Small Group Studies from Saddleback II

This month we will continue our look at some wonderful small group studies from Saddleback Church. All studies can be purchased at http://www.saddlebackresources.com/en-US/SmallGroups/SmallGroupsHome.htm

God’s Answers to Life’s Difficult Questions

How can I … cope with stress? rebound from failure? defeat depression? have peace of mind? Life’s difficult questions have answers. Answers from the Bible that can change your outlook—and your life. The study takes you inside the Scriptures to see what they reveal about twelve of the most pressing questions people ask. They are questions you yourself either have asked or most likely will ask.

SESSION TITLES:

How Can I Cope with Stress?
How Can I Rebound from Failure?
How Can I Be Confident in a Crisis?
How Can I Live Above Average?
How Can I Overcome Loneliness?
How Can I Ever Change?

The Way of a Worshiper
Small Group Study and Hardback Book

Are you looking for God? The pursuit of God is the chase of a life time. In fact, it’s been going on since the day you were born. The question is: Have you been the hunter or the prey?

This book, study and sermon series is not about music. It’s not even about going to church. It’s about living your life as an offering of worship to God. It’s about tapping into the source of power to live the Christian life. And it’s about discovering the secret to friendship with God.

Through his very practical, engaging, and at times surprising insights, Buddy shares truths from Scripture and from life that will help you understand in a new and deeper way just what it means to be a worshiper. Buddy Owens is the general editor of The NIV Worship Bible (Zondervan/Maranatha!). He currently serves on the pastoral team at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. Buddy is a national speaker for Promise Keepers and other church leadership conferences.

Matthew: Inside Out Living

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” so begins the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ longest sermon in the New Testament. And with these words, Jesus introduces us to a whole new way of living – inside out living!

The Sermon on the Mount is a blueprint for building the Christian life that covers three chapters of the book of Matthew, and includes the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus’ teachings about worry, forgiveness, integrity, loving our enemies, storing up treasures in Heaven, and many other topics. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reaches beneath our actions to the attitudes that motivate us. He teaches us how to stop living for ourselves, and how to start living beyond ourselves. And that kind of living is inside out living.
Small groups will find this study, taught by Pastor Lance Witt of Saddleback to be challenging, practical, at times controversial, and always quite surprising.

This curriculum offers three 6-7 week volumes. Each small group will need one DVD (which provides the teaching), and one study guide for each participant.

1 Thessalonians: A Spiritual Road Map in a Mixed Up World

Life happens fast. Each and every day you make decisions regarding who and what will receive your time, money, and attention. At some point you have realized there is not enough of you for all the demands and, if you are like many of us, you have probably anticipated eternity more than ever during these moments. But what if life is meant to be more than simply waiting for eternity? What if it is meant to be a journey toward eternity? In A Spiritual Road Map in a Mixed Up World, a study of 1 Thessalonians taught by Pastor Lance Witt, small group participants will work through thought-provoking questions and discussion prompting them to unpack the spiritual road map prepared for the Thessalonians and engage the group in deeper study, application, and prayer.

This curriculum is video-based. Each small group will need one DVD (which provides the teaching), and one study guide for each participant.

James: Developing a Faith That Works

Pastor Rick teaches on the five marks of maturity in this verse by verse study through the book of James. Available as a two-volume (six-weeks each) small group curriculum or a 15-message sermon series. Explore how to be positive under the pressure of problems, how to make wise decisions, how to deal with temptation and how to be blessed by the Bible. Learn how to treat people right, how to have real faith, how to manage your mouth, how to relate wisely to others and how to avoid arguments. Understand why it is our nature to judge others and how to break that habit, learn the common mistakes we make in facing our future and how to avoid them, and how to be wise with our wealth. Look at when, why and how to develop patience, and finally how to pray about our problems.

This curriculum is video-based. Each small group will need one DVD (which provides the teaching), and one study guide for each participant.

Managing Our Finances God’s Way

One out of every six verses in Matthew, Mark, and Luke is about material possessions, and nearly half of Jesus’ parables are about possessions. Managing Our Finances God’s Way is a 7-week, video-based small group study that will inspire your members to live debt-free and manage their finances according to Biblical principles.  Developed in partnership with Crown Financial Ministries, this complete curriculum includes a CD-Rom with every workbook that provides financial worksheets for your personal budgeting and planning. Combine this study with a sermon collection on financial topics, drawn from several sermon series over the years, in order to reinforce the weekly themes of God’s provision, materialism, priorities, giving, debt, etc.

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