“Starting Friday” Current and Recent Studies
Current Study Series:
Gospel-Centered Life by Robert H. Thune
Lots of Christians talk about the gospel, but how many really understand the gospel and know how to apply it to their lives? Featuring nine self-contained lessons with discussion questions, articles, practical exercises, and comprehensive leader s notes in the back, The Gospel-Centered Life helps participants understand how the gospel shapes every aspect of life.
- Pastors and leaders who want to spur gospel renewal in their churches and ministries.
- Church-planters who want to form gospel DNA in the churches they start.
- Students and campus ministers who are looking to live out the gospel on campus.
- Christians who want to be more deeply formed around the gospel.
- Small group leaders who are looking for content that works with diverse groups of people.
- Missionaries who are looking for simple material to disciple new Christians.
Past Study Series:
Act Like Men by James MacDonald
Men are so busy doing so many different things; when not working, their free time is often full of the trivial or sinful. But what society and church so desperately need are men who embrace all that God created them to be, who long to follow God without limits and meet the needs of those around them without hesitation.
To get there, we need what Pastor James MacDonald calls “radical surgery”—a deep, probing exploration and reparation of all that it means to be a man.
In his definitive, bold voice, MacDonald calls men to be watchful, firm in their faith, strong, and loving. This isn’t a call for bravado and bluster. It’s a call for men to mix tender and tough, to be humble, to follow Jesus. It is a call to be leaders, men of God, husbands who are present and caring and strong. It is straight talk—no posturing or posing or beating around the bush—inviting men to redemption and restoration in their manhood.
How God Makes Men by Patrick Morley
God’s plan is made up of strikingly relevant, time-tested lessons written down and preserved for us in the Bible. It pulsates with stories about men who released and sustained the passion of their faith. They became the men God created them to be.
Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur
Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God’s work. Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Jesus chose ordinary men – fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots – and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. MacArthur draws principles from Christ’s careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today’s modern disciple – you.
People of the Nativity series:
The people involved in the Nativity story are familiar to us, but what can we learn from them? This five-session course will look at those in the genealogy of Jesus, as well as the more familiar characters of Joseph, Mary, the shepherds, and the angels. Through these people we will learn about the human condition and God’s character. We’ll also learn how doubts can turn to faith, the importance of humility and obedience, and how to gain an eternal perspective.
- Session One: The Genealogy of Jesus
- Session Two: Joseph
- Session Three: Mary
- Session Four: The Shepherds
- Session Five: The Angels
We have a lot to learn from one another and not just from book studies. Occasionally, FMMF Charlotte will take a break from a formal curriculum to instead learn from one another. We do this by telling personal testimonies in order to share our walk to or in faith. No one has the same path, but we can all learn from the outcomes!
Generally speaking, FMMF Charlotte uses this Leadership Ministries template for preparing a personal testimony.
The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno:
This book highlights 16 key Bible verses that stand as “turning points” in the biblical storyline—enabling us to see God’s incredible plan to redeem his people and glorify his name from Genesis to Revelation. Whether it’s exploring the creation of humanity, the establishment of the covenants, or the coming of the Messiah, this book will help Christians see how God’s Word tells a single story about his sovereignty, glory, and grace
The Resolution for Men series:
The Resolution for Men challenge men of all ages to become as bold and intentional about embracing their responsibilities as leaders of their homes, marriages, and children.
Written by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, screenwriters of Courageous and authors of New York Times No. 1 best seller The Love Dare (more than five million copies sold), The Resolution for Men strategically inspires men to reconcile with their past, re-engage in the present by taking full responsibility for their wives and children, and then move forward with a bold and clear resolution for the future.
God’s Model for Fatherhood series:
How am I measuring up as a father? It’s a question all of us have asked ourselves, sometimes consciously, sometimes not. This series looks at six attributes as the guideposts for an informative 6-week curriculum.
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel:
Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God?
Now a major motion picture, Case for Christ, Strobel retraces his own spiritual journey from atheism and former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune to faith. Strobel cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields. He challenges them with questions like, how reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event?
LEAD for God’s Sake! by Todd Gongwer:
As the lives of a coach, a CEO, and a janitor intersect in this modern-day parable, you will be led on a journey deep into the heart of leadership, where the answers to some of the most important questions in life can be found. Whether you’re leading in business, sports, or simply in your own family, this inspiring story will guide you toward the first–and most important–step in becoming the leader you were meant to be. LEAD…for God’s Sake! truly is much more than a simple statement. It’s a call!
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis:
In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianityprovides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.