Connected, Session 1 (Connected in Christ): Introduction, Option for Boomers.


  Before the session, lead class members to picture Uncle Sam from the “I Want You” recruiting posters of World War I and II.    This iconic image was first used during WWI to promote enlistments in the military.  This campaign was so successful that it was used again during WWII.  What about this image compelled people […]

Connected, Session 1 (Connected in Christ): Intro Option for Parent’s groups

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  After highlighting what The Bible Meets Life says about the perks of membership, point out that some cell phone providers offer perks for family plans. Instead of buying separate data plans for each family member, a family plan can offer savings and allow family members to share minutes and data. Some plans offer the […]

Connected Session 1(Connected in Christ): Discussion Option for Men’s groups.


Share the following story: “A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going.  After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him.  It was a chilly evening.  The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit, the […]

Connected: My Life in the Church, Session 1: Live It Out Option for Singles or Collegiate Group


    To conclude this session, show this video clip, “I Am Home” from the movie Freedom Writers. If you do not see the video, click here to view the video on (May not be viewable on Apple portable devices). “I Am Home” reminds us of the significance of true connection. We all have difficulties we […]

Connected, Session 1: Meaningful Minstry to Those Who Cannot Attend


  by John Garner They are in every church in America. They are faithful believers. They have held positions of leadership in their churches. They have been great neighbors, employees, and citizens. They have taught Sunday School, been deacons, and some have preached. They are some of God’s choice servants. They are shut-ins. These folks […]

Connected Session 1: He’ll Come Running


The amazing race of a father and his son, and how it demonstrates God’s undying love for you. by Pete Wilson There’s a dangerous temptation many of us face when we think we’ve got God all figured out. I’ve noticed that I tend to get myself into all kinds of trouble when I make assumptions […]

Connected, Session 1: All Excuses Ceasing


by Susan Childress This year, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th anniversary of her coronation. In 1953, she sent special invitations to the coronation. The invitations were inscribed, “all excuses ceasing.” In other words, there is no RSVP — you’re expected to be there, no excuses. Today, you are invited and expected to accept an […]

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, […]

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 […]