Growth Tracks for Fall 2017

Our Lighthouse Ministry is a key component of our discipleship process at First Family. At the same time, Lighthouse Leaders are many times on the frontline of meeting the shepherding needs of our church family. There are times when the needs of a group require more focused attention when it comes to group studies and discussion.

To help meet this need, our elders have developed Growth Tracks available to our Lighthouse Leaders. Using the resources available via RightNow Ministry, we have curated a list of Video Bible Studies to address the needs of FFC’ers as the need arises.

Approved Group Studies

Group Life

Community: Starting Well – Andy Stanley (8 Weeks) Link

You cannot grow spiritually unless you’re connected relationally. Why is community so important to your spiritual life? God designed us that way. He wants to use other people to grow us and he wants to use us to grow other people.

In this eight-session video-based study, you’ll explore how building deep relationships with the people in your small group and serving in the larger community around you will grow your faith, You’ll learn why your unique story matters…to God and to the people you do life with.

What If… – Alan Danielson (4 Weeks) Link

Does being in a small group really change anything in my life?

We all long to be connected with friends. We long to know and be known by God. We long to make a difference. How does being in a small group impact those things?  In these four video Bible study sessions, Alan Danielson will take a look at four questions every small group should ask themselves. You’ll hear real-life interviews from small groups whose lives were changed after they asked themselves those very questions.


Follow – Andy Stanley (8 Weeks) Link

Do you ever feel like the Christian life is a long game of “Jesus Says”? Jesus says pray. Jesus says give. Jesus says to go to church.

In this eight-session video-based Bible study, bestselling author and pastor Andy Stanley shows you that Jesus’ invitation to his first-century audience was really an invitation to relationship. And it began with a simple request-follow me. Join this transformational journey through the Gospels as Andy traces Jesus’ teaching on what it means to follow-and prepare to see you faith radically changed.

What Is A Christian – Phil Vischer (15 Weeks) Link

Phil Vischer, Founder of Jellyfish Labs and co-creator of the acclaimed VeggieTales, opens the Bible to a tiny book all the way at the back. With the help of some animated friends, Phil walks through the entire book of 1 John to answer the question, “What is a Christian?”

This pioneering series packs tons of good theology into short sessions that toddlers to adults will enjoy. Learn not only what the Bible says, but also why and what it means for us today.

Spiritual Growth

Living By the Book – Howard Hendricks (20 Weeks) Link

Condensed Version (7 Weeks)  Link

Join Dr. Howard Hendricks live as he shows you how to understand and apply God’s Word for yourself. Millions around the world have been captivated by this brilliant teacher’s highly energetic style, friendly manner, unforgettable illustrations, and laugh-out-loud humor. In these 25-minute sessions, Dr. Hendricks will walk you step-by-step through his signature model for self-study: Observation, Interpretation, Application. Your experience with Scripture will never be the same. And your life will be transformed as you begin Living By The Book!

The late Howard Hendricks was a household name throughout Christendom, and he impacted millions of lives for the Kingdom. An internationally-known speaker, author, and distinguished seminary educator, “Prof” Hendricks left a lasting legacy through his remarkable 60-year tenure at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). Living By The Book is his life work—and life message—and even today continues to guide countless people into a personal, life-changing encounter with the Word, thanks to online technology.

Choose the Life – Bill Hull (10 Weeks) Link

Rethink what it means to be a Christian.

It’s not enough to just be a good Christian and do good deeds. You also must make a conscious effort to choose to live like Jesus. Jesus’ life is the perfect model of how you are to believe, live, love, minister, and lead others. Choose the Life will challenge you to think about the traditional practices of Christianity, provoke your way of thinking toward the truth, and help you develop a faith that embraces becoming a disciple of Jesus. This video series features 10-minute clips from Bill Hull that provide insights into the week’s lesson.


OneCry: A Nationwide Call for Spiritual Awakening – Bryon Paulus (8 Weeks) Link

Join Bill Elliff and Byron Paulus for eight weeks of conversation about their book, OneCry: A Nationwide Call for Spiritual Awakening. Its aim is to catalyze a resurgence of Christ-followers to unite in repentance and fervent prayer for the extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit in our day. Byron and Bill will take you on a journey to discover six realities about revival and understand what true spiritual transformation looks like.

A Journey to Victorious Praying – William Thrasher (8 Weeks)  Link  

Do you want to become a man or woman of prayer?

What does that even mean? It means that prayer is a central part of your daily experience. It’s a defining characteristic. It means that you are a person who walks with God, led by the Spirit, abiding in Christ. A person or prayer is following in Christ’s steps, going to the Father night and day, in all circumstances and conditions of the heart.


Explore – Robert Lewis (5 Weeks)     Link

Your friends are looking for answers to life’s most profound questions … Is there a God? Can I know Him? Is this all there is, or is there more?

In today’s uncertain times, people are searching for answers to life’s most difficult questions—especially about faith. The Explore training series helps prepare you and your small group to answer confidently and effectively. Created by Robert Lewis, author of the best-selling Men’s Fraternity™ curriculum, this easy-to-use, interactive series will encourage you in your faith and equip you to share your faith with confidence and practical knowledge to lead another adult into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Go Fish – Andy Stanley (6 Weeks) Link

Fishing stories. We’ve all heard them. “It was this big.” “You should have seen the one that got away.” People love to tell stories of their fishing adventures. When it comes to faith, however, most people clam up. Why is it we can’t talk about what God has done in our lives as naturally as we can spin fishing tales? In this six-part study, Andy Stanley explores the motivation behind sharing your faith and how it can become a natural part of your life.


The Kings and the King: 1 Kings – FFC Teaching Team (13 Weeks)

In our study of 1 Samuel, we followed the trajectory of three men: Samuel, the prophet, priest, and judge; Saul, the King of Israel, and David, the anointed king. Appropriately, 1 Samuel ended in a cemetery. Samuel had died earlier, and Saul had just fallen in battle. Consequently, David as the sole focus of our attention. In 2 Samuel we will see the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise to make David King of all Israel, but it will follow a bloody civil war. As often happens in life, when outside trials subside, we introduce personal trials into our own life. We will see how David’s lust for a young woman ended up taking an ax to David’s own family and bring both heartbreak and destruction into the house of David. In spite of significant personal trauma and trial, David remains a man after God’s own heart and the progenitor of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Foundations of Apologetics – Ravi Zacharias (12 Weeks) Link

Designed to introduce a comprehensive range of apologetic arguments and strategies, Foundations of Apologetics features lectures by RZIM’s team of apologists including Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, John Lennox, Stuart McAllister, Alister McGrath, Amy Orr-Ewing, L.T. Jeyachandran, and Joe Boot. Students of this rigorous curriculum will become adept at recognizing the many worldviews influencing our culture and equipped to challenge the assumptions of these worldviews. It is our prayer you will find the studies foster not only knowledge but also cultivate the skills to communicate that knowledge in a way that is winsome and effective.


Tough Guys and Drama Queens – Mark Gregston (9 Weeks)    Link

Parents of preteens and teens can move from scared to prepared with a new approach to parenting their adolescents.

Parents of preteens intuitively know that no matter how good their kids are, there is turbulence ahead. Many feel lost and unprepared as they watch the damaging effects of culture collide with their child’s growing pains and raging hormones.

For the past 35 years Mark Gregston has lived and worked with struggling teens and knows what it takes to reach them. He says, “A parent’s success has little to do with either the validity of their words or their intent as messengers; it’s more about how they approach their child and engage with them.” This series will explore what’s so different about today’s culture, why traditional parenting no longer works, and a new model for parenting teens.

Foundational and practical, Tough Guys and Drama Queens answers the questions that parents are asking, helping them become the parents their children need them to be.

Have A New Kid By Friday – Dr. Kevin Lehman (6 Weeks) Link

Have a New Kid by Friday is your five-day action plan that really works! With his signature wit and commonsense psychology, internationally recognized family expert Dr. Kevin Leman reveals why your kids do what they do and what you can do about it- starting right now. Want a great kid? Want to be a great parent? This six-session, video-based study with participant’s guide (sold separately) is perfect for small groups, moms’ groups, or parents.

Effective Parenting in a Defective World – Chip Ingram (8 Weeks) LINK

You can raise successful children even in this fallen world!

In this day and age, children face a far more defective world than the children of previous decades. Everyday they are bombarded with the pressures and influences of drugs, sex, and violence. Often, parents feel helpless when the corrupt principles of this defective world seem to contradict every godly principle they try to instill in their children.  But the truth is, God has a plan for effectively raising your children and you can learn it.

With penetrating truth and sincere honesty, Chip Ingram shares the life lessons from his personal experience of raising four children. He describes his failures and the challenges of teenage rebellion. And he teaches the principles for successful parenting as revealed through God’s Word.


Simplify – Bill Hybels (4 Weeks) Link

In this four-week study, bestselling author Bill Hybels shares his own story of the wake-up call that changed everything—and the steps he took to simplify his life before it was too late. You’ll discover how to stop living at such a frenetic pace and begin charting a new course toward satisfaction, purpose, and significance. Join Bill to discover the power of simplicity in your schedule, work, finances, relationships, and soul.

God’s Economy vs. Man’s Economy – Crown Financial Ministries (9 Weeks)  Link

Don’t be fooled. Getting out of debt or on a budget can’t change your life. A healthy 401k can’t change your life. A renewed U.S. economy can’t change your life.

But discovering and living in God’s economy can change everything!

Chuck Bentley walks you through 9 brief lessons that explain how 3 principles: Lordship, Stewardship and Generosity working in synergy impact every area of your life.

When you practice these principles, you will see changes in your marriage and relationships, in your career or studies, in your prayer life and church involvement In this unique message, you’ll learn:

  • How we engage in man’s economy without even realizing it
  • The flaws in man’s economy
  • How lordship, stewardship, and generosity interrelate
  • The view from heaven of our global financial crisis
  • Where your financial health and your spiritual health intersect
  • What makes man’s economy “unfair”


Secret Church #11: Family, Marriage, Sex, and the Gospel – David Platt (4 Weeks) Link

In Secret Church 11 David Platt addresses a host of contested issues related to family, marriage, and sex, all based on the foundational truths of the gospel. We’ll consider God’s design for sexuality, marriage, parenting, orphan care, singleness, and widow care. This study will also look at the way man has distorted God’s good design, which means that issues like divorce, homosexuality, abortion, polygamy, and pornography are covered. Finally, a few specific applications are made in relation to sexual distinction in the church, sexual sin in the church, and sexual satisfaction in marriage.

You and Me Forever – Francis and Lisa Chan (7 Weeks) LINK

Marriage is Great, But it’s not Forever

This seven session Bible study series, based on the book You and Me Forever from best-selling author Francis Chan and Lisa Chan, will challenge you to view your marriage like never before. These seven inspiring videos will help you dive deeper into the content of the book as you explore themes like:

  • It’s until death do us part. Then comes eternal rewards or regrets depending on how we spent our lives.
  • While we cannot allow lesser things to destroy our marriages, we also cannot allow marriage to distract us from greater things.
  • A jealous God asks us to pursue Him first and most. Then life makes sense, and everything falls into its proper place.
  • Love, laughter, and intimacy were all created to be enjoyed. So there is a way to love family deeply without ignoring heaven.
  • It all comes down to our focus.
  • Jesus was right. We have it all backwards. The way to have a great marriage is by not focusing on marriage.

Five Lies That Ruin Relationships – Chip Ingram (10 Weeks) Link

Have you ever looked back over a situation or relationship in your life and wondered how it became so messy or difficult? In the series, Five Lies That Ruin Relationships, we’ll define five of the most common lies that have the potential to ruin relationships with those we love. We’ll also uncover the source of quarreling, how our words wound, and how not to make decisions. And together, we’ll ask and answer the question: do wrong beliefs produce wrong behavior? We will discover that when we confront the lies we believe, there is power in knowing and applying God’s truth to our relationships.


33 The Series: A Man and His Marriage – Authentic Manhood (6 Weeks)    Link

There are many important relationships in a man’s life, and none deserve more care, focus, and investment than his relationship with his wife. A Man’s marriage is meant to be and can be an incredible source of energy, joy, and intimacy. Whether your marriage feels hopeless and numb or is thriving and exciting, this volume of 33 The Series is for you because it looks at what God says about the whole thing. It lays out an inspiring picture of God’s vision for marriage that will change everything if you’re “stuck” and will encourage you if you’re already thriving.


The Life Ready Woman – Shaunti Feldhahn (8 Weeks)     Link

The difference between “doing it all” and doing what matters.

God has designed a mission and a plan for every woman’s life. And He wants her to discover it.

From stay-at-home moms to globe-trotting executives, from singles to seniors, every modern woman has wondered, “How do I juggle it all?” Now, The Life Ready Woman helps you discover God’s road map for finding balance, peace, and delight in this crazy contemporary life. Speaker, author, wife, and mother Shaunti Feldhahn describes God’s plan and purposes for women and then hones in on the practical implications for you as an individual—exploring your heart, your relationships, your specific challenges, and the unique gifts and personality God has crafted in you.

  • experience more of life—with less regret
  • minimize stress
  • find clear direction about God’s priorities for you
  • bring a biblical balance to life
  • discover clarity in relationships, including with God and men
  • develop a personal plan for fulfilling God’s callings

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