Groups are adapting. Each week might look different than the previous as we learn to be comfortable planning one day at a time.
However, fall is still coming. And fall? Is one of our favorite times for groups. New groups launch. Existing groups get a reset. New leaders begin their journey. Experienced leaders grow from the previous year’s learning.
What studies might be right for this fall in particular? We’ve rounded up five of our favorite studies for you and your group. The traditional leader kits are still available, but digital video sessions and eBooks are also offered for each of the titles below. Whether you are handing out Bible study books during an in person gathering or sending around a link to purchase an eBook version, we have a solution for you.
- The Good Life by Derwin L. Gray
Everyone wants to be happy. We spend our money, time, and energy chasing our version of the good life. And on the way, we run ourselves into physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. But what if the happiness we’re all striving for isn’t the happiness we were created for?
Pastor and author Dr. Derwin L. Gray believes there is a better road to happiness, and it is found in the Beatitudes of Jesus. In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus revealed the shocking, countercultural path to true flourishing. It comes not through wealth, fame, or laughter but through poverty, obscurity, and mourning. True happiness comes from a heart directed toward the kingdom of God and satisfied in Jesus the King (8 sessions).
- Help My Unbelief by Barnabas Piper
All of us have questions about faith, but we often feel awkward or uncomfortable asking them. We assume doubt is always a bad thing. But instead of making Himself smaller and easily understood, God invites us into a larger faith—one that has room for questions, victories, failures, and mystery. This Bible study will help you see that belief in an infinite God by finite humans is an act of exploration. It’s a process of learning all we can understand and trusting God in all we can’t. (6 sessions)
- The Church and The Racial Divide by Trevor Atwood (eds. Trillia Newbell and Dan Darling)
Featuring contributors: Walter Strickland, Juan Sánchez, and Russell Moore
In light of racial tension in America, many Christian leaders are talking earnestly about racial reconciliation. Many pastors and lay leaders look at the growing tensions in our churches and wonder how they can be a healing force in our culture. The problem is they don’t know where to begin. The average evangelical Christian may not understand why racial reconciliation is a gospel imperative. The average pastor may not know how to pursue it. This resource features video teaching from key leaders discussing race, culture, and the gospel. Using these evangelical voices and Bible study, participants will learn about racial reconciliation and be equipped to be part of the solution (6 sessions).
- Defined by Alex Kendrick & Stephen Kendrick
When you introduce yourself to someone for the first time, you have an opportunity to define yourself. You disclose your name, professions, and interests. These factors help our culture define us, but are those answers enough? There are bigger questions our culture can’t answer: Who am I? Why do I matter? And before asking, who am I? You must first answer, who is God?
The Scripture teaches that we are all made in the image of God. We do not define ourselves–the Creator does. We were all created to be known and loved by God. Once the answers are clear, we can move forward and discover all God has called us to be (8 sessions).
The new Christian can become easily overwhelmed trying to figure out how to be a Christ-follower. For the believer to grow, it’s necessary to have an understanding of God’s Word, God’s character, prayer, the gospel, and so much more. This study explains these deep truths in short and simple to understand chapters. Whether completed individually or with a mentor, this study, it will help a new believer grow in knowledge of God’s Word and provide a foundation on which daily trust in Jesus will grow for the rest of their lives.