A COLLECTION OF RESOURCES
Study resources and links for small groups or individuals.
Isaiah - exploring ideas of Messiah and kingship
Isaiah is one of the most amazing books of the Hebrew Scriptures, helping us to understand the nature of God, his covenant faithfulness to us and the extent to which God will go to bring us back to himself. Yet too often we only read a few of our favourite bits. This study, exploring the theme of kingship helps us look at a few texts that we think we know well, and some that we may not know at all and help us see the big picture of God's plan for humanity.
The Unstoppable Gospel
The book of Acts is really encouraging as it shows the way in which the early church grew. We will be looking together at the later chapters when the Good News of Jesus encounters the philosophy and politics of ancient Rome. There is so much to learn here about holding on to the truth of the Gospel whilst engaging with a culture that is very different.
Caring for the Local Church
Alongside the study material, there are some really helpful videos to look at. Click on the links in the text to see them.
The first one helps us think about the priority we place on giving to the Lord. It is called first fruits.
The second video helps us think about why we return to the Lord. It is called We give because. There is also a helpful video which looks at the difference Jesus makes in people's lives - as a result of our giving.
The final video sums up succinctly the Biblical teaching on returning to the Lord. It is called What the Bible says about Stewardship.
It is good to be challenged by other cultures' approach to genrostiy and giving with joy. Here is a fun video from a Kenyan church.
Finally, if you need a reminder of why we need to give, here is the sobering speech from Gordon Gecko from the 1987 film Wall Street.
Caring for the Local Church
The local church is the primary agent of God's mission. Therefore, our resourcing of the local church is in fact about how we resource God's Mission. There are five studies, following our Sunday sermon series, to help us think through our approach and attitude to this important area of our lives.
Caring for God's Creation
How do we as Christians engage with issues around the Climate Crisis? What does scripture tell us and how do we respond?
Use this material from Tearfund in your small groups.
there are 9 videos with discussion questions afterwards. We will gather together as a whole church to consider the final video and answer the question "what next?"
Caring for People on the Move
We've all had experience of moving house, most of us have moved to different countries and are used to living in temporary accommodation. The Bible reminds us that as Christians our permanent home is in heaven and that we are sojourners on earth, living in a temprorary home. Session 1 Session 2
Session 3 Session 4
Lineage of Grace
Four remarkable women who appear in the genealogy of Jesus have moving and difficult back stories. Yet God's grace is seen in their lives. Join us in studying and reflecting on their stories
Study notes and questions:
The sermons from the series are available on our website here.
Meals with Jesus
The Prayer Course
An eight session video- based journey that will help you and your Small Group to grow and deepen your prayer life.
All details and access to the sessions can be found on the Prayer Course website.
Whole Life Worship
This five-session series of small group Bible studies explores the connections between worship and everyday life. Each session explores a Bible passage and its implications for worship in our Monday to Sunday lives.
Four sessions on how we live in response to the changes brought about by Jesus's resurrection. What does leadership look like, our homes and relationships, and how do I do good in the world around me?
Holiness & Hope
Holiness and Hope in a Hostile World
Is it possible for the Christian faith to survive and thrive in a world that’s indifferent at best and hostile at worst? What does such a faith look like – at home, at work, and in other
places where Christ’s people find themselves? And what kind of church does it take to sustain that vision?
Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians helps us with questions like these.