The social message “The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict” was adopted in 1989 and its description of the situation at that time and its specific resolutions for action are dated, yet it continues to provide a basic faith-based orientation to issues of the conflict. Comes in packs of 5.
Giving is a mark of discipleship. It is one of the seven faith practices highlighted in the ELCA Call to Discipleship.Giving is part of daily life. Participants will search out biblical understandings of giving by exploring stories of givers and their gifts.They ask what acts of giving mean to the givers, the recipients, and the whole human community.Givers soon recognize that giving really flows from receiving. The first session of this study explores the giving/receiving dynamic. In the second session givers who do not count the cost of giving are highlighted.We will speak of behaviors that go beyond calculation.The third session examines some common stumbling blocks to giving. Just as faithfulness is good in and of itself, so is generosity. The final session explores the spiritual power of generosity.
This mark of discipleship is one of the seven faith practices highlighted in the ELCA's Call to Discipleship. Beyond the initial actions of welcoming people into the community are the ministries of friendship and support. Encouragement is the cluster of friendly attitudes and actions that forge relationships, building a diverse set of people into a community in Christ. Jesus promises to make community with us (Matthew 18:20).
Encouragement makes it possible to cross lines of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, politics, economic class, educational level and generation. Common social skills are transformed by the presence of the Holy One into acts of discipleship whereby the body of Christ is continually built up and strengthened for mission and ministry.
This book is a gem for pastors and lay leaders looking for a general overview of stewardship practice and theology! It is written in a 17-step format for pastors and lay leaders to build a solid commitment among their members to financially support their church. Includes a bonus section on the theology of stewardship that can help leaders and members discover lives of meaning and purpose.
This leader's guide suggests that lay people "do theology" through Bible study. The guide explores five elements of a proposed "just peace" theology: care of the earth; God as center of our lives; justice; love of enemies; and peacemaking. An exchange of personal letters opens each topic to set the tone. Hopeful stories about Lutheran women's experience also illustrate Bible studies. The book offers activities such as role playing, guided meditation, collective visioning, nonviolent dialogs with "the enemy" and work in clay to develop new concepts of peace theology.
This is the “all-in-one” resource for men’s ministry. This New International Version Bible features the Men's Ministry Leaders Supplement and 20,000 study questions written into the text that assist participants in getting to know each other as they get to know God. Among the 60 “Felt Need” courses included are 6 courses for men. Each of them features 6 beginner and 6 advanced sessions.
The Men’s Ministry Leaders Supplement (the first 32 pages) will help your leaders develop an effective men’s ministry.
Lutherans believe the Bible is a “living word.” It continues to speak God’s word to us today, and God does not say the same thing to everyone. Bible stories often mean different things to different people. In this short series of four studies, explore some of the ways this happens and some reasons why it happens. This downloadable PDF comes with permission to reprint and use in a group setting.
Martin Luther called Paul’s letter to the Galatians “my Katie von Bora.” Paul’s conviction that we are justified (made right with God) by grace through faith in Christ is central to Luther’s theology, so it makes sense that he would think of this New Testament letter with the same intimacy and affection he felt for his wife. This four-session Bible study explores Galatians in conversation with Luther, who was a biblical scholar as well as a church reformer. This downloadable PDF comes with permission to reprint and use in a group setting.
This three-session study takes a look at the Apostles’ Creed, its history and how it and other creeds help shape our faith. This downloadable PDF comes with permission to reprint and use in a group setting.
In this four-session Bible study, we’ll discover more about the church in Philippi and its founding, the challenges it faced and the context of some of the book of Philippians' most beloved passages. We’ll also explore ways in which Philippians relates to our lives today and invites us to engage in fuller service to the world around us. This downloadable PDF comes with permission to reprint and use in a group setting.
In this three-session study, explore the stories of Jonah, the Prodigal Son and the conversion of Paul, and what it means to believe in a merciful, compassionate, slow-to-anger God. This downloadable PDF comes for permission to reprint and use in a group setting.
The Scripture teaches a rhythm and pace for life. There is an overarching theme in the Bible that time is in God’s hands. A life redeemed by God moves at the speed of redemption: day by day, moment by moment. This three-session study examines what we can learn from Scripture about the pace of our lives. This downloadable PDF comes with permission to reprint and use in a group setting.
Most of us taking part in this Bible study will never be handpicked by God to witness to “Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel,” as was the apostle Paul. But many of us do share something with him and the other biblical and historical people we will meet in these monthly lessons. In these nine sessions, we will meet biblical characters who find themselves transformed. We will read passages from both Old and New Testaments. And we will look especially at stories from the Acts of the Apostles and insights in Paul’s letters to the Christians at Corinth and Rome. This downloadable PDF comes with permission to reprint and use in a group setting.
From beginning to end, the Bible testifies that the God who gathers is the same God who is present with us. The Gospel of Matthew adds that Jesus himself is “God with us,” and promises to be with us always, wherever two or three are gathered, even to the end of the age. Throughout nine sessions, explore some of the reasons or purposes for which we are “Gathered by God.” This downloadable PDF comes with permission to reprint and use in a group setting.