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3 Christmas Bible Studies for Advent

3 Christmas Bible Studies for Advent

Is your small group or Sunday school class looking for a Christmas Bible Study? The Advent season is a time to get ready and prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of Christ. Doing a Christmas Bible Study is a chance to build up in anticipation of the grand event, and to dive

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Our Top 5 Men’s Bible Studies – FREE Videos to Watch Now

Are you looking for a great men’s Bible studies to do on your own, in a church setting, or with a small group? We have the resources you need – on sale now for up to 50% off in the FaithGateway Store – and have curated for you a list of some of our bestselling men’s video studies by

Making Your Small Group Work Extended Tip 3

Extended Tip 3: Dealing With People In Crises Definition: Responding to people in crisis or experiencing a tragedy should be done in a manner that keeps the group intact and brings resources to the person whose life is unraveling. The group needs to know how to respond appropriately. Often the crisis will change the reality of how the

Making Your Small Group Work Session 4

Session 4: Determining Your Group’s Purpose   It’s important to determine your group’s purpose. Determining your purpose is done by answering three questions: What kind of group do we want to be? What kind of curriculum will we use? What kind of balance will we have between content (facts and knowledge) and process (thoughts and feelings)?

Making Your Small Group Work Extended Tip 2

Extended Tip 2: When Groups Get Messy Part 2 – Conflict Resolution Definition: Conflict is normal! In every group, there will be people with different opinions, people who bug you, and times when you step on each other’s toes. Conflict resolution is needed when two or more people contribute to a relational breakdown. There are two types of

Making Your Small Group Work Extended Tip 1

Extended Tip 1: When Groups Get Messy Part 1 – Confrontation Definition: Confrontation means taking feedback to the next level. It is often seen as a negative thing, but avoidance only causes more problems. The payoff is better relationships. The word “confrontation” is not adversarial; it means to “turn your face toward” something. Biblical references: • Proverbs 17:10—“A rebuke

Making Your Small Group Work Tip 13

Tip 13: Confessing Your Faults Everyone sins or does things wrong. The group should be a safe place to talk about areas that need improvement. Talking about sin brings it out of the dark and into the light, the only place it can be healed. Biblical references: • James 5:16—“. . . confess your sins to each other

Making Your Small Group Work Tip 12

Tip 12: Group Check-In #2 Just like a car needs a tune-up, your group needs a mid-course check-up. Biblical references: • 1 Corinthians 11:28—Examine yourself before coming to the communion table • 2 Corinthians 13:5—Examine yourselves to see whether you’re in the faith Review of grace, truth, and time: • Grace, truth, and time are the three foundational

Making Your Small Group Work Tip 11

Tip 11: Prayer Use creativity and different techniques when you pray as a group in order to expand people’s understanding of what prayer can be and to deepen the connection with God and each other. Biblical references: • Jeremiah 29:12—“Call upon me . . . and I will listen” • Matthew 6:9—“This, then, is how you should

Making Your Small Group Work Tip 10

Tip 10: Helping Others Take “Growth Risks” Definition: A growth risk is any action or statement, new or out of your comfort zone, that has a possibility of a negative outcome. The challenge is given in the context of the group. Biblical references: • Colossians 1:28—“. . . we present everyone perfect [complete] in Christ . . .”

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