The Missionary Principle of the People Group


This is part 4 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Missionary Sunday School. Click here for a free download of the book. Chapter 3 of the book is titled “Every Person: The Missionary Principle of the People Group” This excerpt is adapted from pages 30-33. The missionary Sunday School is satisfied only when everyone within its reach has access to a […]

Ruts We Fall Into, and How to Avoid Them


  Today on the Sunday School Leader blog, Darryl Wilson, Sunday School & Discipleship Consultant for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, expands on the ruts David Francis and Ken Braddy discuss in their book 3 Roles For Guiding Groups (available as a free download). He also gives practical advice for how to get out of the ruts, or […]

And It Was Good, Session 1 (God’s Work of Creation): Intro Option for Parent groups


Have you ever thought about the fact that we are creative because we have been made in the image of a creative God? Do you think of yourself as a creative person? What about your kids? Do you see them as creative? Do they see themselves as creative? Share the following quote from Christopher Bergland, […]

And It Was Good, Session 1 (God’s Work Of Creation): Optional Closing Activity for Collegiates


Play the video “The Greatness of our God” by Hillsong. If you don’t see the video below, click here to watch on You Tube. As they are listening, invite your group members to silently consider the following questions: What have you seen or experienced recently that leads you to praise God? In your own life, […]

Three “Either-Ors” To Consider in Sunday School


This is part 3 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Missionary Sunday School. Click here for a free download of the book. Chapter 2 of the book is titled “His Story: All the Bible for All of Life.” This excerpt is adapted from pages 26-28.  The First Either-Or: Either a Systematic Plan or “Whatever the Spirit Lays […]

Resilient Faith, Session 6 (Victorious Faith): All Additional Resources


  We are pleased to offer suggested music for each session. These are links to purchase the songs on iTunes, as well as links to, which provides lead sheets, accompaniment tracks, and other resources for certain songs. Click here for Suggested music for the Resilient Faith unit Here are the magazine articles that were selected […]

Resilient Faith, Session 6 (Victorious Faith): Extra Activity for Collegiates  


Before the Session Obtain enough index cards for each person in your group to have one Consider completing the following exercise yourself before you ask you group to do this experience  During the Session This exercise could be considered for a closing activity before your group prays to dismiss Give each individual in your group […]

From the Editor: Faith is the Victory


Over the past few weeks, we have considered the role of resilient faith in the believer’s life. We can grow in faith as we follow Christ, and such faith endures suffering. Such faith also sees us through to ultimate victory in Christ. Today on the blog, Bible Studies for Life General Editor Dr. Ronnie Floyd […]

How can I encourage authentic relationships within my small group?


Young adults can spot a fake from a mile away, and they’re hungry to be in a place where they’re free to be themselves—their broken selves. From day one you need to create an atmosphere that screams, “It’s OK if you don’t have it all together.” Here are some tips for moving in that direction. […]

And It Was Good, Session 1(God’s Work of Creation): Introduction Option for Boomers


Many members of the Baby Boomer Generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) will remember Christmas Eve, 1968. An estimated television audience of 1 billion, the largest single TV audience in history at that time, listened as James Lovell, Command Module pilot of Apollo 8, Commander Frank Borman, and Lunar Module pilot Bill Anders took […]