Starting Point Conversation Guide Revised Edition

Author: Zondervan,
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310817846
Format: PDF, Docs
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Everything has a starting point—your life, your relationships, your education, your career. Sometimes we forget that faith has a starting point as well. For some of us, our faith journeys began in childhood as a set of beliefs handed to us by a parent, teacher, or pastor. Maybe you developed a framework of faith based on personal experience. Or maybe you had no faith at all. Too often, a faith formed in childhood isn’t strong enough to withstand the pressures of adult life. But what if you could find a new starting point for faith? Welcome to Starting Point – an 8-session small group conversation about faith (DVD/digital video sold separately). Whether you’re new to faith, curious about God, or coming back to church after some time away, it’s a place where your opinions and beliefs are valued, and no question is off limits. During the eight sessions, you will: Use this Starting Point Conversation Guide to reflect on central questions of faith and life. Watch the video component each week in preparation or as part of the discussion. Explore and share what you’re learning with other people in a conversational environment. Come as you are and build relationships with others as you discover your starting point. SESSIONS INCLUDE: Start Problem Trust Rules Jesus Grace Faith Invitation Designed for use with the Starting Point Video Study (sold separately). Andy Stanley is the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Each Sunday, more than 36,000 people attend one of NPM’s six Atlanta-area churches. To learn more and to access free online resources, visit

Why in the World Participant s Guide

Author: Andy Stanley
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310682266
Format: PDF
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In this four-session video Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), bestselling author and pastor Andy Stanley takes a closer look at one of the unique things Christians believe: God became one of us. Why in the world would God do that? Why would God leave the comfort and recognition of heaven to live on this ball of dirt in a time before morphine and indoor plumbing when the best of conditions barely paralleled the worst of modern-day conditions? Why?We think we know why He died. But what compelled him to live as one of us? Sessions include: To Communicate and Demonstrate Like Son, Like Father Classless Putting Religion in Its Place As the founder of North Point Ministries—comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area serving more than 36,000 people weekly, as well as a network of 30 churches around the globe—Andy Stanley is uniquely positioned to reach an engaged and ever-growing ministry. Designed for use with the Why in the World Video Study (sold separately).

What Makes You Happy Participant s Guide

Author: Andy Stanley
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310085004
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Everybody wants to be happy. Everybody is on a happiness quest. For many, happiness is measured in moments. Experiences. It's elusive. Unsustainable. What about you? What makes you happy? Something comes to mind for each of us. In this six-session video Bible study, pastor Andy Stanley examines the ways in which we tend to define happiness and explains how that definition influences the way we pursue it. He reveals that happiness is about who, not what, and that happy people are at peace with God, with others, and with themselves. He also shows how sin undermines peace because it separates us from God, others, and ourselves by substituting pleasure for fulfillment, things for people, images for intimacy, and self-expression for self-control. We are often tempted to believe that happiness comes from acquiring things, but happiness is actually an outcome of what we sow in our lives. We can’t acquire, consume, or exercise our way to happiness, but we may be able to serve and volunteer our way there. In the end, we find that if we live as if it’s all about us, we will never be happy. Sessions include: Nothing Plan for It Peace with God Happy Money Shoes You’re Not Enough Designed for use with the What Makes You Happy DVD (sold separately).

Faith Reason and Compassion

Author: James Earl Gilman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742552715
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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What is the relationship between faith and reason? How should faith and reason situate themselves in relation to each other? These are the chief questions that James Gilman seeks to address in Faith, Reason, and Compassion: A Philosophy of the Christian Faith. An innovative new book in philosophy of religion, it treats the problems typical of the discipline in an untypical way, with a methodology that presupposes a particular religious tradition, in this case Christianity, and that reenfranchises emotions (e.g., compassion) as crucial to shaping solutions to philosophical problems. Developing a methodology on the basis of three principles: the principle of symmetry, asymmetry, and supersymmetry, Gilman confiscates these three terms from physics and deploys them collectively as a metaphor in service to a method whereby the problems belonging to philosophy of religion can be critically and constructively treated. While ideal for courses in philosophy of religion, this book stretches across disciplines and is also ideal for use in Christian ethics and theology courses.

Parenting a Grieving Child Revised

Author: Mary DeTurris Poust
Publisher: Loyola Press
ISBN: 082944257X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Whether it's a fish, a friend, or a family member, nearly every child will experience a loss in their early years, and the experience and feelings of a sad event can be confusing and scary. And when grief intrudes, children look to their parents and the adults in their lives to fix this pain, take away what they don’t understand, and show them how to handle their emotions. Parenting a Grieving Child provides practical and approachable resources for Catholic parents and other adult helpers who work with children to use the power and traditions of the Catholic faith to accompany children as they work through their grief in a healthy way. As author Mary DeTurris Poust points out, too often children are left out of the grieving process and their specific grief issues are not addressed, or are addressed in harmful ways. Children’s grief is real and powerful, and it needs to be acknowledged and validated by the adults who are accompanying them through the grieving process. Drawing from the traditions and practices of the Catholic faith, Parenting a Grieving Child provides the steps parents can take to help their child through one of life’s most difficult experiences.

Christian Doctrine

Author: Shirley C. Guthrie
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664253684
Format: PDF, Kindle
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CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE has introduced thousands to the tenets of the Christian faith. This newly revised edition reflects changes in teh church and society and takes into account new works in Reformed theology, gender references in the Bible, racism, pluralism, ecological developments and liberation theologies.