General Studies

A Beautiful Design

Matt Chandler

A Beautiful Design is a nine-session study designed to help students understand the biblical view of God’s design for men and women by examining gender through the lens of Scripture.

For the vast majority of human history, there have been two culturally and socially recognized genders: women and men. Today, many leading social institutions recognize well over fifty variations of gender. There are now biological women who identify as men and biological men who identify as women. There are people who refuse to conform to any one gender and people who are currently one gender but transitioning to another. There was a time when the concept of what made someone a man or a woman was quite simple. In less than a century, culturally speaking, that has completely changed.

If there was ever a time when Christians needed to think carefully and biblically about the question of gender, that time is now.

Despite our culture’s many faceted ideas and designs about gender, there is only one design that truly matters and takes precedent, God’s. At the heart of the Christian faith is the belief that God created all things and that He is good. This tells us that God has a design for us, including our gender. In this study, we will seek to uncover and submit to, in Scripture, God’s design for men and women.

To God Alone

Brandon D. Smith

It has been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther’s Theses called for reform of the church and served as the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. Its impact is still felt today.

To God Alone: 5 Core Beliefs of the Reformation is a 6-session study for students that relives the work of Luther and other Reformers who challenged the teachings of the Catholic Church. More specifically, this study will examine the five core truths that came out of the Reformation, now referred to as the solas. Group members will explore these essential convictions of the faith and emerge more immersed in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How is the Reformation still relevant today? As political pressure mounts, morality drifts with today’s culture, and evangelicalism becomes more and more refined in a post-Christian world, it’s even more important to hold the convictions of the great Reformation closer than ever. In short, the solas point us to community as well as identity. As you’ll see in this study, they’re more than just a bunch of cold Latin terms that academics throw around in church history books. The five solas, like the Reformation itself, are intensely practical. They were the DNA of the Reformation and are still the DNA of the church today. They are grounded in real life, everyday following of Jesus. They’re the most important, basic truths you can ever believe.

We stand on the shoulders of Christians in the past, and knowing where we came from will help us keep moving forward.

Closer

Robby Galaxy

In Closer: How to Be a Student Who Makes Disciples, Robby Gallaty presents a practical, easy-to-implement system to help students grow in their faith. This eight-session Bible study offers a manual for making disciples, addressing the what, why, where, and how of discipleship. Discipleship groups can create an atmosphere for fellowship, encouragement, and accountability—building an environment where God can work. D-Groups, as Gallaty calls them, can teach students how to grow in their relationship with God, how to defend their faith, and how to guide others in their relationship with God.

Gospel Revolution

J.D Greear

Gospel Revolution Student Bible Study is designed for students of all ages, parents, and student leaders or pastors. When the Gospel intersects with a person's heart, a life will be changed, relationships will be strengthened, and transformation will happen. That's the power of the Gospel, and knowing it and experiencing it are integral in the life of a disciple. Through eight in-depth sessions, Gospel Revolution guides students to a deeper understanding of the Gospel, its power, and its implications. The result: A disciple’s life defined by selflessness, discipline, generosity, service, and love. In other words, a true revolution.

Ephesians

Tony Merida

Although Ephesians is one of the New Testament’s shortest in terms of word count — only 6 chapters and 155 verses — it is perhaps its most applicable to today’s culture. In addition to the divine beauty and power we find in Ephesians, this epistle also provides Paul’s most direct address about the life that emerges from a disciple of Jesus. In this epistle Paul conveys his pastoral heart for the Ephesian believers by focusing upon who they are in Christ as it relates to their struggles, their new life, community, pursuits of unity and holiness, and how to engage life’s challenges. Perhaps the most contemporary book in the New Testament, Ephesians and this study by Tony Merida offers very practical answers to basic questions about the Christian life and our identity in Christ. This study will help students better understand the importance of finding identity in Christ, and will help students better understand the relationship between our spiritual adoption and our daily lifestyle.

James

Matt Chandler

James had a unique earthly relationship with Jesus; after all, he was His half-brother. And, after Jesus' death, James went on to be one of the primary leaders in the early Church. His letter to primarily Jewish Christians clarifies what a godly life should look like for us all. The Book of James is filled with practical wisdom for Christians, calling us to live out genuine faith through good works, but it is also rooted in deep faith and rich theology. Perhaps more than any other book in the New Testament, James emphasizes the application of Christian belief that flows out a love for God and a understanding of the one true gospel.

Feed the Dog

Brock Gill

A man had two dogs. The one he fed grew the biggest. There's an old parable about a man who had two dogs that were constantly at war with each other. One of the dogs was good, representing virtues like loyalty and kindness. The other dog was bad, representing vices such as hatred and lust. Which dog won in the end? That's easy: the one he fed. In the same way, we have two fundamental natures battling for our attention on a daily basis—a sinful flesh and a righteous spirit. Through Christ, we have the ability to choose which nature we will "feed," leading us either further away from or closer to His likeness.

Feed the Dog is a video-driven Bible study for middle and high school students (grades 7-12). Through the artistry of illusion and his unique gift of evangelism, Brock Gill guides students to realize the importance of nourishing the spirit through the daily practice of spiritual disciplines. Over the course of eight sessions, students will learn that spiritual disciplines are something we develop over time. With practice and perseverance, students will be able to discern the truth and focus on what's important. They will “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8), growing in their relationship with Christ and pointing others to Him.

Big Questions

Andy McLean

Big Questions: Developing a Christ-Centered Apologetic is a six-session apologetic study designed to equip students to think biblically and apologetically about some of today’s toughest topics relating to the Christian faith. Bringing in some of today’s leading Christian apologists to contribute—William Lane Craig, J.P. Moreland, Sean McDowell, and Craig Hazen—Big Questions takes students to another level of being able to explain why they believe what they believe. Questions relating to doubts, evidence for God’s existence, the relationship between science and Christianity, the existence of world religions, the problem of evil and suffering, and how to live apologetically in the world today are covered throughout the study, all for the purpose of not only strengthening a student’s faith, but to help that student defend and commend the faith to others.

MY8

Ed Newton

My 8 is an eight-session study for all students that will help them understand both the heart and the how-to of evangelism. The study is centered around four passages of Scripture with the number 8 in the reference: Isaiah 6:8; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8, Acts 8. These passages unfold the wonder of evangelism, moving students to share their faith not because they are obliged to, but because they are compelled to.

Jesus Among Secular Gods

Ravi Zacharias

Belief in the secular gods of atheism, scientism, pluralism, humanism, relativism, and hedonism continues to grow. Can you defend the claims of Christianity?

This six-week Bible study challenges today’s trending beliefs, pointing out the errors in their claims and providing convincing evidence for the absolute truth found in Jesus and revealed in Scripture. Learn how to share your faith in a culture of opposing worldviews and to express why you believe Jesus stands tall above all other gods.

The Apostles' Creed

Matt Chandler

CULTURE HAS CHANGED. CHURCH BELIEFS SHOULDN'T.

It’s easy for our culture of individuality and innovation to shape the way we think about the church. With so many questions, opinions, and interpretations among people today—even within the church—what should we all agree on as essential to Christian faith?

For more than 1,600 years the Apostles’ Creed has united the church around core Christian doctrines as revealed in Scripture. This historic confession points us to the foundational beliefs of our faith and the life-changing truth of the gospel.

Follow Me

David Platt

Follow Me Student Bible Study, based on David Platt’s book Follow Me, is a short-term, video-enhanced study for all youth, grades 7 to 12. "Follow Me." Christ’s command has been examined time and again, but have we lost sight of its meaning? Based on David Platt's book Follow Me, this video-enhanced study will guide students to an understanding of Jesus' call to deny self and live with an unwavering devotion to Him. In the end, a picture of real discipleship will be clearer along with a challenge to not only follow Christ but also to make disciples for His kingdom.

Goliath Must Fall

Louie Giglio

It’s likely you have a threatening giant in your life . . . an adversary or stronghold that’s diminishing your ability to live a full and free life. Frozen in the grip of rejection, fear, anger, comfort, or addiction, you’ve lost sight of the promise God has for your life. Demoralized and defeated, you’ve settled for far less than his best.

God has a better plan for you—a plan for you to live in victory. That’s why he has silenced your giant once and for all.

In this six-session video Bible study, Pastor Louie Giglio uncovers a newfound twist in the classic story of David and Goliath. He shows how the key to living free from our giants is not better slingshot accuracy, but keeping our eyes on the one and only giant-slayer: Jesus. Put your hope in him, and watch Goliath fall.

The Gospel-Centered Life

Robert H. Thune

Something or someone will always try to define you, but there is something at the core of a satisfying and meaningful life that can't be summed up by any label, positive or negative. This nine-week teen Bible study, adapted from The Gospel-Centered Life, helps teens discover the message of Jesus and how it relates to every area of their lives. This easy-to-use study requires no homework, but it brings teens into community to catch a vision together for a gospel-centered teenage life.

Not a Fan

Kyle Idleman

Are you a follower of Jesus? Don’t answer too quickly. In fact, you may want to read this book before you answer at all. Consider it a “Define the Relationship” conversation to determine exactly where you stand. You may indeed be a passionate, fully devoted follower of Jesus. Or, you may be just a fan who admires Jesus but isn’t ready to let him cramp your style. Then again, maybe you’re not into Jesus, period. In any case, don’t take the question—Are you a follower of Jesus?—lightly. Some people don’t know what they’ve said yes to and other people don’t realize what they’ve said no to, says Pastor Kyle Idleman. But Jesus is ready to clearly define the relationship he wants with his followers.

Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave his all for you.

Christian

Andy Stanley

What does is mean to be Christian? Curiously, the term is never used in Scripture. Instead, Christian was a label used by outsiders to define Jesus’ followers. Jesus referenced ‘disciple’ as the key word he used to describe his supporters along with the fact that they would be known for their love – a novel concept for their time – and ours today.

Through eight engaging and enlightening sessions, Andy Stanley unpacks these qualities Jesus prescribes for his followers that made them unique. What if believers today embodied these traits? Would the non-believing world put aside its definition of ‘Christian’ and instead know us by our love?

The Armor of God

Priscilla Shrier

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you. A cunning, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you—your emotions, your mind, your family and friends, your dreams, your future.

But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you're tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, his reign stops right here, right now. With you. The enemy always fails miserably when he meets someone ready for battle. Someone who is armed and dangerous.

The Armor of God is more than just a biblical description of the believer's inventory. It is an action plan for putting on your armor and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory against the enemy. Yes. A strategy.

Moments 'til Midnight

Brent Crowe

We are part of the greatest adventure of all time. We follow Jesus.

All Christians are pilgrims on a journey making our way home to heaven. Paul’s pilgrimage was filled with every dramatic element necessary for a compelling story: heroic sacrifice, evil villains, uncompromising courage, human violence, battles with nature, friendship and comradery, and finally a martyr’s death. So how can this epic life consumed with cause, purpose, and passion, help us go on a sacred pilgrimage of our own?

This eight-session Bible study will look at the life and leadership of the apostle Paul, glimpsing through his eyes the final hours of his life. Students will experience, through a progressive scope and sequence, some of the more important ideas and events of Paul’s life. They will be encouraged and equipped in their own spiritual formation to make the most of the time they’ve been given to influence others for the cause of Christ.

The Life

Disciples Path

The Life is a six-session study that will help students answer the question "What does a disciple do as a follower of Jesus?" They will examine how disciples of Jesus imitate Him by immersing themselves in God's Word, remaining connected to God through prayer, living in community with other believers, understanding how a spirit-filled life can lead to transformation, serving others for the advancement of His kingdom, and using their lives to spread the gospel into the world.

The Way

Disciples Path

The Way is a five-session study that will help students explore the process of growing and maturing as a disciple of Jesus. Students will examine the journey of Jesus' own disciples through different passages from the Gospels. They will also gain a better understanding of what a disciple is and what it means to live each day as a disciple of Christ.

The Truth

Disciples Path

The Truth is a six-week study that will help students engage and understand the basic doctrines-the core beliefs and principles-of the Christian faith. The study will focus on what the Bible teaches on key issues such as God, humanity, the person and work of Jesus, the kingdom of God, the Holy Spirit, and the church.

The Call

Disciples Path

The Call a six-session study that will explore who Jesus is and why He's worth following.

The Mission

Disciples Path

The Mission is a six-session study that will help students gain a deeper understanding of their mission as followers of Jesus who live, work, and play in a world that's often opposed to Him. Students will explore Christ's incarnation in the world, His mission for the world, and His death to save the world. They will also examine their responsibilities as disciples: called to die with Christ, to go with Christ as individuals, and go with Christ as a community to advance His kingdom in our world.