AVAILABLE SMALL GROUP RESOURCES

The studies listed below are available through the Faith Reformed Church office.  They represent just a portion of what is available.  Some have video curriculum to accompany them.  For information on these or other available material please contact Pastor Scott Bills at ScottB@frctc.org or by calling 231.947.7082 x206

  • i'd like you more by  john ortberg

    I’d Like You More If You Were More like Me takes on one of life’s most important questions: How can I get closer to God and other people?

    We were created for deep connections. When people have deep connections, says John Ortberg, they win in life. When they don’t have deep connections, they cannot win in life. I’d Like You More if You Were More like Me offers help in overcoming one of the biggest obstacles to making deep connections: the fact that we’re so different. Different from God and different from each other.

    The good news is that connectedness is not based on similarity, but on shared experiences. When one person invites another to share an experience, they’re connected. It can be sharing a beautiful sunset or a meal, having a great conversation over cup of coffee, going for walk, or even teasing somebody. And when we share those same experiences with God, we get closer to him, too. God wants to connect with us―so much that he sent his son to live as a human being. God took on flesh and shared every human experience. So we don’t have to wonder what a close relationship with God looks like anymore.

    An intimate relationship with God and other people doesn’t have to be a cliché, it can be a daily way of life.

  • fully alive!   by ken davis

    St Ireneaus said, "The Glory of God is man fully alive. That's exactly how you were wired to live. Yet sadness, depression, feelings of apathy and helplessness often characterize our lives. We survive but not thrive. This book is a treasure map that leads from monotony to adventure. From boring mediocrity to thrilling risk. Here are detailed directions to take hold of the power to live the kind of life you were created for and your soul longs for. Fully Alive uncovers signs of life that lead to physical, mental, social and spiritual empowerment.

    Discover the adventure hiding in the middle of the mundane. 

    • Exchange the pain of unmet expectations for the joy of living with expectancy. 
    • Get unstuck and take the first step that will lead to a new body, mind and spirit. 
    • Kick guilt to the curb and experience real freedom. 
    • Drive a stake into the heart of your everyday fears and live again. 
    • Tap into a power that will protect you whether you're crawling through the valley or standing on the mountain top  

    Henry David Thoreau is accredited with saying, "Most men live lives of quiet desperation." Not you! Not today! Not ever!

  • guardrails by andy stanley

         In this six-session small group Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), Andy Stanley challenges us to stop flirting with disaster and establish personal guardrails.

          Guardrails. They're everywhere, but they don't really get much attention ... until somebody hits one. And then, more often than not, it is a lifesaver. 

         Ever wonder what it would be like to have guardrails in other areas of your life-areas where culture baits you to the edge of disaster and then chastises you when you step across the line? Your friendships. Your finances. Your marriage. Maybe your greatest regret could have been avoided if you had established guardrails. In this six-session video-based small group bible study, Andy Stanley challenges us to stop flirting with disaster and establish some personal guardrails. 

         Sessions include:  

                Direct and Protect  / Why Can’t We Be Friends?  /  Flee Baby Flee!

                Me and the Mrs.  /  The Consumption Assumption  /  Once and for All


  • The Life You've always wanted by john ortberg

    In the six-session small group bible study, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, John Ortberg guides you and your group through the spiritual disciplines and teaches you how they can transform your spiritual life.

    What does true spiritual life really look like? And what keeps you from living it? What can you do to pursue it?

    If you’re tired of the status quo – if you suspect there’s more to Christianity than what you’ve experienced – John Ortberg invites you to join him on a road to transformation and spiritual vigor that anyone can take.

    Cultivate new intimacy and confidence in prayer. Discover the freedom of secrecy. Taste the benefits of slowing life’s frenetic pace. Learn how to be guided by the Holy Spirit…and much more.

    As in a marathon, the secret lied not in trying hard, but in training consistently. Proven by followers of Jesus over the centuries, the spiritual disciplines are exercises that strengthen your endurance race on the road to growth.

  • crazy love by francis chan

    God is love. Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love. Have you ever wondered if we're missing it?

    It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe—the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor—loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Whether you've verbalized it yet or not, we all know something's wrong.

    Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts—it's falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same. Because when you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.

  • the circle maker by mark batterson

    This dynamic four-week church campaign uses the story of Honi the circle maker, who prayer-walked his way around a devastating drought in first-century BC Israel until the rains came, to help you and your entire church begin to identify the dreams and future miracles to draw circles around to find your answers from God. Four video sessions expand on the teaching from Mark Batterson’s book of the same name and combine a teaching element with a creative element to draw you into the circle. The participant’s guide provides teaching notes, discussion questions, Bible study, and between-session activities. Each session wraps up with a practical application called “Draw the Circle,” giving you the opportunity to put your prayer principles you have learned into practice.

  • courage to pray by william brownson

    Real praying isn’t easy; sometimes it can be difficult. But God wants us to pray. Prayer is also God’s gift. He provides everything we need and then calls us to respond.

    Well, then, how do we capture excitement about prayer when we’ve lost the heart to pray? Dr. Brownson doesn’t intend this book to be merely a call to prayer. Rather, his purpose is to inspire courage to pray, to leave us saying “I think I can do that. I can learn to pray.”

    He grips us with the importance of prayer, excites us about its possibilities and encourages us to invest ourselves in regular, purposeful prayer. Gently he leads us from discouragement about the neglect of prayer in our lives and shows us how to have genuine joy in a growing experience with Almighty God

    At the end of each chapter are Scripture passages for reading and reflection as well as questions for further thought to be answered either privately or in a group setting.

  • becoming a contagious christian

    Over one million people have experienced the groundbreaking evangelism training course Becoming a Contagious Christian — a proven resource designed to equip believers for relational evangelism. Now revised and updated, it avoids stereotyped approaches that feel intimidating to many Christians — and to their friends! Instead, it shows ordinary believers how to share the gospel in natural and effective ways being the person God made them to be.

    This participant's guide is designed to help you get the most out of the Becoming a Contagious Christian course. By applying training principles to real-life situations and relationships, you'll identify and develop an evangelism style that's effective for you.

    DVD segments, as well as individual and group activities, will help you gain confidence and equip you to:

    Discover your own style of communicating about Christ

    Build spiritually significant relationships

    Direct conversations toward matters of faith

    Tell your own story of coming to faith

    Use easy-to-remember gospel illustrations

    Pray with someone to receive Christ, and more!

  • soul keeping by john ortberg

    Your soul’s resting place is in God.

    John Ortberg wants to take you there.

    In this six-session, video-based Bible study, John Ortberg takes you on an exploration of the soul from the perspective of a wise guide who has struggled to understand and care for his own soul. Ortberg highlights his relationship with Dallas Willard, a “professor of the soul,” and what he learned from this man in the midst of his own struggles and hardships. Ortberg shares his honest, funny, moving, insightful, and tender journey with you so that you can better care for your own soul. This video can be used for personal reflection or for group discussion with the accompanying participant's guide.