Where to Find Small Group Study Material

If you’re trying to figure out what your small group can study for the upcoming semester or year, check out the links/ideas below.

Here are some specific links to try:

Northpoint Community Church Small Group Studies 

Saddleback Church Small Group Studies

Small Group Studies from Lifeway

Smallgroups.com- seems to be some more options here

Try these specific studies: 

The Daniel Plan daniel-plan A group in our church went through the Daniel Plan and liked it. It’s a group based on exercise and eating right, so if people don’t understand what they’re getting into and aren’t committed, they’ll drop like flies. But, those who committed really enjoyed it. Our group stretched the series out over 12 weeks instead of 40 days.

The Purpose Driven Life
the purpose driven life

One group went through the Purpose Driven Life together. They spread the lessons over a 12 week period. This is a classic devotional book that’s hard to beat.

S.H.A.P.E.
shape book If you’re looking to get more people involved in your church, there may not be a better series than this. We haven’t explicitly used this book for small groups yet, but we did preach through this series and offer a spiritual gifts test night. It was extremely helpful! Click Here.

The Good and Beautiful God/Life/Community
good and beautiful god book There are 3 books in this series and they’re some of the best books I’ve read over the past few years. The Good and Beautiful God explains who God is in a way that will probably surprise a lot of people. At the end of each chapter it gives a way to implement what was learned in the chapter. Then there’s the Good and Beautiful Life and Good and Beautiful Community. Each is worth a read!

Not a Fan
not a fan We personally haven’t used this series in groups yet, but I’ve heard a lot of people love the book. I’ve read parts of it and it seems like it could be used as a church to help get people involved and not “sit on the sidelines.”

Experiencing GodExperiencing God bookThis is a classic. You can either read the book as a group or work through the workbook. I have found the workbook to be a little too intense, but the book is amazing! If nothing else, go buy the book and read it.

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3 thoughts on “Where to Find Small Group Study Material

  1. I have never done a small group with the “Not A Fan” book but it is excellent! I was even thinking about preaching a sermon series inspired by the book. I have heard a lot of good things about “Experiencing God” but have never actually read it. I think I need to go get myself a copy!

    • The “Experiencing God” book is one of those life-changing books. I’d highly recommend it! (Make sure you get the book and not the workbook.) We’ve also been thinking about doing a sermon series inspired by “Not a Fan.” We haven’t done one yet, but it’s on the back burner.

  2. Reblogged this on thinklikegodthinks and commented:
    It is interesting reading on one hand and sadness on the other hand that discovery of purpose has become difficult and mysterious. I also struggled for some time …15 years from the POS …point of salvation.
    However, these are my conclusions:
    • There are 4 vital manifestations of the Spirit that happened at POS, without these there was no rebirth. (a) The instantaneous works of the Holy Spirit in bringing us into Christ, (b) Developing the ability to hear God, (b) Discovery of purpose as a matter of necessity for the new life (c) Recognition of the love of God that was shed abroad the heart of the believer to replace our carnal ability to love (d) Laying the foundation for a life in the spirit.

    • While I hope to discuss these points, I will only be brief on the issue of purpose.

    Jeremiah 1:4 sums it up.
    Purpose is a spiritual statement
    Purpose is fixed throughout the life of the believer on earth
    Purpose, spiritually carried out, determines the believer’s eternal rewards and the extent of the believer’s social impact.
    Purpose is different from Vision…which is a future expectation as described by Habbakuk in Hab 2:2-4. Vision is a variable.
    Purpose is not transferable from parent to children as covenant is.
    Purpose as a spiritual statement must be hashed out in dialogue with God within the 1st year of salvation because this was the very reason for creation and salvation. It is now to drive the rest of the believer’s life, bible study, plans, decisions and choices.
    Take Luke 5:1-4 Peter, James, Andrew and John discovered purpose…the Lord told them… You are not created to be fishermen but to be fishers of men. Notice the change from a life driven by the value of the world system to one driven by eternal life values.
    The Purpose Statement for these guys…”God has called us to bring Jews into the Kingdom” They left the boats, the fish and the nets.

    Paul ….Purpose Statement….Acts 9:15… God has called me to bring the Gentiles into the Kingdom.
    Jesus ….John 1:29 … Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.
    Virgin Mary…The womb that bears the Saviour of the world…Luke 1:31

    May I say that purpose is not a bible statement but rhema obtained from God, or from other sources that are used by God such as Angels, Spiritual Mentors (Elijah/Elisha). Spiritual Parents (Abraham), recognised Prophets and so on.
    But bible verses can support purpose statement obtained by revelation.
    This brings us to the next point that by reason of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, at rebirth, the young Christian should be taught how to hear God speak. It should not be guesswork. A young baby by the age of 2years hears the parents, no matter how difficult the language. The Holy Spirit as our Parent is instrumental in teaching us how to hear God speak and by this discover purpose in dialogue with God or as outlined above.

    Once purpose is discovered, the next step is to commence a migration programme from the life driven by the world to one driven by eternal life. Again when you explore the lives of the believers itemised above this was what happened. The Apostles probably migrated within 3-6 months, Paul within a week, Abraham immediately, Mary immediately and so on.
    His migration Prog should not be more than 5 years for any serious Christian.

    Unfortunately, we are taught to integrate our carnal life into a religious life…just bring all the baggage into the kingdom..which kingdom? This is why we are making a mess of our Christian life.

    We are members of Christ as long as we are under the full control of the Holy Spirit. John 3:5. Whenever we behave carnally, we revert to the mindset and lifestyle of an unbeliever. Rom 8:5-7 1 Cor 2:14

    So we live most of the time outside of the purpose of God.

    In conclusion,
    1. Do you have a purpose statement
    2. Do you hear God speak and engage Him in dialogue
    3. Have you migrated into the Kingdom and how?
    4. Are you a man/woman of the spirit….full of the Holy Ghost, full of Faith and full of integrity….Acts 6:3-5, Acts 11:22-24
    It takes a man/woman of the spirit to be full under the control of the Holy Spirit Eph 5:18 ….these are the purpose driven believers!

    Discussion continues …..

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