3 Bible Studies on Missions and Service

3 studies on missions service

All In by Mark Batterson - When did we start believing that God wants to send us to safe places to do easy things? Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous. The will of God is not an insurance plan; it’s a daring plan. It’s time to quit living as if the purpose of your life is to arrive safely at death. All In, a four-session video-based Bible study by New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson, challenges participants to resolutely follow God wherever he leads by pointing out that if Jesus is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all. Most people think they are following Jesus. They may think they are following Jesus, but the reality is, they’ve invited Jesus to follow them. They call him Savior, but they’ve never surrendered to him as Lord. Are you following Jesus? Or have you invited Jesus to follow you? Participants will find Batterson’s teaching filled with his customary vivid, contemporary stories as well as biblical characters like Shamgar, Elisha, Jonathan, and Judas. It’s time to go all in for God.

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Unfinished by Richard Stearns - So you believe in God. Now what? Just before he left, Jesus sent his followers into the world with a revolutionary mission: to change the world by proclaiming God’s truth and demonstrating his incredible love. But the single task he gave us to accomplish remains unfinished. In this six-session small group Bible study, bestselling author Rich Stearns takes you and your small group on a breathtaking journey to rediscover the critical mission of Christ in our world today and the richness of God’s calling on our lives. Why are you here, what is your purpose, and where do you fit in the bigger story that God is writing? How should your faith affect your career, your money, your families, and your life? And why does it matter? You will find your deepest purpose only when you discover the unique role God created for you to play in his unfolding story.

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What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren - In this six-session small group bible study DVD, What On Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren helps users discover the answer to life’s most fundamental question. And here’s a clue to the answer: “It’s not about you…You were created by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny.

This is the official study companion for The Purpose Driven Life and is designed for use with the DVD and study guide. Whether you are going to experience this adventure with a small group or on your own, this study will change your life. When combined with the reading of The Purpose Driven Life, the book Publisher’s Weekly declared the “bestselling nonfiction hardback book in history,” this study will give you and your small group the opportunity to discuss the implications and applications of living the life God created you to live. Sessions include: 1. You Matter to God; 2. You Were Planned for God’s Pleasure; 3. You Were Formed for God’s Family; 4. You Were Created to Become Like Christ; 5. You Were Shaped to Serve God; 6. You Were Made for a Mission.

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Has your small group or church Bible study watched any of these videos? We’d love to hear your thoughts on them! Please leave your comments to share them with other FaithGateway small group leaders below.

Chris Fann

Chris Fann is the former Marketing Director for Small Group Studies and Curriculum at HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Zondervan and Thomas Nelson). A former associate pastor at Redwood Valley Community Church and a graduate of Trinity International University with an M.A. in Religious Studies, Fann is currently working at RBC Ministries in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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