The Thoughtful Christian A one session study on Ash Wednesday and Lent is available from www.thethoughtfulchristian.com This study explores themes and Scriptures that help participants reflect on the meaning of the liturgical season and its impact on one’s Christian discipleship.
Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding: Here are several six session studies. Each study has a leader’s guide and participant’s book. Illuminating Lent; Temptation in the Desert, Looking at the Cross; and Seven Days to Glory.
Final Words From the Cross by Adam Hamilton- This six session series includes a book, DVD, and leader’s guide. The sessions include: “Father, Forgive Them”; “Today You Will be with Me in Paradise”; “Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother”; “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”; “I Thirst”; and “It is Finished…Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit”. In this study participants will examine Christ’s dying hours and his final works as seen and heard by those who stood near the cross.
Living into Lent by Donald McKim- Imagine the transformation of God’s church called into a common learning. The Lenten journey is a shared journey- Christians join with others along the way of faith, following Jesus, and seeking to live out the will and purposes of God. This resource allows time for readers to reflect on their Christian identities, listen to God’s Word and will, and discipleship. Readings are enhanced by a six session study guide and questions for consideration.
Lord Teach Us to Pray: Six Studies in Spirituality and The Lord’s Prayer by John Purdy- This study explores the Lord’s Prayer in its biblical context, what the Lord’s Prayer teaches about the activity of prayer, and what all of this teaches about biblical spirituality.
24 Hours That Changed the World by Adam Hamilton- This series contains a book, DVD with seven sessions, leader’s guide, and 40 day devotional book. The sessions include: “The Last Supper”; “The Garden of Gethsemane”; “Condemned by the Righteous”; “Jesus, Barabbas, and Pilate”; “The Torture and Humiliation of the King”; “The Crucifixion”; and “Christ the Victor”. The aim of the series is to help participants better understand the events that occurred during the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life, see more clearly the theological significance of Christ’s suffering and death, and reflect upon the meaning of these events for your life.
Something for youth:
A Look at Those Who Knew Jesus In this Thoughtful Christian study youth will explore how the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, Zealots, and Disciples were touch by their encounters with Jesus.
Let Us Break Bread Together by Michael Smith and Rami Shapiro- This Passover guide provides a complete guide (plan and script) to a meaningful Seder experience. The authors share a deeper knowledge of the great themes of the Exodus story, in combination with Christian insight, and opportunities for a better understanding of Lent and Holy Week.
Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go by Adam Hamilton- This DVD based study is designed for use in a four session study based on the book by the same title. The sessions are “The Divine Answer”; “For Better, For Worse”; “Seventy Times Seven”; and “The Dreamcoat”. Participants will be shown how to receive the freedom that comes with forgiving- even if the person needing to be forgiven is ourselves.
Something for children:
A Rooster’s Tale– This resource includes Easter dramas, speeches, and recitations for children. There are 14 different scripts that take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to perform with one to twelve parts. This can be used with an intergenerational group.
Easter Garden: A Lenten Experience for Children by Daphna Flegal and Marcia Stoner- This Lenten study moves children (younger and older elementary) through Holy Week, from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. This study may be done in preparation for a congregational mean and worship experience. Children will create a garden setting for the meal, filled with symbolic meaning; banner symbols for worship; and table decorations for the congregational meal.
Writing to God: Kids Edition by Rachel Hackenberg- This idea-packed book shows children how their prayers don’t have to be perfect to reach God; don’t have to have big or fancy words; may tell a story using words or pictures; can be happy or sad; and may have misspelled and crossed-out words.
Something for the whole church:
The Way by Adam Hamilton- In this church-wide six session plus epilogue study for children through adults, Hamilton takes participants to the Holy Land to explore the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. You will “visit” the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized and the wilderness where Jesus was tempted; Capernaum, where Jesus healed the sick and taught on the mountainside; the Sea of Galilee, where he calmed the sea and the wind; Samaria, where Jesus visited with outcasts and sinners; and Jerusalem, where Jesus spent his final days. There is a book, devotional book, and DVD with study guide to use with adult groups; a youth guide; and a guide for children. There are suggestions for including some intergenerational activities with this study.