Resources for Groups

Resources for Groups

Explore God offers many different resources for groups that make it easy to explore the big questions around God. Our discussion group material is designed to create a safe place for people from all walks of life to come together to explore God and seek credible answers to challenging spiritual questions.

With the Explore God resources, it’s easy to facilitate a discussion group. If you can be hospitable, play a video, and listen well, then you can facilitate a group. Facilitators aren’t expected to have all the answers. You’re there to keep the conversation going, and we’re here to make that easy.

To access all of these free resources, simply sign in to the portal. If you’d like to learn more, scroll down for more information.

What is a Discussion Group?

An Explore God Discussion Group is about having honest conversations in a respectful environment that encourages questions and authenticity. Whether it’s just you and a friend or a small group, you can break down walls and stereotypes with open dialogue and exploration.

Watch this video to learn more about discussion groups.

What do groups discuss?

Discussion Group Facilitators can choose from two guided series, The 7 Big Questions or Knowing God . You can also create your own group curriculum by using any of the Explore God videos and articles.


 

The 7 Big Questions


Below is the outline for The 7 Big Questions series. Each session includes two short videos to watch and discuss. The Discussion Group Facilitator Guide provides an introductory overview of each session, questions to consider for each video, and links to related content. These follow-up resources can be sent to participants for further exploration.


 
  • Does Life Have a Purpose?

    1

    We all have something within us that yearns for value and meaning in life. Exploring our purpose is key to any faith journey.

  • Is There a God?

    2

    It’s hard to definitively prove or disprove the existence of God. Discuss one of the oldest and most important topics surrounding matters of faith and purpose.

  • Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?

    3

    One of the most asked and most difficult questions, this topic provokes deep discussion and consideration. Know that no one is alone when grappling with life’s many trials.

  • Is Christianity Too Narrow?

    4

    Christianity has often been criticized for being too exclusive in a world that is becoming increasingly inclusive. Look at the details of Christian belief and discover how others have answered this question.

  • Is Jesus Really God?

    5

    If Jesus is God, the implications are enormous. Explore the historical figure of Jesus and decide for yourself.

  • Is the Bible Reliable?

    6

    For many, the Bible is the main source of what we know about God. Investigating the reliability of the Bible plays a huge part in exploring God.

  • Can I Know God Personally?

    7

    As humans, we crave relationships and intimacy. Is it possible to know God personally?

 

Knowing God



This four-session series, designed for anyone who has the desire to grow spiritually, is a great follow-up to The 7 Big Questions. Simply watch a series of videos and discuss them with the questions provided in the Discussion Group Facilitator Guide. The guide also includes an introduction for each session and follow-up resources related to each topic for further exploration.



 
  • Making an Introduction

    1

    Is Christianity about following a set of rules and crossing off a to-do list? What does it really mean to be a Christ-follower?

  • God and Prayer

    2

    Is there a certain protocol we need to follow to talk to God? What does prayer look like—and how can we know if God is listening?

  • God and Scripture

    3

    Why should we read the Bible? What can we learn about God’s relationship with us through Scripture?

  • God and Community

    4

    Does keeping our faith personal and private limit our spiritual growth? How can gathering in community with others help us to discover more about ourselves and God?

 

Additional Resources Found in the Portal

In addition to the series content and guides, there are many other resources available that will equip you to facilitate a successful discussion group.

Facilitator Training Videos

Discussion Group Facilitator training is quick and easy. In as little as twenty minutes, you can watch the training videos and be ready to facilitate a group.

 
 
 
 
 

Plan & Prepare

Inside the portal you’ll find all of the resources you need to help you plan and prepare for each session, including discussion group guides, videos, follow-up resources, and group communication tools.

Promote & Invite

A personal invitation is the most effective way to invite others to join your Explore God Discussion Group. Within the portal you will find many resources—such as invitations, banners, wristbands, and yard signs—to help you easily promote and invite others into your discussion group.