Books of the Bible

YouVersion

We are amazingly blessed by the number and the quality of discipleship building tools that are freely available to us thanks to technology.  Today I want to take a quick look at the web-based Bible app from LifeChurch that is known as YouVersion.  Yes...it is a Bible, but it is much more than just a Bible.  And it is sweeping the world in popularity.
 Here's what you can use this wonderful discipleship resource for:

Read the Bible

Take your choice from hundreds of Bible versions and languages. Compare two versions side by side. You can even choose your font and display size. Make your online Bible experience just the way you like it.  If you want to read or study it from your computer,  here's what it looks like online.

Study the Bible

Highlight in your favorite color, bookmark your favorite Bible verses, and make notes about what you're learning. Not only are you spending time in God's Word, you're building a history of your interaction with the Bible.

Subscribe to Bible Plans

Cover the whole Bible, focus on a topic, or read a devotional from a gifted teacher. Choose your plan and each day you'll find a Bible selection waiting for you.

Take the Bible With You

Download the Bible App for free on any mobile device. When you use the mobile app, your notes, bookmarks, highlights, plans, and more will be automatically synced across all of your devices.

Use It In Church!

YouVersion Live gives you a way to interact with church services and other live events using your mobile device. You can follow along with message outlines and take notes, read related Bible verses and click through to the expanded passage, vote on a poll and see the results live, ask questions anonymously, give, request prayer, and take it all home with you on your phone. It works with any web-enabled phone, as well as any computer with an internet connection.  Give it a try the next time you're in worship at McLane Church!
If you want to see how YouVersion is being used, check out this story on NBC Nightly News.

Sermon on the Mount #2: Connect with Others

The quality of our lives - our health, growth, happiness, even life itself - hinges on our relationships. Jesus considered human relationships so vital that he dealt with them extensively in his most celebrated teaching, the Sermon on the Mount. In crisp brush strokes, he painted a compelling portrait of how we are to conduct ourselves with each other and with a non-Christian world. The 6 sessions in this book explore what Jesus has to say about mercy, peacemaking, authentic faith, healing connection, lust versus love, truth-telling, judgementalism, and other relational essentials. You'll discover the challenges and rewards of demonstrating Christ's character in practical, down-to-earth ways.

Participant guides for this six-session study are available online.

This study is from the New Community series.  Click here to view other studies in this series.

First and 10

First and 10 is a Bible study for adults by Ed Young that discusses the 10 commandments. The study is designed as a 12 week course on the Ten Commandments with group discussions every other week and 10 devotions to be used in the 2 week period between discussions. It includes a place for prayer requests and is filled with practical application. The daily devotions feed into the group study/discussion. There are 6 group discussion and 50 daily devotions.

Participant guides are available for purchase online.

First & 10 Study Guide Sample

Life Application Bible Studies - New Living Translation

Whether you're teaching a class, leading a small group, or just looking for a challenging personal study, Life Application Bible Studies are for you. Everything you need for understanding the books of the New Testament and applying them to your life is included and arranged for 13 lessons, 60 or 90 minutes long:

  • The complete text of of the New Testament books from the New Living Translation
  • Easy-to-understand study notes covering background, history, geography, and culture
  • An extensive commentary
  • Application notes
  • Charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people (as seen in the Life Application Study Bible)
  • 13 lessons with study questions to stimulate thought, discussion and practical application
Note: Most of the study guides in this series are not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a couple of them are on hand for you to gain a sense of how these studies are formatted and if they would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, if you click any of the links below for a particular study, you may click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.
Listed below are links to information about each study that is presently available in this series:

Matthew - NLT Life Application Bible Studies

Whether you're teaching a class, leading a small group, or just looking for a challenging personal study, Life Application Bible Studies are for you. Everything you need for understanding the book of Matthew and applying it to your life is included and arranged for 13 lessons, 60 or 90 minutes long:

  • The complete text of Matthew from the New Living Translation
  • Easy-to-understand study notes covering background, history, geography, and culture
  • An extensive commentary
  • Application notes
  • Charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people (as seen in the Life Application Study Bible)
  • 13 lessons with study questions to stimulate thought, discussion and practical application

Participant guides are available for purchase online.

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

Luke - NLT Life Application Bible Studies

Part 1 of this Life Application Bible Study includes:

  • The complete text of Luke from the New Living Translation
  • Easy-to-understand study notes covering background, history, geography, and culture
  • Application notes to help you apply God's word to your life
  • Charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people that present biblical truths in unique and helpful ways

    Part 2 of this Life Application Bible Study includes:

  • Thirteen ready-to-use lessons to stimulate thought, discussion, and practical life application
  • Study questions thoughtfully arranged and suitable for individual or group use
  • Generous space for writing answer
  • Special application questions at the end of each lesson to help you map out your personal action plan

Participant guides are available for purchase online.

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

Philippians / Colossians - NLT Life Application Bible Studies

Whether you're teaching a class, leading a small group, or just looking for a challenging personal study, Life Application Bible Studies are for you. Everything you need for understanding the books of Philippians and Colossians and applying them to your life is included and arranged for 13 lessons, 60 or 90 minutes long.

  • The complete text of Philippians and Colossians from the New Living Translation
  • Easy-to-understand study notes covering background, history, geography, and culture
  • An extensive commentary
  • Application notes
  • Charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people (as they appear in the Life Application Study Bible)
  • 13 lessons with study questions to stimulate thought, discussion and practical application

Participant guides are available for purchase online.

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

2 Corinthians - NLT Life Application Bible Studies

You want your Bible study to help you grow, make a difference, and change your life. This one will. Life Application Bible Studies include thought-provoking questions, complete lesson format, full NLT text, and the most extensive commentary available in a Bible-study booklet, giving you everything you need to understand God's Word and apply it to your life.

The Studies include thirteen ready-to-use lessons to stimulate thought, discussion, and practical life application. Study questions are thoughtfully arranged, and there is generous space for writing answers, as well as special application questions at the end of each lesson to help you map out your personal action plan. With Life Application Bible Studies, you have everything you need in one place!

FEATURES:

  • Contains the entire New Living Translation text of each book studied.
  • Study notes are easy to use and understand, covering background, history, geography, and culture.
  • Application notes help you apply God's Word to your life.
  • Contains charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people.
Participant guides are available online for purchase.

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

Hebrews - NLT Life Application Bible Studies

The message of Jesus Christ was difficult for Jews to accept. Although they had sought the Messiah for centuries, they were entrenched in thinking and worshiping in traditional forms. Following Jesus seemed to repudiate their marvelous heritage and Scripture. Hebrews is a masterful document written to Jews who were evaluating Jesus or struggling with this new faith. The message of Hebrews is that Jesus is better, Christianity is superior, Christ is supreme and completely sufficient for salvation.

13 lessons through Hebrews includes:

  • The complete text of Hebrews from the New Living Translation
  • Easy-to-understand study notes covering background, history, geography, and culture
  • Application notes to help you apply God's word to your life
  • Charts, maps and profiles of Bible people that present biblical truths in unique and helpful ways
  • Study questions thoughtfully arranged and suitable for individual or group use
  • Special application questions at the end of each lesson to help you map out your personal action plan

Lessons can be 60 or 90 minutes; it is recommended that members prepare their answers to the questions before the group meeting.

Participant guides are available to purchase online.

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

1 & 2 Peter / Jude - NLT Life Application Bible Studies

Part 1 of this Life Application Bible Study includes:

  • The complete text of 1 & 2 Peter/Jude from the New Living Translation
  • Easy-to-understand study notes covering background, history, geography, and culture
  • Application notes to help you apply God's word to your life
  • Charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people that present biblical truths in unique and helpful ways

    Part 2 of this Life Application Bible Study includes:

  • Thirteen ready-to-use lessons to stimulate thought, discussion, and practical life application
  • Study questions thoughtfully arranged and suitable for individual or group use
  • Generous space for writing answer
  • Special application questions at the end of each lesson to help you map out your personal action plan

Participant guides are available for purchase online.

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

Galatians & Ephesians - NLT Life Application Bible Studies

Whether you're teaching a class, leading a small group, or just looking for a challenging personal study, Life Application Bible Studies are for you. Everything you need for understanding the books of Galatians and Ephesians and applying them to your life is included and arranged for 13 lessons, 60 or 90 minutes long.

  • The complete text of Galatians and Ephesians from the New Living Translation
  • Easy-to-understand study notes covering background, history, geography, and culture
  • An extensive commentary
  • Application notes
  • Charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people (as they appear in the Life Application Study Bible)
  • 13 lessons with study questions to stimulate thought, discussion and practical application
Participant guides are available for purchase on online

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

John - NLT Life Application Bible Studies

Whether you're teaching a class, leading a small group, or just looking for a challenging personal study, Life Application Bible Studies are for you. Everything you need for understanding the book of John and applying it to your life is included and arranged for 13 lessons, 60 or 90 minutes long.

  • The complete text of John from the New Living Translation
  • Easy-to-understand study notes covering background, history, geography, and culture
  • An extensive commentary
  • Application notes
  • Charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people (as they appear in the Life Application Study Bible)
  • 13 lessons with study questions to stimulate thought, discussion and practical application
Participant guides are available for purchase online.

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

Mark - NLT Life Application Bible Studies

With Life Application Bible Studies, you have everything you need in one place!

  • The complete text of Mark from the New Living Translation
  • Easy-to-understand study notes covering background, history, geography, and culture
  • An extensive commentary
  • Application notes
  • Charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people (as they appear in the Life Application Study Bible)
  • 13 lessons with study questions to stimulate thought, discussion and practical application, 60 - 90 mins.
Participant guides are available online for purchase.

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

Acts - NLT Life Application Bible Studies

Thirteen lessons through the book of Acts brings you through the birth and growth of the Christian church. The events following the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, His ascension, what happened to the apostles and how they handled it, along with a detailed account of Paul—the apostle to the Gentiles—and his missionary journeys completes the historical information which began in the gospel accounts.

Life Application Bible Studies include:

  • The complete text of the book being studied from the New Living Translation
  • Easy-to-understand study notes covering background, history, geography, and culture
  • Application notes to help you apply God's word to your life
  • Charts, maps and profiles of Bible people that present biblical truths in unique and helpful ways
  • Study questions thoughtfully arranged and suitable for individual or group use
  • Special application questions at the end of each lesson to help you map out your personal action plan
Participant guides are available for purchase online.
This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

Revelation - NLT Life Application Bible Studies

Whether you're teaching a class, leading a small group, or just looking for a challenging personal study, Life Application Bible Studies are for you. Everything you need for understanding the book of Revelation and applying it to your life is included and arranged for 13 lessons, 60 or 90 minutes long.

  • The complete text of Revelation from the New Living Translation
  • Easy-to-understand study notes covering background, history, geography, and culture
  • An extensive commentary
  • Application notes
  • Charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people (as they appear in the Life Application Study Bible)
  • 13 lessons with study questions to stimulate thought, discussion and practical application

As you study the book of Revelation, marvel with John the apostle at the wondrous panorama of God's revealed plan for the future. Listen as Christ warns the churches to commit themselves to His righteousness. Be full of hope, knowing that God is in control, Christ's victory is assured, and all who trust him will be saved.

Participant guides are available for purchase online.

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

James - NLT Life Application Bible Studies

Genuine faith will inevitably produce good deeds is the central theme of James' letter, around which he supplies practical advice on living the Christian life. Confrontation, challenges, and a call to commitment await you in its pages. Read James and become a doer of the Word.

Everything you need for understanding the book of James andapplying it to your life is included and arranged for 13 lessons, 60 or 90 minutes long.

  • The complete text of James from the New Living Translation
  • Easy-to-understand study notes covering background, history, geography, and culture
  • An extensive commentary
  • Application notes
  • Charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people (as they appear in the Life Application Study Bible)
  • 13 lessons with study questions to stimulate thought, discussion and practical application
Participant guides are available to purchase online.

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

Romans - NLT Life Application Bible Studies

Whether you're teaching a class, leading a small group, or just looking for a challenging personal study, Life Application Bible Studies are for you. Everything you need for understanding the book of Romans and applying it to your life is included and arranged for 13 lessons, 60 or 90 minutes long.

  • The complete text of Romans from the New Living Translation
  • Easy-to-understand study notes covering background, history, geography, and culture
  • An extensive commentary
  • Application notes
  • Charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people (as they appear in the Life Application Study Bible)
  • 13 lessons with study questions to stimulate thought, discussion and practical application

Participant guides are available for purchase online.

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

1 & 2 Thessalonians & Philemon - Life Application Bible Studies

You want your Bible study to help you grow, make a difference, and change your life. This one will. Life Application Bible Studies include thought-provoking questions, complete lesson format, full NLT text, and the most extensive commentary available in a Bible-study booklet, giving you everything you need to understand God's Word and apply it to your life.

The Studies include thirteen ready-to-use lessons to stimulate thought, discussion, and practical life application. Study questions are thoughtfully arranged, and there is generous space for writing answers, as well as special application questions at the end of each lesson to help you map out your personal action plan. With Life Application Bible Studies, you have everything you need in one place!

FEATURES:

  • Contains the entire New Living Translation text of each book studied.
  • Study notes are easy to use and understand, covering background, history, geography, and culture.
  • Application notes help you apply God's Word to your life.
  • Contains charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people.
Participant guides are available for purchase online.

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

1, 2, 3 John - Life Application Bible Studies

You want your Bible study to help you grow, make a difference, and change your life. This one will. Life Application Bible Studies include thought-provoking questions, complete lesson format, full NLT text, and the most extensive commentary available in a Bible-study booklet, giving you everything you need to understand God's Word and apply it to your life.

The Studies include thirteen ready-to-use lessons to stimulate thought, discussion, and practical life application. Study questions are thoughtfully arranged, and there is generous space for writing answers, as well as special application questions at the end of each lesson to help you map out your personal action plan. With Life Application Bible Studies, you have everything you need in one place!

FEATURES:

  • Contains the entire New Living Translation text of each book studied.
  • Study notes are easy to use and understand, covering background, history, geography, and culture.
  • Application notes help you apply God's Word to your life.
  • Contains charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people.
Participant guides are available online for purchase

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.

1 & 2 Timothy and Titus - NLT Life Application Bible Studies

You want your Bible study to help you grow, make a difference, and change your life. This one will. Life Application Bible Studies include thought-provoking questions, complete lesson format, full NLT text, and the most extensive commentary available in a Bible-study booklet, giving you everything you need to understand God's Word and apply it to your life.

The Studies include thirteen ready-to-use lessons to stimulate thought, discussion, and practical life application. Study questions are thoughtfully arranged, and there is generous space for writing answers, as well as special application questions at the end of each lesson to help you map out your personal action plan. With Life Application Bible Studies, you have everything you need in one place!

FEATURES:

  • Contains the entire New Living Translation text of each book studied.
  • Study notes are easy to use and understand, covering background, history, geography, and culture.
  • Application notes help you apply God's Word to your life.
  • Contains charts, maps, and profiles of Bible people.

Participant guides are available for purchase online.

This study is part of the NLT Life Application Bible Study series.  Click here for more information on other studies in this series.

Note: This study guide is not available for review in the GroupLife Center.  However a number of other studies from this series are available for you to gain a sense of how this study is formatted and if it would be appropriate for your small group.  Also, you should click the “Participant Guides” link just above, then click on the “additional views” link underneath the picture of the study guide.  This will enable you to preview the study.