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This session of small groups will have 3 different topics. 

Groups 1 & 2

Focus:  Christian: It’s Not What You Think

In this video-based study we will join captivating Atlanta Pastor, Andy Stanley as he examines the characteristics Jesus used to define those who follow him and the implications they have for believers today.  In this study you will learn:

¨ What does it mean to be Christian

¨ What one word should be descriptive of every Christian

¨ How Jesus’ followers should treat those who are outside the faith

¨ Why people love Jesus but can’t stand his followers


Group 3

Focus:  Doing the Right Thing: Making Moral Choices in a World Full of Options

This five-session video small group Bible study from Chuck Colson, Robert George, and an all-star panel examines how ethical and character issues relate to all of life.

 Doing the Right Thing explores the ethical and moral breakdown hitting culture from all sides. Through panel discussions, interviews, and live student questions it raises ethical issues in a non-condemning but challenging way, stimulating thought, discussion, and action.

These discussions will encourage us to promote a Christian ethic of virtue in our spheres of influence and in the culture at large.

This examination of ethics consists of five sessions, each designed to last approximately one hour. Each session consists of thirty minutes of video and thirty minutes of discussion.

Session topics:

1)  How did we get into this mess

2)  Is there truth, a moral law we all can know

3)  If we know what is right, can we do it

4)  Ethics in the market place

5)  Ethics in public life

Group 4

Focus:  The Witness of Religion in an Age of Fear 

As the author says in his preface, “Our contemporary American society is saturated with fear, fear that is often out of proportion to the actual threats we face.  Such excessive fearfulness leads to attacks on the wrong targets and to the misdirecting of finite public resources.  It turns suspicion into a virtue, thus making it harder to interact constructively with others.”

Reviewer comments:

“Distinguishing between ’normal fear’ that protects us and ’abnormal fear’ that paralyzes us, the author draws on biblical tradition and rich spiritual resources to offer a powerful call to action.”

“Time and again our faith has served us well when confronting our worst fears, and this book reminds us that God always offers us a way forward.”

Session topics:

1) The Culture of Fear in Contemporary America

2) Jewish and Christian Responses to Fear

3) The Response of Other Religions to Fear

4) The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Case Study

5) Recommendations for Religious Communities