I believe that true spiritual fellowship is like an emulsifier to healthy churches that are making disciples of Jesus Christ. Therefore what goes on in small groups or meetings should infuse people more deeply into the heartbeat of the church in a way that edifies personal transformation through relationships. For this reason, I am pleased to offer you two resources that, I believe, will greatly enhance your upcoming small group meetings.
Both of the following small group resources can facilitate effective small group meetings in a 6-to-12-week timeframe – depending on your interests and needs. Both resources have been born out of many years of helping people be transformed by the renewing of their mind through conversations and biblical meditations. Both resources have not only been case tested in real counseling sessions and proven effective but have been saturated with biblical and spiritual inspiration and guidance for your group.
ABOUNDING IN HOPE: Seven Hopes of the Heaven-Bound Saint
Each session in this study features: 1) A Teaching Outline with Online Presentation (Leaders or students can listen in preparation for each meeting); 2) A short article to read to deepen understanding of that session with a group discussion assignment ; 3) A Practical Biblical Meditation assignment for those who want to dive deeper.
One of our greatest needs is hope, or we do not live well (1 Tim 4:10). The following seven biblical hopes are key to promoting and sustaining your zeal through the personal and relational challenges of life.
1. Hope of Forgiveness (1 Jn 1:9)
2. Hope of Transformation (2 Cor 3:18)
3. Hope of Strength and Provision (Heb 4:16)
4. Hope of Spiritual Influence in Relationships (2 Cor 2:12-14)
5. Hope of eternal rewards (Matt 25:21)
6. Hope of heavenly dwelling (1 Cor 2:7)
7. Hope of Glorious perfection (1 Jn 3:2)
This six-part series will inspire your faith and desire to attain these seven hopes. Each session is full of promises that you will meditate on and be motivated by as you live your life. Many people who have come to the counseling center have increased their ability to overcome bad habits and unpleasant emotions, as well as deal better with difficult relationships as a result of this course. Hope-motivated perseverance resulted in amazing results to the glory of God (Heb 10:36) that defy modern counseling statistics. May the Lord make these promises shine on you as well.
TRANSFORMED EMOTIONS: Change Digest
This is our most powerful and popular Biblical Change Digest based on the biblical methods of change we use at the center. It addresses anxiety, fear, worry, stress, depression, and discouragement. It contains inspiring, insightful, and practical tools in a condensed format for personal, biblical change. Our prayer is to reach more people in need with the distinct help and hope of biblical counseling.
1. Feelings Are Followers, Change is Possible (Article)
2. Faith Motivation versus Feeling Motivation (Bible Study)
3. The Relationship of Thoughts to Feelings (Bible Study)
4. What Does It Really Mean to Trust God? (Assignment)
5. How to Effectively Meditate on the Word (Assignment)
6. Grasping His Faithfulness When Fearful (Free Online Video)
7. Avoiding Despair & Depression by Tim Bryant
8. Gaining Divine Hope in Perplexity (Assignment)
If you have any questions on how to use any of these two resources in a small group, please do not hesitate to call or text message us at 843.278.0072.
We share the same vision if you believe that all people matter to God and His glory in Christ Jesus. Our partnership with your churches and counselors exists for the purpose of offering biblical counseling, counselor training, and resources. If interested in beginning a counselor or ministry mentorship as a church or individual, check out our approach at http://www.lcbcc.org/mentorships
Nothing without Christ,
Executive Director of the Lowcountry Biblical Counseling Center