Does the Bible really answer some of life's most difficult questions? How does God provide direction to the common issues that we face? We live in a world where we all have to deal with the realities of stress, failure, crises, loneliness and change. In this six-session DVD study, renowned pastor and bestselling author Rick Warren takes you inside the Bible to discover answers to six of life's toughest questions. Drawing from the examples of different biblical characters who faced the same issues, Warren offers concise, practical insights you can understand and apply in order to move past everyday struggles and experience a life of purpose, peace and significance. Life's difficult questions do have answers. Answers from the Bible that can change your outlook -- and your life. The God's Answers to Life's Difficult Questions Study Guide will help you fully engage with the six-session group DVD study. The six DVD session titles include: Session One: How Can I Cope with Stress? Session Two: How Can I Rebound from Failure? Session Three: How Can I Be Confident in a Crisis? Session Four: How Can I Live Above Average? Session Five: How Can I Overcome Loneliness? Session Six: How Can I Ever Change? [Thumbnail DVD image] Designed for use with the God's Answers to Life's Difficult Questions DVD.
In this six-session small group Bible study, God's Answers To Life's Difficult Questions, Rick Warren helps you find the simple, straightforward answers in ancient Scripture that lead to purpose, peace and joy...starting today. Drawing from the examples of bible characters who faced many of the same issues we face today - stress, failure, crisis, loneliness, and change - Warren offers concise, practical insights you can understand and apply in order to move past ordinary struggles to experience a life of extraordinary peace and significance. Life's difficult questions do have answers...answers from the Bible that can change your life. This pack contains one God's Answers To Life's Difficult Questions six-session DVD and one Study Guide featuring discovery questions, key verses, space for notes, guidelines for application, and much more. Sessions include: 1. How Can I Cope with Stress? 2. How Can I Rebound from Failure? 3. How Can I Be Confident in Christ? 4. How Can I Live above Average? 5. How Can I Overcome Loneliness? 6. How Can I Ever Change?
What is your number one priority in life? Renowned pastor and bestselling author Rick Warren teaches us that LOVE is to be that priority -- loving God with all your heart and loving your neighbor as yourself. But in today's world, consumed with everyday challenges, flooded by distractions, and bombarded with temptations ... how do you arrange your life to make loving God and loving your neighbors your deepest desire, highest aspiration, and constant focus? In this six-session group DVD study, Rick Warren shares practical, Christ-centered advice on how to authentically do just that ... love God and love your neighbor as a normal way of life. With a focus on the spiritual truths of patience, kindness, truth, and forgiveness, you will learn to love like Jesus---in 40 Days. The 40 Days of Love Study Guide will help you fully engage with the six-session group DVD study. The six DVD session titles are: Session One: Love Matters Most Session Two: Love is Patient, Love is Kind Session Three: Love Speaks the Truth Session Four: Love is Forgiving Session Five: Love is not Selfish Session Six: The Habits of a Loving Heart [Thumbnail DVD image] Designed for use with the 40 Days of Love DVD.
HowÆs your faith? Is it strong or weak? Is it steady or stretched? ItÆs an important question, because thereÆs a lot riding on your answer. More importantly, would you like your faith to be stronger? ThatÆs what this six-session video study from ÔAmericaÆs most influential spiritual leaderÖ is all about. Faith, according to Pastor Rick Warren, is like a muscle. It needs to be exercised and developed. And God uses a predictable pattern and process to build your faith. ItÆs what Warren calls the Six Phases of Faith. Once you understand these six phases, you can cooperate with God in the process of strengthening your faith and building your character.The Six Phases of Faith is a groundbreaking small group video study with participantÆs guide that will help you uncover and participate in GodÆs unique plan and purpose for your life.
Author: Rick Warren
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2012-12-11
In his powerful yet compassionate voice, Pastor Rick Warren tells the most wonderful story of all - the story of God come to earth in the form of a human infant. Warren goes back to that day long ago when the baby Jesus was born in the manger. In this clarion call to 'remember the reason for the season', readers are taken back in time to the simple origins of a baby who changed history forever. Warren gives readers an intimate look into his family heritage as he shares the fifty-year-old Warren Christmas tradition of having a birthday party for Jesus. Through stirring imagery and compelling insights, this book celebrates the significance and promise of this cherished holiday.
THE PURSUIT OF PLEASURE IS NOT OPTIONAL. IT IS ESSENTIAL. This study guide companion to the DVD version ofDesiring God—the classic explanation of Christian hedonism by John Piper—will help individuals and groups understand that the supreme calling of life is to "glorify God by enjoying Him forever." The DVD and this guide create an ideal package for adult and youth Sunday school classes, small groups, retreats, classrooms, families, as well as for individual study. Topics for this 12-session guided group study include: One Great Mission and Motivation A Summary of Christian Hedonism The Foundation of Christian Hedonism The Essence of Christian Hedonism The Grand Obligation (Part 1): Commanded to Rejoice The Grand Obligation (Part 2): An Essential Element of Faith and Worship The Grand Obligation (Part 3): Holy Hedonism Is Love The Grand Obligation (Part 4): The Strength for Sanctification and Service How Then Shall We Fight for Joy? (Part 1): Know Its Sources and Setbacks How Then Shall We Fight for Joy? (Part 2): Make Use of the Means of Grace Complete with Scripture, key quotations for reflection, penetrating questions, and five daily assignments per week, this study guide will help you understand why God’s pursuit of His glory and your pursuit of joy are not at odds—becauseGod is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. Also includes a 6-session intensive track option.Leader’s Guide Included.
This six-session small group Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately) captures live and unscripted conversations between Tim Keller and a group of people to address their doubts and objections to Christianity. Using literature, philosophy, and Scripture, Keller and the group explore the truth of Christianity. In his New York Times bestselling book The Reason for God, Timothy Keller established himself as a modern-day C. S. Lewis who brings together faith and intellect, theology and popular culture, modern-day objections and historic Christian beliefs. Now fans of the New York Times bestseller can find resources to help them engage with those same objections, drawing on recent scholarship and debates. The Reason for God small group Bible study can be used individually, with groups, or by any believer who is engaging with friends who don’t share his or her beliefs. Christians will be challenged to wrestle with their friends and neighbors’ hardest questions, and to engage those questions in ways that will spark an honest, enriching, and humbling dialogue. Capture a live and unscripted conversation between Timothy Keller and the six panelists discussing their objections to Christianity. This study will help small groups and individuals dig deeper into the objections of the Christian faith and to learn about both sides of the issues. Sessions include: Isn’t the Bible a Myth? How Can You Say There Is Only One Way to God? What Gives You the Right to Tell Me How to Live My Life? Why Does God Allow Suffering? Why Is the Church Responsible for So Much Injustice? How Can God Be Full of Love and Wrath at the Same Time? Designed for use with Reason for God Video Study (sold separately).
'In the years I have been a pastor,' writes Rick Warren, 'the number-one question I'm asked is, 'Rick, why can't I change?'' People want to change---but they're stuck. Do you want to get unstuck? Here's how. Drawing simple but powerful truths from the Bible, this book gives you practical guidance for specific types of change, and it links you up with the power to actually make the changes you long to make. As you apply the truth of God's Word by the power of his Spirit, your life will change. You'll move out of your rut---and get on track with God's wonderful purposes for your life.
Author: Sheila Walsh
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: 1999-03-26
If God loves me, why did my child die? If life is supposed to be so wonderful, why do I feel so bad? If God hears my prayers, why am I still single? If God is in control of the world, why is life so hard? Sheila Walsh hears questions like these wherever she goes. In her own life journey, she has struggled with difficult questions?and has found some answers. Not easy, pat answers, but real-life, lived-out-in-the-flesh answers that can help you find meaning and purpose in spite of pain and suffering. Life Is Tough but God Is Faithful offers encouraging insight into God's presence in the midst of our questions and struggles?and highlights positive choices you can make, no matter what your circumstances may be. "Life is tough, but God is faithful" has become Sheila's motto. "The Bible is full of stories of men and women who, in the midst of the toughest situations of life, discovered the faithfulness of God," she says. "When our dreams go sour or seem unfulfilled, we can choose to allow Satan to slither into our lives, or we can choose to remember that God is faithful, no matter how hopeless life gets." Sheila looks at thirteen crucial turning points that can help you rediscover God's love and forgiveness. Showing how the choices you make affect your life, she offers insights from the book of Job, from her own life, and from the lives of people whose simple but determined faith helped them become shining lights in a dark world.
The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us like the Son of God.”—Rick Warren in The Purpose Driven® Life You were created to become like Christ. This is one of the five God-ordained purposes for your life described in The Purpose Driven® Life by Rick Warren, and it’s why studying the Bible is so important. The Bible’s truths will transform you, aligning you with the character and ways of Jesus as you encounter him in the Scriptures. This easy-to-understand book shows you how to study the Bible Rick Warren’s way. It gives you not just one, but twelve methods for exploring the riches of God’s Word. At least one of them is exactly what you’re looking for—an approach that’s right for you, right where you’re at. Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through the how-tos of the following methods: • Devotional • Chapter Summary • Character Quality • Thematic • Biographical • Topical • Word Study • Book Background • Book Survey • Chapter Analysis • Book Synthesis • Verse Analysis Thousands of individuals, small groups, churches, and seminary classes have used this practical manual to unlock the wonderful truths of Scripture. You can too. Written by America’s pastor, Rick Warren, Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods will help you develop a customized approach to studying, understanding, and applying the Bible.
To understand the Bible, says author and pastor Randy Frazee, you need bifocal lenses, because two perspectives are involved. The Lower Story, our story, is actually many stories of men and women interacting with God in the daily course of life. The Upper Story is God's story, the tale of his great, overarching purpose that fits all the individual stories together like panels in one unified mural. In 31 video sessions, The Story video curriculum will open your eyes to God's master-plan unfolding in the lives of the Bible's characters-and in your own life. Discover the heart of God's Upper Story, and the joy that comes as you align your story with God's. The Story DVD and Participant's Guide (sold separately) are designed for use by groups of all sizes, including small groups and Sunday school and adult education classes, for each of the 31 weeks of The Story church-wide journey.