Connected, Session 3: Going the Distance


Marathoner Amy Compston used to run away from God. Now she’s running for Him.  by Mark Maynard Amy Compston has been a distance runner since she was 11 years old. The wife and mom, 28, who finished among the top 15 percent of females at the 2013 Boston Marathon, is training for a grueling 50-mile Ultra Marathon in […]

Connected, Session 3: Beyond the Casserole


by Karen S. Robertson Upon the recent death of our mother, my family experienced an outpouring of love. Delicious cakes, pies, and casseroles appeared at our door. But help also came in other ways, teaching us to think outside the box when helping someone else struggling with grief. Stand in the gap. Offer to house-sit, […]

Connected Session 3: Daddy Warhide


by Shelley Anne Richter Zig Warhide was perhaps the most obstinate, cranky, critical human being I’d ever met. But in the early morning hours of September 8, 2000, this man changed my life.  Working in a retirement community, I dealt with people who appreciated the many activities that enriched their lives. Then there were others […]

Multiple Schedule Options for Adult Small Groups, and how They Impact Preschool


This is part 7 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Missionary Sunday School. Click here for a free download of the book. This excerpt is adapted from the Appendix, pages 54-56. An effective method for expanding Sunday School in a church that is crunched for space is to start an additional Sunday School session. As a general […]

From the Editor: Connecting in Unity


Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!” Church leaders couldn’t agree more. Unity is good! And this week, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, General Editor of Bible Studies For Life, takes this obvious axiom and unpacks it. Why is unity good? How does unity among believers reflect God’s character? […]

Connected, Session 2 (Connected in Unity): 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 2 (Connected in Unity):  Introduction option for Boomers


  Read this passage from one of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons: “I wish, brothers and sisters, that we could all imitate “the pearl oyster”–A hurtful particle intrudes itself into its shell, and this vexes and grieves it. It cannot reject the evil, but what does it do but “cover” it with a precious substance extracted out […]

Connected, Session 2 (Connected in Unity): Live It Out Option for Parent’s groups


One way to strengthen the unity in the church is to pull the different age groups together. Share this idea with parents: Partner with the senior adults in your church to build relationships with your kids. The Fuller Youth Institute has written “40+ Ways to Build Sticky Faith in Your Grandkids” an article that shows […]

Connected Session 2 (Connected in Unity): Introduction Option for Singles or Collegiates groups


To begin this session, show the following video clips, which are a series of commercials produced to promote public transportation. If you don’t see the video below, click here to watch on You Tube:   Each of the three clips allows us to consider the significance of being connected during times of difficulty or danger. […]

Connected Session 2 (Connected in Unity): Further Study for women’s groups


To either help prepare for this session or to follow up afterwards, pass along this additional  Bible study about Euodia and Syntyche, two of the women Paul addresses by name in the book of Philippians:   Have you ever been a part of a truly unified group of women? Is unity between women normal? Easy? […]