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Mission
Invite people to Jesus 
Equip all for discipleship
Expand God's Kingdom 
Glorify God 

Small Group Resources

 SMALL GROUP STUDY RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE AT HLC.
 
These resources are available for youth and adult small group settings.
 
Some of these studies have a limited number of books and study guides available.  The primary media is DVD, but several are older and have only VHS or Audio CDs.
 
Under each resource is a brief description to help you discern the study of choice for your journey, age group and setting.  These are located in the Media Center on the lower level of HLC next to the 5th-6th grade classroom.  Please contact Marlene Becherer if you need to check out the materials or if we need to order more guides or books.
 
This list is by no means complete.  We will be adding to it periodically.  Pastor Dave also has personal collections of small group study materials that may be useful to your journey.  Please let him know what your plans are and there may be another resource available that is not in our church resource room.
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10 Keys to Unlock the Christian Life by Colin S. Smith
Expand and round out your collection of Colin Smith's popular series to understanding and unlocking the mysteries of the Bible with 10 Keys to Unlock the Christian Life. 'Your Word have I his in my heart' says the psalmist.  The Word in your heart allows you to discover who you are in Christ, what He has called you to do, and how He empowers you to live 'the Christian life'.  Those of traditional belief, as well as those who are postmodern in thought and practice, will be encouraged and challenged.
 
Class Audio CDs - Rick Warren
Class 101:  Discovering Church Membership
Class 201:  Introduction to Spiritual Maturity
Class 301:  Introduction to Your S.H.A.P.E.
Class 401:  Discovering My Life Mission
 
Lord, I Want to Know You by Kay Arthur
The "Lord" study series is an insightful, warm-hearted Bible study series designed to meet readers where they are and help them discover God's answers to their deepest needs.  So much of our confusion and pain results because we don't know God who He really is, how He works in our lives.  But with Lord, I Want to Know You, that will all change. When you know God more fully by studying His names Creator, Healer, Protector, Provider, and many others you'll gain power to stand strong. You'll find strength for times of trial, comfort for pain, provision for your soul's deepest needs.  And your walk with God will be transformed.  Let Kay Arthur guide you through the Scriptures in this deeply insightful study.  Your daily time with God in His Word will introduce you to the limitless treasure available to you as His child and these are truths you can share easily with others, individually or in small groups. 
 
The Lutheran Course DVD & Leader's Book - Uses the Lutheran Handbook Augsburg Fortress
 
Discussing the DaVinci Code by Lee Strobel & Garry Poole 
The Da Vinci Code has captivated millions with its dramatic claims about Christianity. Do the novel and movie unearth explosive facts, or are they merely colorful but inaccurate depictions of ancient events?  This first-ever DVD-driven small group study guide stimulates animated discussion over one of today's hottest topics.
 
Jesus - Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias DVD 
The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message
Ravi Zacharias answers the timely and relevant question, "In a world with so many religions, why should I choose Jesus?"  As he answers this question in his most important work to date, Zacharias contrasts the truth of Jesus with the founders of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
 
Beginning Life Together
Six Sessions DVD and 10 books
God never intended for you to do life alone but to do life together in community.  This introductory group study, Beginning Life Together, gives you an overview of the five biblical purposes that God intends for your life.  This study will take you on a 6 week journey of the Purpose-Driven Life and give you a taste of the life God created you to live.

"Doing Life Together is the first small group curriculum built completely on the purpose driven paradigm.  The greatest reason I'm excited about it is that I've seen the dramatic changes it produces in the lives of those who study it."  (From the foreword by Rick Warren.)

Based on the five biblical purposes that form the bedrock of Saddleback Church, Doing Life Together is a comprehensive study of the Purpose-Driven Life.  It will help you cultivate a healthy, balanced Christian Life together with a friend, small group, or even your entire church.  This experienced team of writers will take you on a spiritual journey, discovering not only what God created you for but how you can turn that dream into an everyday reality.  Experience the transformation firsthand as you begin Connecting, Growing, Developing, Sharing, and Surrendering your life together for him.
 
SALT - Seven Areas of Life Training  (One study guide for each area.)  By Victorious Christian Living International.  Areas: Spiritual, Psychological, Social, Physical, Financial, Marital, Parental.
 
Love Won Out Conference - Focus on the Family - November 3, 2007
Indianapolis, IN 15-CD series
You'll be equipped to minister in truth and compassion to a loved one who deals with same-sex attractions, respond to misinformation in our culture and defend biblical beliefs with grace and understanding.  But mostly, you'll be encouraged by the power of God's love and His desire to transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality and lead people into freedom in Jesus Christ.
 
DRAMA Ministry:  CrossPoint
Scripts for a variety of dramas.  Return to the High Dive; 47 scripts including audio.  Also Scripts Collection Vol. #1.
 
Stepping Up:  A Journey through the Psalms of Ascent by Beth Moore
One study guide - 6 sessions.  Takes a look at the pilgrimage theme found in Psalms 120 - 134 and explores the major feasts of Israel.  For the ancient Israelites, pilgrimage was a three-times-per-year journey to the temple in Jerusalem; for New Testament believers all of life becomes a journey together toward the new Jerusalem.
 
Living Beyond Myself by Bill Hybels
There is unprecedented spiritual openness in today's society, and at the same time, increasing economic pressure on the resources of local churches.  The solution lies squarely on the able shoulders of God-gifted volunteers and they are ready for the challenge! 
 
40 Days of Community - Better Together:  What on earth are WE here for?
DVD + 8 Books.  Six Small Group Lessons.  Saddleback Community Church - 40 Days of Community is the next step in learning to live a healthy, balanced, purpose driven life.  In the next 40 days we will answer the question, "What on earth are we here for?"
 
Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybels
Believers universally affirm that evangelism is a vital part of what God calls them to do, but very few make a practice of doing it.  They feel awkward and ill-equipped, either because they've never been trained, or because their lack of interaction with non- Christians prevents them from using and developing the skills they do have.  Bill Hybels addresses these concerns and signals the next era in personal evangelism with Just Walk Across the Room.  Drawing on fresh perspectives from the author's own experiences, as well as time-tested and practical illustrations, Just Walk Across the Room encourages and equips readers to routinely initiate spiritual conversations with those who don't know Christ.  This is the Participant's Guide for participating in group study.
  
If You Want to Walk On Water, You�ve Got to Get Out of the Boat
by John Ortberg
Out on the risky waters of faith, Jesus is waiting to meet you and offer you his Holy Spirit power that will change your life forever, deepening your faith and trust in God.  
 
Life Keys by Jane Kise, David Stark, Sandra Hirsh
Workbook and reproducible materials.
Who You Are - Why You're Here - What You Do Best.
 
Experiencing God as Couples by Henry & Marilynn Blackaby
VHS 8 sessions.
 
Rob Bell - The Nooma Series #1 - 15
Jesus lived with the awareness that God is doing something right here, right now, and anybody can be a part of it.  He encouraged his listeners to search, to question, to wrestle with the implications of what he was saying and doing.  He inspired, challenged, provoked, comforted, and invited people to be open to God's work in this world.  Wherever he went, whatever he did, Jesus started discussions about what matters most, because for Jesus, God is always inviting us to open our eyes and join in.  NOOMA is a series of short films that explore our world from the perspective of Jesus.  NOOMA is an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion.
 
Becoming A Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels
This book is full of lively discussions, role-playing, and all kinds of opportunities to interact with your group.  You'll learn how to share your faith in a natural, authentic way with other students who need God's love and truth. 

God wants to use you to make an eternal difference in the lives of your friends and there's no better time than now.  After age nineteen, the chance of your friends coming to Christ drops to 6 percent.  That's right: 6 percent.  That means if anyone is going to help them discover a real relationship with the God who loves them, it will probably need to be you.
 
If you're like many Christians, you really want to share your faith, but you don't know how.  Just the thought might seem scary.  You don't have to act weird or become someone you're not.  What's so cool is that God wants to use you the way you are your interests, your personality, your strengths, and even some of your weaknesses. You'll be amazed at how these are the very things the Holy Spirit can use to help you confidently relate to your friends and introduce them to Jesus Christ.
 
Forget about long, boring lectures.  The exciting sessions in this book are full of lively discussions, role playing, and all kinds of opportunities to interact with your group. You won't just get to know your group members better, you'll get to know yourself better, too.  You'll find out which of the six evangelism styles fits you.  You'll learn how to share your faith in a natural, authentic way with other students who need God's love and truth and you'll discover the unbeatable joy of seeing people you care about become real followers of Christ!  It's designed to be most effective when used in conjunction with the Becoming a Contagious Christian Youth Edition Leader's Guide as you use the Becoming a Contagious Christian Youth Edition evangelism course curriculum kit.
 
The Five Love Languages of Children by Chapman & Campbell
According to the authors, each child expresses and receives love through one of five different communication styles.  A parent's love language may be totally different from that of his or her child which causes hurt feelings and misunderstandings.  With the help of this book, adults can discover their child's primary language and learn what they can do to effectively convey unconditional feelings of respect, affection, and commitment that will resonate in their child's emotions and behavior.
Kids desperately need to know how much you love them.  But if you don't know their special love languages you might as well be speaking gibberish.  Every child (like every adult) expresses and receives love best through one of five communication styles.  Find out which one of these your child speaks: 
QUALITY TIME
WORDS OF AFFIRMATION
GIFTS
ACTS OF SERVICE
PHYSICAL TOUCH
If your love language is different from your children's, you'd better learn to translate fast or you could miss your chance to meet their deepest emotional needs.  Discover how to express unconditional feelings of respect, affection and commitment that will resonate in their souls and inspire them for the rest of their lives.
 
Victory Over the Darkness by Neil Anderson
Ten years ago a breakthrough book launched a ministry that has helped more than one million people overcome this world and win the battle for their hearts and minds.  Now Neil Anderson has revised and expanded Victory Over the Darkness for a new generation of readers, outlining practical and more productive ways to Christian growth based on Christ's promise:  "You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."  Victory Over the Darkness emphasizes the importance of believing and internalizing the cardinal truths of Scripture as a base from which to renew the mind and fend off Satan's relentless attempt to convince us that we are less than Christ empowers us to be. 

It's Jesus' promise to you--the promise that you live triumphantly.  But what keeps you from really walking in the joy of the Lord?  The powers of darkness attack us daily. But, as Dr. Neil Anderson shows in Victory over the Darkness, you can have the power to conquer them by knowing who you are in Christ.  Learn how to realize the power of your identity in Christ, free yourself from the burdens of your past, stand against the spiritual forces of this world and win the battle for your mind.  Become the spiritual person you want to be.  Discover the truth about God's view of you.  Neil Anderson has updated and expanded his best-selling Victory Over the Darkness for a new generation of readers, spelling out practical and productive ways to experience Christian growth based on Christ's promise.  Learn to apply the truths of Scripture as a base from which to renew your mind and become the person Christ empowers you to be.
 
Film:   Be Still
2005    93 minutes playing time
Be Still is an extraordinary film that demonstrates contemplative reflection as a vital part of our everyday lives and as a remedy for the ills of the frenzied, fast-paced modern world, featuring interviews with some of today's most highly respected authors, educators, and ministers.  Be Still examines the importance of silent, reflective prayer as a way to truly be open to receiving God's guidance.  This remarkable film also features a useful "how to" section that shows how contemplative prayer can be used by anyone at any time to better one's life and reaffirm that which is truly important.