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RightNow Media: Jesus Studies

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Selected small group studies based on the life of Jesus Christ

Available for online streaming to members of McLane Church

 

As we lead up to the celebration of Easter, our focus naturally turns toward our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We list below just a small sampling of online video-based materials that you can find on RightNow Media.  Groups planning to use one of these studies will need to purchase leader/participant guides for their members.  If you have not yet been connected to RightNow Media, please get in touch with us (grouplife@mclanechurch.org or 814-734-1907 ext. 40) to request an invitation and we'll get you on board.

 

The Jesus I Never Knew (Phillip Yancey)

Discover for yourself why no one who meets Him ever stays the same! Philip Yancey's The Jesus I Never Knew emerged from a groundbreaking Bible study led by the author. Now your group can share in the same exciting dynamics and discoveries. This 6-session small group series will engage hearts, minds, emotions, and senses. Prepare for life-changing encounters with the Jesus of the Gospels ... and discoveries as refreshing, unpredictable, and exciting as the person you're about to meet.

 

Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ (John Piper)

In 2 Corinthians, the apostle Paul described one of the central problems facing humanity in every age: people fail to see Christ for who he is. Even those who have caught a glimpse of him do not see perfectly, says best-selling author John Piper. But it is important that we not only learn to see him but delight in him and the truth of the gospel.  This 6-session series and its companion study guide explore the meaning and significance of these ideas.

 

Why Jesus?  (David Nasser)

Culture is blurring the lines between different faiths. It is increasingly difficult for people to grasp how their faith in Jesus Christ is unique. In these four powerful video Bible study sessions, David Nasser addresses the tough questions that people have about Jesus and points them back to the scriptural truths about our Savior.  Filmed on location all throughout Israel and includes teaching from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Mount of Olives and the Mount of the Beatitudes.

 

The Prodigal God (Timothy Keller)

In six captivating sessions, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller opens your eyes to the powerful message of Jesus' best-known—and least understood—parable.  The Prodigal God is a revelation of the very heart of the gospel: God's radical love for sinners of every kind. Taking you and your small group or church beyond the traditional focus on the wayward younger son, Dr. Keller helps you glean insights from each of the characters in Jesus' parable: the irreligious younger son, the moralistic elder son, and the Father who lavishes his love on both.  The Prodigal God will challenge the devout and the skeptic alike to see Christianity in a whole new way.

Looking toward Easter - Studies about Jesus

Lent is a 40 day period of time for reflection about Jesus and His sacrifice for our sin.  Many people like to take these six weeks to change things up a bit....doing something different with their quiet time or adding a spiritual discipline to their lives. We wanted to share some ideas that are Christ-centered from a small group study perspective.  

For Small Group Study

DVD-Based

Foundations

The Case for Christ

 

Online Video-based

RightNow Media

 

Non DVD-based

Fully Devoted: Living Each Day in Jesus’ Name

Reality Check Series – Several different studies of Jesus

 

For Personal Devotions

Bible Gateway Devotions

YouVersion Devotions

40 Days of Purpose (from CRU)

 

Christian Book Distributors (Various Lenten/Easter Resources)

Lent Study Ideas

Small Group Studies of Jesus

Our next sermon series will be entitled Jesus is immediately following PowerZone Weekend and will run up to Easter.  We will not be publishing sermon-based curriculum for that series, as many groups will still be finishing up the Galatians study during that time.  However, if your group will have completed that material and would like to have something that is focused on Jesus during the season of Lent, we have a few ideas for you to consider.  We have sample copies of each of these studies in the GroupLife Center if you would like to drop by and review them while you're at the church.

 

DVD-Based Studies

Foundations

The Case for Christ

The Controversial Jesus

Deeper Connections Series - several studies of Jesus

 

Online Video-based Studies

Our membership with RightNow Media provides small group leaders with a large selection of video group studies.  If you are not yet connected with RNM and would like to check it out, send us an email and we'll help you come on board with that wonderful resource.

 

Non DVD-based Studies

Fully Devoted: Living Each Day in Jesus' Name

Reality Check Series - Several different studies of Jesus

 

 

Liquid: Crossing

It's as contemporary as the just-released blockbuster at your local cinema---and as timeless as the ancient books of Scripture. Experience the uncommon courage, faith, and obedience of Joshua with this DVD-based curriculum. Features five soul-stirring 10-minute videos about present-day characters whose struggles mirror biblical stories; introspective questions; and leader's tips. 96 pages, softcover with DVD.

Based on the following passages:

  • Chapter 1: Matthew 20:1-16
  • Chapter 2: Luke 10:25-37
  • Chapter 3: Luke 15:11-32
  • Chapter 4: Matthew 13:13-23
  • Chapter 5: Matthew 25:1-13
Participant guides and DVD's are available online for purchase.
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Liquid: Fork in the Road

Translating ancient stories into the language of today's culture, these stories will entertain you and help you discover the truth. Each episode presents a story of everyday characters with real problems. Fork in the Road is a modern retelling of the life of David. From his legendary triumph over Goliath to his greatest downfall with Bathsheba, Fork in the Road portrays one man's crucial moments of decision that either lead him to victory or defeat.Each participant's guide is designed to work along side the DVD and can be used for indvidual growth or small group study.   Lessons based on the following passages:

  • Chapter 1: 1 Samuel 17:23-51
  • Chapter 2: 1 Samuel 25:10-38
  • Chapter 3: 2 Samuel 11:1-27
  • Chapter 4: 2 Samuel 13:21-39
  • Chapter 5: 2 Samuel 12:1-25
McLane GroupLife does not have the DVD for this study.
The participant guide and DVD are available online for purchase.
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Prophets and Kings

Filmed on location in Israel, Faith Lessons is a unique video series that brings God's Word to life with astounding relevance. By weaving together the Bible's fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan reveals keen insights into the Scriptures' significance for modern believers. These illuminating "faith lessons" afford a new understanding of the Bible that will ground your convictions and transform your life. The Faith Lessons video series is ideal for use at home, especially in personal and family Bible studies. Individual believers and families will gain vital insights from long-ago times and cultures through this innovative approach to Bible study.

 

The six sessions include:

1. Innocent Blood - Part 1

2. Innocent Blood - Part 2

3. Who is God?

4. Wages of Sin

5. The Lord is My Shepherd

6. God with Us

Participant guides and the DVD are available for purchase online.

The Controversial Jesus

Two thousand years ago, Jesus was criticized for His revolutionary teachings and mocked for His radical claims. Today His teachings are still fiercely debated. Erwin McManus helps us break from our tame ideas of who Jesus is by re-introducing us to the Jesus who radically changed history?and who still changes people's lives.

Topics include:

  • Conspiracy
  • Defiance
  • Subversive Intentions

About The Controversial Jesus Study Guide:

  • 6 Sessions
  • DVD-led small-group experience taken from original Mosaic messages
  • Discussion questions included (for the Kit's accompanying 6 videos)

Benefits:

  • Requires only a DVD player and a Study Guide, not expert leaders and facilitators
  • Solid, relevant biblical content and teaching from a trusted pastor and speaker
  • Format helps keep the group focused and completely engaged
  • Study Guide contains supplemental content and a journaling feature that allows group members to engage with the content independent of their small group
Participant guides and the DVD leader kit are available for purchase online.

Old Testament Challenge: Developing a Heart for God

The small group discussion guide for Old Testament Challenge #3: Developing A Heart for God, Life-Changing Lessons from the Wisdom Books. This eight session small group study takes you through the core themes of the Wisdom Books of the Old Testament and unveils truths that will help you grow in your love for God and those around you: David's example of a heart that longs for God, the various kinds of prayer in Psalms, the romance and passion of the Song of Songs, how to flee from folly and grow in wisdom as taught in Proverbs, facing hard times with Job, and then civil war resulting in division ... but God continues to work among his people even though we run from him. Teacher Notes are included.

Participant guides are available for purchase online.

Mission Possible: Lessons from Nehemiah

What do you think about when you hear the word leadership? Do you envision famous individuals accomplishing great feats? Do you think of the myriad of leadership books? Do you contemplate what life could be like if you were a great leader? Do you even consider yourself a leader? When God thinks about leadership, He thinks about you! Leadership is influence and every one of us influences someone whether it is in the home, the office, the neighborhood or at school.

Mission Possible examines the life of one of the great leaders, Nehemiah. This prominent politician accomplished a seemingly impossible task using timeless leadership principles. Improve your influence as you download the principles from the journal of Nehemiah.

This six-part study includes a Leader's Guide and Creative Notes for each session.

Participant guides are available for purchase online.

Week One: Ready, Set, Hire! - Recognizing Leadership

Week Two: Master Caster - Imparting Your Vision to Others

Week Three: The Lone Danger - Unravel the Mysteries of the Trinity

Week Four: Dances With Wolves - Overcoming Opposition as a Leader

Week Five: Honorable Mention - Leading With Integrity

Week Six: Die Hard - Understanding the Power of Persistence

Deeper Connections series

The Deeper Connections series is unique. Unlike any other Bible study available, this visually stunning DVD series is written and taught by biblical experts—six professors with specialized areas of knowledge. Don’t let the word deeper scare you. These engaging and accessible studies are for everyone who wants to deepen their understanding of God’s Word and apply it more faithfully and effectively. In fact, a full one-third of each study is centered on modern application of Jesus’ life and teachings.

Hosted by Margaret Feinberg, who introduces each session from Israel, and filmed in locations as diverse as the Rocky Mountains, the Arizona desert, downtown Chicago, and Little Rock, Arkansas, each volume consists of six fascinating sessions. Each session is taught by a different teacher and emphasizes three components:

1. Historical and cultural background 2. An engaging, close look at the biblical text and its meaning 3. Accurate, encouraging, and challenging applications of the Bible’s message to life today

Are you seeking more from your Bible study? With three hours of teaching per DVD by Bible professors who know how to communicate the world of the biblical text to today’s world, “Deeper Connections” will provide the depth for which you have been looking. Through alternating sections of teaching and group discussion or individual reflection, this Bible Study series will allow you to make DEEPER CONNECTIONS with three main areas:

1. Historical Background: Jewish, Old Testament, historical, social, and cultural backgrounds, along with New Testament parallels, will be examined in order to bring out the full and deeper meaning of the biblical text.

2. Biblical Text: Bible professors who teach this subject matter in Bible colleges and seminaries will teach the biblical text. This is not a study filled only with entertaining stories. It gets at the real meaning of the text through stimulating teaching.

3. Real-life Application: Challenging and accurate applications that come directly out of the biblical text will help you to live the truth of the Bible in today’s difficult world. Dr. Darrell Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary Dr. Gary Burge, Wheaton College Dr. Scott Duvall, Ouachita Baptist Seminary Prof. Susan Hecht, Denver Seminary Dr. Mark Strauss, Bethel Seminary Dr. Matt Williams, Biola University

The Deeper Connections series is comprised of the following six week studies.  Clicking the study name below will take you to the participant guide information for each.  The DVD purchase link is l:

The Prayers of Jesus and the DVD

The Parables of Jesus and the DVD

The Miracles of Jesus and the DVD

The Forgiveness of Jesus and the DVD

The Last Days of Jesus and the DVD

The Forgiveness of Jesus

We all carry it—guilt and shame. We’ve all done things we should not have done. We carry it; we think about it; it keeps us awake at night; we can’t shake it; it drags us down; it keeps us from fully enjoying life. Jesus came to take away our shame, to forgive us—allowing us to move from guilt and shame to freedom and forgiveness. As we examine the guilt-laden and burdened people Jesus encountered and set free, we will begin to see that he has the same plan for us today. He longs for us to fully understand the forgiveness and freedom for which he gave his life.

Our lives will be transformed as we encounter this God who loves us so much that he runs to us.

With maps and pictures, outlines, key scripture verses, discussion questions, plenty of room for note taking, and a personal five-day Bible study for each session, this participant’s guide will help you get the most out of The Life of Jesus, both in your group and in applying what you learn to your life.

Participant guides  and the DVD are available for purchase online.

The Last Days of Jesus

Do you ever feel dead—spiritually dead?

Do you ever wonder, “If Christianity is supposed to be so great and Jesus’ death was supposed to take care of everything, why is my life so messed up?”

It is only when we drink deeply from the life and death of Jesus—understanding the main events of his death—that we can find a full life.

These studies (along with "The Life of Jesus") invite us to see the behind-the-scenes truth of the main events of Jesus’ death—so that his death can affect our lives...today...right where we live...in the midst of our weaknesses and failures.

With maps and pictures, outlines, key scripture verses, discussion questions, plenty of room for note taking, and a personal five-day Bible study for each session, this participant’s guide will help you get the most out of The Life of Jesus, both in your group and in applying what you learn to your life.

This is a  six session DVD-based study.  Participant guides and the DVD are available online for purchase.

The Life of Jesus

Do you ever feel dead—spiritually dead?

Do you ever wonder, “If Christianity is supposed to be so great and Jesus’ life was so perfect, why is my life so messed up?”

It is only when we drink deeply from the life of Jesus—understanding the main events of his life and teachings—that we can then be rescued.

These studies (along with "The Death of Jesus") invite us to see the behind-the-scenes truth of the main events of Jesus’ life—so that his life can affect our lives...today...right where we live...in the midst of our weaknesses and failures.

With maps and pictures, outlines, key scripture verses, discussion questions, plenty of room for note taking, and a personal five-day Bible study for each session, this participant’s guide will help you get the most out of The Life of Jesus, both in your group and in applying what you learn to your life.

This is a six session DVD-based study.  Participant guides and the DVD are available for purchase online.

 

The Prayers of Jesus

Prayer was the backbone of Jesus’ life and ministry. From his baptism to his crucifixion, the Gospels portray Jesus as a man of prayer who knew and deeply valued intimate communion with his heavenly Father. What can we learn from the prayers he prayed? This unique, in-depth look at the prayers of Jesus will give you new insights into prayer, the character of God, and how to deepen your relationship with him.

This is a six session DVD-based study.  Participant guides and the DVD are available online for purchase.

The Miracles of Jesus

Healer of diseases. Master of nature. Conqueror of demons and death. Jesus not only preached the kingdom of God in word, but he demonstrated it in power through his miraculous deeds. In six engaging, interactive small group sessions, this study will give you a unique, in-depth look at the miracles of Jesus. Your eyes will be opened to their impact on the lives he touched, what they reveal about God's heart, and their significance for you today.

The participant guide has maps and pictures, outlines, key Scripture verses, discussion questions, plenty of room for note taking, and a personal five-day Bible study for each session, this participant's guide will help you get the most out of The Miracles of Jesus, both in your group and in applying what you learn to your life.

This is a six session DVD-based study.  Participant guides and the DVD are available for purchase online.

 

The Parables of Jesus

Jesus communicated deep spiritual truths through simple, vivid, and engaging stories. Woven from stuff of everyday life, His parables made the kingdom of God understandable and accessible to his listeners.

The Deeper Connections series is written and taught by biblical experts—six professors with specialized areas of knowledge. This volume consists of six sessions, each taught by a different instructor, and consists of three components: historical and cultural background, an engaging, close look at the biblical text and its meaning, and accurate, encouraging and challenging applications to life today.

This is a DVD-based study.  Participant guides and the DVD are available online for purchase.

 

Pursuing Spiritual Transformation Series

Explore fresh, biblically based ways to experience life with God as you pursue authentic spiritual transformation. This series focuses on five important "G's" of a growing faith: Grace, Growth, Groups, Gifts, and Giving. Each book in this series includes six sessions that explore the life-giving practices, experiences, and relationships God can use to change us from the inside out.

Includes the following titles from the Pursuing Spiritual Transformation series:

 

He Speaks to Me: Preparing to Hear from God

He Speaks to Me: Preparing to Hear from God - by Priscilla Shirer includes study material for six weeks of in-depth, interactive daily assignments and seven small-group sessions plus a leader guide for facilitating the study. Priscilla draws life lessons from the account of God speaking to the boy Samuel in the beloved Bible story found in 1 Samuel 3.

Priscilla relates six characteristics found in Samuel that are applicable to women today as they tune their hearts to hear God's voice. These characteristics are: A Simple Relationship, A Set Apart Holiness, A Still Attentiveness, A Single-Minded Worship, A Sold Out Hunger, and A Servant's Spirit. By listening to God's voice and obeying Him, women will be drawn into a closer relationship to God that brings a deeper desire to serve Him faithfully.

GroupLife has the DVD to loan to small groups.

Participant guides are available for purchase online.

Men of Purpose Series

The Men of Purpose Series focuses on the lives of men in the Bible who provide poignant examples of godly masculinity.  Each of these leaders faced trials, frustration, and failure, yet was inspired by God to achieve great goals.  In a world where Christian male role models seem increasingly rare, this series reminds us that some of the most worthy examples of godly character can be found in the biblical figures who brought power, wisdom, and inspiration to God's people throughout the ages.

This series is comprised of small group study guides, each of which examines a specific man of the Bible.  The studies are 12-13 sessions in length.  The participant guides are available for purchase online.  To learn the purchase and content details of each, click on the respective study title.

Fearless Leadership: Joshua

Hope Under Construction: Nehemiah

Becoming a Catalyst: Paul

Overcoming Adversity: Joseph

Unwavering Tenacity: Elijah

Shoulder to Shoulder: The Apostles

Weighing Anchor: Samuel

Empowered by God: Moses

 

Character Tour

We need great characters in our day, too, who understand character and who are willing to let God morph them from the inside out. Explore character qualities like the:

    • Endurance of Noah
    • Courage of Joshua
    • Love of Hosea
    • Creativity of the Creator
    • Discipline of Daniel

The participant guide for this six-part study includes a leader's guide and daily devotions that can be done between each session.

Participant guides are available online for purchase.

Week One: Which Way is Your Character Morphing?

Week Two: Will Your Endurance Hold Out?

Week Three: Is Your Courage Collapsible?

Week Four: Is God's Love Overflowing in You?

Week Five: Are You Riding the Crest of Creativity?

Week Six: Has Your Discipline Disintegrated?