Sunshine and spare time. Welcome, summer! Sometimes, summers can be the favorite time of year as the kids’ change of pace and the brighter and longer days can mean more vacations and maybe a little more freedom. Yet, for others, summers can bring increased stress and heightened deadlines.
For our group leaders, summers can mean a bit of both. Groups might take a few months off, or they might need a study to fit in in the “in between” of the peak fall season.
Here’s five studies that can be the right fit for your group’s summer, no matter what the season holds for you.
Imago Dei by Mike Cosper + TGC
This Bible study from LifeWay and The Gospel Coalition seeks to establish how to view the imago Dei, or the image of God, in three ways: biblically within the grand narrative of Scripture, relationally as it applies to ourselves and others, and missionally in our service to others and in our obedience to the Great Commission. (6 sessions)
Praying at the Crossroads by Ken Coley
Prayer is essential to our spiritual growth, yet few of us pray as often or as fervently as we would like. We turn to God only in moments of desperation and crisis. The Bible shows us multiple examples of people praying to God for peace, comfort, guidance, strength, and much more. By studying these ancient prayers, participants can grow in their ability to call on God not only at a crossroads but also in their daily lives. (12 sessions)
No More Excuses by Tony Evans
Sometimes circumstances in life make it difficult for men to be all God wants them to be. But Tony Evans urges men to stop looking at their circumstances as excuses and instead to see them as challenges and opportunities for success. Exploring the examples of men of God throughout the Bible, this study will challenge you to lay down your excuses, stop compromising, and fight to be a man of character and commitment. Despite your setbacks, failures, and pressures, you can still find purpose, meaning, and direction in life and become the man God has called you to be. (8 sessions)
James by Matt Chandler
The Book of James is filled with practical wisdom for Christians, calling us to live out genuine faith through good works. In our own ability, we cannot stand in the face of adversity. Without faith we could never find the strength to trust God. We would never be able to see above the trials we meet and to keep our eyes focused on the King while counting our trials as joy. This is the essence of James. We don’t work to be saved; we work because we are saved. (13 sessions)