by Tyler Quillet
It’s getting to be that time to make plans for your group’s study focus after the new year. I think we have some options that will really bless your group as you kick off 2019! I’d like to share with you some studies in smallgroup.com that you can use, and even customize to make them your own, if you choose. Not a smallgroup.com member? No problem! Just go to www.smallgroup.com and click on the 30-day free trial icon to access these studies! If you are already a member of smallgroup.com, I hope these studies will be new to you as you seek your next small group series.
As you continue to read, you’ll find 3 studies that I believe will kick off your 2019 well as your group seeks after Christ, finds who you are in Christ, and lives out the mission of Christ.
As You Go
This series covers six passages in the book of Acts to explore what it means to live in a missional fashion. This is a great way to start the year, as we seek to live on mission in every area of our lives!
Session 1: Acts 2:41-47 – As you go in your walk with Jesus, do so in community.
Session 2: Acts 4:1-20 – As you go and share the gospel of Jesus Christ, do so knowing you are loved by God and emboldened by His Holy Spirit.
Session 3: Acts 6:1-7 – As you go about living a missional life, your testimony is influenced both by what you say and what you do.
Session 4: Acts 9:26-31 – As you go about making Christ’s name known, do so in boldness.
Session 5: Acts 17:16-32 – As you go about reaching your world today, you must be willing to meet people where they are, yet not compromise the truth of the gospel.
Session 6: Acts 28:23-31 – As you go about your walk with Christ, it is imperative that you allow the Lord to work in your circumstances, so you might use any resources you have to proclaim His glorious name.
A New Identity
This 6 week series explores six identity traits of Christians. It is necessary for us to be reminded often of who we are in Christ, as we fight against society telling us otherwise. This series will focus your group on who you all are as followers of Christ, as you are sent back into the world reminded of your true identity!
Session 1: Christians Are Saints – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 1:1-3
Apart from their own conduct, all who are in Christ are saints of God.
Session 2: Christians Are Chosen – Galatians 4:1-7; Ephesians 1:4-6
We did not accidentally become Christians, but because of God’s great love, He chose us before the foundation of the world.
Session 3: Christians Are Forgiven – Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:8-10
Christians are completely forgiven, for when Christ died, He died for our sins past, present, and future.
Session 4: Christians Are Heirs – Ephesians 1:11-19; 1 Peter 1:3-9
Christians are co-heirs with Christ and enjoy the blessing of a sure and certain inheritance.
Session 5: Christians Are Sealed – John 10:22-30; Ephesians 1:13-14
Because Christians are sealed by the Holy Spirit, our relationship with God and our eternity are secure in Him no matter what happens in our lives.
Session 6: Christians are Victorious – Romans 8:31-39; Ephesians 1:15-23
Because Jesus rose from the grave and now reigns at the Father’s right hand, Christians share in His victory no matter what comes against us.
This 6 week series gives focus to walking more closely with God through prayer. Throughout this series, you will be challenged to step outside of your comfort zone when praying, which leads to a deepened trust in Christ.
Session 1: A Prayer of Salvation – Matthew 14:22-33; Luke 5:1-11
God sacrificed His Son’s life in order to save yours. Praying for salvation and following Christ demands the full submission of our lives.
Session 2: A Prayer of Surrender – Isaiah 6:1-13
The appropriate response to God’s holiness is surrendering your life in service to Him.
Session 3: A Prayer of Humility – Genesis 32:24-32
Sometimes growing spiritually involves great struggle, even to the point of brokenness.
Session 4: Trusting God to Lead – Exodus 13:20-22
Wherever God leads us, we can follow, because He has been and always will be faithful.
Session 5: Help Me – Mark 9:14-24
God does not expect His people to exercise perfect faith but rather humbly dependent faith that cries out to Him for help.
Session 6: A Prayer of Obedience – Acts 26:9-23 When we pray for God to use us it is not always comfortable or safe.
There are so many great short and long term studies on smallgroup.com, as well as thousands of individual studies. A few others that I’d encourage you to check out are: “The Hebrews Initiative”, which is a 12 week study on the superiority of Jesus, “Marriage Matters”, which is a 6 week focus on the core issues in marriage, and “The Life of David”, which is a 9 week study on David’s life being in God’s hands at all times. No matter what you choose, we trust that you’ll be encouraged, challenged, and pointed to Jesus in each of these studies. I’m excited for you as you lead your group into 2019!