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We believe that our Community Groups are places where we can be intentional not only about our relationship with one another, but also about our relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We continually want to see our Community Groups growing in their understanding and engagement with the Gospel.

This is a short list of books, small group study guides and Bible studies to help guide your time as you grow in your discipleship in Christ. If you have any questions, or don't see something you are looking for, contact Mark Grapengater at mark@allsoulsfellowship.org.

BOOKS

A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller

In his book, Paul explores what a life of prayer looks like in a Christian with a personal relationship with God. Paul’s down-to-earth language encourages the reader to grow in their communication with God.

Balanced by Andy Stanley

This six-session study is designed to help you and your household build a biblical financial foundation for your life. It seeks to answer such questions as: What does the Bible say about money? How should you spend, save, or give away your money? Are you content with what God has given you?

(Go HERE for the downloadable worksheets for this study.)

Encounters with Jesus by Tim Keller

Jesus changed the life of every person he met in the Gospels, through powerful experiences and words that led them to unexpected and transforming answers to their big questions. Tim Keller asserts these conversations can still address our questions and doubts today.

Everyday Theology edited by Kevin Vanhoozer

Everyday theology is the reflective and practical task of living each day as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. In other words, theology is not just for Sundays, and it's not just for professional theologians. Everyday Theology teaches all Christians how to get the theological lay of the land.

Ministries of Mercy by Tim Keller

Here Timothy Keller demonstrates that caring for needy people is the job of every believer - not just church deacons - as fundamental to Christian living as evangelism, nurture, and worship. He shows how we can carry out this vital ministry as individuals, families, and churches.

Scripture and the Authority of God by NT Wright

In Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today, Widely respected Bible and Jesus scholar, N. T. Wright gives new life to the old, tattered doctrine of the authority of scripture, delivering a fresh, helpful, and concise statement on the current “battles for the Bible,” and restoring scripture as the primary place to find God’s voice.

Surprised by Scripture by NT Wright

Helpful, practical, and wise, Surprised by Scripture invites readers to examine their own hearts and minds and presents new models for understanding how to affirm the Bible in today’s world—as well as new ideas and renewed energy for deepening our faith and engaging with the world around us.

Simply Christian by NT Wright

In Simply Christian, renowned biblical scholar and Anglican bishop N.T. Wright makes a case for Christianity from the ground up. Walking the reader through the Christian faith step-by-step and question by question, Wright’s Simply Christian offers explanations for even the toughest doubt-filled skeptics, leaving believers with a reason for renewed faith.

The Briarpatch Gospel by Shayne Wheeler

Hasn’t Jesus called us into the thorns and thistles with Him to love what we find there? What if we had the courage to follow him into the briarpatch and discover life as we were always meant to live it? In The Briarpatch Gospel, Shayne presents a radical message of grace, one that won’t allow you to remain comfortable merely sitting in a church pew.

The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Leslie Newbigin

These kinds of questions are addressed in this noteworthy book by Lesslie Newbigin. A highly respected Christian leader and ecumenical figure, Newbigin provides a brilliant analysis of contemporary (secular, humanist, pluralist) culture and suggests how Christians can more confidently affirm their faith in such a context.

The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller

Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.

When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they're trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves.

 

 


 

SMALL GROUP STUDY

Gospel DNA from Soma Communites

The Gospel DNA is designed for small groups to use in order to get grounded in understanding how to apply the gospel to their lives. It includes 18 individual studies designed for small group discussion.

Leader's Guide

Participant's Guide

Gospel in Life by Tim Keller

Join author and pastor Timothy Keller in this eight-week small group bible study, Gospel in Life, to explore how the gospel can change your heart, community, and how you live out the Gospel in our world.

The Gospel-Centered Life by Robert Thune and Will Walker

Lots of Christians talk about the gospel, but how many really understand the gospel and know how to apply it to their lives? This nine-lesson small group study will help participants understand how the gospel shapes every aspect of life. Each lesson is self-contained, featuring clear teaching from Scripture, and requires no extra work outside of the group setting.

 

 


 

BIBLE STUDY

1 John

Centered around Christian Love and Holiness, this seven lesson study focuses on:

  • A Repentant Lifestyle
  • Freedom of Obedience
  • Opposing Forces in the Battle
  • Our Christian Identity and Belonging; and
  • A Life Called to Love

The Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark seeks to answer “Who is Jesus?” and “What did Jesus come to earth to do?” In sixteen studies (expandable to twenty-six), seek to answer these two questions.

Everyday Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

Using 1 Peter as it's guide, this book offers practical ideas and personal stories for engaging with Western society. Find out how to effectively reach people in the context of everyday life and take hold of the opportunity to develop missional communities focused on Jesus.

To Live is Christ To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler and Jared C. Wilson

Using Paul's radical letter to the Philippians as his road map, Matt Chandler forsakes the trendy to invite readers into authentic Christian maturity. The short book of Philippians is one of the most quoted in the Bible, yet Paul wrote it not for the popular sound bites, but to paint a picture of a mature Christian faith. While many give their lives to Jesus, few then go on to live a life of truly vibrant faith.