Our Small Group Ministry is a key component of our discipleship process at First Family. At the same time, grow group leaders are many times on the front line 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 Group 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.
How Does This Work?
As a Small Group Leader, you begin to discern a need for some biblical teaching on a focused area. For example, perhaps the families in your group are struggling with transitioning from parenting elementary-age children to teenagers. To help better shepherd your group, you can present the option of going through one of the studies on parenting. This can be a win-win for your group!
What About the Curriculum the Church Provides?
We will continue to provide weekly curriculum to coordinate with our teaching series. In fact, this is the preferred emphasis for all of our groups. We believe in-depth Bible Study is the best way to grow and disciple our families. The video studies should be looked upon as a short-term option to address specific shepherding needs in your group.
How Do We View RightNow Media During Our Group Time?
To effectively use a video study, you must show the video on a large-screen television. We recommend a screen-size of at least 32-inches. Do not use computers or tablets to show a video series to your group. The screen is too small, and the audio will not be clear enough for all to hear and understand.
If you don’t have a streaming option on your television already, you will need to get a device. RightNow media will work well with either an Apple TV or a Roku player. We recommend the Roku Express or Roku Streaming Stick (3600R). Both can be purchased from amazon.com for approximately $30.00.
What If One of the Selected Bible Studies Doesn’t Meet Our Need?
The elders have worked hard to select options for most needs that will arise within a group, but we cannot address every need. If you have a need not addressed, and you find a study on RightNow Media that you would like to offer to your group, you must get pre-approval from your elder before showing the study. This is important: while RightNow Media is a great service, it does offer studies we would not agree with at First Family. Failure to get pre-approval from your elder before leading a Bible Study that is not on the approved list will disqualify you as a leader.
What if Some In Our Group Are Not Interested In the Video Study?
Your responsibility as a leader is to shepherd your group. Unfortunately, this means you cannot leave some behind so you can address specific needs of others in your group. RightNow Media is available free of charge to anyone who attends First Family. Any individual or couple can participate in a video study via RightNow Media. If you sense some within your group have a need that cannot be addressed with the whole group, use this as a shepherding opportunity and either recommend the video series to those in your group or set up a separate time to meet and go through the study.
How Do I Plan A Video Study When They Vary in Length
We list the length of each study in weeks to help you with your planning. There are 15 weeks in the Fall Semester, with several of those weeks already designated for church-wide activities. We provided a “Semester Planning Form” to help you outline your semester. For example, if the video study you want to lead is only six weeks long, you can plan to use the church-provided curriculum in the beginning and then insert your 6-week video study at the appropriate time in your group. A few of the studies are more advanced and will spread over the entire Lighthouse year. Again, as long as you know this up front, you can plan accordingly.
How Do I Prepare to Lead A Video Study?
As you review the various options, you will see that some of the teaching lessons are rather short (10 minutes) while others are lengthy (40-60 minutes). Obviously, it takes more preparation to lead a discussion around a 10-minute video compared to a 60-minute video. We have training that will help you facilitate a good discussion. If you select to lead your group through a video study, please contact Chris, and he will point you in the direction of the training.
Also, several of the studies have a downloadable leader’s guide to help in preparation. As you review the various options, this will be one aspect to look for if your time is limited and you will need help facilitating a good discussion.
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.
1 John: 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.
Doctrine – Francis Chan (7 Weeks) Link
Knowing the Truth and Acting On It
What are the essential beliefs of Christianity? And how should a healthy understanding of doctrinal issues—like The Trinity, the Church, sin and salvation—impact the way we live and act toward God and others?
We will all face times where our faith will be challenged either by other people or by difficult circumstances. That’s why it’s critical that we have a foundational knowledge of the core beliefs of Christianity and a willing heart to obey God.
In these seven dynamic sessions, students share real-life stories about their own struggles to live out the essentials of their faith on a daily basis. And Francis Chan provides powerful teaching from Scripture to help teens understand the core of our Christian faith.
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 becomeing 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.
The Kings and the King: 2 Kings – FFC Teaching Team (10 Weeks)
This fall we enter into the fourth and final season of The kings and the King. Our study will focus on the book of 2 Kings, which follows the downward trajectory of Israel and Judah. We see the consequences of what happens when a nation forgets God. Sprinkled throughout are encouraging stories of faithful prophets and godly kings, but, ultimately, we see both Israel and Judah destroyed by their enemies, their people disbursed or deported, and the city of Jerusalem with Solomon’s Temple destroyed. It is a clear picture of how man’s ways pave the way to destruction.
Thriving in Babylon – Larry Osbone (5 Weeks) Link
These are confusing times for many Christians. Traditional biblical values are not only rejected; it seems as if they’re attacked on every front. It’s all happened at warp speed, leaving many of us spiritually and culturally disoriented or even fearful, frustrated, and angry. How can we spiritually survive in an increasingly spiritually hostile environment? And is there any hope for the next generation?
In this 5-session series, Larry Osborne introduces us to a man forced to live in a fast-changing and godless society. This man faced fears about the future, concern for his safety, and the discouragement of a world that seemed to be falling apart at warp speed. That man was Daniel, and with the power of hope, humility, and wisdom, he not only survived, but thrived.
Each session also includes real-life stories of people struggling to thrive in an ever-increasing godless society. Though Daniel lived thousands of years ago, he has much to teach us today.
The Book of Ephesians – J.D. Greear (9 Weeks) – Link
Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? He knew before the world began that His people would face hardship, so He gave us His Word. The Book of Ephesians is a survival manual—it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates the message of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle writes to encourage believers to live well—we’ve been lifted from the graveyard of sin and called to shout the gospel into the darkened world.
Pastor and author J.D. Greear walks through the powerful words of Paul. In 9 sessions, J.D. digs into the text of Ephesians verse-by-verse and challenges believers to live out the gospel. If the people of your city, of your school, of your family are going to hear the gospel, it’s going to be from your mouth. Encounter Ephesians, and get swept up into the story of Jesus.
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.
Culture / Worldview
Oneness Embraced with Tony Evans (6 Weeks) Link
Black/white relations in the culture at large and in the church in particular continue to be a stain on America’s respectable reputation. The church has clearly failed and must seek to function by God’s kingdom perspective. In this legacy message, Tony Evans seeks to promote a biblical understanding of the kingdom foundation of oneness by detailing why we don’t have it, what we need to do to get it, and what it will look like when we live it.
Fully encompassing areas of unity, history, culture, the church and social justice, Evans looks to the scriptures for the balance between righteousness and justice that is crucial for applying in this generation and in training the next. A full section on black church history provides a background and understanding that has often been neglected. Recalling experiences in his own evangelical journey, Evans shares kingdom minded approaches for biblical justice and social restoration. To better glorify God and help heal the persistent racial divide, all church members would do well to read and learn from Oneness Embraced.
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.
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.
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.
The Mingling of Souls – Matt Chandler (14 Weeks) Link
Matt Chandler and The Hub have partnered together to write, film, and produce a brand new, updated curriculum of The Mingling of Souls- a study of love, dating, marriage, intimacy, and redemption based on Song of Solomon! All new from the ground up, your group will be able to enjoy this new video series and study guide in conjunction with Matt Chandler’s new book The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex & Redemption. In a culture where the foundations of attraction, love, marriage, and sex are rapidly eroding, Matt Chandler offers and eternal, counter-intuitive perspective from the biblical book Song of Solomon. Scripture says we’re to nurture our hearts above all else- yet we are inundated with songs, movies, and advice that contradicts and cheapens God’s design for love and intimacy.
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