Suggested Bible Studies

The Cross by John Stott

The cross transforms everything: our worship, our call to mission, our ability to love our enemies and to face the perplexities of suffering. No theology is genuinely Christian that does not arise from and focus on the cross—the center of the historic biblical faith. Drawing on John Stott’s classic book The Cross of Christ, the studies in this guide are designed to bring us to the heart of the cross with an understanding of what was accomplished there on our behalf. 13 studies for individuals or groups with notes for leaders.

IVP Connect, ISBN: 0830831274

 

2 Corinthians by John MacArthur

The MacArthur Study Guide Series continues to be one of the best selling study guide series on the market today. These brand-new releases will join the ranks of the previously released and repackaged study guides, offering readers a complete selection of New Testament Bible studies by best-selling author and theologian John MacArthur. For small group or individual use, intriguing questions and new material take the participant deeper into God’s Word.

 Thomas Nelson, ISBN: 141850960

The Restoration of a Sinner by John MacArthur

The Restoration of a Sinner takes an in-depth look at this historical period beginning with David’s struggle to establish his throne, continuing through his sin and repentance, and concluding with the tragic rebellion of his son Absalom. Studies include close-ups of Joab, Amnon, Tamar, and others, as well as careful considerations of doctrinal themes, such as “Keeping God First” and “The Man After God’s own Heart.” 12 Lessons

Thomas Nelson, ISBN: 1418534056

Real Peace: What We Long for and Where to Find It by Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer, a seasoned pastor and biblical counselor, explores what it means to find true peace–peace with God, peace with each other, and peace with the world. In examining common threats to peace such as stress, anxiety, grief, depression, and conflict, Farmer helps us turn to the God who offers peace to all who seek him. Designed to be accessible for both Christians and unbelievers, Real Peace emphasizes the gospel’s foundational role as the source of all true rest and reconciliation, calling readers to join God in the peacemaking project of the Cross.

Crossway Books & Bibles, ISBN: 1433535297

Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper

If you want to know Jesus you do not need to go to seminary or embark on a tour of the Holy Land. All you need to do is to read the gospels with an open heart. In Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ Pastor Piper will help you explore Jesus’ deity, power and wisdom. Once you have “Seen” Jesus for who he is and have “Savored” his beauty, goodness and truth, you cannot help but be changed. Also available as a DVD study.

Crossway Books & Bible ISBN: 1581346239
DVD ISBN: 1433502577

DVD-The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters by Charles Colson

When rightly understood, the Christian faith offers tremendous joy. Examine the historical and central truths of the faith with Charles Colson and Gabe Lyons. In six thought-provoking, soul-searching sessions, you’ll reflect on the nature of God, the human condition, the work of Jesus, and the coming kingdom; and comprehend more clearly why it’s a religion of hope, redemption, and beauty. Also available in book form.

DVD, Zondervan, ISBN: 0310276055

 

Other Studies with Evaluations

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 Forgiven and Set Free: A Post-Abortion Bible Study for Women by Linda Cochrane

Forgiven and Set Free, an inspired Bible study that can be used by individual women or by a group, effectively ministers God’s healing grace to women who are suffering remorse and guilt after an abortion. This study was developed out of Linda’s Cochrane’s experience of being freed from the bondage of guilt and grief that followed her abortion. “As I read my Bible, Christ was faithful to touch my open wounds with the touch of his promises,” she writes. “He promised to turn all my wailing into dancing and he has.” Forgiven and Set Free guides suffering and hurting women to bring their emotional scars from abortion “out of the dark past and into his holy light,” where true and lasting healing can take place. Appropriate Scriptures help women deal with issues such as: Relief And Denial, Anger, Forgiveness, Depression, Letting Go, and Acceptance. Evaluation

Not a Fan

Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman

If Jesus were to sit down with you right now and have a DTR (Define the Relationship) conversation, how would you respond? Are you truly his follower or just a fan-or perhaps someone who doesn’t even care about the difference? Not a Fan invites you to make Jesus not merely the object of your admiration, but the very center of your life. Through biblical teaching, anecdotes, and humor, Kyle Idleman explores what it means to truly be a follower of Christ. He also shares several powerful Not a Fan stories–testimonies from fellow followers who turned to Jesus. Don’t miss this wake up call to radical discipleship! Evaluation

PeacemakerThe Peacemaker by Ken Sande

Experience the healing power of biblical peacemaking as you learn to apply scriptural principles to conflict in the world around you. Parse the elements of arguments and begin to see that there’s not really any difference that can’t be overcome with the right perspective. It’s practical guidance for resolving all types of conflict and hope for relationships you thought were salvageable. Evaluation

 

Resolving Conflict

Resolving Everyday Conflict by Ken Sande

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” But how can we restore harmony to our broken relationships? In this concise, practical guide, Sande and Johnson explore the nature of conflict and offer biblically based steps to heal everyday disputes. Discover how to see the situation clearly, overcome evil with good, be reconciled to your “enemy,” and more. 112 pages, softcover from Baker. Evaluation

 

Uncommon

 Uncommon Relationships by Robert Kuest

The joy of our Christian experience is found in relationships with our Heavenly Father and with those He puts in our sphere of influence. The key to a successful family or effective leadership begins and ends with relationships. This is true because God, who established the principles for abundant life, is a relational God. This book presents the biblical principles that provide the keys for building, protecting and maintaining healthy relationships. Evaluation

UngluedUnglued by Lysa Terkuest

God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it! Lysa TerKeurst admits that she, like most women, has had experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or we react somewhere in between. What do we do with these raw emotions? Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa will show you how. Filled with gut-honest personal examples and biblical teaching, Unglued will equip you to: Know with confidence how to resolve conflict in your important relationships. Find peace in your most difficult relationships as you learn to be honest but kind when offended. Identify what type of reactor you are and how to significantly improve your communication. Respond with no regrets by managing your tendencies to stuff, explode, or react somewhere in between. Gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control. Evaluation

 

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