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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 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).

Well-formed and trained lay leaders who’ve learned to facilitate dynamic Scripture discussions can serve as an instrument of the Holy Spirit revealing the person of Jesus.

The questions in the EC small group discussion guides help people learn how to “chew on” the Word. From this group “prayer of consideration,”[1] something emerges that only possible when “two or three are gathered” in his name (Matthew 18:20). One person says something that prompts a thought another in the group wouldn’t have considered on their own. The Holy Spirit uses these many opportunities to reveal God’s love for each person while guiding hearts and minds to a deeper understanding of Jesus’ words and deeds.

Probing discussion of Scripture and prayer teach active, intelligent engagement with the gospel revelation. Application questions prompt people to ask how to respond personally to whatever the Holy Spirit puts on their hearts. “What is God calling me to do because of this?” This is ongoing conversion. It’s how disciples are made.

Weekly spiritual exercises and encouragement to participate in the sacraments help small group participants “bring home” and make incarnate the ideas and inspirations they experienced. This follow-up strengthens believers’ connection to Christ and gives the Spirit opportunity to construct a more profoundly Christian interior life. Each guidebook builds toward encouraging life-changing actions that can help disciples seek and fulfill their role in the Church.

[1] Joseph Tetlow, S.J., 19th Annotation, The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

  • 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.

    • Amazed and Afraid

      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 more deeply about their relationship with Jesus.

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    • Believe

      6-week Small Group Scripture Discussion Guide

      Believe focuses on episodes when Jesus changed people’s lives. The questions that follow are designed to spark discussion and allow each person to consider how the story applies to his or her own life.

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    • 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 to explore who Jesus is, or deepen the relationship we already have with him, than to reflect on these accounts?

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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.

    • With Jesus to the Cross: A Lenten Guide on the Sunday Mass Readings, Lent Year C

      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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    • 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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  • 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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