What is God’s mission? What is the mission of The Village Church? Village Identity explores what a maturing disciple looks like at The Village, focusing on the mission of the church: to bring glory to God by making disciples through gospel-centered worship, gospel-centered community, gospel-centered service and gospel-centered multiplication.
It’s crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do’s and don’ts—it’s falling in love with God.
In this study, The Pleasures of God, John Piper fully discusses the question: “What brings delight to the happiest Being in the universe?” The answer is crucial to joyful Christian maturity, because it’s knowing what makes God glad that we can drink deeply-and satisfying-from the only well that offers living water. What followers of Jesus need now, more than anything else, is to know and love-behold and embrace-the great, glorious, sovereign, happy God of the Bible.
This seven session Bible study series based on the book You and Me Forever from best-selling author Francis Chan and Lisa Chan, will challenge you to view your marriage like never before. These seven inspiring videos will help you dive deeper into the content of the book as you explore themes like:
Improve your marriage and reduce marital problems with Mark Gungor’s exclusive advice. Mark Gungor, one of the most sought-out speakers on love and marriage, explores the underlying dynamics of male/female relationships, combing striking clarity and practical solutions to common relationship woes. Mark’s humor makes his teaching enjoyable, effective and memorable, helping husbands and wives remember these insights and immediately put them to work.
The holiness of God describes both His majesty and the moral perfection of His character. In looking at our all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, perfectly holy God, we develop a better understanding of our call to holiness.
God can turn any marriage into a masterpiece. Your marriage and the marriages around you are colored by personalities, passions and experiences. Making marriage work is a divinely inspired art form. The Art of Marriage® consists of six video sessions that can be used in a one-day event or a weekend format, such as Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. Each participant also uses a manual that contains projects, articles and tips to help them live what they learn. The six dynamic sessions are: Love Happens: God’s Purpose and Plan Love Fades…
Most warning labels are not intended to present a positive message, but Dr. Gary Chapman includes this warning label in The Five Love Languages: “Understanding the five love languages and learning to speak the primary love language of your spouse may radically affect his or her behavior. People behave differently when their emotional love tanks are full.”
In this study, Dr. Chapman reveals how different people express love in different ways. What speaks love to you may be meaningless to your spouse. This study contains the key to understanding each other’s unique needs. Apply the right principles, learn the right language, and soon you’ll know the profound satisfaction and joy of being able to express your love-and feeling truly loved in return.
Join bestselling authors John and Stasi Eldredge in this group video study for married couples. Love & War’s eight-session DVD will help you take your marriage to a new level. With refreshing openness John and Stasi candidly discuss their own marriage and the insights they’ve gained from the challenges they’ve faced. Each talks independently about what they’ve learned, giving a good balance between the male and female perspectives. Put aside fantasies about fairytale marriages and find your way to genuine unity.
Inspired by the Song of Solomon, The Song is both a full-length movie and resources for churches to explore God’s plan for relationships, love and marriage. With straightforward Bible teaching through the Song of Solomon from pastor and bestselling author Kyle Idleman. The Song Small Group Study addresses real-world relationship issues like dating and romance, intimacy, conflict, restoration and cultivating true commitment.
With the deluge of communication around us—books, newspapers, blogs, journals, and magazines—all insisting that their view of the world is most compelling, which should we trust? This is no small question. In fact, our answer has eternal implications.
The ten-session Why We Believe the Bible Series and Study Guide are designed to help study groups and classes explore the claim that the Bible stands above all others as the book of books, pointing infallibly to the King of kings. Through the teaching of pastor John Piper and the five guided assignments per week, participants will study biblical texts and discuss probing questions to help them see why the Bible alone is worthy of our confidence.
Handling problems, making decisions, dealing with temptation, and succeeding in relationships are among the topics in this first set of lessons from the book of James.
Continue through to the end of the book of James and cover practical topics such as managing your mouth, avoiding arguments and facing the future.
Paul wrote a tough letter to a tough audience–quarreling believers at the church in Corinth. Taking on Tough Issues practically addresses important themes for living together in life of integrity. Engage in lively discussions as a group on real-life issues such as cliques in the church, wisdom, power plays, marriage, sexual immorality, discipline, worship, spiritual gifts, love and our hope in the resurrection.
In six 30-minute presentations, Pastor John Piper unpacks what it means to behold and delight in Jesus above all things.
In 2 Corinthians, the apostle Paul described one of the central problems facing humanity in every age: people fail to see Christ for who he is. Even those who have caught a glimpse of him do not see perfectly, says best-selling author John Piper. But it is important that we not only learn to see him but delight in him and the truth of the gospel.
This series and its companion study guide explore the meaning and significance of these ideas in a guided group study. Each of Piper’s six 30-minute presentations will equip Sunday school teachers, small group leaders, Christian educators, and parents in directing people’s understanding of these topics so that viewers will learn to behold and delight in Jesus more than anything this world has to offer.
Perhaps the greatest human question of all is the question of suffering: If God is good, why does He allow so much pain in the world? This is a question not often talked about in church, but Acts of God addresses it head on and doesn’t offer trite answers. A cinematic, six-episode small group study, Acts of God offers insight and hope as Pastor Bob Russell uses the biblical story of Joseph to explore how, in the face of personal pain or the suffering of those we love, we can trust in the Lord at all times.
The Explicit Gospel – DVD Leader Kit provides the DVDs and guidance for this 6-session adult Bible study. In an explanation that embraces the whole of Scripture, author Matt Chandler defines what the gospel is — and what it is not. Written with Chandler’s weighty and yet immediately understandable style, this Bible study includes the specifics of the gospel as well as its fullness, clearly outlining its massive implications on both personal and cosmic levels.
The Gospel of Past, Present, and Future
The Gospel Saves You
The Gospel Matures You
The Gospel Pushes You Out
The Gospel Holds You to the End
The Gospel Consummation
Twenty times in the New Testament, Jesus issued a compelling and challenging invitation to Follow Him. He’s not interested in mere fans. He doesn’t want enthusiastic admirers. He wants Completely Committed Followers. Based on the engaging approach of Kyle Idleman, this one-of-a-kind small group study examines what it means to deny one’s self and truly follow Jesus. This unconventional small group experience is a cinematic journey through a series of six mini-movies providing a unique perspective to help shape today’s believer into a first century Christ-follower. Follow the journey of Eric Nelson, a man leading a compartmentalized triple life as a pleasure-seeking rebel, a cutthroat corporate executive, and a nominal Christian. When confronted with a near death experience, Eric embarks on a spiritual journey that transforms his commitment to Jesus Christ and tests the faith of his friends and family.
John Piper awakens your group to the highest, best, final, and decisive good of the gospel, without which no other gifts would be good.
Some people say forgiveness makes the gospel good news. Others suggest that being saved from hell or gaining freedom from a guilty conscience makes it good news. But the Bible tells us the gospel is good news not because of its many peripheral blessings, but because it brings us to God—and to utter delight in him as our all-sufficient and everlasting treasure.
This series and its companion Study Guide dynamically explore the ultimate good of the good news in a guided group study featuring the teaching of Pastor John Piper. Each of his six 30-minute sessions will enable you to guide others to embrace God as the gospel in every area of their lives.
God is sovereign. He is the Creator. He governs. He rules. He works. The purpose behind all of this creating and governing and leading is that God might display His infinite perfections to creation and that He might be obeyed, enjoyed and worshiped.
Beneath our tangible landscape lurks an invisible spiritual realm where unseen battles rage. It’s real. And it’s dangerous. If you’re prepared to remove the blinders and gaze into this unseen world, Chip Ingram is ready to take you there.
Hang on to your seat. It’s going to be a journey inside the very folds of our Bibles, a journey that will teach us about our greatest foe, Satan, also known as Lucifer, Dragon, Serpent, and Son of the Morning Star.
Although this lying thief comes to “steal, kill, and destroy,” God details in His Word the battle plan to uncover Satan’s cunning deceptions and to resist his sinister schemes. The cosmic conflict exploding all around us will have eternal implications, for us and those we love. This eight-part series by Chip Ingram will help you prepare to do spiritual battle with the enemy of your soul- and win! You’ll learn how to clothe yourself with God’s “spiritual armor” so you can be confident of your certain victory over the scheming enemy.
Through this six-session small group study, The Faith, Charles Colson articulates the foundational truths of Christianity and how they compare to other belief systems.
The Faith small group study will serve Christians – and non-Christians – for decades to come. Chuck Colson and Gabe Lyons lead you through six thought-provoking, soul-searching, and powerful sessions on the great, historical central truths of Christianity that have sustained believers through the centuries. Brought to immediacy with vivid, true stories, the truth of what Christianity is about and why it is a religion of hope, redemption, and beauty.
In this study, Desiring God John Piper explains how the supreme calling of life is to “glorify God by enjoying Him forever.”
Drawing upon Scripture after Scripture, Piper shows why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God and, in what may be surprising to some, how God is ready to pursue with all His might our pleasure in Him! The implications of this truth are discussed in regard to conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering.
Each day we wake to a spiritual war that rages within us. In order to effectively fight this war, we have to be equipped with a knowledge of the tactics Satan uses to ensnare us. Do not let yourself be exposed. Learn the powerful defenses and comforts that God promises.
Within this 7 session series for small groups, Pastor Rick teaches how to overcome the 3 essential kinds of temptations that Satan uses to influence us: Passion, Possession, and Position. If we expect to win the battle against temptation, it is critical that we know how to fight the predictable ways that Satan tempts us.
In the New York Times bestselling book The Reason for God, Timothy Keller established himself as a modern-day C. S. Lewis who brings together faith and intellect, theology and popular culture, modern-day objections and historic Christian beliefs. Now fans of the book will find resources to help them engage with those same objections, drawing on recent scholarship and debates.
The Reason for God curriculum can be used individually, in groups, or by any believer who is engaging with friends who don’t share his or her beliefs. Christians will be challenged to wrestle with their friends and neighbors’ hardest questions, and to engage those questions in ways that will spark an honest, enriching, and humbling dialogue.
The Reason for God curriculum captures a live and unscripted conversation between Timothy Keller and six panelists discussing their objections to Christianity.
The SoulCare Experience based on the book SoulTalk by Dr. Larry Crabb, is exploding with insights into Spiritual Formation, and the real battle in the human soul. This 12-lesson DVD course offers a practical model for understanding how God changes us from self-obsessed to God-obsessed people, and how in our relationships we can cooperate with this process.
There are plenty of people who insist that the command to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind doesn’t really obligate us to enjoy God above all things. “Joy and delight are emotions,” they say, “and this kind of love must simply be a decision of the will, not a feeling.”
Yet as John Piper teaches in this series and its companion When I Don’t Desire God Study Guide, emotions are commanded everywhere in Scripture. They’re not just instructions to think a certain way but to feel a certain way. So loving God above all else is not merely about our actions but about our hearts.
Though we don’t have complete control of our emotions, eternity hangs on the presence of proper affections for God. Therefore, the fight for joy is not optional. It is essential.
Designed to be used in a guided group study, each 30-minute teaching of Piper’s will serve as a tool to help Sunday school teachers, small group leaders, retreat speakers, and parents to bolster their members in the all-important fight for joy.
In God is Closer than You Think, Ortberg reveals the face of God waiting to be discovered in the complex mosaic of your life. This insightful and impactful small group study will help you:
– Find God where you least expect him
– Listen to God’s voice
– Identify which pathway of relationship you’re uniquely designed to travel
– Align yourself with the flow of the Holy Spirit
– Draw closer to God even when he seems absent
This Participant Guide is designed for use together with the God Is Closer Than You Think DVD (sold separately) and includes discussion questions for individuals and groups. When used together they provide you with a practical tool than can transform your faith.
4 Sessions for the conference edition also on Right Now Media
Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure… and perhaps trying to avoid sin. Yet as John Piper teaches in this series and its companion materials, God has designed us for far more than this. We just have to awaken to the simple, biblical reality that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
In this workbook companion to Forgotten God, author Francis Chan reminds us of the true source of the church’s power—the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and that without Him, we operate in our own strength, only accomplishing human-sized results. Offering a compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives the workbook is designed to initiate and facilitate both individual study, and small group discussion, interaction and practical application of the message of Forgotten God.
The workbook will stand alone, or can be used alongside the Forgotten God DVD Study Resource. Francis’ thought-provoking teaching makes this a valuable workbook resource for individual study, a seven-week small group study, churches, youth groups, and college campus ministries—and perfect for retreat weekends.
The #1 producer of premarital counseling resources brings you the most cutting edge series they have ever released. Marriage 101: Back to the Basics goes straight to the heart of the crucial issues that face marriage today. Dr. Gary and Barb Rosberg, Dave Ramsey and Dr. H. Norman Wright address Conflict Resolution, Money, Sexual Intimacy and much more. These respected Christian Counselors combine to make Marriage 101—Back to the Basics the best in premarital coaching and marriage enrichment.
True faith produces fruit. A faith without action and without life change is ultimately a dead faith. The book of James speaks to the realities of a living faith in Jesus—the kind of roll-up-your-sleeves and get-your-hands-dirty discipleship that is borne out of an authentic relationship with the risen Lord. James writes to believers who know suffering, who’ve faced trials, and who ultimately desire a deep relationship with God.
Francis Chan unpacks the dense truth contained in the book of James in front of the iconic backdrop of San Francisco, the city where he lives and ministers. Through 12 sessions, Francis works through James verse-by-verse, challenging followers of Christ to move beyond a private, intellectual knowledge of God and His Word, to a vibrant faith that impacts every square inch of life.
Video sessions are between 7-12 minutes.
In this study, John Piper reveals how the journey to freedom in the Christian life requires a deeper awareness of the expansive reach of God and his extraordinary grace. Victory over sin comes not from a herculean effort to avoid worldly pleasures, but through fixing one’s focus on the reality that God is far more desirable than even life itself. His grace is not only past, but future.
This study taps John Piper’s biblical understanding on how a life of purity can be recovered through the power of God’s future grace-streaming into our present through faith. Delighting in the bounty of God’s promises frees us from sinful patterns, to the glory of Christ!
God saves people from all walks of life, but He doesn’t just save us. He saves us into a body of believers called the Church. God is using His Church to spread the gospel, as we are called to be the salt and light of the world. To live out this calling, we must allow the gospel to change and shape every aspect of our lives.
The Christmas Experience is a 6-week small group study that examines the Christmas story in detail, helping groups (and families) prepare for the Christmas season. Each episode will focus on how God chose each individual in the Christmas story for a specific purpose. Those participating in The Christmas Experience study will be able to find themselves in the Christmas story, as they learn that what happened then changes everything now.
Is God concerned about your financial situation? What does the Bible have to say about debt? What is the most important thing to know about money?
In these three engaging 30-minute session shot at LifeChurch.tv, Dave Ramsey, a personal money management expert, popular national radio and television personality, and the best-selling author of Financial Peace and The Total Money Makeover, looks to Scripture as he discusses several critical issues about your personal finances.
God calls us to be a people of prayer, desperately depending on Him to move and transform hearts and lives. In this series, The Village Church focuses on three prayer topics: racial reconciliation, the sanctity of human life and the nations.
The Easter Experience brings the passion, and resurrection of Jesus to life through dramatic storytelling and challenging teaching done in a highly cinematic style. Through these in-depth teachings, your small group will grow spiritually, bonding with each other as well as with the eternal message of Easter.
Nehemiah centers on the Lord’s providential protection of His people and the expected response of obedience and faithfulness in prayer and praise. This series explores the importance of God’s Word, the reality of opposition, God’s power to restore broken lives and the need for prayer.
The True Beauty films invite women into an authentic conversation about God’s Word. Together with Lisa, viewers will explore the spiritual practices and truths of living life in Christ.
In Be Still, Lisa explores the pressures, perceptions, and expectations that women face and inspires viewers to let go of these lies that keep them busydoing things and encourages them to enjoy being at the feet of Jesus.
Each film in the series weaves Lisa’s teaching with another woman’s story of discovery. Rich in Scripture and practical application, these unique films are ideal for small groups or individuals as they point women to the freeing discovery that true beauty lies in the heart.
In a culture where the foundations of attraction, love, marriage, and sex are rapidly eroding, Matt Chandler offers an eternal, counter-intuitive perspective from the biblical book Song of Solomon. Scripture says we’re to nurture our hearts above all else – Yet we are inundated with songs, movies, and advice that contradicts and cheapens God’s design for love and intimacy.
Matt Chandler, one of today’s top Christian voices, helps navigate these issues for both singles and married. In the Mingling of Souls, he reveals the process Solomon himself followed – Attraction, Courtship, Marriage…even Arguing.
Used and loved throughout the world, the Song of Solomon series teaches the Biblical design for relationships. For both singles and married couples, this exegetical study follows Solomon’s relationship from attraction to dating and courtship, marriage and intimacy to resolving conflict, keeping romance alive, and committing to the end. This 10th Anniversary Edition (released in 2005) updates Tommy Nelson’s original study with updated teaching and added features.
The Colossians series looks at the person of Jesus Christ and who He is. Covering the history of Rome and how it was believed to be the great salvation, this series points to the true source of salvation, Jesus Christ, asking the question, “Where have you put your hope?”
Join author and pastor Timothy Keller in Gospel in Life—an eight-week video based study of the gospel and how to live it out in your everyday life.
In week one you and your group will study the city, your home now, the world that is. Week eight closes with the theme of the eternal city, your heavenly home, the world that is to come. In between you’ll learn how the gospel can change your heart, your community, and how you live in this world.
What do you say about who Jesus is? What about your friends? What does our culture say about Jesus? There is no greater question. No one is more loved and hated than Jesus. “To some an aroma of life. To others an aroma of death.”
Features 12 teaching sessions by Mark Driscoll. This study of the life of Jesus calls us all to examine the Truth about Him in a world that desires to water down or even exclude some of the key points in scripture relating to who Jesus was and how He changed history.
The King is coming. Jesus Christ has come and will come again. This is the hope of the Church whom He purchased with His blood. It is the eager expectation and desire of His people. His coming is our joy, for He is our treasure, our greatest good.
PRAYER: Are we doing church the way the Bible instructs us? Are we supposed to gather in a building once a week to sing a few songs and hear someone else talk about God? Are we really supposed to take Communion facign forward in silence, eating dry wafers and drinking wine from tiny plastic cups? Is that the church Jesus ask His followers to create?
FELLOWSHIP: Are we doing church the way the Bible instructs us? Are we supposed to gather in a building once a week to sing a few songs and hear someone else talk about God? Are we really supposed to take Communion facing forward in silence, eating dry wafers and drinking wine from tiny plastic cups? Is that the church Jesus ask His followers to create?
TEACHING: Are we doing church the way the Bible instructs us? Are we supposed to gather in a building once a week to sing a few songs and hear someone else talk about God? Are we really supposed to take Communion facign forward in silence, eating dry wafers and drinking wine from tiny plastic cups? Is that the church Jesus ask His followers to create?
COMMUNION: What were God’s intentions for communion? Jesus clearly tells us to “do this” so we remember Him and the sacrifice He made for us. But is there more to it than that? Why was the first communion an intimate gathering with Jesus’s twelve disciples, instead of the multitudes following Him? Why did early believers go from home to home for the Lord’s Supper? Because biblical church is about true community; it’s an intimate, full-time commitment with fellow believers to fear, follow, be filled, fellowship, teach, pray, and remember. Together. Because we are church.
Join Francis Chan in these unique study sessions as he encourages Christians to examine the early church and consider returning to the concept of church described in the Bible.
We’ve all had an “aha moment” in our lives, an insight that changes everything. With everyday examples and trademark testimonies, best-selling author Kyle Idleman draws on Scripture to reveal how three key elements—awakening, honesty, action—can produce the same kind of “aha!” in our spiritual lives.
In trademark City on a Hill style, the AHA Small Group Study marries straightforward bible teaching and cinematic storytelling. In it, three modern-day prodigals seek life apart from the Father, find themselves alone and desperate in their own distant country, and are faced with their AHA moment.
Join Matt Chandler, Teaching Pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, TX, as he walks us through this most intimate of all Paul’s letters and paints a beautiful picture of what it is to be a mature Christian.
The story begins in Philippi where Paul introduces three individuals that were all enslaved by the kind of things that we often choose over the gospel: Lydia, the Business Executive, The Little Slave Girl, and The Hard Working Jailer.
Their lives portray dysfunction and emptiness, but are totally transformed by the Gospel. True joy and Christ’s love begin to live within them, giving them a life of purpose. In fact, Paul himself was enslaved and then by God’s grace and mercy he could pen these popular and profound words: To Live is Christ and to Die is Gain. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
What you believe about God changes everything. Knowing God as He is will lift your spirits and transform your entire perspective. Yet so many people think of God as unloving, uncaring, or unknowable.
Devote 50 days of your life to intentionally noticing and studying God’s messages to you about Himself. They’re everywhere. In God Is you’ll get a crisp, engaging introduction to what the Bible, creation, and some of history’s greatest thinkers really teach about God. What you find will surprise and renew you!