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  • Diagrams, Maps, and More Packet

    Diagrams, Maps, and More Packet

    Below are diagrams, maps, charts, and other odd illustrations that you might find useful for bible studies or other projects. They are free to use. To download an image, simply right-click the image and “save as” or open the image up in a new tab.

  • 13 Truths

    13 Truths

    [V8, Updated January, 2024] 13 Truths is a framework for spiritual care. Oftentimes Christians find themselves struggling with applying Biblical truths in spiritual care or encouragement settings because how we have learned Christian doctrine (such as in catechism, bible studies, or sermons) does not transition well into a spiritual care setting. Below, specific Biblical truths…

  • Rogue Religion (BIC)

    Rogue Religion (BIC)

    In general, people have seen God responding in two ways: either God is actively punishing our evil, or else God is a distant, transcendent, dis-interested force. But that’s not how the God of the Bible responds. He rebels against our expectations. He reacts in a way everyone least expected. Instead of expecting us to make…

  • The Meaningful Life: A Bible Study on Ecclesiastes and If God Matters

    The Meaningful Life: A Bible Study on Ecclesiastes and If God Matters

    “The Meaningful Life” is a study that uses the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes as a framework for talking about where to find meaning in life. This study eventually was turned into the book, “Your Life Has Meaning.” And so there are no teacher notes for this study. Instead, just read the book. Lessons in…

  • Foundation (Summer Series)

    Foundation (Summer Series)

    This series begins on Pentecost and runs through the ninth Sunday after Pentecost. These readings from Year B lend themselves to a deep appreciation of how God’s Word gives us all we need in life from peace in the midst of hardships to shepherding God’s people. This worship series packet includes: Worship folder image in…

  • Go (Easter Series)

    Go (Easter Series)

    This Easter series emphasizes the early Church’s proclamation of the resurrection as recorded in Acts. The readings come from the Year B, Easter season, from the Christian Worship Supplement (NPH, 2008) pericope. This worship series packet includes: Worship folder image in JPG Title slide, JPG and PSD title image, PNG Sermon series notes, including prayers and reading…

  • The Hands of the Passion (Lent midweek Series)

    The Hands of the Passion (Lent midweek Series)

    This is worship series art to go along with Northwestern Publishing House’s midweek Lenten series, “The Hands of the Passion.” This is a great series put together by Adam Mueller and Steven Pagels. NPH offers their own companion art to go along with the series, which is great, but our congregation was looking for a…

  • When God Suffers (Lent Series)

    When God Suffers (Lent Series)

    This Lenten series highlights Mark’s overarching theme that Jesus was all-powerful, conquering God and yet chose to conquer through suffering for us. Readings from John further emphasize this incredible idea that God will give his Son, and that God will suffer and die. The readings come from the new Year B, Lent season, from the…

  • Prove It (Epiphany Series)

    Prove It (Epiphany Series)

    Tagline: “Find out how Jesus reveals himself as your Saviour.” The season of Epiphany is about Jesus revealing himself to the world as the Messiah during his three years of ministry before Lent. This series follows closely on the heels of that purpose, showing three ways that Jesus proved that he is our Savior that…

  • Peace on Earth – A Christmas Eve Worship Program

    Peace on Earth – A Christmas Eve Worship Program

    This is a simple Christmas Eve program designed for the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown where many of us will be streaming our services, maybe in combination with physical attendance services. The service gives pastors and worship leaders an opportunity to focus on what’s most important in such turbulent times. The service has the following introductory notes:…

  • How to Get Ready for Christmas (Midweek Advent Worship)

    How to Get Ready for Christmas (Midweek Advent Worship)

    We spend weeks, even months, getting ready for Christmas, from planning the dinners to the presents to special Christmas worship services. How did God get the world ready for the very first Christmas? Besides getting Mary and Joseph ready, God got another family ready as well: Elizabeth and Zechariah, the parents of John the Baptist.…

  • Christmas Mystery (Advent Series)

    Christmas Mystery (Advent Series)

    The coming of Jesus has always been shrouded in mystery. His first coming revealed how thousands of years of mysterious promises of God would be solved. And his Second Coming at the End of All Things is also shrouded in mystery: No one knows the day or hour he’ll re-appear. Join us this Advent for…

  • Introducing Jesus: A Primer for Reading the Gospels

    Introducing Jesus: A Primer for Reading the Gospels

    “Introducing Jesus: A Primer for Reading the Gospels” is a bible study where the student is introduced to how to read the Bible, what the gospels are, and how each of the four gospels has a unique author writing to a unique audience, giving us four ways of sharing who Jesus is. This study is…

  • The Anti-Fragile Christian

    The Anti-Fragile Christian

    What’s the opposite of fragile? Not simply something that doesn’t fall apart under pressure, but something that gets better under pressure. That’s anti-fragile: when hardships and stress make something stronger and more resilient. “The Anti-Fragile Christian: A Study on How God Uses Hardships to Develop Virtue” is a bible study that focuses on how God…

  • In His Hands

    In His Hands

    This series for the Last four Sundays after Pentecost focuses on how God has preserved his Church through the ages and will continue to preserve his Church until the Last Judgment. The series is built around the Season of End Times. The fantastic cover art used in this series is by FullofEyes.com. This worship series…

  • The Light in the Dark

    The Light in the Dark

    “The Light in the Dark: How God Preserved His Word through the Ages” is an apologetics-minded bible class on how God promised to preserve his Gospel, and how he has preserved it for us today. This study not only teaches doctrine concerning God’s Word, but also covers the history of how the Old Testament and…

  • Love in Action

    Love in Action

    This series for the Sundays after Pentecost focuses on the life of love Christ motivated his disciples to live, from a life of carrying crosses to forgiveness, patience and evangelism. All of this is modeled by Christ, who carried his cross for us, and pours out onto us unimaginable forgiveness, patience, and love for the…

  • Fearless

    Fearless

    This three-week series for the Sundays after Pentecost (Proper 14-16) focuses on the boundless nature of the Christian life and how the gospel gives us no reasons to fear and no limits to where we’ll take the gospel. The readings come from the new pericope of the 2021 Christian Worship Hymnal (NPH). Cover image by Yeshi…

  • Kingdom

    Kingdom

    This series for the Sundays after Pentecost (P7-P11) takes note of the Gospels’ use of the phrase the kingdom of heaven. In the first gospel, Jesus speaks regarding who he has come for. The next three gospel readings involve Jesus teaching about the kingdom of heaven through parables, and the last gospel reading focuses on God’s providential care…

  • How to Be a Christian

    How to Be a Christian

    Sub-titled “Step-by-Step Directions on How God Does Everything.” This series for the Sundays after Pentecost is an opportunity for pastors and worship leaders to turn decision theology upside down. Meticulously we’ll examine how our God is the active force behind every step of turning someone into a Christian, providing not only the means, but also the…

  • Review: Tim Keller, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness

    Review: Tim Keller, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness

    This is a book review for Tim Keller’s The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness. Tim Keller is a rare bird these days: At times, he gets gospel motivation. That fact alone makes him a find on today’s lists of best-selling Christian authors. He understands forensic justification (Paul’s teaching that we are declared innocent in God’s courtroom through…

  • Review: Peter Williams, “Can We Trust the Gospels?”

    Review: Peter Williams, “Can We Trust the Gospels?”

    This is a book review for Peter Williams’ Can We Trust the Gospels?. Right now I’m preparing a one-hour apologetics-oriented talk on Easter Sunday about the resurrection. We do this every year for Easter, and this year I’m planning on particularly focusing on the gospels and their historicity for evaluating whether Jesus rose from the…

  • Easter Symbol Youth Activities

    Easter Symbol Youth Activities

    Teach children to recognize and appreciate the many symbols of our Christian faith through an interactive Easter Symbol Egg Hunt. Christ-Centered. Educational. Dynamic. As the cornerstone of our Christian faith, Easter is a celebration steeped in rich religious symbolism. Here is an opportunity to deepen children’s understanding of the symbols they see all around them.…

  • Epic Marriage

    Epic Marriage

    “Epic Marriage” is a bible study course suitable for pre-marriage classes or a focused bible study for couples. I wrote this particularly to stress how a Christian marriage built on salvation history takes on epic significance for the couple. The table of contents chapter descriptions read: Part 1. Your Life Is About to Get More…

  • Anesti – An Easter Morning Worship Service

    Anesti – An Easter Morning Worship Service

    Anesti is a service of readings that works its way through a gospel harmony of the Easter events. This service was designed to be a companion to Lenten Passion readings, providing a full account of Easter Sunday to complete a harmony reading of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. This is a stand-alone worship service especially…

  • Paschal – A Maundy Thursday Worship Service

    Paschal – A Maundy Thursday Worship Service

    This is a stand-alone worship service fitting for the evening of Maundy Thursday. The service description found in the worship service is as follows: Maundy Thursday is when the Church meditates on the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. Many things occurred that night, but none as important as when he instituted a new Means of Grace,…

  • Ecce – A Good Friday Worship Service

    Ecce – A Good Friday Worship Service

    This is a stand-alone worship service fitting for the evening of Good Friday. The service description found in the worship folder is as follows: 2000 years ago, God died. The Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, brought Jesus before the Jewish mob. Thrusting forward a bloody and battered man with a mock crown and cape…

  • Foundations of the Christian Faith (BIC)

    Foundations of the Christian Faith (BIC)

    This bible study is a full survey of Christian doctrine, originally written to be an adult catechism course or Bible Information Course (BIC). It’s designed for people brand new to the Bible and the Christian faith. When you’re done with it, the student will have a firm grasp on how the bible is all about…

  • You Are My Witness

    You Are My Witness

    This series for the Sundays after Easter Sunday focuses on the Acts of the Apostles and their witness to the resurrection of Jesus. Further, the series stresses that the witnessing of Christ didn’t stop with those initial eyewitnesses. You and I today are called, too, to be witnesses of Christ by sharing that testimony, and…

  • The Son of God Goes Forth to War

    The Son of God Goes Forth to War

    This is worship series art to go along with Northwestern Publishing House’s midweek Lenten series, “The Son of God Goes Forth to War.” This is a great series put together by Pastor John Huebner. NPH offers their own companion art to go along with the series, which is great, but our congregation was looking for…

  • The Jesus We Need

    The Jesus We Need

    This Lenten sermon series is meant to reflect on all the ways the people in Jesus’ time wanted the Messiah to be very different than who Jesus was. And still today, we oftentimes desire that the central figure of our faith isn’t like Jesus. We want a conquering hero arriving with his armies of angels. But instead…

  • Discipleship Bootcamp

    Discipleship Bootcamp

    A six-part bible study we’re using as both a weekly bible study and as a weekend seminar, designed to both teach biblical congregational discipleship principles and motivate students to put the principles into practice. The emphasis is not personal discipleship, but discipleship within the Christian community for carrying out the mission of the Church. And…

  • Young At Heart Workshop: On Making a Church Home with Millennials and GenZ

    Young At Heart Workshop: On Making a Church Home with Millennials and GenZ

    This was written to be a one-day, five hour workshop, written for an audience of mostly 40+ year-old Christians (non-millennials and gen Z) as an introduction to ministering to the hearts and minds of millennials and gen Z, as well as encouraging a clear mindset of partnering with millennials and gen Z in the work…