Grace is the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it. This is the message of the gospel in a word. We should always be reminding ourselves of the grace that God has extended to us. With that in mind, here are 3 Bible studies on grace to consider for your group.
Two sons, one who kept the rules religiously and one who broke them all. One Father who loved both lost sons beyond anything they could imagine. Discover how deep and far God’s grace goes in The Prodigal God. In six captivating sessions, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller opens your eyes to the powerful message of Jesus’ best-known—and least understood—parable. The Prodigal God is a revelation of the very heart of the gospel: God’s radical love for sinners of every kind. Taking you beyond the traditional focus on the wayward younger son, Keller helps you glean insights from each of the characters in Jesus’ parable: the irreligious younger son, the moralistic elder son, and the Father who lavishes his love on both. The gospel is neither religion nor irreligion, but something else entirely. Whether you’re a devout believer or a skeptic, The Prodigal God will challenge you to see Christianity in a whole new way. Click here to watch the second session for free on YouTube.
We talk as though we understand the term grace. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means. But do we really understand it? Have we settled for wimpy grace? It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn, fits nicely on a church sign. Never causes trouble or demands a response. Max Lucado asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace? God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure. From regret riddled to better-because-of-it. From afraid to die to ready to fly. Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off. Let’s make certain grace gets you. Click here to watch the first full session for free on YouTube.
In this ten-session small group Bible study, Philip Yancey takes you and your small group for interactive, gut-level encounters with radical, life-changing grace. Through candid interviews, Yancey integrates true-life faces and experiences with powerful sessions that will challenge your preconceptions, get participants thinking and talking, and help you discover together why grace is more amazing than they ever dreamed. Yancey offers intimate glimpses of God’s power to forgive the most horrible deeds, love the unloving, and redeem the seemingly irredeemable. And in his frank, pull-no-punches style, Yancey helps you and your small group to consider the disturbing impact on human hearts when your actions as Christians deny the grace you proclaim. Click here to watch the first full session for free on YouTube.
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