Top 10 Single-Session Bible Studies

Top 10 Single-Session Bible Studies

These are your favorite one-lesson studies in 2010.
Page 1 of 3 offers a lot of courses that help you dig deep into the Bible. But sometimes you just want to research one issue to find out what Scripture has to say on the topic. That's when our single-session studies come in handy. We wanted to highlight your favorite of these studies and put them on sale for under $5.00 so that you can stock up. Most of these studies include excellent articles as a bonus.

Consider downloading all ten as a cornucopia of topics for your Sunday school, small group, or for personal study. As with all of our studies, you only have to download it once, and then can make as many copies as you need for your group or church.

10. Godly Sex
Sex sells—even Bible studies! It's great to know that sex was God's idea in the first place. He designed it not only as a means for procreation, but also to be pleasurable and deeply satisfying. Unfortunately, many of us have formed our ideas about sex from the culture around us instead of from God's perspective.

In an interview from Marriage Partnership, four Christian sex therapists shed light on how sex in marriage can be both satisfying and God-honoring. How does a healthy and satisfying sexual relationship in marriage honor God? Why is sex more than a physical expression of love? What are the components that make great sex a means of deepening your love and commitment for one another?

9. Glorify God Together: A Marriage of Purpose
A marriage centered on Christ is specifically focused on glorifying God, according to Rick Warren in his article entitled "The Purpose-Driven Marriage," written for Marriage Partnership. Our main purpose in marriage should be much greater than fulfilling our own wants and needs, or even the wants and needs of our spouse. Our main purpose in marriage should be to focus on being of the same mind, according to Jesus, so that with one accord and one voice we glorify God.

In this study, we ask: Why did God give us the institution of marriage? What is the purpose of marriage? How can our marriage bring glory to God? How can the marriage relationship help make us holy?

8. Redeeming Sports
After sex, sports probably sells next best, even in Bible studies. The ancient Romans, long considered the gold standard for how sports-crazed a culture could be, were dilettantes compared to the sports fans of this century, says Shirl James Hoffman in the Christianity Today article "Whatever Happened to Play?" But do we give this massive part of modern life the philosophical and theological attention it deserves?

7. Learning to Appreciate Our Spouse
It's easy to focus on the aggravations, annoyances, and behaviors that frustrate or anger us in marriage. This can cause us to lose sight of the significant gifts of kindness and service our spouse gives us every day. If our attitude is critical or negative, we will miss much of the joy of married life. Rachael Philips, in her article for Marriage Partnership, suggests we should learn to appreciate the "daily behind-the-scenes good deeds of unsung spouses."

Why is it easier to criticize than encourage our spouse? How does negativity and criticism damage a marriage? How can a heart of appreciation deepen and strengthen a marriage? This study will explore how to train our hearts and minds to be thankful for our spouse.

6. The Mind Under Grace
Doctrine is not a four-letter word, though you might think so judging by how the larger culture and some evangelicals respond to it. Darren C. Marks says in his article for Christianity Today, "The word conjures in the modern mind a string of negative images … Vibrant Christians want little to do with it, and instead focus on spiritual disciplines, works of mercy, and authentic Christian living. Doctrine belongs to the past, when it was used mainly to divide believers."

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