From the Editor: God Will Protect You

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Originally posted on ronniefloyd.com on January 6, 2015 For most parents, there is nothing more important than making sure our children are safe. Bike helmets, elbow and kneepads for sports, baby strollers that look like moon buggies, safety gates, and car seats with 5-point harnesses. We do everything we can to ensure our kids are […]

Leader Tuesday: Ready When Application Hurts

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Many Bible Studies For Life users are about to begin a series that, if you’ve looked ahead to the titles, is frankly pretty scary. It’s called, Ready: Ministering to Those In Crisis, by Chip Ingram. The first three are (relatively) non-threatening: Ready When Injustice Prevails Ready to Help the Poor Ready When Sickness Comes to Stay […]

Small Group Monday: Great Small Group Studies for 2015

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This week on biblestudyinsider.com, Brian Daniel highlights five quality small group studies to  get your group pointed in the right direction. There are many answers to the question, “Which study is right for my group?” A specific book of the Bible? A topical study? Brian says, ” Most importantly, of course, is to be strategic in making […]

Mission

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    This is part 13 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. Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School Missionary Mentality, Part One Missionary Mentality, […]

From the Editor: The Shelter of God’s Peace

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We live in a world where peace is hard to find. Russia is reasserting itself in the Ukraine. ISIS and related terror organizations are moving across parts of the Middle East, killing military personnel and murdering civilians. Israel and Hamas seemingly exist on the brink of war. The United States has been involved in a […]

3 Reasons Why Bigger Bible Study Groups May Not Be Better

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Originally posted on kenbraddy.com on October 22, 2014 As I recently led a workshop for a group of pastors and Bible study group leaders, the topic of optimal group size came up. One pastor asked, “What is the best size for a group?” My answer was “It depends.” It depends on a few factors, but […]

The Case for Gender-Based Groups

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In a recent blog post on biblestudyinsider.com, Eddie Mosley, small groups pastor at LifePoint Church in Smyrna, Tn, talks about the merits of having men’s groups and women’s groups as part of your small group ministry. Even if you don’t go all out and convert every group to a gender-based group (which is not what Eddie is […]

Community: Connecting People With People

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This is part 12 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. Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School Missionary Mentality, Part One Missionary Mentality, Part Two […]

From The Editor: Facing Discouragement? We Need Protection in God’s Encouragement

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  This article was originally posted on ronniefloyd.com on December 16, 2014 Discouragement is one of the enemy’s most effective tools against the people of God. How many small group leaders begin with great dreams of seeing spiritual growth in their group members only to become discouraged and quit? How many pastors assume leadership in […]

About That Week When (Almost) No One Showed Up

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One of my early experiences leading a Bible study group came when the leader asked me to lead in his absence. I was glad to, and boy, did I prepare. So imagine my excitement when Sunday morning came, I arrived with notes in hand, and … ONLY ONE PERSON SHOWED UP. Ever had a similar […]