Explore the Bible: Blog of sessions from Explore the Bible
Bible Studies for Life: Blog of sessions from Bible Studies for Life
Lifeway.com: Various Videos and Articles
Blue Letter Bible: Articles, videos, commentaries, teaching helps, reading plans, a good resource for study
Bible Gateway: different versions, plans, devotions
Ligonier: monthly subscription required, fantastic resource of video, audio, and written teaching
Precept Austin: excellent source for verse by verse study
Thom Rainer: blog and podcast on various church related topics. A great source for answering practical church related questions.
Ask Pastor John: John Piper responds to a variety of questions in podcast format. There is also an app for this.
Masters Seminary: video lectures on various topics
Three components of a gathering: Relate…Reflect…Respond
Here is a good outline of the components of a regular gathering.
Leaders should share the following each week (or as scheduled):
- Encourage your group to study the Word and pray every day. Spend time keeping each other accountable and, as needed, finding ways to help each other.
- Plan with your class to be involved in a ministry project for 2017.
- Each class is assigned a missionary/missions organization every month. Some ways that you can support are: prayer, cards, collecting money throughout the month, etc…
- Share about ministry opportunities within the church encouraging everyone has a place and to find it in the body of Christ.
- Become educated about a social justice issue (i.e. orphan care, abortion, trafficking, poverty, prison, etc…) and plan a group event for 2017 to get involved.
Prayer – during your prayer time remember to encourage your groups to pray through our weekly prayer focus. You can find it on our website or paper copies are available in the general meeting areas of building B and D.
Review – a time to review the truths discussed last week and report on how members have had success or frustrations in applying those truths during the week. The leader will want to provide encouragements and shepherding during this time. Periodically, the leader will also want to review the gospel and allow members to share about opportunities they’ve had to share the gospel. After sharing it could be an appropriate time to pray for struggles regarding the application of truths.
Continue your time by teaching from God’s word (lesson from your literature, book, study, etc…) and reflect on it’s implication for our lives. Encourage your group to bring their Bibles and not rely solely on their literature.
Discuss – Throughout the lesson focus on these aspects and ask these questions of the Scripture:
Head – What does God want me to know?
Heart – What does God want me to desire/value?
Hands – What does God want me to do?
This is usually covered in the material. Use these other questions to supplement.
- What are some of the main truths that God wants you to know from the lesson?
- How do your thoughts need to adjust to align with these truths?
- According to the truths from the lesson, what does God want you to value?
- How do your values need to change to align with His values?
- What actions does God want you to take according to the truths of this lesson?
- What is an action that you can start to implement today or tomorrow?
Close in prayer, praying for each other, specifically for strength in the application of these truths and for the lost people with whom you are seeking to share the gospel.