Life Group Resources

All hard copy resources available at Riverside House, some in pdf form on this site.

There is also a booklet available for all groups, giving some guidelines as to the possible shape and content of a group gathering.

Questions

Each Sunday, Questions are in “Outlook” to discuss and reflect on Sunday talks.

Autumn 2016 The current series at Riverside, Jesus the Game Changer, is a great starter for discussion. Life Group leaders and Community Group Leaders can get the video clips and information on questions and other on-line materials.  Just ask Tim.

Sharpen One Another leaflets

Going Forwards Cards

Books

Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness book by Jerry Cook. How can the church be a healing force in a non – Christian World?

Baptism Guide

Study Guides

Soul Keeping Study Guide by John Ortberg:6-week course, Study guide and DVD

Wiser Together by Bill Hybels: 5 week course Study Guide and DVD

Open Doors 6-week prayer & study guide for the Suffering Church

UCCF John Uncovered Study Guide for seekers and new Christians

Activities

For the New Year – One word that will change your life activity

Information on Lectio Divina: http://www.ignatianspirituality.com

Traditionally, Lectio Divina has four separate steps: read; meditate; pray; contemplate. A suggested way of reading through a passage of scripture aloud together.  While doing so each person is to ask question of themselves, what is God saying to me? Reread together, possibly another version, and each ask themselves why is God saying this? On a further reading, what should I be doing as a response? It is a practise not treating Scripture as a text to be studied but as the Living Word that speaks.

Reading the Bible – Bible Study Ideas

These are various ways of ‘feeding off the word’, with and without preparation beforehand by the group, but very preferably by discussion leader, to various depths, depending on individual’s time and inclination and group agreement. Whether it is ‘Bible study’, or guided Bible meditation depends on those factors.

 1.       Question and answer Bible study booklets based on books of the Bible or topics.

  • Friendship with God series (first couple of books used with post Alpha groups)
  • Re Navigator series ‘Learning to Live’ navigators.co.uk

2.       Go straight to the Bible and experience the joy of God speaking to you directly through it and through others’ insights.

  • PEACE-  Consider a passage along the lines of anything that Puzzles you, Encourages you, anything that is Admirable, anything that Challenges you, and what Effect will it have on your life.
  • SPECK – do the same – is there a Sin to avoid, a Promise to claim, an Example to follow, a Command to obey or any new Knowledge you have gained
  • Read a passage on your own in the group then someone reads out loud, someone else summarizes. Anyone can add something. Ask which verse/verses attract your attention and why. What does this passage reveal about God the Father, Jesus or the Holy Spirit? What questions does this passage raise for you? Any other specific questions the leader thinks would stimulate discussion, increase understanding of the passage and how it might apply. Encourage practical application – what specifically will you take from this which has challenged or encouraged you and how will it show in your life. To whom will you be accountable?

3.       Study a whole book with Overview (background facts, general impressions, purpose, emotional tone, key or often repeated words, main subjects dealt with, contrasts discussed etc, suggest title for the book to aid memory.

Study/meditate chapter by chapter including cross references, verse by verse meditation, writing out in own words, comparing other versions, asking self:  PEACE and SPECK questions including practical application.

Ice breakers

https://insight.typepad.co.uk/40_icebreakers_for_small_groups.pdf

  • Simple ice-breakers to get people talking and opening up to each other and pray over those things, praise. thanksgiving, prayer support etc. as appropriate. e.g. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week/the most challenging/the most encouraging? How do you feel now it’s nearly Christmas – what are you looking forward to/not looking forward to. How do you view the season of Lent?
  • Ask, what has God been teaching you this week – from the Bible/other reading/good or bad experiences/answered prayer etc. Encourages each other and reminds us all to keep learning and growing and close to God

Other places to find resources

www.smallgroups.com Helpful free articles for Leaders (Other material at cost)

www.biblesociety.org.uk/lyfe Free Group Bible study materials based on read, reflect, respond.

http://www.disciplekit.org/  all sorts of different resources from CPAS

https://www.godatwork.org.uk/  A great variety of video clips including a series of twelve around God in the workplace.

https://www.prayercourse.org/ Six short videos and a leader’s ‘cheat sheet’!, on the Lord’s prayer.