Fall 2021 Sermon & Small Group Series

Discussion Questions

What is true & authentic community? Based not on skills, seasons of life, status, convenience, class, interests, or viewpoints?
What if there’s a different way? Individuals from all walks of life that are defined by ONE thing: following a person.
Let’s trade our twisted picture of community for a Jesus-shaped one.

Session 5 | week of 10/17/2021
Session 5 | week of 10/17/2021Download Study Guide
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The Reconciling Community | Forgiveness and reconciliation may seem like foreign concepts. When they do come up, they can feel forced and obligatory. The truth is, we can’t give away what we haven’t experienced ourselves. Jesus invites us to be conduits of forgiveness and grace, experiencing and giving away forgiveness because it was first given to us.
Session 6 | week of 10/24/2021
Session 6 | week of 10/24/2021Download Study Guide
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The Encouraging Community | An encourager is someone who gives you courage, a helper. In the Bible we are often reminded to be encouragers to one another. However, sometimes in our brokenness, we operate more as discouragers. Yes, it is true that we should discourage behaviors and attitudes that are not in line with God’s heart for us, but even then we are called to do so as an encourager rather than a discourager. Jesus is the ultimate encourager, helping his disciples live out of his grace and truth.
Session 7 | week of 10/31/2021
Session 7 | week of 10/31/2021Study Guide Coming Soon
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The Worshiping Community
Session 8 | week of 11/7/2021
Session 8 | week of 11/7/2021Study Guide Coming Soon
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The Generous Community
Session 1 | week of 9/19/2021
Session 1 | week of 9/19/2021Download Study Guide
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The Peculiar Community | The church of Jesus is called to be a peculiar community. Different from the world around us. But as it is with our pictures of God and ourselves, our pictures of community get twisted and we begin to believe the false narratives about what community means and does. In this series we’ll discover what it looks like to reclaim Jesus’ view of community and live together in such a way that the world will become curious about the peculiarly good and beautiful God we serve.
Session 2 | week of 9/26/2021
Session 2 | week of 9/26/2021Download Study Guide
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The Hopeful Community | We love to share good news with people in our lives! However, Jesus’ followers, in spite of having the BEST NEWS, are often reluctant to share their faith. The false narrative we tell ourselves is that we aren’t smart enough or qualified enough to share our faith—it is reserved for the religious elite. But what if all you need to share your faith is what you already have?
Session 3 | week of 10/3/2021
Session 3 | week of 10/3/2021Download Study Guide
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The Serving Community | The community of Jesus’ is marked by a commitment to serve others. While our world is consumed with “taking care of #1,” Jesus paints a picture of a community devoted to meeting the needs of others. The false narrative of the world tells us that we are in competition with one another for almost everything. Sometimes churches act as though they are in competition with one another. Join us this week as we learn from Jesus and how to look at the needs of others.
Session 4 | week of 10/10/2021
Session 4 | week of 10/10/2021Download Study Guide
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The Christ-Centered Community | Jesus consistently broke down the barriers that people used to distance and divide. His community is designed to reach out to all people with God’s grace and truth. The problem is that our broken and divided world has turned our differences into opportunities for fear rather than celebration. Even within the Church, differences in culture, worship, and minor beliefs have become reasons we use to keep others out. This week we explore God’s call to unity and how we might reflect his character to the world through our commitment to unity.
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RightNow Media

Shepherd is committed to helping you connect to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. That’s why we partner with RightNow Media, an online video streaming library with access to thousands of video Bible studies, leadership videos, and kids shows. This service is entirely free for you and your family.

RightNow Media is a great resource for small groups and individuals to grow in faith. Small group members following Bible studies found on RightNow Media can watch video sessions at group meetings or on their own outside of meeting time. You can also use RightNow Media to select curriculum for your own personal study time. Videos can be accessed from any computer or mobile device and be displayed on your TV using Apple TV, Roku, or Google Chromecast.

Curriculum Recommendations

There is a wealth of great curriculum for your group to study. While many of our favorite studies are available on RightNow Media, many others are not. In the listing below, any study tagged with RNM is available on RightNow Media. Many of these studies are also available to check out from the Shepherd Small Group library. Contact the small group team for availability.

Below are some excellent tried and true suggestions. Many more are available in our Small Group library. Please see the complete listing linked below.

Bookstores for finding and purchasing small group studies | Christianbook & Lifeway
The Leader Reader: Curriculum Issue

Ask It • Andy Stanley • 6 sessions, Video & Online Questions • RNM
Breathing Room • Andy Stanley • 4 sessions, Video & Online Questions on Northpoint Site • RNM
Colossians • Louie Giglio • 8 sessions, Video & Discussion Questions • RNM
Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table • Louie Giglio • 6 Sessions, Video & Study Guide
Dream Big • Bob Goff • 5 sessions, Video & Study Guide • RNM
Encounters with Jesus •Timothy Keller • Book, Discussion Questions by Julie Kramer
Forgotten God • Francis Chan • 7 sessions, Video & Study Guide • RNM
Goliath Must Fall • Louie Giglio • 6 sessions, DVD & Study Guide • RNM
Grace is Greater • Kyle Idleman • 5 sessions, Video & Study Guide • RNM
Greater • Steven Furtick • 4 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
H2O • Kyle Idleman • 7 sessions, Video & Study Guide • RNM
How’s Your Soul • Judah Smith • 6 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
I Said This, You Heard That • Kathleen Edelman • 6 Sessions, DVD & Workbook
James • Francis Chan • 12 sessions, Video & Discussion Questions • RNM
James • Matt Chandler • 13 sessions, Video & Study Guide
John 1-3 • Matt Chandler • 12 sessions, Video & Study Guide
Life Apps • Andy Stanley • 6 sessions, Video & Online Questions or Study Guide • RNM
Life Connections Study Bible • Discussion Questions for most passages of scripture 
Psalm 23 • Matt Chandler • 6 sessions, Video & Study Guide • RNM
Relatable • Louie Giglio • 6 Sessions, Video & Study Guidfe
Serendipity Bible • Discussion Questions for most passages of scripture
Suffer Strong • Jay & Katherine Wolf • 6 or 12 Sessions, Book/Discussion Guide
The Rock, the Road & the Rabbi • Kathie Lee Gifford & Rabbi Jason Sobel • 6 sessions, DVD & Study Guide • RNM
Through the Eyes of a Lion • Levi Lusko • 6 Sessions, Video & Study Guide
Traveling Light • Max Lucado • Book with Discussion Questions, Video • RNM
Watch Your Mouth • Tony Evans • 4 Sessions, Video & Study Guide • RNM
What on Earth Am I Here For? • Rick Warren • 6 Sessions, Video & Study Guide
Winning the War on Your Mind • Craig Groeschel • 12 Sessions, Book/Study Guide
10 Keys for Unlocking the Bible • Colin Smith • 10 Sessions, Video & Study Guide • RNM

20/20 • Christine Caine • 7 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
Finding God Faithful • Kelly Minter • 8 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
Finding I Am • Lysa TerKeurst • 6 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
Flourish: A Mentoring Journey • Passion City Church • 1 Year Mentoring Journey
Get Out of Your Head • Jennie Allen • 6 sessions, DVD & Study Guide • RNM
God of Covenant • Jen Wilken • 10 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
God of Creation • Jen Wilken • 10 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way • Lysa TerKeurst • 6 sessions, DVD, Book & Study Guide
Jesus and Women • Kristie McClelland • 7 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
Job • Lisa Harper • 7 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
Living Life Together • Shauna Niequist • 4 sessions, Video & Discussion Questions • RNM
Miracles of Jesus • Jennie Allen • 7 sessions, Video & Study Guide • RNM
Ruth • Kelly Minter • 6 sessions, Study Guide
Matchless • Angie Smith • 8 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
The Faithful • Shirer, Minter, Moore, Rothschild, Harper • 5 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
The Uncommon Woman • Susie Larson • 6 sessions, Book/Discussion Guide
Trustworthy • Lysa Terkeurst • 6 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
We Saved You A Seat • Lisa Jo Baker • 7 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
What Love Is • Kelly Minter • 7 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
Your Powerful Prayers • Susie Larson • 3, 6 or 12 sessions, Book/Discussion Guide

Fight • Craig Groeschel • 5 studies, DVD & Study Guide • RNM
Kingdom Heroes • Tony Evans • 6 sessions, DVD & Study Guide • RNM
Nine Attributes for Men • Vince Miller • 10 sessions, Video & Study Guide • RNM
No More Excuses • Tony Evans • 8 sessions, DVD & Study Guide
Play the Man • Mark Batterson • 4 sessions, Video & Study Guide • RNM
Shaken • Tim Tebow • 4 sessions, Video & Study Guide • RNM
The Book of James for Men • Vince Miller • 5 sessions, Video & Study Guide • RNM
Thirty Virtues that Build a Man • Vince Miller • 30 discussions, Study Guide
Wild at Heart • John Eldredge • Book & discussion questions

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