Here is a list of Life Groups resources we have available for this Spring of 2014. Please contact the church office to learn how you can become a trained Life Group leader and begin leading your own group, or how you can become a Life Group host.
If you would like to start a Life Group focused on one of the studies below, please contact us so we can list your group’s meeting time and place. If you would like to start a group that studies something other than what is listed here, let us know and we will get you the necessary materials.
New Life Assembly Life Groups
A Life Well Lived
How do I make the most of my life? It’s an important question that we all struggle with, a question that perplexed even the wisest man who ever lived. At the sunset of his life, he looked back and found that this question can only be answered by discovering the answers to more questions. Questions like:
- Can prosperity fix all of my problems?
- Are hardships and difficulties the worst thing for me?
- How can I experience true joy and peace in this crazy and fallen world?
- How can I live a life without regretsThe man who asked these questions was, of course, Solomon. E found answers to these questions, but it was not an easy process. He acquired wealth, chased women, sought wisdom, and in the end he found that none of these things answered life’s questions, nor did they bring real meaning to life.Yet, the answers Solomon did find were, and remain, astounding. They are simple, yet profound and they are found in the book of Ecclesiastes. Are you willing to uncover these answers by studying this troubling book?Journey into the fog in this dynamic and exhilarating study of Solomon’s Ecclesiastes with pastor Tommy
Unemployment is up. Stocks are down. And everybody’s pointing fingers.
If you are like most Americans, you’re wondering what’s going on in Washington. And you’re probably wondering what you’re supposed to do while you wait for somebody to fix things.
Well, here’s an idea.
What if we don’t wait around for somebody else? What if we go ahead and start fixing it ourselves? What if “We the People” tried to get this country on the road to recovery?
Sound like a good idea?
Then you’re ready for Recovery Road.
Always True: God’s Promises When Life Is Hard – Member Book provides a personal guide for this adult Bible study by James MacDonald. that leads individuals and churches to understand the nature of God s promises, which are always true whether in good times or trials in the believer s life. During an extended season of personal crises in his life James discovered that God s promises are always true and that we can trust God to be faithful to His word no matter what we face. These universal promises are based on biblical truths and principles that will provide hope to all believers who face hardship.
Taking Care of Business
Work. For most people it’s a necessity. For some it’s a passion. And for others, it’s a four-letter word to be avoided as much as possible. But for all of us, only one perspective on work really matters: God’s. He ordained it, and He laid out specific guidelines for us to achieve maximum success and fulfillment while on the job. Designed for small group or personal use, this companion study guide to the Taking Care of Business DVD addresses specific problems we’re all familiar with – from dealing with coworkers and superiors while exemplifying Christ, to balancing our work and home life.
The Star of Bethlehem
Stephen McEveety, Producer
For centuries, skeptics and seekers alike have pondered the star of Bethlehem. The Bible describes unusual or even impossible astronomical events at Christ’s birth. Was it a miracle or mere myth? This compelling DVD – from producer Stephen McEveety (“The Passion of the Christ”) – examines Scripture, ancient writings, indisputable astronomical facts and more. Learn nine specific features of the star recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, how it established a date for Jesus’ birth and death . . . and its significance for you today!
Politics & the Christian Faith
Should believers get involved in politics? What’s the relationship between church and state? From his time as counsel to President Richard Nixon to his years as commentator on the radio broadcast Breakpoint, Chuck Colson is uniquely qualified to provide an insider’s perspective on issues of faith and politics. In this four-session DVD curriculum, his discussions are neither “religious right” nor “religious left” but balanced, clear, and biblically based.
Living in the Spirit
George O. Wood
Living in the Spirit offers a comprehensive compilation of perspectives concerning the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. George Wood’s ability to express orthodox Pentecostal theology in creative and refreshing ways is unique. He lucidly expresses his desire that Pentecostals resist being content with memories of powerful past encounters with the Spirit and instead seek to be overwhelmed by the Spirit and demonstrate the enduring evidence of His fullness.
As believers we are called to be in the world, but not conformed to its desires or values. This can be more difficult than we think. More often than not we feel compromised by ungodly influences and emotions like anger, envy, fear, and unforgiveness leak into our hearts and minds. When these feelings take up residence, like a musty house, our souls need a thorough spring cleaning.
Soul Detox by Craig Groeschel explores how we can overcome the emotional and spiritual toxins that assault us daily. With grace and insight you’ll be challenged to examine areas of complacency and bring them into the light of God’s holiness. Learn how to be free from toxic emotions, attitudes, and behaviors, and discover the freedom of choosing to live with the mind of Christ.
Benjamin Franklin said “Many men die at 25 and aren’t buried until they are 75.” Those words struck home with struggling author and speaker Ken Davis—who now shares his own physical, emotional, and spiritual journey back to “the land of the living.” If you’re feeling sidelined or spiritually asleep, his testimony will revive your soul!
Prayer, Does It Make Any Difference?
In theory, prayer is the priceless point of contact between us and God. In practice, it’s often frustrating, confusing, and mysterious. Throughout this 6-session interactive journey, Philip Yancey explores this enigmatic intersection where we meet God, asking—and answering—key questions: Is he listening? What’s the point? Can prayer be more satisfying?
Life of Jesus
‘I strongly recommend this study to anyone who wants to re-examine the deep historical roots of Christian faith and to find them as life-giving as they ever were.’—Tom Wright Join historian John Dickson on this six-session journey through the most significant parts of Jesus’ life. Filmed on location in Israel, the Life of Jesus introduces what we know of Jesus’ birth, teaching, deeds, crucifixion, and resurrection. Includes bonus conversations between John Dickson and humanities scholar Greg Clarke that explore mind-stretching issues such as the existence of God, the problem of suffering, and belief in miracles.
We were not meant to live with dehydrated hearts… come and learn how to quench your soul. Like the woman at the well, we recognize our need for living water. We need moisture, a swallow of water, a long, quenching drink. But where do we find water for the soul? In this renewing and life-giving program, Max Lucado leads us to the four essential nutrients needed by every soul. Explore the well of God’s love with this six-week video series.
A Tale of Two Sons
One of America’s most respected Bible teachers offers new insight into Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son! MacArthur restores brilliance to the familiar Luke 15 passage about our sin and repentance—and God’s mercy and love. Uncovering intriguing historical cultural details, he unveils an unexpected ending to a story you thought had no surprises left!
The Christian Atheist
Does your belief in God impact your life? If the answer is no, you may be a Christian Atheist. A Christian Atheist is someone who believes in God, but lives like He doesn’t exist–you believe in God, but worry all the time, or you believe in God, but trust money more. In The Christian Atheist Craig Groeschel shares from his own journey of growing up in a “Christian” household, but the most that faith required was to attend church several times a year. When Groeschel discovered that the real key to faith is intimacy with God, everything changed. Discover a powerful, intimate relationship with God for yourself and you’ll never be the same.
Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith
Your faith matters to God! Imagine how differently you would respond to life if you knew with unshakeable confidence that God was with you. Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith is an exciting DVD study from Andy Stanley that establishes the biblical case for five things God uses to grow BIG faith
The Miracles of Jesus
Healer of diseases. Master of nature. Conqueror of demons and death. Jesus not only preached the kingdom of God in word, but he demonstrated it in power through his miraculous deeds. In six engaging, interactive small group sessions, this Deep Connection participant’s guide and the companion DVD (sold separately) give you a unique, in-depth look at the miracles of Jesus. Your eyes will be opened to their impact on the lives he touched, what they reveal about God’s heart, and their significance for you today.
A Savior is Born
In our frantic consumer-driven society, how can we make sure that the Christmas “holiday” remains a holy day? Pete Briscoe offers a series of cinematic short films capturing the events surrounding Jesus’ birth—-and brings us back to the roots of our faith. His four 12-minute teaching sessions celebrate hope, peace, love, and joy.
The Promised Land
Ray Vander Laan
Travel to Israel and radically change your understanding of the Scriptures. Wet your feet in the Jordan River and impact the culture with life-giving water. Show your trust in the Lord’s provision by offering up first fruits at Jericho. And cleanse the land by confronting evil and using the tools of society to redeem your world for God. In this first volume of the “That the World May Know” series, historian and teacher Ray Vander Laan will show you how God guided his people to a specific place – the Promised Land – to impact the world both in ancient times and today.
The Life You’ve Always Wanted
Based on John Ortberg’s ECPA bestseller on the spiritual disciplines, this DVD/participant guide set helps group participants gain the skills essential to “running the marathon” in the Christian life: slowing down, celebrating joy, practicing prayer, studying Scripture, and trusting God.
The Best Question Ever
We all have regrets—things we wish we’d never done or said. But life doesn’t have to be that way! While trying to help people distraught over bad decisions, Andy Stanley discovered The Best Question Ever. Now he shares it with you in this 6-part DVD. Discover the power to goof-proof your decision making with the simple question: “What’s the wise thing to do?”
Faith, Hope and Luck
It’s risky business when faith in God relies on our interpretation of his activity—or lack of it—in our lives! Andy Stanley reveals the difference between faith and hope; offers a biblical definition of faith; and deconstructs “The Faith Movement.” A great way to spark individual reflection and group discussion.
Having trouble discerning what your next move in life should be? In four 20-minute small-group sessions and four full-length sermons, Andy Stanley discusses the important questions that will help you determine your best course of action. Learn how to enhance your life by making sound, godly decisions!
The Case For Christ
Lee Strobel and Garry Poole
A seasoned journalist chases down the biggest story on record in The Case for Christ. Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, former Chicago Tribune legal editor Lee Strobel cross-examines a dozen experts with tough, point-blank questions in search of credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth was positively the Son of God. This riveting quest for the truth about history’s most compelling figure reads like a captivating, fast-paced novel, yet it’s anything but fiction! An ideal paperback for skeptics!
Living With Confidence in a Chaotic World
Dr. David Jeremiah
Practical instruction for living a confident life in a world filled with chaos and crisis.
In the “New York Times” best-seller “What in the World Is Going On?” Dr. David Jeremiah summarized ten prophetic clues that are coming true in our own generation. In light of these chaotic events, how can we continue to live a life of commitment and confidence? Looking through the lens of the same verses that speak of Christ’s return Dr. Jeremiah now points us to the habits we must establish that will form a pattern for living with certain hope in our uncertain times. They include how to stay: Centered in Christ Committed to the Word Compassionate toward others Connected to the church Consistent in your walk Calm in your heart Certain of His coming Confident in your faith.
What’s so Amazing About Grace?
Philip Yancey, editor-at-large for Christianity Today, has written 13 Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards. In this masterful combination of theology, literary allusions, biographical profiles, and personal illustrations, he introduces us to Christianity’s great distinctive—grace.
An Invitation to Christmas
In An Invitation to Christmas, Andy Stanley uses a few colorful characters to remind us from whom Jesus came and to explain the importance of their roles in the Christmas story. DVD includes a one-part message, along with a special bonus reading of the Christmas story. Bonus Music CD Tracklist: Do You Hear? by James David Carter, All Creation Sing(Joy to the World) by Seth Condrey, Everything Changed by Eddie Kirkland, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Chinua Hawk.
Have the Funeral
MacDonald identifies for your group the specific crisis required for forgiveness before expertly initiating the process of forgiveness. Along the way, your group will come to a better understanding of the consequences of unforgiveness, the reasons we often don’t forgive, and the common rationalizations for refusing to forgive. The end result is understanding forgiveness as God does: not forgetting-but choosing not to remember.
The Twelve Words of Christmas
It’s the greatest story ever told—and it began with 12 words! A dynamic and compelling teacher, Louie Giglio proclaims the triumphant message of Jesus’ birth—God is with us, full of grace and truth; no one is beyond the reach of his love; and he’s at work in you, even in the midst of life’s messiness.
This set of five CHAZOWN (Hebrew for “vision”) DVDs is packed full of in-your-face honesty and incredible energy that will move your life forward with purpose and vision. Each of the five DVDS has a run time of approximately ten minutes and addresses a key area of your life. They are:
- Relationship with God
- Relationships with people
- Financial life
- Physical life
- Work life
Dare to Be Uncommon
Do you want your life to be Uncommon? Do you want to be known for flashes of goodness and great moments, or as a man of character and integrity in all circumstances?
God’s desire is to give meaning and purpose to your life by giving you dreams and goals that only you can accomplish. But every day you’re fed messages, expectations, and images that push you to live a life other than the one God has planned for you. How can you counteract those messages? How can you maintain your character, in all parts of your life? Let Super Bowl-Winning Coach Tony Dungy be your coach as you walk together through these questions and more.
This 7-week study is meant to be done in a group setting and includes experiences that relate to the session’s topic, discussion, Bible study, reflection, and commitment options that will help you continue to grow.
A DVD, available in the Leader Pack, contains seven “pep talks” from Coach Dungy. Each 2-minute talk motivates men to personally apply Coach Dungy’s strategies.
Wild at Heart
A companion to the video series, this Wild At Heart: A Band Of Brothers Participant’s Guide will provide wisdom and insight as you embark on a journey to discover how God can heal your wounded heart and put a spirit of adventure back in your life.
Here and Now…There and Then Listening Guide: A Lecture Series on Revelation
Here and Now…There and Then by Beth Moore is an 11-session lecture series on the book of Revelation. Beth presents many points of view, allowing women to decide for themselves when the interpretation varies among scholars. She teaches that God is as specific about what He does reveal as He is about what He does not reveal. The Listening Guide is a book for note taking during the teaching sessions. It also has one homework assignment for each week. Paperback.
Fathered by God
The participant’s guide to the video curriculum presented in eight DVD sessions is designed to be used with small groups of men meeting together for an hour and a half each week to view the DVD and discuss the topic. Sections in the guide will help to facilitate conversation and provide some direction and questions for going deeper on each topic between meetings.
* Are you drawn by the call of the wild? Is your idea of spiritual growth spending time in God’s country? Join Jason Cruise on real-life sporting adventures—and learn from Peter, the fisher of men! Connecting divine truths with experiences in the great outdoors, Cruise’s 6-session study will bring you face to face with the God of creation!
Not a Fan
If Jesus were to sit down with you right now and have a DTR (Define the Relationship) conversation, how would you respond? Are you truly his follower or just a fan-or perhaps someone who doesn’t even care about the difference? Not a Fan invites you to make Jesus not merely the object of your admiration, but the very center of your life. Through biblical teaching, anecdotes, and humor, Kyle Idleman explores what it means to truly be a follower of Christ. He also shares several powerful Not a Fan stories–testimonies from fellow followers who turned to Jesus. Don’t miss this wake up call to radical discipleship!
Who is This Man?
In this five-session video-based study pack, pastor and bestselling author John Ortberg reveals how Jesus and Christianity came to make an inescapable influence on our world, and how you as a Christian can have an inescapable influence too.The DVD contains five sessions, totaling 90 minutes. The accompanying study guide features video notes, group discussion questions, informative quotes, and ideas for personal application. Sessions include:
- Session One: The Man Who Won’t Go Away
- Session Two: A Revolution of Humanity
- Session Three: The Power of Forgiveness
- Session Four: Why It’s a Small World After All
- Session Five: Three Days That Changed the World