The Nativity Story Movie Discussion Guide: Take a break in the middle of this discipleship journey to watch The Nativity Story movie. The film offers contrasting pictures of those who trust in God and those who don't, presents various images of the journey of faith, and reveals God's faithfulness in keeping his promises to his people. This discussion guide will help you connect with the Nativity story by reflecting on the miraculous events of God's incarnation and the powerful models of faith for us today.
Bill Hybels on the God You Are Seeking: Bill Hybels, founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church and an evangelist at heart, is known for his relevant and insightful Bible-based teaching. In this 5-session course, Hybels reveals essential truths about seemingly simple attributes of God. This course will help you understand that God protects, listens, understands, and saves.
Gospel of John: Knowing Jesus: This basic 10-session study on the Gospel of John identifies the seven names and titles of Jesus that reveal him as the eternal God who came to transform us. This study demonstrates how Jesus continually looked beyond the superficial to the real issue. He is our Good Shepherd, Messiah, King, and the Vine, who gives us life. He is our Bridegroom who wants us to share in his glory, and he paid for our sins, conquered death, and gave us the privilege of continuing his mission to the world.
The Gospel of John Movie Discussion Guide: Time for another movie! The Gospel of John is a word-for-word adaptation of the fourth gospel from the Good News translation. The movie represents an eyewitness account of the life, ministry, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as told by his beloved disciple John. This study guide will help you discuss the major themes portrayed in the movie: What did Jesus teach? How did he interact with other people? What did he command people to do? What was Jesus like as a person? How was he glorified by God?
Matthew: The Passion Week: This 6-session study looks at the last week of Jesus' life—the Passion, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection—recorded at the end of the Gospel of Matthew. The events in chapter 26 all take place on Saturday through Thursday. Chapter 27 takes place on what we call Good Friday. Chapter 28 chronicles Easter Sunday, the day of the Resurrection. This study will investigate the deity, majesty, and royalty of Jesus. It demonstrates that he is more than a man or a good teacher—he is able to conquer death and is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The Passion of the Christ Movie Discussion Guide: Without the resurrection, our faith would be in vain. Yet before Christ experienced the victory over death that gives us new, eternal life, he experienced the brutality of crucifixion. The days of his arrest, trial, death by crucifixion, and triumphant resurrection are depicted in this movie directed by Mel Gibson. Use this discussion guide to look more deeply at the themes of this movie. With which characters do you most identify, and what can you learn about your faith by exploring that? Who was Jesus, and why does his identity matter? What roles do fear and power play in this story, and what does it mean to carry a cross?
The Truth About God: Ten Commandments: The major function of the Ten Commandments is to reveal who God is. Who someone is can best be understood by knowing what matters most to him. Obeying these commands from God, or not, is always a matter of response to who he is more than a matter of morality. In this course, we will approach the Ten Commandments as autobiographical, self-revelatory messages from God about who he really is and how he wants our lives to change by knowing him.
1 Corinthians: Basic Christian Living: When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he knew they needed to be instructed in the basics. This 7-session study reminds us why we go to church, how to use our bodies to honor God, how to find unity in diversity, how to love, serve, and worship together, and how to face death.
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