Group Study Material

Many books have study material included for individual or group use. These courses are specifically for groups.
Courses for Advent and Lent can be found in those categories.

Out of the Shadows



by Graham Ingram


This is written by a celibate, gay, evangelical minister and needs to be read by as many people as possible. Cast aside your preconceived ideas and beliefs before you start to read this book and read with an open mind. This is what I have done, and although this was originally published in 2008, it is so very relevant today.
Coming from an Evangelical background and experience you might think this book is not for those of us from a different background. Not so! Much of what Graham Ingram writes is necessary reading for every one of us - sadly so.
I made a note of one particular passage - "Gay people differ from other cultural minorities in that they start their journey alone. It takes two straights to make a gay. In a society which has no positive or overt understanding of same sex attraction, the journey starts in unnamed darkness and involves considerable pain." Graham Ingram tells of his own darkness and pain, not to make us sorry for him, but to help us understand the position gay people of both sexes find themselves in.
The author has spent his life sharing the Good News of the Gospel with people of every description. Jesus brought the Good News to all, he did not discriminate and nor should we.
Read, learn and inwardly digest: I found it well worthwhile.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (14/11/12)
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Price: £7.99
Publisher: Church Home Group Resources Ltd
Published: 2008
ISBN: 978-0-953-23982-5

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A Risk Worth Taking - Exploring the Fundamentals of Faith

- A Course that is Challenging and Relevant to Contemporary Life and Experience

by John Cox


In this book John Cox explains the fundamentals of faith by means of a course that is both challenging and relevant to contemporary life and experience. He examines the perennial question posed by all who believe in a good God - how can we continue to have faith in a loving God in a world full of misery and pain? The ‘risk’ of the title is in exploring unexpected territories and asking searching questions, but it is A Risk Worth Taking. The course is divided into eight sections and is primarily for group work, each section examining a different aspect of human experience and how faith and experience interact. It is a book also for private study and is essential reading for all those who find their doubts are a stumbling block to complete faith in a loving and caring God.

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Review by John Irvine  (26/06/12)
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Price: £9.99
Publisher: Kevin Mayhew Publishers
Published: 10 October 2007
ISBN: 978-1-844-17830-8

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Mark’s Gospel from Scratch

- The New Testament for Beginners

by Donald L. Griggs & Charles D. Myers Jr.


This book does what it says on the cover. It has participant and leaders sections so can be used as a personal devotion or in a group setting.
In six bite size chapters the authors take you through the gospel. First introducing to you Mark and his unique gospel style and then digging into it breaking the book down and discussing Jesus as the story progresses - his miracles, prophecies and public ministry.
The Leaders Guide section was really helpful giving general guidance about leading a bible study as well as breaking up each session and guiding the leader how to best lead the study. As such, it would make a great resource for a new bible study leader but in the same way can be adapted to suit whatever your leading style is.
I found this book to be an interesting read and informative and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to get their head around the gospel of Mark.

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Review by Charmaine Hill  (27/03/12)
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Price: £8.99
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press from Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Published: April 2010
ISBN: 978-0-664-23486-7

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Tales of the Unexpected

- Stories Told by Jesus from Luke's Gospel

by Presented by Pete Woodcock and Lizzie Smallwood


Booklet and DVD for four week course for all people including those who normally have difficulty accessing the Christian message. ISBN of DVD 978-1-906-33473-4, £11.00. Starter pack with DVD and four booklets £16.00 available Publisher

Story telling was the language of Jesus. A good story is hard to resist, especially when there’s a surprise in the end. Engaging with the wisdom, truth and challenge of Jesus words still is compelling for people of every tongue, tribe and nation. In Tales of the Unexpected we are offered four simple but startling stories that Jesus told. They ask much of our faith, our story and our choices.
As a DVD set and accompanying booklet resource, this is attractively packaged. Wisdom from Luke’s gospel and accessible for all.

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Review by Johnny Douglas  (16/02/12)
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Price: £3.00
Publisher: Good Book Company
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-906-33472-7

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Tell me the Stories of Jesus

- A Companion to the Remembered Gospel

by Janet Lees


This is an interesting book. I had not heard of the (15 year old) 'remembered Bible' approach and was intrigued by the application here. Noting that most Bible commentaries in common use were written by men - Janet Lees set herself the task to produce this contribution to the study of the Gospels. It is not a 'chapter and verse' commentary but an exploration of remembered narrative and story - high on illustration and practical implication. It is intended, I think, chiefly for discussion and group use. It includes poems and practical craft activities like 'scrapbooking the Gospel', together with pictures to discuss and pilgrim walk ideas to explore. Tell me the Stories of Jesus is a companion to Janet's Word of Mouth book. I think that it is well worth reading and using in a group exploring the Gospel, but also really helpful for personal reflection and study. Great - and complimentary to the usual commentaries.

Janet is a speech therapist and has developed this idea of a ‘remembered Bible’ to help people with learning and communication difficulties and with pre-readers and scant readers in particular but Tell me the Stories of Jesus is useful for us all. Editor

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Review by Jim Currin  (30/09/11)
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Price: £13.50
Publisher: Wild Goose Publications
Published: June 2011
ISBN: 978-1-849-52187-1

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Life Attitudes

- A 5-Session Course on the Beatitudes

by Robert Warren and Sue Mayfield


This 5-session Bible study course gets to grips with the Beatitudes - the eight radical sayings from St Matthew's Gospel which are such a challenge to us all. This guide is different from the many others that I have used with small groups. It does not 'just' present a few questions on the passage for group discussion. Each study begins in the usual way with an introduction, some brainstorming, reading the passage and considering some questions, but the session ends with two sections which are 'different'
.'Get real' encourages group members to think about some practical action in their community (or globally) related to the beatitude under consideration.
'Go deep' which ends each study gives suggestions for reflection, using music, video clips, craft and prayers, in order to help move truths from head to heart. I like this approach, and although I have not test driven it, I think it would go down well in small groups I know.

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Review by Jackie Rowe  (24/08/11)
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Price: £4.99
Publisher: Church House Publishing (CHP) part of Hymns Ancient & Modern
Published: December 2010
ISBN: 978-0-715-14233-2

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Men of the Word

- Insights for Life From Men Who Walked With God

by Nathan Busenitz

ISBN: 978-0-736-92981-3
Price: £8.99

Published: Spring 2011
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A Bird’s-Eye View of the Bible



by Mary Williams

ISBN: 978-0-852-31383-1
Price: £17.95

Published: January 2011
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The Faith of the English

- Integrating Christ and Culture

by Nigel Rooms

ISBN: 978-0-281-06111-2
Price: £12.99

Published: May 2011
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Jesus the Life Changer

- Exclusive: The People Jesus Met – In Their Own Words

by Simon J Robinson

ISBN: 978-1-846-25123-8
Price: £7.00

Published: 2009
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Desert Wells



by Alice Bates

ISBN: 978-0-232-52790-2
Price: £8.99

Published: February 2011
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Isaiah: Feeling Secure in the Arms of God

- The Wiersbe Bible Study series

by Warren W. Wiersbe

ISBN: 978-0-781-40423-5
Price: £6.99

Published: November 2010
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102 Fascinating Bible Studies

- For Personal or Small Group Studies

by Preston A Taylor

ISBN: 978-0-764-20837-9
Price: £8.99

Published: 01 September 2010
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In the Beginning Was the Word

- Group Studies on the Gospel of John

by Gerald West and others

ISBN: 978-0-281-06168-6
Price: £9.99

Published: 20 August 2009
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What is Contextual Bible Study?

- A Practical Guide with Group Studies for Advent and Lent

by John Riches

ISBN: 978-0-281-06198-3
Price: £9.99

Published: 23 September 2010
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Growing Together With The People’s Preacher

- Four-Session Small-group Study

Featuring Peter Morden

ISBN: 978-1-853-45577-3
Price: £2.50

Published: 2010
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Emmaus – The Way of Faith – Stage 2: Nurture

- A 15-session course for exploring the Christian Faith, 2nd edition, includes free CDRom

by Stephen Cottrell, Steven Croft, John Finney, Felicity Lawson and Robert Warren

ISBN: 978-0-715-14228-8
Price: £25.00

Published: Spring 2010
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Love is the Meaning

- Growing in Faith with Julian of Norwich

by Ann Lewin

ISBN: 978-1-848-25050-5
Price: £8.99

Published: 27 October 2010
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John For Everyone Bible Study Guides



by Tom Wright

ISBN: 978-0-281-06225-6
Price: £4.99

Published: 2010
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God’s Green Book

- Seven Bible Studies about the Environment

by Charlotte Sleigh & Bryony Webb

ISBN: 978-0-281-06206-5
Price: £8.99

Published: 21 January 2010
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Kaleidoscope



by Patsy Clairmont

ISBN: 978-1-400-20270-6
Price: £10.99

Published: 01 March 2010
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