be played individually. Set in Israel, it begins with an Old Testament background, from Abraham to the baptism of Jesus; the second episode looks at the birth of Jesus and key elements in his life leading up to the claim “I am the way, the truth and the life” while the third episode looks especially at the Garden of Gethsemane, the trial of Jesus, his death and resurrection.
There are also additional features including a 19-minute testimony by Brian Russ, jailed for attempted murder, 21 questions about the Christian faith, and historical information on Christian Social reformers.
The language, format and choice of Russell Boulter (The Bill) as the Narrator make this an easy DVD to watch. It moves quickly and yet provides a solid foundation for the message, including the significance of animal sacrifices, the meaning of new birth and the importance of the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is filmed against appropriate backgrounds including a Nazareth carpenter’s shop, a marketplace, the shores of the Sea of Galilee etc. with short vignettes to add interest.
DVD God is closer than you think by John Ortberg
John Ortberg is a teaching pastor in California. He is the bestselling author of If you want to walk on water you've got to get out of the boat. He has also written for Christianity Today and Leadership Journal.
In this DVD John Ortberg leads the group through six sessions focused on helping participants to experience greater intimacy with God. He looks at experiencing God’s presence in the midst of a busy life, hearing God speak, and God’s desire for closeness with His people.
This DVD is for those desiring a closer relationship with God, and is suitable for youth or adult groups. Much of the teaching is filmed on location, with John talking to a small group of people of mixed ages. It comes with a comprehensive Leader’s guide, and participant guides are also available for purchase at £5.99 each. As well as the sessions, the DVD includes information on using the DVD and ideas for leading a small group.
A typical session includes an introduction by John, introductory questions to discuss, teaching (approx 12 minutes), questions for group discussion and personal reflection, and a ‘final word’ by John.
Other teaching DVDs by John Ortberg, based on his popular books, include ‘If you want to walk on water you’ve got to get out of the boat’, and ‘The life you’ve always wanted’.
DVD What's so Amazing about Grace? by Philip Yancey
(Small Group Edition DVD and Participants' Guide
This DVD contains ten sessions which include interviews that integrate true-life experiences with Yancey’s powerful teaching on grace. These sessions will encourage your group to discuss and explore the many facets of grace and integrating grace into everyday life. Each session in the Participants Guide contains a mix of opening questions to consider, notes from the DVD, Bible Study questions, and discussion questions.
DVD - If you want to walk on water you've got to get out of the boat by John Ortberg
Popular Christian author John Ortberg has produced a DVD based on his best-selling book of the same title. This has six sessions that include video clips and group discussions designed to help participants discover more about hearing and responding positively to God’s call, managing failure and trusting God .The Participant’s Guide includes topics for both individual and group discussion and exploration.