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God's Word for Today

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Each study in the God's Word for Today series provides an in-depth exploration of a book of the Bible. Each session includes:

  • background information on the book of the Bible, its author, audience, occasion, and purpose;
  • learning experiences that promote exciting and challenging discussions;
  • notes for leaders that answer questions, suggest a learning process, and provide additional information;
  • discussion starters that help participants apply God's Word to their daily lives.

God's Word for Today: James

(13 sessions) How Faith Works provides us with an insight into the relationship between faith and works. Often we are tempted to say that it is not really important what we believe but that we do good for others. Others try to pull us in the opposite direction: it is not what we do that counts but only that we believe the right things. James in his epistle sets the record straight.(Click here to download the participant's guide and leader's guide.)

Topical Insights: Islam: Quran vs. Holy Scriptures, a 6 session .pdf study. Lessons include: The Beginning, The Five Pillars & Hadith,. The Sects, God & Allah, The Bible and the Quran, and Daily Live, Special issues. Included in the .pdf file are the Introduction, 6 sessions with text, Bible Research, Discussion Questions, and Teacher's answers. Contact Jim Matusicky for the .pdf file.

Introduction to the study:

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the world was awakened by a sleeping giant. The hatred of a group of Islamic radicals had reached its limit, and the United States was thrust head first into a new era of terrorism. Suddenly we were bombarded with terms like Jihad, Allah and Quran.Before long, our country's soldiers were heading deep into the heart of Islam. First Afghanistan, then Iraq became the focus of our war of terrorism. And the newscasters continued to shower us with terms such as Sunnis and Shiites. We even saw our soldiers invade places like Babylon and Najif.

The Christians likewise became very interested, asking questions like who are these Muslim people? Where did they come from? Why is their culture so different than ours? What does their Quran really say about God and people?

The time has come for the Christian to educate himself about this religion that includes more than a billion people. No longer are we speaking of a people in a far off country. Today we have Muslim neighbors and mosques are being built in the next town. We are coming in contact with a people whose evangelism is powerful and commanding, and whose voice is being heard around globe.

We will meet this people who traces their roots back to the tent of Abraham. We will share a glimpse of their history, their culture and especially their holy book, the Quran. We will see that there are desperately in need of love, understanding and especially the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These are people who are traveling the path to eternal destruction. They need to hear our message. (Click here to download this study.)

Changing Currents are brief, downloadable Bible studies that look at current cultural issues through the clear lens of God's Word. Easy-to-download and ready-to-use, these one- to two-session studies are formatted to encourage conversation. Movies, news events, and contemporary topics are presented in a way that fit your teaching and scheduling needs.

These reproducible series are ideal for transitioning between long-term studies, exploring hot topics, and small group or personal use.

Examples of Changing Current Topics:

Embryonic Stem Cell Research looks at what the Bible says about this controversial topic. By focusing on key Scripture passages concerning the blessings of having children, God's work in procreation, and His prohibition against murder, the study clearly affirms that "life begins at conception" and advocates for responsible scientific and medical research that does not destroy human life.

Luther: The Man and the Movie looks at the controversial reformer's life as portrayed in the 2003 film, Luther, starring Joseph Fiennes. Scriptural, discussion-based questions will help participants appreciate Luther's confession of Christ and encourage them to "take a stand" for the true, biblical faith. (Click here to download the topic information.) 

Are You Passionate about "The Passion"? explores the groundbreaking film that sparked worldwide controversy and debate. Scriptural, thought-provoking questions and analysis of the movie will encourage participants to probe more deeply Jesus' unconditional love for us. (View all Changing CurrentTopics.)

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