Fall is a busy time for churches and ministry leaders. To-do lists are packed with preparations for small groups and Bible studies, and family schedules fill up with school activities and sporting events. Choosing the right study for your group takes careful thought, and ChristianBibleStudies.com is here to help with our most popular Bible studies for fall. With studies on books of the Bible, spiritual disciplines, relationships, and relevant cultural issues, choose the best fit for you and take one step closer to being ready for a new season of leadership.
1. 1 Peter: Walk the Talk
Transformation—the process of becoming holy—begins in your mind.
7 Session Bible Study
In this seven-session Bible study, the apostle Peter shows us how to begin to think differently, which will radically affect our behavior. We all make split-second decisions in any given moment to do right or wrong. To choose right, we must learn to be obedient to God, which will give us an appetite for being good. This kind of obedience will create a radical change in our relationships, so that our quality of life will improve. Finally, we will learn how to prepare for suffering that inevitably comes to everyone, as we trust a loving God who has promised to take care of us.
2. Colossians: Against the Tide
Live a Christian life in the midst of a non-Christian culture.
9 Session Bible Study
The Book of Colossians teaches principles for living a Christian life in the midst of a non-Christian culture. Sometimes this calls for us to stand against the tide of public opinion or popular trends. This nine-session study will address such issues as how to please God, develop a stable walk with God, think like a Christian, practice spiritual self-defense, live with a focus, and become a prayer warrior.
3. Racism: How Should Christians Respond?
Our faith must inform the way we think and act about this ongoing issue.
3 Session Bible Study
Decades after the Civil Rights Movement, America is still dealing with racism. The topic of race fills our news headlines, our city streets, and even our pulpits. Recognizing the centuries-old mistreatment of minority groups, how should Christians respond to racism? Is it possible to respond in sensitive ways that actually make a difference?
4. James: Living the Christian Life 24/7
What does a relationship with Jesus look like day-to-day?
6 Session Bible Study
What does a real relationship with Jesus look like day-in and day-out? The Book of James is all about what it means to follow Christ 24/7. It explores spiritual maturity, and how to grow up in the faith. Every verse is easy to understand but not at all easy to implement. This book teaches us about real faith by giving us God's Word on some of the most daily realities of following Jesus, including suffering, temptation, obedience, social justice and compassion, speech, and prayer.
5. Bible Study Basics: The Letters of John
Live out the message of Jesus.
Multi Session Bible Study
As time passed after Jesus' death and resurrection, the believers had an increasingly difficult time remembering his actual teachings. Believers from different places were preaching different messages. As fewer and fewer people who had spent time with Jesus in the flesh were alive to share their experiences, John wrote these three letters to clear up Jesus' teachings and to call believers back to his message. The drift away from Jesus' message happens all too easily—even today—and we can all gain from John's wisdom. Learn how to stay true to Christ in a very gray world.
6. The Minor Prophets: God Still Speaks
Lead your group in experiencing God's sovereignty, holiness, and love.
12 Session Bible Study
Be honest. When did you last read a book like Obadiah? Or Nahum? Or perhaps the better question is "Have you ever read Obadiah?" or "Where do I find Haggai"?
The Minor Prophets form the last 12 books of the Old Testament. Theologian James Montgomery Boice comments on how the Minor Prophets dramatize the character of God as few other books do: "They highlight God's sovereignty … holiness … [and] love …. In the Minor Prophets, we will hear the voice of God speaking to us in a fresh way … as individuals and as a spiritual fellowship in the Church." Explore the great wisdom in these books in this 12-session study.
7. Going Deeper in Prayer
Learn how to communicate with God in a meaningful way.
Multi Session Bible Study
If you've ever struggled with your prayer life, know that you're in good company. As you seek to grow in this area, this resource will help guide you. In it, you'll find articles that will challenge and grow your understanding of prayer. You'll find insights to help you evaluate this aspect of your leadership, as well as advice for strengthening and revitalizing it. We've also packed plenty of other resources inside for you to go even farther in finding the prayer life you've always wanted. Remember, doubts and uncertainties may come and go, but as we press on we'll experience abundance—for the righteous find life by faith (Romans 1:17).
8. Marriage Bible Study Bundle
Learn to seek God together as you grow in love and commitment.
13 Session Bible Study
Marriage is full of opportunities for joy and pain. Learning to love each other well and glorify God through your relationship with your spouse is a challenge worth taking on each day. But we can't expect to face the challenge on our own and win. Taking time to study what the Bible has to say about money, communication, sex, and more will help husbands and wives form a strong foundation and grow. When you seek God together, he will provide you with the love and support you need to have a healthy marriage.
9. Experience God Every Day
A 40-day journey to help you experience God's presence every day.
40 Session Bible Study
It's easy to speed through life and never experience God's presence. We rush from meetings to social gatherings and from kids' games to church groups. Often, as we crawl into bed at night, we realize we never met God during our day. We want more. We want to experience God's presence. We want to learn how to meet God in the everyday mess and chaos of life. But how? Is it possible to experience God day-to-day?
This 40-day study will take you on a journey to experience God's presence every day. You'll assess your spiritual growth, learn about the spiritual journey God has for us, discover how to connect with God in the noise of life, and read stories of how God shows up even in the mundane activities.
10. Understanding and Applying the Bible
Tips for understanding different genres of Scripture
Multi Session Bible Study
We grow in relationship with God as we see him in a variety of situations. How did God relate to Abraham in his walk of faith, to Joseph in the pit or in prison, to Moses in his disillusionment, or to the nation of Israel as she walked in the midst of intimidating neighbors? How did Jesus react to children? How did he relate to the Pharisees? How did he talk to God the Father in the garden? What did he say to those who nailed him to a cross?
We want to see not only the songs God's people write (Psalms), the guidelines they live by (Proverbs), but also historical accounts of how God has reacted and interacted with his people (historical books, Gospels, and prophetic writings). It's important to know what kind of book we are reading so that we can interpret and apply it correctly to our lives.
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