Small Group Monday: 5 Dangerous Myths about Church-Wide Campaigns


Don’t get us wrong: We are fans of church-wide campaigns—those regular points in the church calendar in which every age group is studying the same thing, the pastor is reinforcing the small group emphases from the pulpit, and maybe even the choir and worship teams are lined up singing songs that support the theme. Bible [...]

Missionary Sunday School: Your Place in the History of Sunday School


This is part 2 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Missionary Sunday School. Click here for a free download of the book. Chapter 1 of the book looks at the history of Sunday school, and how revolutionary the concept was that “common people should be able to read the Bible for themselves over against the [...]

From the Editor: Joyful Faith


One of the strange paradoxes of the Christian faith is that we can know pure, authentic joy even in the midst of trials. Far from crushing our faith, we can know joy when we understand why God allows us to endure trials. Mary Jo Sharp, writing in the Summer 2014 sessions of Bible Studies for Life, said, “We [...]

What Would a Missionary Mindset Look Like for Sunday School?


This is part 1 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Missionary Sunday School. Click here for a free download of the book. Stephen Paxson was America’s greatest Sunday School missionary . Paxson organized over 1,300 new Sunday Schools enrolling over 83,000 across the Midwest in the 1800s. He encouraged and strengthened more than 1,700 existing schools [...]

From the Editor: Faith That Shows Jesus


“But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed, but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. However, do this with [...]

Small Group Monday: 10 Practical Summer Service Ideas


It’s summertime. It’s time for baseball, longer days, water parks and vacations. It’s time for slowing down, throwing Frisbees, taking late night strolls, and having picnics. And it’s time for small groups, because all the best stuff in life involves connecting with others. Summertime doesn’t have to be the season when your small group throws [...]

Extreme Sunday School: The Challenge


  By Bruce Raley and David Francis This is the final post in a series of blog posts excerpted from Extreme Sunday School Challenge by Bruce Raley and David Francis.  Part 1: The Strategic Purpose of Your Small Group: 4 Key Components Part 2: 4 Potential Outcomes for a Healthy Group Part 3: 2 Essentials for a New Group to Survive [...]

From the Editor: Faith that Endures Suffering and Persecution


Most people in the United States have a very limited concept of what it means to be persecuted for one’s faith. American Christians enjoy freedoms here that they would not enjoy elsewhere. Will that always be the case? Is it as true now as it was a generation ago? Dr. Ronnie Floyd, General Editor of Bible [...]

For the Leader: Can I Really Be Holy?


By Jeffrey Holder,  Content Editor, Bible Studies for Life: Senior Adults As we began our latest session in Bible Studies for Life, we were asked to consider this question: What are some things the average person considers holy or sacred? I imagine a lot of people would not put Christians on their lists. Of course, [...]

Small Group Monday: Resilient Faith and Disciple Making


Resilient Faith by Mary Jo Sharp examines the aspects of faith through the lens of First Peter. This book of the Bible is a short letter from the apostle Peter that shows us what resilient faith looks like while helping us find a faith that endures the adversity that is sure to find its way [...]