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Our Philosophy for Materials

When people meet the real Jesus in Scripture, lives change, hearts heal, and the grace and power of our baptism is unleashed to make us “ambassadors for Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)

Our materials development is guided by the same firm belief in the power of the Scriptures that the Church has so powerfully attested throughout history, and Pope Benedict proclaimed anew in Verbum Domini.

When well-formed skilled leaders facilitate dynamic discussions of the Scriptures within a trusting community, the Holy Spirit reveals the person of Jesus.

The questions in our evangelization small group discussion and peer discipleship mentoring guides help people chew on the Word. The goal is a group “prayer of consideration” (Tetlow) in which something emerges from hearing others’ reflections that can only come forth through the conversations of “two or three gathered” in his name (Matthew 18:20).

The probing discussion of the Scripture, and learning to respond to the gentle leading of the Holy Spirit, teach active, intelligent engagement with the biblical text. The power of the Scripture to deepen people’s relationship with Jesus inspires ongoing conversion through the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Weekly spiritual exercises and encouragement to participate in the sacraments form disciples and strengthen the interior life.

Application questions on the Scriptures prompt reflection on how to respond to the Word. “What is God calling me to do because of this?” The weekly spiritual exercises encourage life-changing actions that help disciples begin to fill their part in serving the Church and the World.

  • Encounter Jesus - Evangelistic Discussion Guide Series

    Designed for those seeking to understand Jesus and the Church, Encounter Jesus books are popular with people at all levels of faith. Groups or individuals benefit from the questions on Scriptures that help them meet Jesus in a fresh way, the “Encounter Christ this Week” activities, and the prayers.

    • Signs and Wonders

      6-week Small Group Scripture Discussion Guide

      Encounter Jesus in a new way through thought provoking questions on stories of people whose lives changed when they met him.

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  • Follow Jesus - Establishing Discussion Guide Series

    We want to become students (disciples) of Jesus after we encounter his love. Books in the Follow Jesus series help participants grow in discipleship by establishing them in the heart and habits of a follower of the Lord.

    • The Way

      6-Week Small Group Scripture Discussion Guide

      Our best seller explores Catholic Christian discipleship: friendship with Christ; prayer; the Eucharist; encountering Jesus in the Scripture; Christian community, and interior conversion.

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    • Conformed to Christ

      6-Week Small Group Scripture Discussion Guide

      When we want to grow in our relationship with Jesus, we become his students. Questions on St. Paul’s letters to the early Christians help groups and individuals consider all the topics crucial to discipleship in everyday life: love, temptation, virtue, suffering, the Spirit, and the Church.

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    • Connection to the Cross: Lent Year B

      7-week Small Group Scripture Discussion Guide on the Catholic Lectionary

      Enrich your experience of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus through reflection on the Sunday Lent and Easter Scriptures. Questions on the words and actions of Jesus and his followers, and the Old Testament stories prefiguring or predicting his mission, open our eyes to God’s ways in the world and in our hearts.

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  • One-on-One - Establishing Series

    Disciples are made one person at a time. Books in our One-on-One series help someone share with another how to walk closely with Christ. The Catholic Church calls this an “apprenticeship” and “initiatory catechesis.” The one who seeks Jesus learns how to find him through witness, prayer experiences, and knowledge of the spiritual practices and attitudes of a Catholic disciple.

    • Exploring the God Question (Leader)

      3-week Discussion Guide

      A tool to engage with those who do not believe in God, these easily used conversation sessions consider the great questions humans have asked since the beginning; how we know/experience anything; the role of relationship to knowing; and the traditional arguments for and against God.

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    • Exploring the God Question (Participant)

      3-week Discussion Guide

      A tool to engage with those who do not believe in God, these easily used conversation sessions consider the great questions humans have asked since the beginning; how we know/experience anything; the role of relationship to knowing; and the traditional arguments for and against God.

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    • The Way of a Disciple (Leader)

      9-week Discussion Guide for Peer Discipleship Mentoring

      An apprenticeship plan with the Scriptures and Church teaching to support it, Way of a Disciple provides questions to consider together when helping another explore the implications of Jesus in his or her own life. The Leader version includes advice and resources for the discipleship mentor.

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    • The Way of a Disciple (Participant)

      9-week Discussion Guide for Peer Discipleship Mentoring

      A deliberate apprenticeship plan with the Scriptures and Church teaching to support it, Way of a Disciple provides thought provoking questions to help another explore the implications for his or her own life of what Jesus said and did.

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