Friday, July 29, 2011

Lifestyle

Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul
A 6 Session Video-Driven Bible Study on Erwin McManus's book, Uprising
It seems like anyone you talk to these days desires change. They wish they were stronger, had a different job, made better decisions, or were better at this thing or that thing. But they are bound by their fears, doubts and insecurities to make changes. How do we have the strength of character to rise above the challenges that we face? ...This study teaches how God calls us to be involved in building our character as he is the agent that brings change into our lives. This series is a journey and exploration of the human spirit that will allow you to become the person God intended for you to be. In each of the six video sessions, Erwin provides Biblical and practical teaching that will challenge your small group to step out courageously and dynamically and activate the promises God has for them.
Session Topics: Life Without Limit, Transformation, Humble Courage, A Generous Heart, Perseverance, Path of Servanthood


The Hole in Our Gospel
by Richard Stearns, President of World Vision U.S.
This radical, eye opening, series challenges churches to involve their members in action oriented awareness and one soul searching question on poverty and injustice, "What does God expect of us?" This is a story of how a CEO faced his own struggle to obey God, whatever the cost, and his passionate call for Christians to change the world by actively living out their faith. Believing that the "good news" is more than a private transaction between God and us. The study probes and ponders the 2,000 verses in the Bible that address poverty and injustice.
Recommended additional resources and contacts can be found at Nazarene Compassionate Ministries for giving to support Child Sponsorship, South Asia Child Development Centers,Global Clean WaterUSA/Canada Youth Development,Caribbean Child Development Grants,and many other ministries. There are also thoughts on living a compassionate lifestyle.


Living Your Strengths
This study, using the Gallup Strengths Finder, by Albert L. Winseman, D. Min., Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., and Curt Liesveld, M.Div. is about "discovering your God-given talents and inspiring your community." It addresses "a power shortage" in the church. "People aren't harnessing the power of their innate gifts." Living Your Strengths shows all members how to use their innate gifts to enrich their congregations. It teaches you to identify and affirm your talents, and how to use them for growth and service.


Chasing Cool
Insight Series book and video study by Brett Rickey
Our culture is obsessed with being "cool." We strive for the next big thing, the newest look, the most impressive accomplishment; and as a result our lives are overscheduled, overworked, and filled with debt. What is the driving force underneath much of the busyness seen in our lives today? Why have we so easily bought into the importance of being "cool"?
Chasing Cool is a thoughtful, funny, and challenging exploration into the damaging web of self-centeredness and image control. Brett Rickey exposes the attitudes and misconceptions that often cause good people to get caught up in cool by relating the timeless Bible lessons learned by the Israelites to our lives today. He helps readers identify the pursuits of their hearts so they can start chasing what really matters.

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