If you are looking for something to do with your small group, take a look at this Bible series. Check out this website for more information!
Just clock on the website, if that doesn’t work then, Highlight – copy – and paste into your web browser —– http://www.christianhistorymadeeasy.com/
What Is This Study About?
Covers People and Events Every Christian Should Know!
In this 12-session DVD-based study, Dr. Timothy Paul Jones takes you through the most important events in Christian history from the time of the apostles to today. He brings to life the fascinating people and events that shaped our world.
This isn’t dry names and dates. It’s full of dramatic stories told with a touch of humor. This series, based on Dr. Jones’s popular award-winning book Christian History Made Easy, ties in spiritual lessons believers can glean from the past, and shows how God was (and still is) working in his church despite all the ups and downs.
It uses animated clips and a great sense of humor to make Christian history interesting, fun, and memorable.
You will learn:
- The real-life stories of people such as St. Patrick, Martin Luther, and Augustine
- People who changed history: Constantine, Charlemagne, and Francis of Assisi
- How we got the Bible that we read today — John Wycliffe, William Tyndale and others
- The Middle Ages and the Reformation: Kings and Queens, Monks and Reformers
- Where church doctrines and practices originated
- How the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant churches came to be
- Reason and Revival – How modernity and the scientific revolution affected Christianity
- How Christianity has spread around the world
|SESSION ONE:||The First Christians, AD 1–100
Nero; the Persecution of Early Christians; and the Fall of Jerusalem
|SESSION TWO:||Defending the Truth, AD 100–300
Four Heresies within the Early Church; Jesus’ Divinity; and the Bible’s Authenticity
|SESSION THREE:||From Persecuted to Preferred, AD 300–500
Constantine; the Legalization of Christianity; and the Council of Nicaea
|SESSION FOUR:||Christianity on the Move, AD 300–500
Gregory of Nazianzus; Fall of the Roman Empire; and Augustine
|SESSION FIVE:||A Church Divided, AD 500–1300
Roman Church vs. Eastern Church; Charlemagne; and the Crusades
|SESSION SIX:||God’s Work Goes On, AD 500–1300
Boniface; St. Francis of Assisi; and Thomas Aquinas
|SESSION SEVEN:||Everything Falls Apart, AD 1300–1500
Hundred Years’ War; Bubonic Plague; and John Wycliffe
|SESSION EIGHT:||The Reformation, AD 1500–1600
Martin Luther; John Calvin; and William Tyndale
|SESSION NINE:||Post-Reformation Growing Pains, AD 1600–1700
Arminianism vs. Calvinism; Puritans; John Bunyan; and William Wilberforce
|SESSION TEN:||Revolutions in the New World, AD 1600–1700
Pilgrims; Deism; John Wesley; Jonathan Edwards; George Whitefield; and The Great Awakening
|SESSION ELEVEN:||Ageless Faith in an Age of Reason, AD 1700–1900
The Enlightenment; William Carey; D. L. Moody; and Charles Spurgeon
|SESSION TWELVE:||A Global Gospel, AD 1900–Present
Pentecostalism; Liberalism vs. Fundamentalism; Dietrich Bonhoeffer; and Billy Graham
Who is This Study For?
This DVD-based study is ideal for small groups, Bible studies, adult Sunday school, or individual study. Ages: young adult to adult.
Whether you are already a Christian history buff or not, this study is a must-have for any believer. It highlights the roots of Christianity every Christian should know and uplifts believers by showing how God is always in control in times of prosperity, in seasons of disaster, and in their lives today.
The Complete Study Kit provides all the material needed for small group settings and the Leader Pack provides the needed tools for personal, independent use. You just order additional participant guides for each additional group member.
This study is easy to lead! Any volunteer who is interested in the topic can lead a group. You don’t have to be an expert. The DVD does all of the teaching and the discussion questions, diagrams, and insights are right in the participant guide and leader guide.
Complete Kit contains everything you need, including:
- Leader pack with the DVD of twelve 30-minute video sessions and PDF files for promotional posters, fliers, handouts, bulletin inserts, and banners for you to print.
- One printed leader guide + PDF of the leader guide.
- One printed participant guide with session outlines, discussion questions, definitions, and time lines. Buy an additional participant guide for each person.
- One copy of the award-winning Christian History Made Easy book. This full-color, 224-page book by Timothy Paul Jones tells additional stories that shaped Christian history.
- One CD-ROM containing the fully illustrated 100-slide Christian History Made Easy PowerPoint® presentation to give the leader optional material such as additional images and information to go deeper into popular events and people.
The Christian History Made Easy Leader Pack Includes:
- A DVD of the 12 30-minute teaching sessions and a PDF of the leader guide which may be printed out (you will need to order the participant guide separately for each participant).
- A CD-ROM that contains PDFs of fliers, brochures, bulletin inserts, doorhangers, posters, and banners for promoting the study.
What Will My Group Get Out of This Study?
5 reasons why your group should buy this study:
- Packed with real-life stories that will inform, inspire, and challenge your small group.
- Covers key events and figures throughout Christian history from the time of Jesus to modern day—that every Christian should know!
- Highlights how God is always in control in times of prosperity, in seasons of disaster, and in your life today.
- Uses animated clips and a sense of humor to makes history fun.
- Easy to lead—no expertise required!
|Component||Complete Kit with Sample of all Printed Curriculum – $129.99
Product Code: 157X
|“Leader Pack” – $49.99
Product Code: 157DV
|Twelve sessions on DVD – $49.99|
|1 Printed Leader Guide* – $14.99
96 pages; Not reproducible; ISBN 9781596365278
|1 Printed Participant Guide* – $9.99
128 pages; Not reproducible: ISBN 9781596365285
|PDF of Leader Guide (digital file)|
|PowerPoint on CD-ROM* – $39.99 value
125 slides; Not reproducible; ISBN 9781596363410
|Christian History Made Easy Book* – $14.99
224 pages; Not reproducible; ISBN 9781596363281
|PDF files for posters, fliers, handouts, bulletin inserts, and banners|
How can we glorify God? Not by adding to His glory or bringing Him any new glory that He has not. But simply by allowing His glory to shine out through us, by yielding ourselves to Him, that His glory may manifest itself in us and through us to the world. In a vineyard or a vine bearing much fruit, the owner is glorified, as it tells of his skill and care. In the disciple who bears much fruit, the Father is glorified. Before men and angels, proof is given of the glory of God’s grace and power; God’s glory shines out through him.
This is what Peter means when he writes: “He that ministers, let him minister as of the ability that God giveth, that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” As a man works and serves in a power which comes from God alone, God gets all the glory. When we confess that the ability came from God alone, he that does the work, and they who see it, equally glorify God. It was God who did it. Men judge by the fruit of a garden of what the gardener is. Men judge of God by the fruit that the branches of the Vine of His planting bears. Little fruit brings little glory to God.
It brings no honor to either the Vine or the Husbandman. “That ye bear much fruit, herein is my
Father glorified.” We have sometimes mourned our lack of fruit, as a loss to ourselves and our fellow men, with complaints of our feebleness as the cause. Let us rather think of the sin and shame of little fruit as robbing God of the glory He ought to get from us. Let us learn the secret of bringing glory to God, serving of the ability which God giveth. The full acceptance of Christ’s Word, “You can do nothing”; the simple faith in God, who worketh all in all; the abiding in Christ through whom the divine Husbandman does His work and gets much fruit—this is the life that will bring glory to God.
Much fruit—God asks it; see that you give it. God can be content with nothing less; be you content with nothing less. Let these words of Christ—fruit, more fruit, much fruit—abide in you, until you think as He does, and you be prepared to take from Him, the heavenly Vine, what He has for you. Much fruit: herein is my Father glorified. Let the very height of the demand be your encouragement. It is so entirely beyond your power that it throws you more entirely upon Christ, your true Vine. He can, He will, make it true in you.
Much fruit—God asks because he needs. He does not ask fruit from the branches of His Vine for show, to prove what He can do. No; He needs it for the salvation of men: it is in that He is to be glorified. Throw yourself in much prayer on your Vine and your Husbandman. Cry to God and your Father to give you fruit to bring to men. Take the burden of the hungry and the perishing on you, as Jesus did when He was moved with compassion, and your power in prayer, and your abiding, and your bearing much fruit to the glory of the Father will have a reality and a certainty you never knew before.
Hey everyone! Take a look at this video (link below). You may have to watch it in segments because it is almost 2 hours long. These pastors make a valid point and back it up very well with Scripture.
My belief is – are you ready? I believe denominations put too much into these concepts. God has made it clear, that we will not know they day or time (Matthew 24.36) and we are to keep watch (Matthew 25.13, Ezekiel 3.17-19, 33.1-33, Luke 21.36).
If you are ready, then it will not matter when Jesus comes back. If there is a pre tribe – great, we will not have to suffer. If there is a mid tribe – then God will protect us, if there is a post tribe – then God will sustain us.
The bottom line is — If we are ready, He promises to be — with us always, even till the end of the age (Matthew 28.20) and He will never leave us nor forsake us (Joshua 1.5).
We may suffer (Matthew 5.12), but as a Christian our ultimate destiny is Heaven and eternal life!
Also – I think his point on the anti-Christ is very interesting. Many will be deceived if we do not stay true to God’s Word.
Fingernails scratching on the chalkboard? Soup served cold when you’re famished? Important cell phone calls dropped?
Did I get your number yet?
Maybe for you it’s not one of these but rather an empty toilet paper roll when you’re in desperate need of some? Or the feeling you get when someone just stole your parking spot and you’re running late?
Do any of these raise your stress level?
For me, none of these compare to my biggest stressor: being stuck. I hate being stuck, because stuck stinks! Stuck is slow death and chronic Pain.
Not only do I detest it, but I also loathe when other people are stuck. The only difference between being stuck in a rut and stuck in a grave is six feet. I like to see potential flowing smooth and free, unlocked and unleashed. I like to imagine the possibilities and taste the variety of options because I’m fueled by progress and adrenalized by production.
But I know the opposite too. I know plenty of people who are stuck. And I’ve not only seen the other side; regrettably I’ve taken up residence there in times past. I’ve camped in its courtyards and made my bed in its brokenness, most nights unconsciously. I don’t think any of us willingly choose to be stuck. I believe we slip into it rather unintentionally. Given a little time, though, we become full-fledged residents. This doesn’t excuse our condition; it only explains it.
I’ve discovered that many of us cling to 7 myths that keep us stuck.
I bet people taught you the same warmed-over clichés they taught me. See if you can finish these statements:
1. No Pain, no ______.
2. Winners never quit, and quitters never___.
3. If you can dream it, you can do ______.
4. No guts, no ________.
5. The early bird gets the _________.
6. It’s not what you know, it’s who you ____.
7. Be at the right place at the right _______.
Funny how much these myths shape our ideology and direct our actions, many times even indirectly. Although a tiny nugget of truth might reside within each phrase, breaking them down reveals some interesting false assumptions.
1. No Pain, no gain.
Key point: Hard work
False assumption: Pain produces promotion.
Truth: Choosing the right Pain produces promotion.
Story: I know people who work incredibly hard, never reach their potential, and die with their music still inside them.
2. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
Key point: Persistence
False assumption: Stick with something long enough and you will win.
Truth: Healthy self-awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses combined with persistence can convert into winning.
Story: I know people who never gave up their dream but failed to acknowledge they were completely unqualified to achieve it.
3. If you can dream it, you can do it.
Key point: Imagination
False assumption: Imagination guarantees you will achieve what you want.
Truth: Vision is only the first step in possibly achieving what you want.
Story: I know people who have an unlimited amount of ideas that never amount to anything.
4. No guts, no glory.
Key point: Risk
False assumption: Risk will yield reward.
Truth: The right risk at the right time in the right way with the right people will yield reward.
Story: I know people who take all kinds of risks and simply take recklessness with them wherever they go.
5. The early bird gets the worm.
Key point: Scarcity
False assumption: There is only one worm.
Truth: A mindset of scarcity, fear, and competition will produce a toxic attitude of threat and defensiveness.
Story: I know people who rush to take first and are in last place because of it.
6. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
Key point: Luck
False assumption: You can blame your plateau on the person you don’t even know yet.
Truth: Before others will choose to believe in you, they will naturally judge if you believe in yourself.
Story: I know people who emitted the right frequency and attracted the right people to them because of it.
7. Be at the right place at the right time.
Key point: Chance
False assumption: You stumble into greatness when you stumble into the right space.
Truth: If you’ve prepared for the moment, then the moment is prepared for you.
Story: I know people who won while in the wrong place at the wrong time and others who lost when they were in the right place at the right time.
Taking the Deeper Path prepares us how to identify and overcome these myths that keep us stuck. Isn’t it time to break free?
Kary Oberbrunner founded Redeem the Day, a movement connecting people to a process that ignites their souls on fire. Author of Your Secret Name, The Fine Line, Called and The Journey toward Relevance, Kary earned a Doctorate in Transformational Leadership and a Master of Divinity. Besides life coaching, he serves as a pastor at Grace Church in Ohio.
The reason the Vine and its branches are such a true parable of the Christian life is that all nature has one source and breathes one spirit. The plant world was created to be to man an object lesson teaching him his entire dependence upon God, and his security in that dependence. He that clothes the lilies, will much more cloth us. He that gives the trees and the vines their beauty and their fruits, making each what He meant it to be, will much more certainly make us what He would have us to be. The only difference is what God works in the trees is by a power of which they are not conscious. He wants to work in us with our consent. This is the nobility of man that he has a will that can cooperate with God in understanding and approving and accepting what He offers to do.
If ye abide – Here is the difference between the branch of the natural and the branch of the spiritual Vine. The former abides by force of nature: the latter abides, not by force of will, but by a divine power given to the consent of the will. Such is the wonderful provision God has made that, what the power of nature does in the one case; the power of grace will do in the other. The branch can abide in the Vine.
If ye abide in me…ask whatsoever ye will – If we are to live a true prayer life, with the love and the power and the experience of prayer marking it, there must be no question about the abiding. And if we abide, there need be no question about the liberty of asking what we will, and the certainty of its being done. There is the one condition: “If ye abide in me.” There must be no hesitation about the possibility or the certainty of it. We must gaze on that little branch and its wonderful power of bearing such beautiful fruit until we truly learn to abide. And what is its secret? Be wholly occupied with Jesus. Sink the roots of your being in faith and love and obedience deep down into Him. Come away out of every other place to abide here. Give up everything for the inconceivable privilege of being a branch on earth of the glorified Son of God in Heaven. Let Christ be first. Let Christ be all. Do not be occupied with the abiding – be occupied with Christ! He will hold you; He will keep you abiding in Him. He will abide in you.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you—This He gives as the equivalent of the other expression: “I in you. If my words abide in you,” that is, not only in meditation, in memory, in love, in faith – all these words enter into your will, your being, and constitute your life – if they transform your character into their own likeness, and you become and are what they speak and mean—ask what ye will; it shall be done unto you. Your words to God in prayer will be the fruit of Christ and His words living in you.
Ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you – Believe in the truth of this promise. Set yourself to be an intercessor for men; a fruit-bearing intercessor, ever calling down more blessing. Such faith and prayer will help you wonderfully to abide wholly and unceasingly.