13 May

5 Studies from Lisa Harper

Lisa Harper has been lauded as a compelling communicator, whose writing and speaking emphasize that accruing knowledge about God pales next to a real and intimate relationship with Jesus. Her style combines sound biblical exposition and exegesis with engaging anecdotes and comedic wit. Her vocational resume is comprised of 30+ years of church and para-church ministry leadership, including 6 years as the director of Focus on the Family’s national women’s ministry where she created the popular “Renewing the Heart” conferences, which were attended by almost 200,000 women, as well as a decade of touring with “Women of Faith,” where she spoke to over a million women about the unconditional love of God.

Here are 5 studies from Lisa:

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01 May

New Studies in May 2024

Many small groups take a break in summer since it’s difficult to plan gatherings with vacations and travel. But that doesn’t mean that your spiritual life takes a hiatus. We have a number of Bible studies that while they can definitely be used by groups are ideal for personal Bible study. Explore living in tension within the church and Christian community in Scot McKnight’s 1 Corinthians Bible study. Or spend the next year developing a close personal relationship with Jesus in Experiencing the Heart of Jesus for 52 Weeks from Max Lucado. Keep reading to learn more about both of these and others!

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22 April

Top 5 Bible Studies for Moms

Mothers are entrusted with a divine mission: to nurture and guide their children towards knowing God. But this calling comes with hard questions, difficult challenges, and unparalleled joys. From how to capture peace in the midst of hard seasons, apply biblical lessons to your own modern-day struggles, or experience Jesus’ presence every single day, these Bible studies will equip and encourage moms in their daily walk with God.

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15 April

Watch Your Spiritual Growth Takeoff

As a valued member of our community, I wanted to introduce you to our YouTube channel!

We’re committed to providing valuable content that fosters spiritual growth in you and your Bible study groups. Our YouTube channel is an extension of this commitment, offering a wide array of videos tailored just for you.

What can you expect from our channel?

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01 April

New Studies in April 2024

April is a great time to begin a new Bible study before summer starts. How are you being led to grow in this season? Explore how to live out the gospel in all of life—first in our hearts, then in community, and ultimately out into the world in Tim Keller’s Gospel in Life. Or discover what the mission of the Church is and your specific part in that mission is in the next volume of the Jesus Bible Study series from Passion. Keep reading to learn more about both of these and others!

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18 March

5 Studies from Jennie Allen

Jennie is the founder and visionary of IF:Gathering as well as the bestselling author of Get Out of Your Head, Made for This, Anything, and Nothing to Prove. A frequent speaker at national events and conferences, she is a passionate leader, following God’s call on her life to catalyze a generation to live what they believe. Jennie earned a master’s in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Zac, have four children.

Here are 5 studies from Jennie:

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12 March

The State of the Bible and Scripture Engagement

Every year the American Bible Society does extensive research into how engaged Americans are with the Bible, in a report called The State of the Bible. You can access this report here.

One of the startling statistics shared in the report was the dip in Bible users in the last two years (see below).

For most of the last decade, around 50% of Americans said they used the Bible 3+ times per year (ABS’s measurement of being a Bible User). In 2022, that number dropped 11 points to 39%. Only 2 out of 5 Americans were Bible Users. Then last year, that percentage number held steady with the overall number decreasing slightly – 103 million to 100 million.

Digging into the profile shows that women (41%) are more likely to be Bible Users than men (36%). Never-married people (30%) are least likely to use the Bible, but interestingly, people who are separated (52%) are most likely. Black Americans (57%) are most likely to be Bible Users, while Asians (27%) and Whites (35%) are least likely. Bible Use seems to increase with age, as Elders (48%) are most likely and Generation Z (30%) least likely to turn to Scripture.

This can be disheartening but I think there is a huge opportunity. The “Movable Middle” is not disengaged but has large sways in Bible use year to year. Looking at the reported frustrations with Bible reading is also eye-opening.

For the “Movable Middle,” the highest frustration is that they don’t know where to start, followed closely by difficulty relating to the language. Bible studies, and those specifically studying a book of the Bible, can directly help with those frustrations!

Take one of the most popular books of the Bible, the gospel of John. Many people do start here in there Bible engagement journey. What if people had a plan to read through the gospel in a specific amount of time? Not a compressed period, mind you, as the #1 reason most people don’t engage Scripture is lack of time (see above). But reading through John in 40 days, that feels doable. And what if, while you were reading it, you had a trusted teacher pointing out helpful distinctions and intricacies? And best of all, what if you did all this with others on the same journey, not only to keep one another accountable but also to share learnings, questions, and highlights?

All this may sound too good to be true but HarperChristian Resources has just this type of Bible study. Kyle Idleman, pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky teaches through the gospel of John in six bite-sized sessions while participants are reading through the book and have a study guide to help them in a group to go deeper. You can check out Kyle’s full first teaching here:

Try it out in your life or small group! Pick up a copy of John by Kyle Idleman for 30% off at ChurchSource. Here’s what one user said:

Did you know that HarperChristian Resources has studies on most books of the Bible? Click the banner below to see all the options for each book of the Bible.

19 February

5 Studies from Craig Groeschel

Craig is a New York Times bestselling author of books on a wide variety of topics, including dating and marriage, social media, purpose, direction, church leadership, and more. As one of the most respected leaders in the Church, Craig frequently speaks at leadership conferences worldwide, including events for the Global Leadership Network that reaches hundreds of thousands of leaders around the world annually. In addition to writing and speaking extensively on leadership principles and strategies, he hosts the top-ranking Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast, prompting innovative thinking in leaders at every level within any organization.

Here are 5 studies from pastor Craig:

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