Study Materials

Study Materials

Fall Semester 2012


Marriage and Parenting Studies:

What Did You Expect?? by Paul Tripp

Offered by Groups SUN-102 (Whitaker), TUES-102 (Leyden)

This book is about the essential role grace has within the marriage relationship. It is highly practical and refreshingly gospel-centered. It will help the reader approach the expectations they and their spouse have within their marriage in a way that honors God because it is empowered by and reflects the gospel.

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

Offered by Group SUN-101 (Thomas), THURS-103 (Crellin), FRI-100 (Light)

This is a book on marriage. It is helpful in that it provides a providential perspective on marriage that teaches that God gave you the spouse you have to make you more like Jesus.

When Your Teen Is Struggling by Mark Gregston

Offered by Group TUES-102 (Leyden)

[This book will be studied with Group TUES-102 this Fall upon the completion of What Did You Expect?.]

This book offers real hope and practical help for parents today.

Gospel Studies:

Studies that directly tie in with our church-wide goal this year.

King’s Cross by Timothy Keller

Offered by Groups TUES-103 (Jennings), WED-103 (Nelson)

This book walks through the book of Mark, helping the reader understand how beautifully Jesus’ life makes sense of ours. This book will move you to worship and help you fall more in love with God, which will result in impassioned obedience.

Gospel in Life by Timothy Keller

Offered by Groups SUN-104 (Wickett), WED-100 (Heins)

This is an excellent study on how the gospel message should, and does, impact every aspect of our lives. It is helpful as it calls believers to fully believe the gospel and then align their lives with that belief. It has a video element and a study guide. It covers how the gospel impacts: how we live in the city, our hearts, our idols, community life, evangelism, our work, our service to the marginalized and our hope for eternity.

Gospel by JD Greear

Offered by Groups WED-101 (Greene)

Could the gospel be lost in evangelical churches? In this book, J.D. Greear shows how moralism and legalism have often eclipsed the gospel, even in conservative churches. Gospel cuts through the superficiality of religion and reacquaints you with the revolutionary truth of God's gracious acceptance of us in Christ. The gospel is the power of God, and the only true source of joy, freedom, radical generosity, and audacious faith. The gospel produces in us what religion never could: a heart that desires God.

You Can Change by Tim Chester

Offered by Group TUES-104 (Standefer)

This is a book on God’s transforming power for our sinful behavior and negative emotions. It is helpful in that it gives the how to take a REAL step.

Bible Studies:

An Inductive Bible Study on 2 Timothy

Offered by Group TUES-105 (Benton)

This 12-lesson Bible study covers the book of 2 Timothy, a powerful reminder of what's most important in life. You'll learn the basic methods of Bible study (observe, interpret, apply) as you study and apply Paul's impassioned discussion of the value of suffering, the importance of evangelism and discipleship, and the means to eternal reward.

Daniel and Revelation by Brian Gleason

Offered by Group SUN-103 (Gleason)

This is an inductive study of the people and events to take place during the End Times (the doctrine of Eschatology). It will move through the books of Daniel and Revelation and discover God’s plan for the hope of Christians everywhere: the glorious return of Jesus Christ.

Ruth: a study of life, loss, and love

Offered by Groups THURS-100 (AM Women's Group), THURS-101 (PM Women's Group)

The book of Ruth provides a window into the lives of two women who are dealing with some really, really hard things. But in the midst of their struggles, God is there; He's got them in his hands. It may be hard to see, but he's in the process of caring for their needs and providing a hope and a future. Ruth teaches us the old, but very true axiom that 'life is hard, but God is good.' Does that sound like something you could use right now? A deep breath and a little hope? Come join us.

Theology Studies:

Christian Beliefs: 20 Basics Every Christian Should Know by Wayne Gruden

Offered by Group TUES-107 (Bosworth)

Christian Essentials Made Plain and Simple God doesn't call every Christian to go off to seminary, but there are certain matters of doctrine---that is, the church's teaching---that every Christian simply must know. Theology is important because what we believe affects how we live. If you're a relatively new believer in Jesus, or if you're a more mature Christian looking for a quick brush-up on basics of the faith, Christian Beliefs is for you.

Other Studies:

Destinations by Andy Stanley

Offered by Group WED-102 (Cammack)

In this series, Andy Stanley examines the disconnect between our dreams and the paths we take to reach them. We find that our direction, not our intentions, determines our destination. In the last part of the series, we learn how we should respond when our dreams don't come true. Andy challenges us to ask the questions: Where am I headed? and Who is in control?

Previous Studies:

During the Spring 2012 semester groups went through a churchwide study using Experiencing Christ Within.


 Additional 4 and 6 weeks Study Materials to finish off the Spring Semester

6 Week Long Studies

Curriculum: Balanced by Andy Stanley

Description: Can you be unbalanced financially and still be a devoted follower of Christ?
What does it even mean to be financially balanced? This study is filled with insightful perspectives and practical exercises to build a biblical foundation for just about every aspect of your finances.

Curriculum: Prodigal God by Timothy Keller

Description: This book is a study on the incredible grace of the gospel and how Jesus offers it to both the irreligious and the religious. If the grace and love of God does not grip your heart to the extent you desire then this the study for you.

Curriculum: MORE Series: Mark – Beyond the Red Letters by Brian Daniel and Ron Keck

Description: Mark: Beyond the Red Letters teaches that the words Jesus spoke were from the grand narrative that God had been writing since before time began - not just messages to the people living in the first century.

Curriculum: Go Fish by Andy Stanley

Description: Fishing stories. We've all heard them. "It was this big." "You should have seen the one that got away." People love to tell stories of their fishing adventures. When it comes to faith, however, most people clam up. Why is it we can't talk about what God has done in our lives as naturally as we can spin fishing tales?

4 Week Long Studies

Curriculum: A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent

Description: To the Christian's in Rome, the Apostle Paul says "I am eager to preach the gospel to you who are at Rome (Romans 1:15). Evidently, Christians need to hear the gospel even after conversion and A Gospel Primer for Christians is designed to help you do just that. By showing how you can preach the gospel to yourself each day, this book will help you savor the glories of God's love and experience the life-transforming power of the gospel in all areas of life. Use this book to preach the gospel to yourself on a daily basis, and be amazed at the differences it can make in your life.

Curriculum: Choosing to Cheat by Andy Stanley

Description: Work. Family. Church. Hobbies. Fitness. Housekeeping. Socializing. Sleep. With only 24 hours in each day, we simply can't fit everything in. And what we choose to cheat is a clear announcement of our values. When you come home an hour earlier, miss a round of golf, or let the dishes sit while you play with your child, you make your family feel valued and secure. Bestselling author Andy Stanley helps you restore your vision of what really matters - and guides you in making courageous decisions about your time.

Curriculum: Staying in Love by Andy Stanley

Description: We all know what’s required to fall in love . . . a pulse. Falling in love is easy, but staying there, that’s something else entirely. With more than a thousand matchmaking services available today and new ones springing up all the time, finding a romantic match can be easier than ever. But staying together with the one you’ve found seems to be the real challenge. So is it possible for two people to fall in love and actually stay there? Absolutely! Learn how in this four-session group study by pastor and author Andy Stanley.