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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • the family project from focus on the family

    The Family Project small-group curriculum will help viewers embrace God's design for the family even as they grapple with their own brokenness and imperfection. The Family Project will help families understand their personal significance in God's great plan, equipping them to live with an eternal perspective and model God's design for family to their peers, their communities - and to the world around them. Why do families work? Because God Himself designed them! Thriving families will lead to thriving communities, and thriving communities will transform the world. People will find purpose, joy and redemption; and generation after generation will create a positive legacy This kit includes 4 DVDs with topics ranging from marriage and sexuality, family relationships and how families can thrive and serve God.

  • just walk across the room by bill hybels

    Building on the solid foundation laid in Becoming a Contagious Christian, Just Walk Across the Room signals the next era in personal evangelism. Pastor Bill Hybels’s firm conviction is that the highest value in personal evangelism is being attuned to and cooperative with the promptings of the Holy Spirit. This means playing only the role you are intended to play—walking when the Spirit says to walk, talking when the Spirit says to talk, and falling silent when the Spirit suggests that you’ve already said enough. More than two thousand years ago, Jesus himself introduced the perfect model for evangelism. He left the marvelous adoration of the angels and the perfection of heaven, and he chose to “walk” clear across the cosmos. He had no memorized script, no forced formulas. Instead, he was armed only with an offer of redemption to people just like you and me, many of whom were neck-deep in pain of their own making. Today, the goal for every Christian is to reflect Christ’s love and follow his example by taking simple walks across rooms—leaving our circles of comfort and extending hands of care, compassion, and inclusiveness to people living far from God. Hybels encourages Christ-followers to “live in 3-D”—developing friendships, discovering stories, and discerning appropriate next steps—as a means of learning to understand the Spirit’s promptings. With fresh perspectives from his own reflections and experiences collected during his most recent decade of ministry. Hybels shows with undeniable clarity the power of this approach to evangelism. The stakes are high. The implications are eternal. And you may be only a conversation away from having unparalleled impact on someone’s life—if you will just walk across the room.

  • 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!

  • holy discontent by bill hybels

    What is the one aspect of this broken world that, when you see it, touch it, get near it, you just can’t stand? Very likely, that firestorm of frustration reflects your holy discontent, a reality so troubling that you are thrust off the couch and into the game. It’s during these defining times when your eyes open to the needs surrounding you and your heart hungers to respond that you hear God say, “I feel the same way about this problem. Now, let’s go solve it together!” Bill Hybels invites you to consider the dramatic impact your life will have when you allow your holy discontent to fuel instead of frustrate you. Using examples from the Bible, his own life, and the experiences of others, Hybels shows how you can find and feed your personal area of holy discontent, fight for it when things get risky, and follow it when it takes a mid-course turn. As you live from the energy of your holy discontent, you’ll fulfill your role in setting what is wrong in this world right!

  • 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.