These Scripture resources are written by the staff Elders at Harvest Church of Southern Illinois. They are available to be used as Life Group studies and personal studies. To use a study for your Life Group or personal study please stop by the Life Group kiosk on Sunday Mornings, contact (618) 833-0603, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Resource Curriculum
These Scripture resources are written by other authors, organizations, and partnerships but are fully endorsed by the Elders of Harvest Church of Southern Illinois. They are available to be used as Life Group studies and personal studies. To use a study for your Life Group or personal study please stop by the Life Group kiosk on Sunday Mornings, contact (618) 833-0603, or email@example.com.
The Gospel Coalition
Gospel Shaped Worship
Jared C. Wilson
What does it mean to worship God? What should we be doing when we meet together for “church” on Sundays? And how does that connect with what we do the rest of the week? Gospel Shaped Worship is a 7-week whole-church resource that explores what it means for a church to be a worshiping community. This engaging program will challenge us to worship God every day of the week, with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.
Gospel Shaped Living
How should Christians live? The church should be a distinctive community of God’s people—but how different are we from the rest of the world? This track helps us untangle some of the false ideas and traditions that evangelicals have had in the past, and reveals the more deeply challenging picture that emerges from Scripture.
Gospel Shaped Mercy
Christians have rightly been suspicious of churches that give themselves to political and social campaigns—and seem to loose focus on the gospel at the same time. But the gospel tells us that God is concerned for the relief of poverty, hunger, and injustice. This track will help churches work out how to fulfill this part of our Christian call.
Gospel Shaped Outreach
Many Christians prefer to leave evangelism to church leaders and gifted individuals, but all believers are called to make disciples. The nine sessions in this curriculum don’t offer quick fixes or evangelism “gimmicks.” But by continually pointing us back to the gospel, they will give us the proper motivation to work together as a church to share the gospel message with those who are lost without Christ.
Gospel Shaped Work
Many Christians have a dualistic approach to life. We have our church life and then our work life, which are pretty separate. This track from The Gospel Coalition’s curriculum ‘Gospel Shaped Church’, is about marrying these two worlds together. Not just about bolting on Christians bits to my working life. But seeing that everything in my life is connected to the gospel. Not just that the gospel is the answer to people’s spiritual needs at work, but that it is at the heart of everything I do at work.
God created us to be workers. To till the soil, to subdue creation. To be his representatives in the world and we flourish when we work as God intended.
Take your whole church on a journey to discover how to not only connect Monday to Sunday, but how to put the gospel at the heart of everything we do at work.
Scripture Book Studies
John MacArthur Study Guides
The MacArthur Bible Studies provide intriguing examinations of the whole of Scripture. Each guide incorporates extensive commentary, detailed observations on overriding themes, and probing questions to help you study the Word of God with guidance from John MacArthur.
Book & Other Studies
Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples
Francis Chan & Mark Beuving
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus told his disciples, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” This commission includes believers today. The task may seem large, but it doesn’t have to be an intimidating mandate, rather a way of living that invites people into what God is doing in their lives. However, somewhere along the line, disciple-making moved from being a part of everyday life to the sole responsibility of pastors and evangelists. The result is that we no longer feel equipped to share the life-giving gospel of Jesus with our friends and neighbors.
This isn’t how things are supposed to be, and in Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples, Francis Chan and Mark Beuving show you how the joy of living your life with Christ in front of others can be restored. You’ll discover the confidence and encouragement you need to step out in faith and make disciples out of the people that God has placed in your life.
A Beautiful Design
God created us to function according to His perfect design, and for all of human history, our world has been male and female. But our ever-changing culture faces challenges due to sin. More than ever the church needs to be a safe refuge for the gender confused, the sexually broken, the single, the married, and the divorced. In this 9-session study, pastor Matt Chandler gives evidence that God’s plan for man and woman is the ultimate design. And life lived within this beautiful and unchanging design leads to our greatest joy.
God doesn’t call every Christian to go off to seminary, but there are certain matters of doctrine—that is, the church’s teaching—that every Christian simply must know. Theology is important because what we believe affects how we live. If you’re a relatively new believer in Jesus, or if you’re a more mature Christian looking for a quick brush-up on basics of the faith, Christian Beliefs is for you.
This readable guide to twenty basic Christian beliefs is a condensation of Grudem’s Systematic Theology. He and his son, Elliot, have boiled down the essentials of Christian theology for the average layperson and made them both clear and applicable to life. You will learn about the Bible, the characteristics of God, what it means that we are created in the image of God, what God has done for us in Christ, the purpose of the church, and much more. Each chapter includes questions for personal review or group discussion.
Whose Money Is It, Anyway?
Reading books on money and giving typically makes us feel worse than when we began.
“I don’t want you to feel worse; I want you to feel better. And the path to feeling better is understanding what the Bible really says about giving and spending. This book will help you do that.”-John MacArthur
John MacArthur has written this no-nonsense book to affirm Christ’s teaching that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”
In this practical, easy-to-read book Christians can find out:
- How to give, where to give, and how much to give
- Scriptural guidelines for acquiring money and investing it
- The right and wrong ways to go about giving
- The connection between generous giving and prosperity
- Why get-rich-quick schemes like gambling are wrong
“When you give as God has commanded, you will find it liberating, rewarding, joyous, and profoundly enriching”-John MacArthur
Find out in this book how the blessings that go with giving can be yours.
What is Jesus worth to you?
It’s easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily…
But who do you know who lives like that? Do you?
In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple–then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.
Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment–a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.
Follow Me: A Call To Die. A Call To Live.
David Platt & Francis Chan
What did you leave behind when you chose to follow Christ? For some, the answers are obvious. If you struggled with habitual sins or addictions like alcoholism, drugs, pornography, violence, or promiscuity, the choice to follow Christ often marks a distinct ending of your old life and beginning of a new one. Or, perhaps you grew up in a culture unfriendly to Christianity, where your conversion would mean instant alienation from friends and family, maybe even a threat to your life. In these situations, the cost of following Christ seems clear.
But what if you didn’t have a dramatic life-changing encounter with Christ? What if you’ve always grown up in the church and been immersed in Christian culture your whole life? What does it mean for you to count the cost and follow Him?
In Radical:Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, David Platt sought to expose the ideas in American Christianity that are antithetical to the gospel, to show what we must let go of in true discipleship. In Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live., Platt seeks to show whom we must take hold of. In order to live as authentic disciples, Platt believes we need an authentic encounter with the person of Jesus Christ, who He is, what that means, and to count the cost of truly following Him.
Look afresh at the invitation Jesus offers, and discover perhaps for the first time, the joy and purpose that comes from abandoning your life to His.
The Case For Christ
If you were a journalist, how would you investigate the top story in human history? Join the award-winning former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune as he cross-examines top scholars to uncover incontestable evidence supporting Jesus’ claims. Includes updated archaeological material, an interview with Strobel, and more.
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting The Poor… and Yourself
Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
With millions living on $2.00 a day, American Christians are answering God’s call to serve the poor. But are we doing more harm than good? Corbett and Fikkert discuss why all poverty isn’t created equal; expose the problem of cultural bias; and show how to do short-term missions without doing long-term damage.
To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain
Matt Chandler & Jared C. Wilson
Using Paul’s radical letter to the Philippians as his road map, Matt Chandler forsakes the trendy to invite readers into authentic Christian maturity in To Live Is Christ To Die Is Gain.
The short book of Philippians is one of the most quoted in the Bible, yet Paul wrote it not for the popular sound bites, but to paint a picture of a mature Christian faith.
While many give their lives to Jesus, few then go on to live a life of truly vibrant faith. In this disruptively inspiring book, Chandler offers tangible ways to develop a faith of pursuing, chasing, knowing, and loving Jesus.
Drawing from Indwelling Sin and The Mortification of Sin by Puritan John Owen, Lundgaard aims for the heart with a battle plan for radical spiritual transformation! His biblically sound principles on breaking the cycle of sin will help you live a victorious and fulfilling Christian life.
Lord, Change My Attitude
James MacDonald & Barb Peil
What does God think about attitudes? This study uses examples from the Israelites’ journey out of Egypt to how attitudes can affect whether someone stays in the wilderness or enjoys the blessings of the Promised Land. There is hope for the attitudinally challenged. Interactive Member Book is a powerful combination of in-depth Bible study and real-life application; includes information from the trade book, plus case studies, prayers, and examples of good and bad attitudes from the Old and New Testaments and how they apply in today’s world.
In this revised and updated edition of Counter Culture, David Platt provides a gospel perspective on issues such as poverty, abortion, sex trafficking, and racism, as well the legalization of same-sex marriage, the controversial transgender issue, and the overwhelming refugee crisis. Drawing on compelling personal accounts from around the world, Platt presents an unapologetic yet winsome call for Christians to faithfully follow Christ in an anti-Christian age in ways that will prove both costly and rewarding.
I Am a Church Member seeks to remedy the outbreak of inactive or barely committed church members. It addresses–without apology–what is expected of those who join a body of believers. When a person’s attitude is consistently biblical and healthy, matters of giving, serving, and so forth will fall into place more naturally and Rainer’s practical work unpacks what that should look like.