Top 5 Bible Studies for the Summer
Summer is a time for crazy and spontaneous schedules, last minute plans and activities, and children home all day every day. This will often lead to small groups deciding to take the summer off to lighten the load a little. There are a lot of great things about small groups meeting in the summer like new visitors, more topical Bible study, and more time for community. In order to make the most of your small group’s summer, we’ve rounded up a list of our top five Bible study suggestions.
By: Jeremiah J. Johnston
Tough questions are being asked about Christianity. And most believers are ill-equipped to provide the answers our culture and communities desperately need. Many in today’s church do not know the Bible as well as they should and they struggle with their own “big questions” about the faith. Unanswered covers several challenging topics, including mental health and suicide, paranormal activity, the resurrection, how we got the Bible, suffering, and why God is sometimes silent. This study will show you how to answer, explain, and respond in a deeply winsome and attractive way, as a thoughtful ambassador of Jesus. (6 sessions)
By: Greg Laurie
Most Christians are either afraid to share the gospel or feel that they don’t know how to do it, or both. But evangelism is simply telling two stories: Jesus’ and yours (how Jesus changed your life forever). This study helps group members identify people and places already in their daily routines, encouraging and empowering them to share the good news of Jesus Christ. This refreshing look at evangelism from one of the nation’s most prominent pastors and evangelists will help Christians—new and old alike—discover the joy of evangelism as the good news of Jesus naturally overflows into their daily lives. (6 sessions)
By: Jeff Vanderstelt
Do you know what’s most important in life? Do you feel too busy to make time for those things? This Bible study helps you identify the things that matter to God and to you as a follower of Christ and apply godly wisdom to incorporate these activities into your busy life. Each week will address a topic that is important but often overlooked or wrongly engaged. This study gleans wisdom from the Book of Proverbs and from the example of Jesus to help you turn from empty and unfulfilling busyness and devote yourself to doing what matters most. (8 sessions)
By: Philip Nation
An honest evaluation of your life may leave you wanting more—not more stuff but more meaning. Pursuing Holiness can put you on the path to a maturing life in Christ. This six-session study of the Book of James equips believers to put the pursuit of a holy life not only in its proper place but also within reach. You’ll learn that endurance, humility, obedience, and prayer can be essential parts of your everyday life. Why? Because a life dedicated to Christ is a life in which holiness is the norm.
By: Tony Evans
The biblical account of Joseph clearly demonstrates that God is at work even when life seems to be going wrong. Even today, it’s easy to wonder why God would allow calamity to happen or if He’s in control at all. Whether through uncontrollable circumstances or the pain of personal relationships, everyone has experiences unforeseen changes in life. This study helps believers navigate detours that may take you through trials, injustice, and even betrayal. You will be comforted and encouraged when you learn to rest in God’s redemptive plan and the hope found in God’s sovereign will. (6 sessions)