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Small Group Resources

SMALL GROUP RESOURCES

These are video resources available at Right Now Media for you to use with your small group.

They usually offer a leader’s guide that can be downloaded for free. To view a study, click on the name of the study and it will bring you directly to it.  Some of these studies may require participants to have a book. We can provide a book for the leader but your small group members will have to purchase their own copy. If you need to purchase a book as a leader or if you do not have access to Right Now Media, please contact Laura Wilber at Laura@ccfchurch.net. 

 

Apologetics

NUA 

JONNY SOMERVILLE

NUA is all about exploration: it’s a film series that encourages questions, acknowledges doubt, and offers an engaging perspective on the Christian faith.

NUA equips you with the ability to intelligently explore and understand what you believe. We give you tools to discuss your worldview with credibility and confidence while encouraging you to wrestle with the things that just don’t seem to make sense. At the end of the day, this film series is about impact—immediate and personal, as well as the long-term, life-changing experience of working out your faith.  8 sessions

 

Books of the Bible

THE BOOKS OF 1ST, 2ND & 3RD JOHN

TONY EVANS

Comfortable Christianity often means a weak Christianity. In this study on John’s three letters, Dr. Tony Evans challenges Christians who have grown comfortable and complacent in their faith. Fellowship with God is the essence of our faith, and Tony walks through 1, 2 & 3 John to paint a picture of love, obedience, and truth. In a world that hates Jesus, we are called to love Him and His people with a fierce love.   8 sessions

 

THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS 

J.D. GREEAR

Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? He knew before the world began that His people would face hardship, so He gave us His Word. The Book of Ephesians is a survival manual—it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates the message of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle writes to encourage believers to live well—we’ve been lifted from the graveyard of sin and called to shout the gospel into the darkened world.

Pastor and author J.D. Greear walks through the powerful words of Paul. In 9 sessions, J.D. digs into the text of Ephesians verse-by-verse and challenges believers to live out the gospel. If the people of your city, of your school, of your family are going to hear the gospel, it’s going to be from your mouth. Encounter Ephesians, and get swept up into the story of Jesus.

 

THE BOOK OF GALATIANS 

KYLE IDLEMAN

If someone asked you to explain the gospel, what would you say? What is the good news of the Christian faith? Writing to the Galatians, Paul made it clear how easily we can be tempted to turn toward fraudulent gospels, especially those that teach we can earn God’s love through our works. Though they may have the appearance of truth, they are lifeless and leave us empty in the end.

In this Book of the Bible series, Kyle Idleman dives into the book of Galatians, one that contains some of the clearest explanations of the gospel in the New Testament. Through biblical study and engaging lessons, Kyle shows that true freedom is found in surrender, not self-dependence. Because our gospel is not one based on our works, but faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

 

THE BOOK OF JAMES 

FRANCIS CHAN

True faith produces fruit. A faith without action and without life change is ultimately a dead faith. The book of James speaks to the realities of a living faith in Jesus—the kind of roll-up-your-sleeves and get-your-hands-dirty discipleship that is borne out of an authentic relationship with the risen Lord. James writes to believers who know suffering, who’ve faced trials, and who ultimately desire a deep relationship with God.

Francis Chan unpacks the dense truth contained in the book of James in front of the iconic backdrop of San Francisco, the city where he lives and ministers. Through 12 sessions, Francis works through James verse-by-verse, challenging followers of Christ to move beyond a private, intellectual knowledge of God and His Word, to a vibrant faith that impacts every square inch of life.

 

ROMANS – THE LETTER THAT CHANGED THE WORLD, VOL. 1 

TOMMY NELSON

The most important idea in the Bible is how a Holy God can get a sinful man into Heaven and not compromise who He is. Romans tell us just that! It sits as Master of the House before all of Paul’s writings. It is the Bible in miniature. It is the most important singular document ever penned by man and only inspiration could make it so.

In our study in Romans we will look at Paul’s unfolding logic and incisive reasoning as to the divinity and holiness of the Christian gospel. When this book has been understood reformation and new life follow shortly. Romans is set at just the perfect pace for any Christian who wants to understand the most central book in the Bible.

 

THE BOOK OF TITUS 

CHIP INGRAM

In this Book of the Bible series, Chip Ingram unpacks the book of Titus. He challenges us to display the gospel in our lives through doing good. We do good works not to earn God’s favor, but as a result of God’s favor. When the gospel has truly taken root in our lives, it produces the fruit of godliness. As we pass these things on to future generations, the Church stands in bright contrast to the darkness of the world.

 

Christian Living

 

A CONTRARIAN’S GUIDE TO KNOWING GOD

LARRY OSBORNE

Sometimes what we believe about the Christian life comes from a single but prominent point of view—an older Christian we look up to, a preacher, or a parent. But is there only one way of living the life of a Jesus follower?
The Christian life—even one centered on grace—can still feel like a long list of dos and don’ts. But what if there’s more (and less) to our faith than we typically believe? In this series based on his book A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God, pastor Larry Osborne tackles popular assumptions about Christian living that create stress and failure rather than growth and joy.
5 Weeks

CRAZY LOVE 

FRANCIS CHAN

It’s crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do’s and don’ts—it’s falling in love with God.

The Crazy Love Study Resource helps you and your small group to dive deeper into God’s love. A companion to the best-selling Crazy Love book by Francis Chan, this 10-week study follows a day-in-the-life of Francis in the form of ten, 10-minute segments that correspond to each chapter of Crazy Love.  These thought-provoking teachings are designed spark discussion, interaction, and practical application of the Crazy Love message with small groups, churches, youth groups, and individuals.

 

THRIVING IN BABYLON 

LARRY OSBORNE

These are confusing times for many Christians. Traditional biblical values are not only rejected; it seems as if they’re attacked on every front. It’s all happened at warp speed, leaving many of us spiritually and culturally disoriented or even fearful, frustrated, and angry. How can we spiritually survive in an increasingly spiritually hostile environment? And is there any hope for the next generation?

In this 5-session series, Larry Osborne introduces us to a man forced to live in a fast-changing and godless society. This man faced fears about the future, concern for his safety, and the discouragement of a world that seemed to be falling apart at warp speed. That man was Daniel, and with the power of hope, humility, and wisdom, he not only survived, but thrived.

Each session also includes real-life stories of people struggling to thrive in an ever-increasing godless society. Though Daniel lived thousands of years ago, he has much to teach us today.

 

FOLLOW 

ANDY STANLEY

Do you ever feel like the Christian life is a long game of “Jesus Says”? Jesus says pray. Jesus says give. Jesus says to go to church.

In this eight-session video-based Bible study, bestselling author and pastor Andy Stanley shows you that Jesus’ invitation to his first-century audience was really an invitation to relationship. And it began with a simple request-follow me. Join this transformational journey through the Gospels as Andy traces Jesus’ teaching on what it means to follow-and prepare to see your faith radically changed.

 

NEHEMIAH 

MATT CHANDLER

Nehemiah centers on the Lord’s providential protection of His people and the expected response of obedience and faithfulness in prayer and praise. This series explores the importance of God’s Word, the reality of opposition, God’s power to restore broken lives and the need for prayer.

 

BELOVED DUST 

KYLE STROBEL

Join pastor Jamin Goggin and theologian Kyle Strobel as they challenge age-old myths about prayer, while illuminating the realities of who God is, who you are, and the relationship you were created to have with him. Revel in the knowledge that you exist within the glory of his constant presence—that he raised you from the dust to live in perpetual communion with him.  7 sessions

 

UNSTUCK 

Multiple Teachers

Are you stuck in a rut?

It’s easy for Christians to find themselves caught up in the life of cluttered schedules, rhythms, and routines dictated by our culture. Many feel stuck in the routine of life—their jobs, relationships, and daily circumstances. They know it’s not the life they dreamed of. And they feel stuck in a life yearning for deeper meaning.

The Unstuck Bible study has been designed to help guide you out of the ruts and pitfalls that so often ensnare us all. You will be inspired and equipped through the powerful biblical teaching of Mark Batterson, Francis Chan, Lisa Harper and Rich Stearns.

Each of these teachers will draw from the lessons of the award-winning short film Journey to Jamaa—a true story about two kids who are forced to search for hope in a broken world.

The dynamic combination of the film, profound biblical teaching and powerful real-life stories from everyday people will help you and your group get unstuck and back on the path to a life of purpose that God intends for you! 4 weeks

 

RECKLESS FAITH

KEVIN HARNEY

In a world where we tend to be overcautious about nearly everything, it’s no surprise that our obsession with safety can carry over to how we live our faith in the world. But God doesn’t want us to play it safe.

It’s time to count the cost, take a chance, and live a reckless faith for the entire world to see. With a focus on “responsible recklessness,” Kevin Harney shows you how to develop a high-impact lifestyle that is supported by prayer, wisdom, the direction of Scripture, and insightful counsel from other believers. You’ll discover how to be reckless in your love, generosity, service, relationships, prayers, and speech.

 

Marriage

THE ART OF MARRIAGE SMALL-GROUP SERIES 

FAMILY LIFE

•Biblically centered study of God’s design for marriage

•6 weekly sessions include group and couple’s interaction

•Over 40 expert teachers

•97% of participants recommend

Marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a true art form.

That’s why for more than 35 years, FamilyLife has been helping couples understand God’s plan for relationships. In The Art of Marriage, we weave together biblically-centered teaching, real-life stories, humorous vignettes and more to portray both the challenges and the beauty of God’s design. Ministry leaders such as Dennis and Barbara Rainey, Voddie Baucham, Russell Moore, Crawford Loritts and others provide the expert teaching while couples who have struggled and overcome openly and honestly share their stories of pain, loss, forgiveness and grace.

Topics covered include:

• Love Happens: God’s Purpose and Plan

• Love Fades: Overcoming Isolation

• Love Dances: Fulfilling Our Responsibilities

• Love Interrupted: Communication and Conflict

• Love Sizzles: Experiencing Real Intimacy

• Love Always: Leaving a Lasting Legacy

The small-group series delivers the same biblically centered and engaging content as The Art of Marriage video event but in a small-group study format with shorter video sessions. The weekly sessions include group discussion and couple’s projects during weekly dates. This format is available below and can have a significant impact on marriages. In fact, since 2011, more than 500,000 have participated in The Art of Marriage, with 97% saying they would recommend it to other couples.

 

MARRIAGE: BUILT TO LAST

CHIP INGRAM

Money, in-laws, sex, arguments … we all want a healthy, loving marriage, but there are so many real issues that can stand in the way.

Research has shown that over 50% of marriages are ending in divorce. That is why we’ve partnered with Pastor Chip Ingram of Living on the Edge Radio Program, financial guru Dave Ramsey and Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner to tackle the common issues couples are facing in their marriages today.

Marriage: Built to Last isn’t your typical marriage study. Throughout the series, you’ll watch 24 real life couples from across the country share candidly about their struggles in communication, finances, sexual intimacy, expectations, and more.

In this Bible study, you will hear the story of Dave Ramsey and his wife Sharon as they recovered from financial stress and hardship. You will hear the story of Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda share candidly about expectations, trust issues, and adjusting to a blended family.

Whether you’re newly married, remarried, or wanting to improve your relationship, Chip Ingram provides Biblical and practical teaching to give you tools to live intentionally and love biblically.

 

Men

ACT LIKE MEN

JOBY MARTIN

God has created men to have incredible strength. But today’s culture has hijacked masculinity, distorting strength into passivity and abuse.
In this 5-part video Bible study series, pastor Joby Martin invites men to embrace God’s definition of masculinity and to step into His calling upon their lives to wield their strength on behalf of others. God has designed men to be protectors, providers, and defenders. When men act like men, everyone flourishes.

 

STEPPING UP
DENNIS RAINEY
Dig deeper into what it means to step up and live a courageous life with Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Living Video Series. Based on his book by the same title, Dennis Rainey, along with Matt Chandler, Bill Bennett, Tony Dungy, Robert Lewis, Voddie Baucham, Stu Weber, and others unpack what biblical manhood looks like and what it means to be a godly, courageous man in today’s world.

Through engaging stories, expert teaching, humorous vignettes, man-on-the-street interviews, and personal insights, these men’s ministry leaders call every man to become courageous leaders in their own lives, marriages, churches, and communities. Accompanied by small-group discussion and individual follow-up exercises, men of every age will learn action tools for gospel-centered living to empower them to be true heroes in their families and communities.

Each session is designed to take about one hour to complete, video sessions average 25 to 30 minutes and small-group discussion averages 20 minutes. Each participant will need a workbook.   10 weeks

 

JUST SAY THE WORD
SAM INGRASSIA
Besides dinner, bedtime with children, or during church, how often do you and your wife pray together?

As Sam Ingrassia discovered when he asked himself that question, a candid answer is not necessarily a comfortable one. Perhaps yours isn’t, either. Many—maybe even most—Christian men live with the burden of weakness and lack of confidence in spiritual leadership for their wives. Even a godly man can struggle to initiate regular, intentional spiritual connections with his wife.

Sam knows how widespread the problem is. He’s asked hundreds of men—in groups and one-on-one—about how they’re doing in this area, and almost to a man, they’re missing something significant with their wives. Praying together. But Sam has discovered a profound, hopeful, and simple way to retake this lost ground. Just Say the Word—the Word of God.

By following the guidance Sam offers, you and your wife will open the windows of heaven to your relationship. You’ll experience a fresh dimension in your spiritual walk together, one that will bolster your marriage in the storms of life. And you’ll be equipped to protect your marriage and family with confidence. Even your children and grandchildren will see and experience the results. Renewed praying with your wife will touch every dimension of your life.

 

Missions

I-AM-N
THE VOICE OF THE MARTYRS
The headlines from around the world are staggering as we read about Christians persecuted for their faith. What can we learn from those who risk their lives every day for their faith? How do we best respond spiritually and practically to news reports of persecuted Christians? They risk everything for their faith. This powerful video curriculum takes you into the true stories of Christians living in Muslim countries around the world. Ideal for small groups, campus ministries, and churches. Each 10-15 minute video session includes real-life footage of the persecuted church along with commentary and teaching. As you explore these six themes—forgiveness, sacrifice, faithfulness, joy, perseverance, and courage—you will be inspired to make a difference right where you are.

 

New Groups

COMMUNITY – STARTING WELL 

ANDY STANLEY

You cannot grow spiritually unless you’re connected relationally.

Why is community so important to your spiritual life? God designed us that way. He wants to use other people to grow us and he wants to use us to grow other people.

In this eight-session video-based study, you’ll explore how building deep relationships with the people in your small group and serving in the larger community around you will grow your faith, You’ll learn why your unique story matters…to God and to the people you do life with.

 

Parenting

REVOLUTIONARY PARENTING 

GEORGE BARNA

As parents, our deepest desire is to raise children who succeed in life. This is also our greatest challenge. How can we foster traits such as honesty, compassion, and dedication in young minds? How can we raise children who will love and serve God as adults? How can we develop future spiritual champions?

The Revolutionary Parenting series will help you create a plan for your family to do just that. Drawn from a landmark study of Christian twentysomethings and the parents who raised them, these resources are designed to help you build a solid foundation of faith in your child. Revolutionary Parenting is an eight-week journey designed to help you create a parenting plan for your unique children.

So whether you’re the parent of a newborn, a teenager, or any age in between, join the revolution and share a lasting legacy of faith with your children.

 

INTENTIONAL PARENTING 

DOUG FIELDS

To be an exceptional parent, you need to be an intentional parent. But, don’t worry! You’re not alone, Doug and Cathy are here to help. They’re veteran parents who can help you move from Quick-Fix Parenting to Intentional Parenting.

INTENTIONAL PARENTING

•Dreams

•Long-Term

•Builds a healthy foundation

QUICK-FIX PARENTING

•Duct tape

•Short-term

•Solves the immediate problem

It’s never too late to become an intentional parent. Remember, you are the greatest influence on the life of your child (no matter their age)! And it can all begin with these resources. Let’s walk this important journey—together.

 

Sharing Your Faith

WE SPEAK

MIKE BAKER

Proclaiming Truth in An Age of Talk

Some of us speak out in our workplaces. Others in our schools or neighborhoods. Our audiences may vary in size, but we are all called to witness to Christ in us. Pastor Mike Baker puts it like this: “Jesus himself has commissioned each of us to be a witness for his kingdom. And every believer has a faith testimony—a story of how Jesus has made all the difference—compelling us to be his representatives.” This study is designed to be an encouragement and support as you identify and add your voice to the chorus.

Paired with the book that includes chapters by Mike Baker, daily devotions by J. K. Jones and a weekly group study guide by Jim Propst, you will have a complete curriculum ideal for a church-wide series. We live in an age of meaningless chatter. It’s time what we became speakers of Truth.

 

Women

THE BOOK OF RUTH 

BIANCA JUÁREZ OLTHOFF

God can seem distant when dreams fade, people die, or careers fail. It may feel like He slammed the door in your face and walked out for good. No one knows the feeling of abandonment more than Ruth and Naomi. Their story begins with the worst—death, famine, and poverty. And God remains silent.

But the book of Ruth doesn’t end with despair. The story brims with hope because God works on behalf of the two widows in ways they least expect. In this 7-part series, Bianca Juárez Olthoff, speaker and author of Play with Fire, teaches through Ruth to show how God moves behind the scenes in our lives. On the surface, this book tells the story of two widows and a kind landowner. Even more, it teaches us about God’s faithfulness, love, and providence.

Walk the journey of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz and discover the devoted love of God and His transformative power in our lives.

 

THE COMPARISON TRAP 

ANDY & SANDRA STANLEY

The temptation to compare is as near as your next chat with a friend, trip to the store, or check-in on social media. And whether you come out on top or come up lacking, there is simply no win in comparison. It’s a trap.

 

FEAR AND FAITH

TRILLIA NEWBELL

Failure, rejection, sickness, losing a loved one, being alone—the fears we carry are many and heavy. Fear can be a tyrant, a bully we can’t hide from. It can paralyze our spirit, damage our relationships, and hinder our faith.

When we’re struck with fear, where do we turn? Can God really be trusted?

In five heartfelt sessions based on her book, Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves, speaker and author Trillia Newbell invites women to explore their fears and how those fears impact their relationships, self-esteem, peace of mind, and walk with God. Each session features real-life stories of women who are wrestling with fear due to tragic events, difficult circumstances, or deep anxiety about what may or may not happen. Trillia will walk through Scriptures that show God’s love and strength when we are afraid and His faithfulness in times of trouble.

Whatever your fear, you will realize you are not alone, nor are you without hope. You have the One who can calm your fears, grow your faith, and give the peace your heart craves.

 

TEACH US TO WANT 

JEN POLLOCK MICHEL

We all want things: certain relationships, just the right job, affirmation from others, a life full of passion and purpose. Contemporary culture says to go after desire, pursue your “I want” list ruthlessly. Christianity seems to send a different message: Wanting is sinful and selfish. Faith is about obedience and sacrifice.

How do we reconcile the longings in our hearts with the God we’re called to follow?

In five sessions, based on her 2015 Christianity Today Book of the Year Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith, author and Bible teacher Jen Pollock Michel takes women on a brave journey through their many desires, longings, and ambitions. Featuring real-life stories of women wrestling with their desires—Jen offers insight from her own life, dives deep into Scripture and asks what it means to desire as a Christian:

•Is it true that the hardest, least desirable choice is the most obviously holy?

•Is it true that personal desire must never be trusted?

Jen will show biblically how it’s not only OK to name and voice our desires—it’s actually holy to. When we freely let God know our desires and allow them to be informed by Scripture and re-formed by our spiritual practices, we’ll discover a God more loving and generous than we can ever imagine.

 

WHEN CHANGING NOTHING CHANGES EVERYTHING

LAURIE SHORT

We often face circumstances that we cannot change: a job we are forced to keep; a relationship that did not work out; a decision we cannot take back. In this 8 session series, Laurie Polich Short reveals how even if we can’t change our circumstances, we can still make a change in our life by the way we see it. With the help of 4 “lenses”, she shows how to access God’s perspective on our circumstances, which can impact the way we live.
In each session, Laurie shows you how to access the bigger “God’s eye view” of your life, and opens the scriptures to reveal how this broader perspective can shape your decisions and impact. The study is full of biblical wisdom and personal stories, and Laurie gives many examples of how perspective has influenced the way people lived their lives for God’s glory.
Jesus indicates the power of focus when he says: “The eye is the lamp of the body, if the eye is good then the whole body will be full of light.” (Matt 6:22). Your perspective has more power than you think to determine the course of your life.