From the Editor: “What’s In It For Me?” Church


One of the real dangers in the life of a church is when its members begin to believe that the church exists to meet their needs. Thom Rainer, President of LifeWay Christian Resources, says, “It’s our nature to be selfish. It’s our nature to want others to serve us rather than be the servants. So how […]

Connected, Session 5 (Connected in Service): All Additional Resources


  Here are two songs from LifeWay worship that have been selected to go along with the Connected study. They can both be found on BSFL Songs Volume 1: “This is Our Prayer” ties to the 2nd session on Ephesians 4:1-6 “Speak Through Me” ties to the 4th session on  Ephesians 4:25-32. Here are the magazine articles that […]

Connected, Session 5 (Connected in Service): Additional Questions


  The Point: Serving in the Church is not about what I want. Icebreaker What is something you have always wanted? What is something you always wanted and never got? What’s the toughest part of not getting what you want? What’s the toughest part of seeing others get their way? Ephesians 5:15-17 Why do our desires […]

Connected — Beyond Flash Community


Remember the flash mob trend? Two to three years ago, just as Youtube was becoming the ubiquitous cultural fixture it is today, flash mob videos— in which a group of people gave the “appearance” of spontaneous performance were making their rounds in the most viral sort of way. The trend and its viral nature point […]

Connected, Session 6 (Connected in Prayer): Introduction Option for Boomers


   Listen to the song, Make My Life a Prayer to You by Keith Green. Keith Green (October 21, 1953 – July 28, 1982) was an American contemporary Christian music pianist, singer and songwriter originally from New York.You can listen to the song here, or directly on YouTube Find the lyrics at search Make […]

Connected, Session 6 (Connected Through Prayer): 3 Steps to a Healthier Prayer Life


by Joel A. Lindsey Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: You decide it’s time to pray, so you close your eyes. Fifteen seconds in, out of nowhere, tomorrow’s to-do list pops up and your thoughts are off on a tangent. Before long, you realize what’s happening, and by sheer force of the will, you […]

Connected, Session 6 (Connected Through Prayer): Intro Option for Parent’s groups


To introduce the session on the need of praying for our church, point out that surveys consistently show that the majority of Americans pray, and that number certainly rises if they are Christians. The practice of prayer is not the challenge of this session, but praying specifically for our church and its leaders may be. […]

Connected Session 6 (Connected Through Prayer): Heart of the Matter


Through their son’s unexpected health crisis, Matt Hammitt, lead singer of the award-winning band Sanctus Real, and his wife, Sarah, rediscovered the meaning of childlike faith. by Lindsay Williams “I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced a time in your life when a single moment changes everything and takes you down a new path. Something […]

Connected, Session 6 (Connected Through Prayer): Introduction Option for Collegiates or Singles Groups


After reading Ephesians 6:18 explain that we as believers have been given the privilege of praying for each other within the body of Christ. But sometimes we find ourselves following formulas and using catchphrases in our prayers that may seem a bit unnatural. Show the following video from Christian comedian Tim Hawkins, where he talks about […]

Connected, Session 5 (Connected in Service): All Excuses Ceasing


by Susan Childress This year, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th anniversary of her coronation. In 1953, she sent special invitations to the coronation. The invitations were inscribed, “all excuses ceasing.” In other words, there is no RSVP — you’re expected to be there, no excuses. Today, you are invited and expected to accept an […]