If you’re looking for small group Bible studies that will help you teach Scripture, apply it, and grow closer to the Lord, you’re in the right place. These nine small group Bible and book studies are easy to access, easy to navigate, and easy on the church budget. Plus, you’ll find well-known Bible teachers like J. I. Packer and John Stott on this list.
Most of the Bible studies included below offer instructions both for small group Bible study leaders and participants so you can make the most of your time from the first session.
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1. Parables: Portraits of God’s Kingdom in Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Not Your Average Bible Study)
In this volume of the Not Your Average Bible Study series, John D. Barry unravels the many layers of Jesus’ parables, revealing the radical truths contained within. With an eye toward practical application and personal reflection, this Bible study is the perfect way to study the teachings of Jesus individually or with a group.
To get this video Bible study free, just download the free Faithlife Bible study curriculum app. When your small group members download the app too, they’ll also get it free so you can dig right in. With the app, you’ll be able to follow a guided learning plan, mark off completed readings, and share what you’ve learned.
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2. Acts: Seeing the Spirit at Work
This 18-week Bible study by John Stott takes individuals or groups through the book of Acts. Each week begins with commentary from Stott and an open question, discusses a Scripture passage, and ends with application and prayer. After this study, participants will better understand the context and themes of Acts and a greater appreciation for the Spirit’s power.
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is about uniting all things in Christ. This 12-week Bible study by John Stott goes through the whole letter to teach how to break down what separates us from God and from each other. It asks questions like “How are you affected by the fact that God had a plan for you before the world was created?” and “What is this purpose of God for the future?” (answered in Eph 1:10).
4. Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence
Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence offers insights into theme, literary context, exploration of theology, application, and more throughout eight weeks. Participants begin by studying Genesis 24 and 25:19–28, then progress through stories of Jacob to end with his renaming and renewal in Genesis 25:1–29.
5. Christian Beliefs: 12 Studies for Individuals or Groups: With Notes for Leaders
In this study guide, Stephen Eyre introduces 12 key tenets of the Christian faith over 12 weeks: God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, human nature (our identity, dignity, and depravity), sin, salvation, holiness, the Church, mission, and revelation and the last things.
It features questions for starting group discussions and for personal reflection, as well as a “Now or Later” assignment after each session that invites further contemplation.
6. Abiding in Christ: 8 Studies for Individuals or Groups: With Notes for Leaders
Before Jesus left this world he gave specific encouragement and instructions to his disciples on what to expect and how to live after he had gone. These words still apply to his disciples today.
In this eight-session LifeGuide® Bible Study, trusted guides J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom lead groups through a study of Jesus’ farewell to his disciples in John 14–17 to help them discover what it means to abide in Christ.
7. Reaching the Lost: Evangelism
This six-week study addresses these important questions, presenting a main idea and then digging in further each week:
• Who should evangelize?
• Why should we evangelize?
• How should we evangelize?
• What does the church have to do with evangelism?
After this study, participants will have clear answers from Scripture and have considered how they can incorporate joyful evangelism into their daily lives.
8. The Whole Truth about God: Biblical Theology
This six-week study begins by delving into why biblical theology is important, explaining what sound doctrine is, how we get it, and practical consequences of abandoning it. In the following weeks, it guides participants through how biblical theology can fuel their love, holiness, worship, witness, and unity.
9. Growing One Another: Discipleship in the Church
Discipleship was one of the central themes of Jesus’ teaching, yet it is not a major emphasis today for many churches. This six-week study explores the Bible’s teaching on discipleship and covers such topics as the need for discipleship, the demands of discipleship, and the enemy of discipleship.
With discussion questions at the end of each chapter, participants work through guided reflection as they learn about the centrality of discipleship in the Christian life.
To discover even more Bible studies for every stage of discipleship, explore the Faithlife curriculum store. And don’t forget to download the Faithlife curriculum app to get your Parables Bible study free.