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Small Group Guides Centered on Scripture

Lead Holy Spirit-filled discussions around God’s word with our books, available through The Word Among Us Press and Amazon.

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Nextstep Volume 1

We all experience it: a profound gap in our lives and in our world. There is a gap between what the world is and what we wish, or hope, or believe it could be. There is also a tension within ourselves. Try as we might, our efforts to fix this gap and this tension on our own inevitably fail.

The good news is that we are not on our own. Through Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the many gifts in the Church, God loves us, heals us, rescues us, and transforms us. But he doesn’t stop there: he sends us—equipped and not alone—to spread the good news all around us.

Nextstep is a multimedia experience of stories, witnesses, and teachings guiding you step-by-step into a closer relationship with Jesus through balanced, practical, and inspiring reflections.

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Small Group Discussion Guides

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). Using these guides, well-formed and trained leaders who’ve learned to facilitate dynamic Scripture discussions can be instruments of the Holy Spirit revealing the person of Jesus.

  • Amazed and Afraid

    6-Week Small Group Scripture Discussion Guide

    Amazed and Afraid is designed to help anyone—those who attend church regularly and those who have never met Jesus before in any meaningful way—to dive into the Gospels and begin a regular pattern of prayer. Each of the six sessions features a scene about Jesus and his followers, followed by a series of questions, meant to help participants begin to reflect…

  • Believe

    6-Week Small Group Scripture Discussion Guide

    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). When people “chew” on the word of God through dynamic discussions of the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit reveals the person of Jesus. That’s why the staff of The Evangelical…

  • Signs and Wonders

    6-Week Small Group Scripture Discussion Guide

    If we want to know who Jesus is, then we have to discover what his friends said and wrote about him. We can find detailed accounts of Jesus’ life—including the signs and wonders he performed—in the Gospels. They show us what Jesus cared about, how he treated people, and what he thought was most important in life. What better way…

  • The Way, Part 1 (Leader Guide)

    6-Week Small Group Scripture Discussion Guide

    As Catholic disciples of Jesus, we mature to the extent that we allow the heart and habits of Jesus and his people to become ever more our own. The Way invites individuals and groups to reflect upon the heart and habits of discipleship with Scripture, discussion questions, and prompts for spiritual exercises. In Part 1, we reflect on the call to know God…

  • The Way, Part 1 (Participant Guide)

    6-Week Small Group Scripture Discussion Guide

    This affordable booklet is designed specifically for small group participants. Leaders should purchase the Leader Guide.

  • The Way, Part 2 (Leader Guide)

    6-Week Small Group Scripture Discussion Guide

    In this second volume of The Way, we continue to reflect on our call to know and follow Jesus, particularly through the Eucharist, ongoing conversion (including the Sacrament of Reconciliation), the community of faith, and our call to mission.

  • The Way, Part 2 (Participant Guide)

    6-Week Small Group Scripture Discussion Guide

    The user guide is meant for group study and may be used by small group participants. Leaders should purchase the Leader/Individual Guide.

  • 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.

  • With Jesus to the Cross, Year B (Leader Guide)

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

    On the night before he died, Jesus made this promise to his disciples: “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32). With Jesus to the Cross makes it easy to dive into the Lenten Sunday Mass readings. Gather a small group weekly to…

  • With Jesus to the Cross, Year B (Participant Guide)

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

    This affordable booklet is designed specifically for small group participants. Leaders should purchase the Leader Guide.

  • With Jesus to the Cross, Year C

    Coming Lent 2022

    Coming soon! A 7-Week Small Group Lenten Scripture Discussion Guide on the Catholic Lectionary in Year C.

One-on-One Discussion Guides

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Other Books

Nextstep leads you step-by-step into discipleship practices to help you grow closer to God. These print books are the precursor to our online Nextstep discipleship guide.

  • Nextstep Volume 1

    We all experience it: a profound gap in our lives and in our world. There is a gap between what the world is and what we wish, or hope, or believe it could be. There is also a tension within ourselves. Try as we might, our efforts to fix this gap and this tension on our own inevitably fail. The…

  • Nextstep Volume 2

    In Nexstep, Volume 2, you are invited to continue your journey of growing in discipleship, delving more deeply into the freedom and victory that Jesus provides over “every burden and sin that clings to us “ (Hebrews 12:1). You will also discover how the seven sacraments immerse us in the life of Christ and little by little transform us into His…

Spanish Books

Libros en Español

Many of our discussion guides are also available in Spanish.

  • Signos y Prodigios: Encuentro con Jesús de Nazaret

    Las enseñanzas y milagros de Jesús han sido una fuente inagotable de fascinación para innumerables personas —creyentes y no creyentes por igual— desde que Él caminó por la tierra. Las seis sesiones en Signos y Prodigios incluyen algunos de los episodios más dramáticos en los Evangelios: Jesús caminando sobre el agua, sanando a los enfermos, convirtiendo el agua en vino,…

  • Asombrado y Asustado: Descubra el Poder de Jesús

    No acepte las ideas de nadie sobre quién es Jesús. Las historias y preguntas de este libro le ayudarán a conocer a Jesús usted mismo, ya sea solo o con un grupo pequeño de discusión en su iglesia. Verá lo que Jesús hizo, escuchará lo que dijo, y conocerá a los fascinantes personajes que eligieron seguirlo. Si usted es alguien…

  • Cree: Una Guía Católica Para Grupos Pequeños

    ¿Qué significa “creer”? En diferentes momentos de la vida, las grandes preguntas se nos imponen. “¿A dónde voy?” “¿Qué estoy buscando en la vida?” “¿Por qué estoy aquí?” Aquí in ¡Cree!, vamos a explorar lo que significa “creer” y la promesa que “Si crees, verás la gloria de Dios.” (Juan 11:40.) A usted le toca hacer el viaje por su cuenta.…

  • El Camino Parte 1 (Líder/Individuo)

    Como discípulos católicos de Jesús, maduramos en la medida en que permitamos que el corazón y los hábitos de Jesús y de su pueblo sean cada vez más los nuestros. El Camino invita a las personas individualmente y en grupos a reflexionar sobre el corazón y los hábitos del discipulado con la Biblia, con preguntas de diálogo y con instrucciones…

  • El Camino Parte 1 (Guía del Participante del Grupo Pequeño)

    Guía del Participante del Grupo Pequeño

  • El Camino Parte 2 (Líder/Individuo)

    Como discípulos católicos de Jesús, maduramos en la medida en que permitamos que el corazón y los hábitos de Jesús y de su pueblo sean cada vez más los nuestros. El Camino invita a las personas individualmente y en grupos a reflexionar sobre el corazón y los hábitos del discipulado con la Biblia, con preguntas de diálogo y con instrucciones…

  • El Camino Parte 2 (Guía del Participante del Grupo Pequeño)

    Guía del Participante del Grupo Pequeño

  • Con Jesus a la Cruz: Líder, Año B

    Con Jesús a la cruz facilita el estudio de las lecturas de la Misa dominical del tiempo de Cuaresma. Reúnete semanalmente con un grupo pequeño para dialogar sobre ellas, o medita en las preguntas por tu propia cuenta. Esta guía incluye todo lo que necesitas para dirigir un grupo pequeño o hacer el estudio individualmente. La Iglesia nos enseña que Dios…

  • Con Jesus a la Cruz: Guía del Usuario, Año B

    Diseñada para los participantes de grupos pequeños, Con Jesús a la cruz facilita el estudio de las lecturas de la Misa dominical del tiempo de Cuaresma. La Iglesia nos enseña que Dios nos habla a través de su palabra: “En los sagrados libros el Padre que está en los cielos se dirige con amor a sus hijos y habla con ellos” (Dei…

  • Con Jesus a la Cruz: Guía del Usuario, Año C

    Disponible Cuaresma 2022