Sermons & Small Group Studies

Engaging your world one conversation at a time

Motivational sermons with matching small group studies to help you equip and mobilise your members (Ephesians 4)

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION GUIDES

ON THE TOPICS OF THE  ‘HOPE FOR ALL‘ BOOKLET SERIES

> View Hope For All booklets online here or email admin@shininglights.co.nz for free copies 

FIRST SERIES OF 3 BOOKLETS – ‘WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE’

BOOKLET 1: Hope For All – The Invitation – here

  • Topics: Why Christians believe in a single God +  arrival of Christianity in New Zealand

BOOKLET 2: Hope For All – The Hidden Power – here

  • Topics: Why Christians trust the Bible + how Maori spread the Christian message was across New Zealand

BOOKLET 3: Hope For All – The Jesus Connection – here

  • Topics: Why Christians believe Jesus is the Son of God + some of our nation’s early bicultural heroes

 

SECOND SERIES  – ‘HOW JESUS HAS INFLUENCED OUR SOCIETY’

BOOKLET 4: Hope For All – A Better World

  • The Christian roots of our national values: Education for all  here
  • The Christian roots of our national values:  Equality of races / ending of slavery here

BOOKLET 5: Hope For All – At Peace Together

  • The Christian roots of our national values: Charity here
  • The Christian roots of our national values: Equality of men and women here

BOOKLET 6: Hope For All – Everyone Matters

  • The Christian roots of our national values: Healthcare for all here

> View Hope For All booklets online here or email admin@shininglights.co.nz for free copies

EVANGELISM AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

Encouraging encounter with the Holy Spirit during evangelism (studies included)

Week 1. The Holy Spirit Gives Power
Week 2. The Holy Spirit Gives Help
Week 3. The Holy Spirit Gives Words
Week 4. The Holy Spirit Gives Direction

TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAMWORK

A highly intentional four-week series about teamwork and outreach that helps small groups apply the habit-based approaches detailed in our ‘small group leaders workshop video’ found here .

Week 1. Different for a reason (Small group: It starts with the basics)
Week 2. The power of a team approach (Small group: Knowing the goal)
Week 3.  One step at a time (Small group: The principle of proximity)
Week 4. Only teamwork makes the dream work (Small group: Teamwork makes the dreamwork)

Download a zip file with sermon outlines and matching small group discussions, Flyers, Powerpoints, FB adverts for this series here.

EVERY-DAY SPIRITUAL CONVERSATIONS

Equip & motivate for conversational outreach over 4 weeks (studies included)

Week 1. Ask, don’t tell
Week 2. Enquire, don’t disagree
Week 3. Converse, don’t confront
Week 4. A message, not a massage (could be preached/studied over 2 weeks, rather than 1)

Download a zip file with Sermon outlines, Flyers, Powerpoints, FB adverts and Small group study notes for this series on ‘conversational skills’ and the tools we need to engage in meaningful conversations with others.

PREPARING THE NETS

Equip in a range of areas over 6 weeks (studies included)

Week 1. Knowing when to Paddle
Week 2. Conversations that Connect
Week 3. Telling your Story
Week 4. The Power of an Invitation
Week 5. Leaving the 99
Week 6. Are you ready?

VISION CASTING

Everyone must hear (includes study)

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Christmas – the gifts we give and one gift we can only receive  (A simple Christmas gospel message – based out of a short 90second video of a guy who wakes up on Christmas morning only to find his wife and kids and spoon and breakfast and car… all wrapped up in Christmas paper. He realises how blessed he is as he opened these gifts).

WITNESSING

8 Lessons about Being a Witness  (no study)

CONVERSATIONS THAT CONNECT

Equip & motivate for conversational outreach with this four-weeks ‘conversational apologetics’ series (studies included)

Week 1. Two ears to hear with
Week 2. One spirit to listen with
Week 3. One heart to love with
Week 4. One mouth to speak with

GOSPEL EQUIPPING

Four week series (studies included)

Week 1. The only thing that can move us
Week 2. Commissioned to communicate
Week 3. How to stand tall
Week 4. How to stand tall together

For all four small group discussions click here

FOLLOW UP

Encourage members to see the opportunities that exist to ‘disciple’ interested people. Watch equipping video #11 in your service or small group and go through the matching study notes found at that page. (Additional Follow up Tips Sheet for handout).