Small Group Resources

All of the curriculum listed below is available to Acts 2 Small Groups. If you would like to reserve any of the curriculum or would like more information, please contact our Program Coordinator, Hilary Hoffman.

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Biblical Studies

3:16 by Max Lucado

Description: 12-session study unpacking the message of John 3:16.
Qty.: 1 Small Group Guide, 1 Book

The Acts of the Apostles: The New Daily Study Bible by William Barclay

Acts – Life Change Series edited by Karen Lee-Thorp

Description: Provide a firm foundation of understanding, instruction on how to study a book of the Bible, historical background and context for reading, message of the book as a whole, how to let scripture transform you into Christ’s image.

Qty: 6 Books

Be Still and Know That I Am God by Bill Donahue, Amy and Judge Reinhold

Description: 4-session study on listening for God’s “still, small voice” and learning the ancient practice of lectio divina – a form of contemplative prayer.

Qty: 1 DVD, 1 Leader’s Guide, 1 Participant’s Guide

Get Acquainted With Your Bible by Gary L. Ball-Kilbourne

Description: A basic introduction to the Bible that’s easy to use and easy to understand.

Qty.: 2 Leaders Guide, 23 Participant Guides

God’s Masterwork Bible Study Guide: Matthew through 1 Thessalonians by Charles R. Swindoll

Description: An overview of Matthew through 1 Thessalonians that lays a foundation for a lifetime of personal Bible study and application.

God’s Masterwork Bible Study Guide: 2 Thessalonians through Revelation by Charles R. Swindoll

Description: An overview of 2 Thessalonians through Revelation that lays a foundation for a lifetime of personal Bible study and application.

Gospel in Life: Grace Changes Everything by Timothy Keller

Description: 8-session DVD series on the gospel, looking at how the gospel changes your heart, your community and how you live in the world.

Qty: 1 DVD, 6 Study Guides

The Gospel of Luke, Revised Edition: The New Daily Study Bible by William Barclay

Gospel of Mark: Exploring the Life of Jesus

Description: 13-session or 26-session Bible study exploring the book of Mark, which William Barclay argues is the most important book in the world.

Invitation to John: A Short-term Disciple Bible Study

Description: 11-session DVD based study that builds on the Disciple Bible Study series focusing on the book of John.

Qty: 1 DVD, 1 Leader’s Guide, 1 Participant’s Guide

Invitation to Psalms: A Short-term Disciple Bible Study

Description: Eleven Session DVD based study that builds on the Disciple Bible Study series focusing on the book of Psalms.

Qty: 1 DVD, 1 Participant Guide

Jesus’ Parables of Grace by James W. Moore

Description: Examines six of Jesus’ thought-provoking parables of grace.

Qty: 2 Books

Journey Through the Bible: Matthew by Van Bogard Dunn

Description: 14-session study of the Book of Matthew.

Joy in Serving Christ: A Study of Philippians by Jerald Jackson

Description: 4-session study of Philippians that calls us to live a life worth of the name of Christ.

Qty: 3 Participant Guides

Mastering the Basics: 1 John by Lyman Coleman and Richard Peace

Description: 7-session or 13-session study on the book of 1 John.

Qty: 8 Study Guides

The Old Testament Roots of Our Faith by Paul J. Achtemeier and Elizabeth Achtemeier

Description: 8-chapter study helping provide a basic understanding of the relationship between the Old and New Testaments with respect to salvation’s drama.

Parables of Jesus by J. Ellsworth Kalas

Description: 9 Self-contained sessions with new insight to some of your most troubling or most beloved parables.

The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller

Description: 6 video session guide to one of Jesus’ best known, but least understood parable – The Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Qty: 1 DVD Set, 1 Discussion Guide, 6 Books

Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible: Flawed Women Loved by a Flawless God by Liz Curtis Higgs

Description: A look at the matriarchs of scripture.

Qty: 2 Books, 10 Chapters

The Song of Solomon Classic by Tommy Nelson

Description: 12-session study addressing the art of attraction, dating, courtship, intimacy, conflict, romance, and commitment.

Together in Christ: Teamwork

Description: 12-session study on the book of Ephesians.

Qty.: 3 Books

Troublesome Bible Passages by Douglas E. Wingeier and David Lowes Watson

Description: 23 lessons addressing 23 of the most troublesome passages of the Bible in a way that brings out the transforming message in each passage.

Qty.: 1 Leader’s Guide, 4 Books

Shepherd Leadership: Wisdom for Leadership from Psalm 23 by Blaine McCormick

Description: Today’s professionals need reliable models to teach them how to become better leaders. Revitalize leadership skills with wisdom from the World’s best-known bible passage – Psalm 23.

Qty.: 1 Book

Christian Care

Christian Caregiving: A Way of Life by Kenneth C. Haugh

Description: Challenges and equips readers to care for others in a distinctively Christian way.

Qty.: 1 Leader’s Guide, 16 Books

Creation Care edited by Kelli B. Trujillo from the Current Issues Bible Study Series

Description: Eight session study that gets to the heart of commonly held beliefs about our world and our place in it and what scripture says about creation care.

Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to Relate to Those Who are Suffering by Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D.

Description: Practical examples and specific suggestions about what to say or do – and what notto say or do when someone is hurting due to any number of difficult life experiences.

Better Together: What on earth are we here for? by Rick Warren

Description: This 40 days community workbook will help you discover what WE are here for. Community is key. This study is a sequel study to the 40 days of purpose, taking you to the next level of the importance of community.

Qty.: 1 Book


Becoming a Contagious Christian by Mark Mittelberg, Lee Strobel, and Bill Hybels

Description: Eight session video series designed to equip believers for effective evangelism in today’s world, avoiding stereotypical approaches that intimidate many people.  It shows ordinary believers how they can share the Gospel in a natural and powerful way while being the person God made them to be.

Qty.: 1 VHS, 1 Leader’s Guide, 5 Participant’s Guides

Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybells with Ashley Wiersma

Description: 4-session video series on simple steps for pointing people to faith.

Qty.: 2 DVDs, 2 Leader’s Guides, 32 Participant’s Guides

Jesus (The Life Of)

Up Close & Personal: Jesus

Description: 7-session or 13-session study on the person of Jesus.

Qty.: 7 Study Guides

Jesus the One and Only by Beth Moore

Description: 11-session study that gives a close up and intimate portrait of the life of Jesus the Messiah.

Qty.: 2 Study Guides

Lent (Seasonal)

Easter From The Back Side by J. Ellsworth Kalas

Description: A look beyond the traditional Gospel scriptures to connect the story of Christ’s resurrection with other stories and scriptures throughout the Bible, including both the Old and New Testaments.

Qty.: 1 Study Guide

Final Words From the Cross by Adam Hamilton

Description: 7-session DVD series providing insight into Jesus’ final words at the cross through the perspective of those who witnessed the crucifixion.

Qty.: 1 DVD, 1 Leader’s Guide, 2 Books

Hard to Dance with the Devil on Your Back by Ray Buckley

Description: 7-session Lenten study that looks at the transcendent struggle in the lives of believers, while helping us enter the continually crumbling world surrounding Jesus and the disciples in the days preceding Easter.

Qty.: 5 Books

We Are An Easter People: The Triumph of God’s Love in Our Lives by John and Andrienne Carr

Description: 5-session study that helps us experience more of the Easter power, a power which turns strangers into gifts, wounded people into healers, self-centered people into servants, victims into victors, and people who seem to have very little into wealthy investors.

Qty.: 1 Leader’s Guide

Christmas & Advent (Seasonal)

Not a Silent Night by Adam Hamilton

Description: This book looks through the eyes of Mary during Jesus life time. This book begins with the crucifixion and ends with the birth of her son, Jesus. Come experience advent with Mary.

Qty.: 2 Books and 1 Leader’s Guide


Fireproof Your Marriage

Description: 6-session video study on how to love better, to love first, and to love for a lifetime.

Qty.: 1 DVD, 1 Leader’s Guide, 1 Participant’s Guide

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Description: Revelation of how different people express love in different ways and how to apply these principles in relationship with others.

Qty.: 2 Books, 1 Mini Version

How to Live With Them Since You Can’t Live Without Them by Becky & Roger Tirbassi

Description: Interactive questions, how-to’s, guidelines, and homework assignments to help you live with and love your partner. Helps for developing, achieving, and maintaining successful relationships.

Marriage: Learning From Couples in Scripture by R. Paul & Gail Stevens

Description: 12-session study exploring stories of couples in the Bible and looking at how these examples can strengthen your understanding of the marriage covenant and deepen the spiritual dimension of your life together.

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

Description: 6-Session video study designed to shift the focus from marital enrichment to spiritual enrichment in ways that can help you love your mate more and create a marriage that can help you walk closer with God.

Qty.: 1 DVD Set, 1 Leader’s Guide, 4 Participant Guides

The Song of Solomon Classic: A Study of Love, Marriage, Sex and Romance by Tommy Nelson

Description: 12 30-minute sessions that addresses the art of attraction, dating, courtship, intimacy, conflict, romance, and commitment.

Qty.: 2 Study Guides

Men’s Studies

Becoming a Man Alive by Patrick Morley

Description: 8-session video series showing men how to channel their seven primal needs into a powerful, transformed life.

Qty.: 1 DVD, 6 Participant’s Guides


Boundaries with Kids by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

Description: An 8-session focus on how healthy boundaries grow healthy children.

Qty.: 1 DVD, 1 Leader’s Guide, 1 Book, 1 Workbook

Effective Parenting in a Defective World: How to Raise Kids Who Stand Out from the Crowd by Chip Ingram

Description:  9 session DVD series with life lessons from the author’s personal experience of raising four children, descriptions of his failures and the challenges of teenage rebellion, and principles for successful parenting as revealed through scripture.

Qty.: 1 DVD Set, 1 Leader’s Guide, 1 Participant’s Course Book

Family Times: Compassion

Description: Designed to help equip parents with easy to use tools to make the most of everyday moments together with family.  A study for the family unit.

Family Times: Cooperation

Description: Designed to help equip parents with easy to use tools to make the most of everyday moments together with family.  A study for the family unit.

Family Times: Endurance

Description: Designed to help equip parents with easy to use tools to make the most of everyday moments together with family.  A study for the family unit.

Family Times: Friendship

Description: Designed to help equip parents with easy to use tools to make the most of everyday moments together with family.  A study for the family unit.

Family Times: Honesty

Description: Designed to help equip parents with easy to use tools to make the most of everyday moments together with family.  A study for the family unit.

Family Times: Service

Description: Designed to help equip parents with easy to use tools to make the most of everyday moments together with family.  A study for the family unit.

Getting to the Heart of Parenting by Paul David Tripp

Description: 10-session video study on how to be an instrument of heart changing grace in the little moments of life God gives you with your children, whether they are toddlers or teens.

Qty.: 1 set of DVDs

Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Dr. Kevin Leman

Description: 6 Session Video Series on how to bring out the best in your kids by doing what is best for them.

Qty.: 1 Set with 6 Workbooks

Parenting the Early Years: 10 Biblical Traits Your Kids Will Remember You For by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

Description: 6-session video study on discovering the 10 Biblical traits that will make you a better person and a better parent and how to pass on these key traits to your kids.

Qty.: 1 DVD Set, 1 Leader’s Guide, 6 Workbooks, 1 Book

At Home with Jesus  by Joslyn Wiechmann Moldstad

Description: This is a devotional book for parents and their children between the ages of 5-13. Each devotion is based on a Bible passage from the NIV and is in story form to spark children’s interest.

Qty.: 1 Book


Christianity and World Religions by Adam Hamilton

Description: A six session video series exploring the four major world religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism – and comparing the beliefs of each with those of Christianity.

Qty.: 1 VHS, 1 DVD, 1 Leader’s Guide, 1 Pastor’s Gide

Christianity’s Family TreeWhat Other Christians Believe and Why by Adam Hamilton

Description: 8-session DVD series that presents the beliefs of eight Christian denominations and their faith traditions, comparing the Christian family to our own extended families.

Qty.: 1 DVD, 4 Books

Unchristian by David Kinnaman

Description: Christians are supposed to represent Christ to the world. But according to the latest report card, something has gone terribly wrong. Using descriptions like “hypocritical”, “insensitive”, and “judgemental”, young Americans share an impression of Christians that is nothing short of…unchristian. This book covers what a new generation really thinks about Christians and why is matters.

Qty.: 1 Book and 1 Audiobook Set

Spiritual Growth

Breaking Free: Making Liberty in Christ a Reality in Life by Beth Moore

Description: 11-session study designed to help readers discover the transforming power of Christian freedom and fully enjoy the abundant life God intended by looking at Isaiah 61:1-4.

Qty.: 1 Study Guide

The Buzzards Are Circling, But God’s Not Finished With Me Yet  by Stan Toler

Description: Collection of humorous stories and life lessons to help you discover how you can experience hope, joy, and peace, even in life’s most trying times.

The Capacity for More: Enter Into the Joy of the Lord by Rev. Cindy Blocksidge, Randy Hardy, & Rev. Dr. Phil Schroeder

Chasing Daylight: Seize the Power of Every Moment by Erwin McManus

Description: 10-session DVD series that uses the biblical account of Jonathan and Saul to demonstrate the difference between living a life of purpose and adventure, and living one of apathy and missed opportunity.

Qty.: 1 DVD Set, 1 Leader’s Guide, 9 Participant Workbooks

Community: Your Pathway to Progress by Andy Stanley

Description: 3-session video series on how being in community helps you stay the course and keep you moving toward your desired destination in your spiritual progress.

Qty.: 3 DVD Sets

Discernment: Acting Wisely by Sue Anne Steffey Morrow

Description: 6-session study on how God works in the world, how we respond to God’s work in the world, and how to seek God’s presence in all we say and do.

The Disciple’s Joy: Six Practices for Spiritual Growth by Michael Foss

Description: Focuses on powerful theme of discipleship, explores the joy of faith, and offers practical guidance for discovering joy in the midst of struggle, pain, and loss.

Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life: You and Your Spiritual Gifts

Description: Provided participants with fresh perspectives on their lives and ministries through discovering their God-given spiritual gifts.

Qty.: 15 Participant Manuals

If You Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg with Stephen and Amanda Sorenson

Description: A six session journey on learning to trust God.

Qty.:1 Leader’s Guide, 8 Participant’s Guides

Network by Bruce Bugbee, Don Cousins, & Bill Hybels

Description:  Designed to help Christians understand who God has uniquely made them to be and mobilize them to a place of meaningful service in the local church.

Qty.: 1 Study Guide

Not A Fan: Becoming A Completely Committed Follower of Jesus by Kyle Idleman

Description: 14-Chapter book challenging readers to consider what it really means to call yourself a Christian.

Qty.: 2 Books

Our Powerful Helper: Relying on God’s Strength by Marshall Shelley

Description: 6-Session Bible study exploring the characteristics of God to deepen the reader’s knowledge of and relationship with God.

Patience: The Benefit of Waiting by Stephen Eyre

Description: A 6-session study of patience as one of the Fruit of the Spirit.

Qty.: 1 Discussion/Study Guide

Steps Toward Ministry by David D. Durey, Dr. Ray Cotton and others

Description: Designed to provide a format for training and equipping Christians for effective personal ministry and small group leadership.

Steps Toward Spiritual Growth by David D. Durey

Description: Designed to help people move toward spiritual growth and maturity by introducing them to the basic elements of spiritual understanding and Christian living.

The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortrberg with Stephen and Amanda Sorenson

Description:  6-Session DVD Series on spiritual disciplines for ordinary people.

Qty. : 2 DVDs with Leaders Guides

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Description: Helps readers to understand why they are alive and God’s amazing plan for their lives – both here and now, and for eternity.

Qty.: 1 Book

Why? Making Sense of God’s Will  by Adam Hamilton

Description: Helps readers to understand several hard to questions many of us ask: where is God when the innocent suffer, where is God when my prayers go unanswered, why is God’s will so hard to understand?

Qty.: 3 Books and 1 Leadership Guide

gods at war  by Kyle Idleman

Description: While there are many gods at war for our hearts, we have chosen to focus on four in particular: gods of love, gods of money, gods of pleasure and gods of power. This study is built to help you identify the false gods of our lives and to help you fight against the gods trying to take over your heart.

Qty.: 1 Book and 1 Journal

A Life Worth Living by Nicky Gumbel

Description: Based on Paul’s letter to the Philippians, this book looks at some of the new things Jesus Christ can do for us today. Things that make a life worth living! A Life Worth Living offers insight on living the Christian life positively, practically, and joyfully.

Qty.: 1 Book

Searching Issues by Nicky Gumbel

Description: Why does God allow suffering? Do all religions lead to God? What about the New Age? Is there anything wrong with sex outside of marriage? Tough, real questions…that require straight answers.  This book discusses these and three other common objections to the Christian faith.

Qty.: 1 Book

Questions of Life – Alpha  by Nicky Gumbel

Description: What is the purpose of life? What happens when we die? Why did Jesus have to die? What relevance does the Bible have for our lives today? In 15 chapters, this book points to authentic Christianity that is exciting and relevant to today’s world.

Qty.: 1 Book

Fearless by Max Lucado

Description: Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, or doubt, what would remain? Envision the day when you can trust more and fear less. Can you image your life without fear?

Qty.: 1 Book

The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, M.D.

Description: A new psychology of love, traditional values, and spiritual growth.

Qty.: 1 Book

Will the Real Me Please Stand Up by Pam Kanaly

Description: This book explores this daunting question of true identity. Through 100 spiritual endownments known as the “I am blessings,” Kanaly unfolds your immense value to God. These “I am blessings” define the core of your ture personhood and implore you to take hold of your God-given inheritance for expansive living.

Qty.: 1 Book and 1 Workbook


Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship by J. Clif Christopher

Description: A new look at stewardship that shows people give to church when we offer them a compelling vision of the good their giving will achieve.

Stress/Life Management

Steps Toward Balancing Life’s Demands by David D. Durey and Dr. Chuck Goldberg

Description: Designed to help individuals succeed in balancing the “seven areas of life management”.

Stress by Mary Dell Miles

Description: A small group study designed to help you look at the sources of stress in your life, ways you currently deal with stress, and finding help and developing skills for reducing stress.

Qty.: 5 Books

Walk Out of Worry: Choosing God’s Path to Peace by Janice Wise

Description: 8-session study on learning to identify worry, where it comes from, how not to succumb to it, and how to trust in God.

Drops Like Stars by Rob Bell

Description: A few thoughts on creativity and suffering.

Qty.: 1 Book

Topical Studies

201 Great Questions by Jerry D. Jones

Description: Conversation starters, get to know yourself and others better, better formulate personal core values through non-threatening group discussion.

How Could God Allow Suffering and Evil? by Garry Poole

Description: 6-session study designed to get groups thinking about the tough questions concerning suffering and evil from a Christian perspective.

Nooma: Flame 002 by Rob Bell

Description: Explores the meaning of love as God created it to be.

Qty.: 1 DVD

Nooma: Trees 003 by Rob Bell

Description: Explores the significance of our lives and how the choices we make now will shape our world and lives for eternity.

Qty.: 1 DVD

Nooma: Sunday 004 by Rob Bell

Description: Explores our religious rituals and how God doesn’t want our meaningless rituals but our hearts.

Qty.: 1 DVD

Nooma: Noise 005 by Rob Bell

Description: Explores the connection between the amount of noise in our lives and our inability to hear God.

Qty.: 1 DVD

Nooma: Bullhorn 009 by Rob Bell

Description: Explores how Jesus doesn’t separate loving God and loving others, and maybe the best way for us to show our love for God is by actually loving other people no matter how hard it is sometimes.

Qty.: 2 DVDs

Nooma: Rhythm 011 by Rob Bell

Description: Maybe it’s through trusting Jesus and living the kind of life he taught us to live – a life of truth, love, justice, compassion, forgiveness, and sacrifice – that we have a relationship with God.

Qty.: 1 DVD

Nooma: Matthew 012 by Rob Bell

Description: Dealing with the loss of a loved one through understanding how Jesus dealt with this kind of loss.

Qty.: 1 DVD

Nooma: Breathe 014 by Rob Bell

Description: Gaining insight into the meaning of breathing to better understand how God creates us as human beings.

Qty.: 1 DVD

Nooma: You 015 by Rob Bell

Description: Understanding the central claims of the Christian faith by exploring the actual circumstances that surrounded the first people of the Christian movement.

Qty.: 1 DVD

Nooma: Open 019 by Rob Bell

Description: Understanding prayer through learning how Jesus prayed.

Qty.: 1 DVD

Nooma: She 021 by Rob Bell

Description: Understanding God through female imagery for God.

Qty.: 1 DVD

Reality Check Six Discussions by Mark Ashton

Description: Each book contains six discussions on a given topic.  Topics include:

Hot Issues: Jesus Confronts Today’s Controversies

Sudden Impact: Powerful Encounters With the Real Jesus

Leadership Jesus Style: The Master and His Mission

When Tragedy Strikes: Jesus’ Response to a World Gone Wrong

Winning at Life: Jesus’ Secrets Revealed

Clear Evidence: Eyewitness Reports of Jesus

Future Shock: Jesus and the End of the World

Qty.: 1 Set of 7 Topical Books

Tough Questions by Judson Poling & Garry Poole

Description: Six discussion topics designed to get groups thinking and interacting with tough questions affecting Christianity. Topics include:

What difference does Jesus make?

Don’t all religions lead to God?

Why become a Christian?

How reliable is the Bible?

How does anyone know God exists?

Do science and the Bible conflict?

Qty.: 1 Leader’s Guide, 1 Set of Tough Question Topic Books

Women’s Studies

Mom: Making Praise a Priority by Ruth Dejager

Description: 6-session Bible study to inspire mothers to look up from their daily work and celebrate God’s presence, power, and availability every day – making praise a priority in the day-to-day.

Qty.: 1 Study Guide

Mom: Winning Over Worry by Jean E. Syswerda

Description: 6-session Bible study helping mothers discover the peace God offers his children and inspires them to begin to win the battle over a worry-filled way of life by wielding the power of prayer as the most potent weapon against fear.

Mom to Mom: Heart Talk by Linda Schultz Anderson

Description: A biblically-based parenting program designed around the Titus 2:4 concepts of older women teaching and encouraging younger women in their relationship with their husbands and children.

Qty.: 1 Member Book with Enhanced CD

Running Nowhere in Every Direction

Description: Designed to help women discover what God has to say about the stress in their lives and how to find encouragement and insight to stop running nowhere and start walking somewhere with God.

Qty.: 1 Book

Tough Times Don’t Last – Tough Women Do by Rita L. Goad, PhD & Donna S. Watson PhD

Description: Heartfelt stores and advice from women of faith about the challenges of life and how to live it.

Qty.: 2 Books

What Every Mom Needs: Balancing Your Life by Elisa Morgan & Carol Kuykendall

Description: 9-session Bible study with practical tips, questions, and exercises that can be applied to family situations.  A whole-person approach to balanced living for moms that offers a variety of ways to nurture self while effectively caring for family.

Qty. 1 Study Guide

You Matter More Than You Think: What a Woman Needs to Know About the Difference She Makes by Dr. Leslie Parrott

Description: 6-session video study helping women discover that every little thing they do, no matter how haphazard, represents a part of what they do and who they are.  The author shows that every moment, when collected into a loving human heart, can become a treasure.

Qty.: 1 DVD Set, 1 Leader’s Guide, 7 Workbooks, 7 Books

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