Overcome, Session 2 (Overcome Temptation): Additional Questions

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The Point: It’s easier to resist temptation when you know what’s at stake.  Icebreaker  Why is it common to hear the lament “Oh, if I had only known!”? What are some negative side effects of medications you take? Picture yellow caution tape. What serves as caution tape for you? What’s the first thing that comes to […]

Small Group Monday: How to Choose a Small Group System or Strategy

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Is there one “best way” to do small group ministry? Should you let every group choose its own curriculum? Should you base everything off the pastor’s sermons? Should the pastor base everything off the small group plan? These are all good questions. How do you determine what is right for your context? On the blog […]

Overcome, Session 3: Shelf Life

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by Carole Rodgers ANOTHER CHRISTMAS HAD PASSED. After finally getting my decorations down and packed away, I carried the boxes to the closet and gently lifted them up and onto the shelf.  I couldn’t help but notice in the packing that a good number of the decorations were beginning to show tell-tale signs of aging. […]

Overcome, Session 3: Four Simple Words

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by Jack Brewer At the foot of my bed stood a young boy. “But, what about me?” he asked.  During the Korean War, I was a gunner on a B-29 bomber. My most memorable experience occurred when two engines went out and we landed amid a brilliant ball of fire. It was an exciting day, […]

Overcome, Session 3: Hope for the Barren Heart

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In the bleak mid-winter of your soul, God plants a garden of faith. by Aaron Householder Fear is natural. Faith is supernatural. When we don’t understand and can’t overcome, we react in fear. It’s a natural response of humanity. Our fear may paralyze us in depression or indecision. Or our fear may motivate us to […]

Overcome, Session 2 (Overcome Temptation): Introduction Option for Women’s Groups

We often associate apples with temptation (even though in the original story from Genesis 3, it never says the forbidden fruit was an apple)! Still, if you were going to illustrate temptation, you might think of an image like this:   However, one Photoshopper on Pinterest posted a much more realistic image for temptation. Discuss […]

Missionary Mentality, Part Two

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This is part 3 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Transformational Class: Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School . Click here for a free download of the book, as well as training materials to help you present the material to your leaders. This excerpt is adapted from the Chapter 1, “Missionary Mentality”, pages 13-14 Single Gender […]

Overcome, Session 2 (Overcome Temptation): Optional Activity for Collegiates

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“Temptations and America’s Favorite Sins,” released in January 2013 by the Barna Group, examines “the temptations Americans say they most commonly struggle with—and how they resolve to deal with these moral and ethical lures.” One area of their research uncovered how we respond in the face of temptation. Is Resistance Futile? “When facing a temptation, […]

From the Editor: Betrayal is Not the End

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This week, many small groups will begin a new Bible Studies For Life series, Overcome: Living Beyond Your Circumstances. It is a six-session study on the life of the Old Testament character Joseph. Since the story of Joseph’s betrayal at the hands of his brothers (Genesis 37:12-27) is foundational to everything else that happens in the […]

Introducing “Overcome” Study to Your Small Group

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  By Jeffrey Holder, Content Editor, Bible Studies for Life: Senior Adults We begin a new unit of study next week based on the life of Joseph. If ever there was an overcomer, it was Joseph. Hated by his older brothers enough that most of them wanted to kill him. Sold into slavery. Falsely accused of […]