LifeGroup leaders who will be doing a sermon discussion can find the God Is… full curriculum and weekly questions below.
The Discipleship Ministry desires to enable, equip and empower all of our leaders.
A free-market LifeGroup system allows for a high degree of relational connection and creativity by allowing leaders to turn their existing relationships, gifts, interests, passions, and hobbies into Life-giving groups that are growing disciples of Jesus Christ!
Oswald Chambers said, “Let God be as original with others as he was with you.” So why do churches force people into little clusters that all look alike, slap the label “small group” on them, and then promise that they will grow exponentially in their faith as a result?
For any “small group” or discipleship program to be successful, you need leaders who burn white hot with a vision for making disciples. That’s why we implement a free market small group system at CPC. We believe discipleship happens best within the context of shared interests, and it flows naturally out of leaders who are driven by a passionate vision from God.
In our Free Market model approach of LifeGroups we also place all of groups in a Hub, a Hub is built around either a key stage of life or a specific theme that will have each individual, couple and/or family to find the right LifeGroup to plug into at CPC. Here at CPC we have eight Hubs, each group falls under one of these Hubs.
Bible Study/Sermon Discussion
Foundations of Faith
For our LifeGroup leaders we want to equip you with resources and ideas for specific LifeGroup topics under each Hub. What you will find here are specific examples and ideas of groups that approved by the Discipleship Ministry Teams with links.
Bible Study/Sermon Discussion Hub:
True faith produces fruit. A faith without action and without life change is ultimately a dead faith. The book of James speaks to the realities of a living faith in Jesus—the kind of roll-up-your-sleeves and get-your-hands-dirty discipleship that is borne out of an authentic relationship with the risen Lord. James writes to believers who know suffering, who’ve faced trials, and who ultimately desire a deep relationship with God.
Francis Chan unpacks the dense truth contained in the book of James in front of the iconic backdrop of San Francisco, the city where he lives and ministers. Through 12 sessions, Francis works through James verse-by-verse, challenging followers of Christ to move beyond a private, intellectual knowledge of God and His Word, to a vibrant faith that impacts every square inch of life.
Join Matt Chandler, Teaching Pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, TX, as he walks us through this most intimate of all Paul’s letters and paints a beautiful picture of what it is to be a mature Christian.
The story begins in Philippi where Paul introduces three individuals that were all enslaved by the kind of things that we often choose over the gospel: Lydia, the Business Executive, The Little Slave Girl, and The Hard Working Jailer.
Their lives portray dysfunction and emptiness, but are totally transformed by the Gospel. True joy and Christ’s love begin to live within them, giving them a life of purpose. In fact, Paul himself was enslaved and then by God’s grace and mercy he could pen these popular and profound words: To Live is Christ and to Die is Gain. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
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.
You’re a believer. You’re a follower of Christ trying to mature in your faith. And while you’re waiting to grow, you end up sinning again and again. So you try to be good, and try to do more, and hope to grow spiritually. But grow to what?
The Anatomy of a Disciple: So Many Believers. So Few Disciples. is an incredibly fresh, practical and relatable read, identifying 8 elements of Christ’s life that ought to be reflected in yours: Humbly Submitted. Biblically Formed. Sacrificially Generous. Morally Discerning. Relationally Healthy. Intentional Blessing. Culturally Engaged. Inclusive Community. Using these 8 elements, The Anatomy of a Disciple Self-Assessment identifies areas where you are becoming more like Christ and those that are far from the Lord. What if you knew exactly what a disciple of Christ looked like? What if you knew with certainty – whether or not – you were actively becoming more like Him? Do you think your spiritual life would look different? Do you think it would feel different?
Offering a common language to what is generally understood as a complex idea, The Anatomy of a Disciple provides awareness of what God intended for authentic and sustainable spiritual growth, and what He intended for His disciples, as well as substantial resources allowing you to respond to what He is calling you to do.
God designed us to communicate and to establish relationships with Him and others. Unfortunately, when sin entered the world by a man’s choice, the idyllic environment that God created quickly crumbled. Lies became prevalent, and God’s truth and standards were exchanged for male ease and compromise. Life seems harsh now, a relationship with God unattainable and the concept of having good relationships challenging. God has not given up on us; He wants to restore each of us to a miraculous state.
Through an in-depth look at Genesis 2 and 3, this series explores the attributes of man before and after the fall. Each man can learn that despite the ugly consequences of sin, he can be restored and fulfill God’s original purpose for his life through his relationship with the Ultimate Man—Jesus Christ
Dig deeper into what it means to step up and live a courageous life with Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Living Video Series. Based on his book by the same title, Dennis Rainey, along with Matt Chandler, Bill Bennett, Tony Dungy, Robert Lewis, Voddie Baucham, Stu Weber, and others unpack what biblical manhood looks like and what it means to be a godly, courageous man in today’s world.
Through engaging stories, expert teaching, humorous vignettes, man-on-the-street interviews, and personal insights, these men’s ministry leaders call every man to become courageous leaders in their own lives, marriages, churches, and communities. Accompanied by small-group discussion and individual follow-up exercises, men of every age will learn action tools for gospel-centered living to empower them to be true heroes in their families and communities.
What does it mean to be a man? Moreover, how does a father instill these qualities in his son?
By Raising a Modern-Day Knight. Beginning with a biblical perspective of manhood, author-pastor Robert Lewis shares a unique approach to shaping a boy into a man by equipping him with three essential elements: a vision, a code of conduct, and a transcendent cause (Christianity) in which to invest his life. Complete with ceremony ideas to celebrate accomplishments and ingrain them in his mind, this resource is as insightful as it is practical in raising a boy to be a chivalrous, godly man.
f you’ve ever forgotten to pick your kid up from soccer practice or accidentally worn two different shoes to the grocery store, this series is for you. Being a mother is not for those who display symptoms of the “Perfection Infection.” There is simply no such thing as a perfect mom. And there are no such things as perfect kids, perfect homes, perfect bodies, perfect marriages, or even perfect meals. With refreshing honesty, author Jill Savage exposes some of her own parental shortcomings with the goal of helping mothers everywhere shelve their desires for perfection along with their insecurities of not measuring up to other moms. No More Perfect Moms will help you…
- Change your unrealistic expectations to realistic expectations in order to better manage everyday challenges.
- Give grace and love to your husband and children even in difficult family life circumstances.
- Increase your confidence when you resist the urge to compare your insides to other women’s outsides.
- Discover the beauty of grace when you stop judging yourself and stop judging others.
- Find freedom from disappointment when you embrace your real family, your real challenges, and your real, but imperfect, life.
Unraveling Your View of God’s Calling
What does following Jesus really mean? How does following Jesus actually change everything? What does it look like to follow God’s calling in my life?
Women have been lulled into comfort and complacency as we build our lives, making sure we fit in and follow the rules. But deep inside, we know something is off. God invites his people to answer a unique call in their lives. And His call offers redemption and rescue. God is using women to meet the needs of those in crisis right in front of them. Are you going to “play it safe” or answer the call?
In these five challenging sessions, ordinary women share real-life stories about the tension between chasing comfort and pursuing a deeper, gospel-centered life. And Jen Hatmaker provides the biblical basis for a more visionary life that will inspire women to action in their homes, communities and across the globe.
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.
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.
Of all the assignments God will give you during your time on earth, none may be more sacred than the task of raising your children. The Parental Guidance Required study is designed to give you the counsel you need to help prepare your children for the future. Intended for use in personal study or in small groups, Parental Guidance Required is a practical resource that will encourage you to look at the relationships in your children’s lives and ask the important questions.
Learn to Confidently Teach Your Kids About God
Who is shaping what your kids believe?
In these busy, hectic days we take our kids to sports practices, games, music lessons, school tutoring and other activities to give our children the best opportunities for success. But what if we’re missing the chance to teach them what matters most?
Our children can grow up smart, athletic, popular and polite but lack a vibrant relationship with Christ. The few hours they spend in church each week can be helpful, but it cannot nurture a faith in our kids that will withstand the trials that are on the horizon. Church alone cannot teach them, we must start at home. But many parents feel ill equipped to develop the faith of their children.
In these six sessions, we will explore biblical and tangible ways that parents—couples, single parents, blended families and grandparents—can build a legacy of faith for their children.
Each Bible study session includes interviews with everyday parents talking about their own doubts, fears and desires. Gary Thomas, Matt Chandler, and Kurt and Olivia Bruner provide powerful teaching that will help you give your kids what they need to build a solid framework for lifelong faith.
Six video-driven sessions:
Session 1 – Faith: It Starts At Home (38 min.)
Session 2 – Marriage: Your Children Are Watching (27 min.)
Session 3 – Relationships: Your First Priority (31 min.)
Session 4 – Truth: What Are Your Kids Learning? (26 min.)
Session 5 – Communication: Each Child is Unique (26 min.)
Session 6 – Character: Preparing Your Kids For the Real World (26 min.)
This series includes 8 real-life stories, 6 filmed Family Night Activity examples, and 6 original illustrations including:
• Trials Build Deeper Trust – Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor of The Village Church near Dallas, and his wife, Lauren, share how the Lord has expanded their faith and caused them to live more intentionally with the discovery of Matt’s malignant brain tumor.
• Upstairs/Downstairs – This family night activity helps children understand that God did for us what we could not do for ourselves.
• Viewmaster – In this moving illustration, a boy’s magic viewfinder helps him see pivotal moments in his family’s past. This clip will encourage parents to be intentional about raising their children.
Every parent knows about “the talk.” What many parents fail to realize is that one conversation isn’t enough. Your kids desperately need help to navigate the rapidly changing sexually-charged culture in which they live.
Packed with solid research and practical tools, The Talks provides you with the help you need to get comfortable having some critical conversations in your home. It covers both “what to know” and “what to do.” Whether your kids are 6 or 16, you’ll be equipped to help your kids make wise choices now and to prepare them to experience God’s gift of sexuality in the right time and in the right way.
Foundations of Faith Hub:
Starting Point is for people who are curious about God, have a new relationship with Jesus Christ, or are returning to church after being away for a while.
Here is a brief description of a Starting Point group:
The groups are 8 weeks in duration.
Each session lasts for 75 minutes.
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 no only knowledge but also cultivate the skills to communicate that knowledge in a way that is winsome and effective.
Answering tough questions about God and Christianity
Why does God allow suffering and tragedy? Does science disprove Christianity? Is Jesus really the only way? Why are Christians so hypocritical? Christians throughout the ages have wrestled with questions like these, and chances are, so do you. Having faith isn’t always easy. You may not always have the “winning” answer that makes you popular. Sometimes believing the Bible might make you feel like everyone’s against you. But it’s critical that you don’t run from these types of questions.
In these four challenging sessions, students share real-life stories about their own struggles in coming to terms with what Scripture teaches about God, sin, creation and Jesus.
Matt Chandler provides powerful teaching from Scripture and helps teens understand why believing in God and the Bible is not only reasonable, but also essential. And that’s what apologetics is all about. Knowing what you believe and why you believe it, and then being able to share with others why you think your beliefs are reasonable.
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome.
DivorceCare is a divorce recovery support group where you can find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce.
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program with foundations firmly established in Biblical truth. The 12 Steps with accompanying Scriptures and the 8 Principles based on the Beatitudes offer participants a clear path of salvation and discipleship; bringing hope, freedom, sobriety, healing, and the opportunity to give back one day at a time through our one and only true Higher Power, Jesus Christ. The 12 Steps and the 8 Principles work seamlessly together, tying historical recovery to timeless Biblical teaching.