With Ash Wednesday (13th Feb 2013) quickly approaching, all you small group leaders are searching for the right Lent course for your group. Here are 5 recommendations from me, including both new and old courses that will get your group into the Easter spirit...
Cover to Cover Lent Study Guide (New for 2013)
Written by Liz Babbs, award-winning author and poet, ‘Transformed by the Presence of Jesus’ is more ‘meditative’ than ‘conversational’. You and your group will be invited to step into the shoes of Bible characters that were transformed by the presence of Jesus.
Session 1: Walking with Jesus (Luke 24: 13-35 – Road to Emmaus)
Session 2: Known by Jesus (John 4: 1-26 – Women at the Well)
Session 3: Waiting for Jesus (John 11: 1-44 – Story of Lazarus)
Session 4: Named by Jesus (John 20: 1-18 – Mary Madgalene)
Session 5: Faith & Jesus (Matthew 14: 22-36 – Jesus Walks on Water)
Session 6: Obedience & Jesus (John 21: 1-14 – Risen Jesus)
With leaders notes at the back and links to further resources from Liz’s website, this Lent course makes your job simple so you can focus on leading your group deeper into the Lent journey. Want to look inside? Click here to see a sample of this book.
Finding a Voice (2012)
‘Finding a Voice’ will help your group to discover their authentic Christian voice. Each session begins with a clip from the multi-Oscar and BAFTA winning movie, ‘The King’s Speech’. After the clip, Hilary Brand guides you through relevant Bible passages, group discussion questions, exercises and meditations. You and your group will be challenged by King George VI’s courage to overcome his fear, step out, and discover his voice.
Session 1: Fear & Friendship
Session 2: Chasing the Dream
Session 3: Pressing Forward & Breaking Through
Session 4: Poisonous Words & Profane Responses
Session 5: Faith in our Voice
We reviewed this book last year, click here to read the in-depth review on ‘Daring to speak for Christ: Finding a Voice’, written by a professional Speech & Language Therapist.
Fit for Purpose (New for 2013)
This Lent Course follows a ‘traditional’ approach for leaders who prefer reading from the book rather than ad-libbing. With more than enough material in each session, leaders can pick which sections to use; choosing from opening prayers, story, quiz, reflections, discussion questions, scripture readings, encouragement for further action, suggested hymns, petition, closing prayer, take-away and a blessing.
Session 1: We Are What We Eat (a healthy spiritual diet)
Session 2: Exercising the Heart (loving and living)
Session 3: Losing the Baggage (letting go of what’s weighing us down)
Session 4: Onwards & Upwards (living prayerfully)
Session 5: Giving & Not Counting the Cost (the grateful life)
Session 6: A Helping Hand (encouraging each other)
Session 7: Fit for a King (being a people of praise)
With a helpful leaders guide at the front to help you use the study to its full potential, ‘Fit for Purpose’ is a great foundation for communal spiritual growth at Lent. Want to look inside? Click here to see a sample of this book.
Lent is for Loving (New for 2013)
‘Lent is for Loving’ is short and snappy, with short chapters and plenty of space for in-depth reflection and heated, genuine discussion. The aim is to release a Lent attitude that lasts the whole year (and your whole life). Turning Lent into an acronym, this study aims to release a Lent attitude of loving our world that lasts beyond Easter.
Session 1: 'L' is for LOVE
Session 2: 'E' is for EMPATHY
Session 3: 'N' is quite simply for NO!
Session 4: 'T' is for THANK YOU GOD
Shelia Cassidy is a radical believer, having survived imprisonment and torture when she gave medical care to a political activist in Chile back in the 1970’s. ‘Lent is for Loving’ is a testament to her healing and continued passion, producing a refreshing and challenging Lent Course that wonderfully captures John 10:10.
Lent for Everyone: Luke, Year C (2010)
If you’re looking for short, sharp, thought-provoking readings to inject your small group study with Lent-based reflections, ‘Lent for Everyone’ is a useful little resource to do just that.
Everyone’s favourite modern theologian N.T. Wright has successfully explained theology to millions of everyday Christians. This daily devotional will feed you as the spiritual leader of the group, plus give you extra material for your weekly sessions. Wright tells a visual story of each reading in Year C of the liturgical diary, painting a rich picture with added description about the biblical times. Reading these aloud will become engaging, conversational snipets to spark thought and discussion.
N.T. Wright has filled his Lent Daily Devotionals with both biblical insight and engaging Christian thought. It’s a gold mind for small group material!
January 25th, 2013 - Posted & Written by James Warwood