Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship resources can be a good choice for small group Bible studies.
Small group members may have many different family, religious, and cultural backgrounds. Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship resources such as The Story of Hope do not assume that participants have any prior knowledge of God or the Bible, and provide a solid understanding of the “Big story” of the Bible.
The Story of Hope Workbook - English Version
A time-flexible resource for presenting the Bible’s big redemptive story in as few as fifteen minutes or as long as twenty or more hours. Designed for evangelistic Bible studies, one-on-one or in small groups, but also helpful in teaching God’s redemptive plan to believers. Includes a study of 40 Bible events (20 Old Testament and 20 New Testament) and Bible maps. 64 pages and plastic coil binding. FREE Leader's Guide and FREE Classroom Facilitator Guide available as downloads from this site.
The Story of Hope is an ideal resource for small group Bible studies. The workbook format of The Story of Hope is designed for participants to be actively engaged in Bible study. It is equally as effective in evangelistic Bible studies as it is for studies with Christian groups. Many Christians who have participated in a study of The Story of Hope have commented: "Now I understand how the Bible fits together!" And many people have come to faith in Jesus Christ through The Story of Hope.
Includes 40 Bible events from God's redemptive story, presented chronologically—one page per event, each with a Bible-event image and questions that lead participants into study of the Bible texts. Also, includes Bible maps to locate where those Bible events occurred in real historical time.
Also includes the Chronological Bridge to Life— eight concepts
that summarize the Bible's BIG Story:
- Man -
- Death -
- Cross -
The study concludes with a Personal Faith Response page.
The Story of Hope Workbook Leader's Guide (64 Page Coil-Bound Edition) - Download
A leader's guide for The Story of Hope Workbook (64 page coil-bound edition) . FREE DOWNLOAD.
If you want to lead a simple questions-based discussion study all you need is the FREE downloadable Leader's Guide for The Story of Hope. The Leader's Guide is a professionally designed 100+ page guide containing answers to the questions in the study, as well as tips as to how to handle certain issues or questions that may come up. Great for one-on-one studies or group studies with very small groups.
If your group consists of only Christ-followers, you might want to give each group member a copy of the Leader's Guide and assign each of them to lead one or more studies. Great preparation for them to lead studies on their own.
Ken & Leah, missionaries to northern Mexico
Everyone loves a good story. Stories captivate us. They make us laugh. They draw us in. Stories can transform a thick wall into an open door. Did you know the Bible contains more than 500 stories? And God has woven these stories together to tell one amazing story — the story of humankind’s timeless and universal need, and of God’s unique and perfect provision.
About ten life groups from our church meet weekly in people’s homes. The pastor wants to bring these cell groups back to their original focus of evangelism and has asked us for ideas and if we would help with training the leaders. The materials we received in The Roots of Faith courses this summer are a perfect fit, with the vision God has given — we are thrilled to be involved! We will be using a more condensed version of The Roots of Faith, called The Story of Hope. It is a dynamic, chronological study of 40 key stories from the Old and New Testaments. In each story, God reveals more of Himself, and His characteristics, and over the course of the study we get a panoramic view of God’s plan to provide for our greatest need.
If you want to lead a study that accomplishes a similar purpose as the one described above, but involves a wide variety of FUN learning activities, you may want to use the Class Facilitator's Guide for The Story of Hope. This guide is a complete curriculum plan for 31 class sessions.
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Class Facilitator's Guide for The Story of Hope - Hard Copy
Printed curriculum and instruction guide for facilitating a class through The Story of Hope in 31 engaging, interactive, and fun class sessions!
The Story of Hope - Condensed (Packet of 5)
This is a pocket-sized 20 event version of The Story of Hope. Use this version to either share God's story of redemption with someone "high on the GSED Scale", or to create an interest for a complete study of The Story of Hope. Comes in Packet of 5.
Pocket-size edition of The Story of Hope. Contains 20 events from the Bible's redemptive story—10 from the Old Testament and 10 from the New Testament, plus the Chronological Bridge to Life. Good resource for your small group members to use to introduce others to The Story of Hope.
The Story of Hope App
Free Mobile app. Forty beautifully visualized Bible events (20 Old Testament and 20 New Testament) that summarize the Bible's Big Story of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation.
Carry The Story of Hope on your mobile phone or iPad. All 40 Bible event-images found in The Story of Hope, plus the Chronological Bridge to Life in a mobile app. Available for Apple or Android devices. Also, a FREE 20 events version available: The Story of Hope—Condensed.
The Way to Joy - English Version
A leader-guided foundational Bible study workbook, intended primarily for use as an evangelistic follow-up discipleship study. New 64-page spiral bound edition.
The Way to Joy is a basic discipleship resource for new believers, or for people who have professed faith in Jesus Christ but have never been discipled—never been taught the basic steps in beginning to follow Jesus Christ. The ten-lessons study begins with a chronological overview of the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, and the Chronological Bridge to Life. Then, it introduces the participant to these key foundational discipleship topics:
The Way to Joy Leader's Guide (2016 Edition) - Download
For use with the 2016 Edition of The Way to Joy - 64 pages, spiral bound. 44 pages. FREE DOWNLOAD
If you want to lead a very simple discussion study, based on The Way to Joy, you will want to use the Leader's Guide for The Way to Joy—a FREE download. The guide provides answers to the questions in the workbook, as well as an instructional guide for when to do what, and how to do it. The Leader's Guide makes it easy, for even novice study leaders, to conduct small group discussions.
It's great for one-on-one discipleship or for very small groups. But, if you want to lead a more lively, creative kind of study, you might want to consider the Class Facilitator's Guide.
The Leader's Guide is a 44 page professionally designed document and FREE for you to download.
Class Facilitator's Guide for The Way to Joy (2017 Edition) - Download
FREE DOWNLOAD. Curriculum plan / facilitator guide for leading a basic discipleship class using The Way to Joy in 13 class sessions. 42 pages.
If you prefer to lead a study that is more active, with a wide variety of learning activities that get your members moving around the room, interacting with various other participants, and keeps the class atmosphere light and lively, then the Class Facilitator's Guide is probably your best option.
This guide is a complete curriculum plan for 13 group sessions. Not only does it cover the content in the workbook, but it is also designed to equip and encourage group members to use The Way to Joy to disciple others. The final session, for example is called "It's Your Turn." It's a great resource for making disciples who make disciples.
Patricia, Boulder, CO
I took a small group of Hispanic women through La Historia de la Esperanza and they are wanting to continue to grow in faith in Jesus through the next study book, The Way to Joy. Gracias!
A FREE leader's guide for using 20 Bible events from The Story of Hope with members of the Millennials generation, as well as others. For use in telling and teaching the Bible's redemptive story as a metanarrative that people can understand and embrace. More than 100 pages of material, beautifully and professionally designed. Teaching resources included.
106 Professionally Designed Pages - FREE
Designed for evangelism with people who enjoy stories and story telling. Connects “where they are in life” to major redemptive story events in the Bible.
Perfect for informal small groups. Activities engage participants in learning key Bible stories well enough that they can tell the stories to others. Each session also focuses on learning about God—the God of the Bible—who He is, what He is like, and what He has done.
71 Professionally Designed Pages - FREE
Designed for basic discipleship with Christ-followers who love to learn through hearing or telling stories. A complete curriculum plan for small group gatherings. Loaded with creative FUN activities.
Participants compare their own struggles and steps of spiritual growth with characters in the Bible. Questions-activities provoke them to think of their own lives and what they can do to become more-committed followers of Jesus.
GrowthStories is a first steps discipleship tool that can be used with secondary oral learners or that can be adapted and used with primary oral learners. The stories themselves, the interactive re-telling activities, and the format are conducive to helping newly saved Millennials grow in their new-found faith. With adaptations, the principles will work with tribal people as well. Such important topics as assurance, prayer, Bible study, the Spirit-controlled life, evangelism, the local church, and more are developed through telling Bible events. The "Growing with God" section allows you to help motivated disciples to dig deeper.
Every movie or novel has a central storyline, a plot. And you can teach small group participants the central storyline of the Bible in your small group ministry. They can learn to think their way through the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, using these “Hooks”—25 major Bible eras.
Activities for teaching Hooks are FUN for participants of all ages.
And there are FREE helps to guide you in the process of leading Hooks sessions.
Hooks for Hanging the Old Testament Storyline
A student worksheet designed to help teach participants to grasp an overview of the Old Testament in a 50 minute to 2 hour session.
Ariel, Filipino visiting in New Jersey
My latest Hooks for Hanging the Bible’s Storyline workshop was last Saturday in a Bible study in the home of the owner of Sam Ash Music Stores in Bayonne, NJ. Several very diverse cultures were represented in the group (Filipino, Russian, German, American, African, Hispanic, Arab, and Jewish). They were amazed and enjoyed it - and everyone understood. Some said, “I finally got it!” “I’ll read my Bible again.”
The Chronological Bridge to Life Visuals
Set of 8 laminated teaching visuals focusing on 8 essential truths.
How to Use the ChronoBridge to Life DVD & Card Set
This ten minute video presentation illustrates how to use the Chronological Bridge (ChronoBridge) to Life in presenting God’s story of hope.
The Chronological Bridge to Life Cards
These playing-size cards are designed to be used in presenting the "ChronoBridge to Life" in personal witnessing.
Gaining Ground with Good Soil is a seminar in a narrative format—a story of missionaries who learned, from experience and from Bible study, how to share God's story of hope in a world of competing faiths and cultures. You and your group can learn a lot from them! Not only will your group enjoy the "ride," they will also be better equipped for Great Commission ministry when the journey is over.
The FREE Leader's Guide was created for use in informal small group studies, as well as more formal class settings.Learn More About Gaining Ground with Good Soil
Gaining Ground with Good Soil
Want to understand more about Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship? This is the place to start! NEW Visually Enhanced 2016 Edition - An evangelism and discipleship training narrative that is a scaled-down version of the Good Soil E&D seminar in a narrative format. Full color throughout.
Gaining Ground with Good Soil - Audiobook
A 4 hours and 7 minutes audio narrative that will help you understand worldview-relevant evangelism and discipleship and their importance in a world of competing faiths and cultures. A professionally produced audio book version of Gaining Ground with Good Soil.
Gaining Ground with Good Soil Leader's Guide - Download
A free instructor's guide for leading a group of students through Gaining Ground with Good Soil. Includes a wide variety of creative and interactive teaching methods. Great for Sunday school classes or small group Bible studies. 2016 edition.
Gaining Ground with Good Soil Supplemental Teaching Resources - Download
A free set of teaching resources to be used in conjunction with the Leader's Guide for Gaining Ground with Good Soil. Resources designed to make class learning more enjoyable and more effective. 2016 edition.
Looking for a small group curriculum for the "long haul"—like two full years?
Take a look at The Roots of Faith.
In order to learn how to lead a small group study using The Story of Hope, The Way to Joy, Hooks resources, or Gaining Ground with Good Soil, we recommend that you attend our Good Soil Seminar, Trainer Certification workshop, and Hooks for Hanging the Bible's Storyline workshop.
You can accomplish all of that in three days in May or October at ABWE - the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism near Harrisburg, PA.
The Moving Beyond Lecture workshop, offered in October at ABWE, near Harrisburg, PA, provides practical small group ministry facilitator training.
It includes training related to two key skills that are essential for small group leaders:
Good Soil Training and Resource Catalog
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