Recommended Studies

Life Group Suggested Study Materials

Bible Book Studies

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To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain

Matt Chandler

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Reading Revelation Responsibly

Michael Gorman

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The Book of James: Video Study

Francis Chan

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NT Wright For Everyone Bible Study Series

N.T. Wright

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Matthew: Kingdom Video Series

David Platt

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Judges: Right in The Eye Video Series

Andy Stanley

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How to Read the Bible

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Read the Bible for Life

George Guthrie

Bible Scholar George Guthrie interviews several colleagues in his field on how to read the different genres within the Bible. His personable prose style in presenting the expert analysis offered from his interviewees makes this an easy read and invaluable in interpreting and applying the Bible to contemporary life

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Evangelism

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When Christians Act Like Christians

Jeffery Lee Rosenau

In a world of gossip, quarreling and self-centered monologues, this book seeks to prepare Christians to communicate with Christlike civility. It does so by helping Christians grow in their personal relationship with Jesus so they can be ready to respond as Christ would to people of opposing views.

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Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples

Francis Chan

Pastor and author Francis Chan describes his approach to what it means to follow Jesus and make disciples. First, Chan identifies what it means to be a disciple, then what it means to be the church, and finally lays out how to study the Bible with others for the purpose of multiplying Christian faith in others’ lives.

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Lost and Found

Ed Stetzer

CEO of Lifeway Research Ed Stetzer presents a compelling, data-driven analysis of how to reach millennials (the upcoming generation) with the Gospel.

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Christian Apologetics

Doug Groothuis

A comprehensive work on advocating for Christianity and defending the Christian worldview in the contemporary world. This work is an academic yet easy to read book.

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On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision

William Lane Craig

A compilation of apologetic arguments complete with study and application questions for defending and advocating for Christian faith with neighbors and friends.

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The Case For Christ

Lee Strobel

A journalist’s personal account of his journey from atheism to Christianity as he cross-examines twelve biblical studies experts.

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Discipleship as Lifestyle

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The God Who is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story

D.A. Carson

A thematic approach to the central figure of the entire bible: God. Carson takes a cover-to-cover approach to studying and reading the Bible in order to paint a picture of God deeply rooted in biblical truth.

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Follow Me: A Call to Die, A Call to Live

David Platt

The calling to follow Jesus is not merely to pray a prayer, but to lose one’s life and in losing it, one truly finds it in Christ.

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Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream

David Platt

A challenge of living for Jesus is that we no longer live for our own prosperity or advancement. The challenge is great, but the promise outweighs the fear we experience in choosing to follow Jesus.

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Real Life Discipleship Training Manual

Jim Putnam

With a thorough, results-oriented process that can be applied in other contexts and cultures, this manual explains the necessary components of disciple-making so that every church member can play a part in reaching others for Christ. A great leader’s resource, it shows you how to cultivate new leaders for the future and equip them to make disciples.

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Christian Leadership

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Next Generation Leader

Andy Stanley

Mentoring young leaders as they face the unique issues of a changing world has been pastor and bestselling author Andy Stanley’s passion for more than a decade. Here he shares material from his leadership training sessions, developed to address essential leadership qualities such as character, clarity, courage, and competency. This is the perfect guide for any new leader—or for the mentor of a future leader!

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Faith & Work

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The Gospel at Work

Sebastian Traeger

The Gospel changes everything, including how we work. We are free from the need to seek self-worth through performance. We are free from the fear of losing everything if things don’t go well, free from work without any rest. We are free to work before the King with joy. Working for Jesus changes everything. (154 pages, study/reflection questions at end of each chapter. Great read.

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Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work

Tim Keller

There is meaning in all the work we do. The Gospel truth is that God is at work in our lives through our jobs and careers. The workplace is being redeemed through our interaction with co-workers and relationships build bridges for gospel advancement. This book provides a biblical theology of worship through our jobs and careers.

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Marriage

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You and Me Forever

Francis and Lisa Chan

Marriage is great, but it’s not forever. It’s until death do us part. Then come eternal rewards or regrets depending on how we spent our lives. In his latest book, Francis Chan joins together with his wife Lisa to address the question many couples wonder at the altar: How do I have a great marriage? Setting aside typical topics on marriage, Francis and Lisa dive into Scripture to understand what it means to have a relationship that satisfies the deepest parts of our souls.

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The Meaning of Marriage

Tim and Kathy Keller

Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious.The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.

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Love, Sex and Lasting Relationships

Chip Ingram

A great book for married couples and singles alike. Gives practical and helpful advice on improving marital intimacy and growing a joyful lasting relationship.

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Parenting

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It Starts At Home

Kurt Bruner & Steve Stroope

In collaboration with Focus on the Family, Pastors Kurt Bruner and Steve Stroope give a step-by-step spiritually informed approach to parenting and passing on faith to the next generation. Using information from modern psychology and biblical examples, Bruner and Stroope develop and explain their strategic framework for parenting in the “Imprinting,” “Making impression,” and “Coaching” stages. Each stage corresponds to a child’s psychological and spiritual development.

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Raising Kingdom Kids

Tony Evans

Pastor and Founder of Promise Keepers, Tony Evans, lays out his biblical view of parenting. This book gives realistic and authentic parenting principles on how to raise kids with a biblical worldview in a culture that is trying to drown out the gospel. Evans has included anecdotes from his children along the way and is open and authentic in the book, sharing where he and his wife, Lois, haven’t been perfect but have learned along the way.

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Dealing with Controversial Issues in Scripture

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God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?

David T. Lamb

Alongside troubling passages of God’s punishment and judgment are pictures of God’s love, forgiveness, goodness and slowness to anger. How do we make sense of the seeming contradiction? Can God be trusted or not? David Lamb unpacks the complexity of the Old Testament to explore the character of God. He provides historical and cultural background to shed light on problematic passages and to bring underlying themes to the fore. Without minimizing the sometimes harsh realities of the biblical record, Lamb assembles an overall portrait that gives coherence to our understanding of God in both the Old and New Testaments.

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The Skeletons in God’s Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War

Joshua Ryan Butler

There are some questions no Christian wants to be asked. Many today believe hell, judgment and holy war are “skeletons in God’s closet,” tough topics that, if looked at closely, would reveal a cruel, vindictive tyrant rather than a good and loving God. And we aren’t comfortable with the answers we’ve been given. God is good and coming to redeem his world.

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Slaves, Women and Homosexuals

William Webb

William J. Webb tackles some of the most complex and controversial issues that have challenged the Christian church–and still do. He leads you through the maze of interpretation that has historically surrounded understanding of slaves, women and homosexuals, and he evaluates various approaches to these and other biblical-ethical teachings.

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