• A Christmas Carol - The Songs of Advent
    A Christmas Carol - The Songs of Advent

    This three or four week study looks at Advent and Christmas carols we know and love. Originally developed for use in women's ministry but applicable to a variety of settings. Here you will find a leader's guide, along with activity handouts and slide presentations with YouTube video links included.

  • A Church Divided: Sermon from General Conference
    A Church Divided: Sermon from General Conference

    In this sermon, Rev. Adam Hamilton considers the first major division in Christianity, recorded in Acts 15, over whether Gentile believers needed to be circumcised and obey the Law of Moses. He also shares about The United Methodist Church’s divide and our bishops’ proposal for the church going forward regarding same-sex marriage -- which, like the apostles’ solution in Acts 15, is a compromise that makes room for conservatives and progressives in the church. Adam also shares personal reflections on the proposal, both in light of scripture and the prevalence of conflict and division in the early church -- noting that nearly every book of the New Testament addresses conflict, and they all offer the same answer.

  • Bethlehem
    Bethlehem

    [This resource contains footage gathered during Church of the Resurrection tours of the Holy Land and used as sermon support and illustrations. These are made available for others to use for sermons, studies or other illustrative purposes. Please note that the soundtrack has not been removed from these clips, so you’ll want to mute the background noise and other sounds that are present.]

    Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, is located six miles south of the Old City of Jerusalem, within the West Bank. King David was born and raised in Bethlehem. According to the Torah, Rachel, the favorite wife of Jacob, was buried on the outskirts.

    This resource includes footage from the Church of the Nativity. Attested to as the site of Jesus' birth from the early second century, it was originally constructed in 327 and rebuilt after a fire in 565. It is considered the oldest continuously used church building in the world.

    The Shepherd's Field is one of two rival locations for the exact site where the angel appeared to the shepherds on the night of Jesus' birth. One site is run by the Greek Orthodox, the other by Franciscans.

    Finally, Herod the Great built a fortress and palace - called the Herodion - between 23 and 15 BCE on a high hill south of Jerusalem and east of Bethlehem. It is the only structure Herod built to which he gave his own name, and his tomb was discovered there in 2007.

  • Binder for Life - Organizing Personal and Financial Info
    Binder for Life - Organizing Personal and Financial Info

    This 3-session class is beneficial for adults of all ages and stages of life, but especially appreciated by those 50+ who want to insure loved ones have the documents needed to manage their affairs should they become incapacitated or pass away. The class also creates an excellent outreach opportunity particularly well suited for participants to invite non- or nominally religious friends or neighbors to church.

    A follow-up class to Binder for Life is also available here on ShareChurch.com.  The title is "Having the Last Word."

     

  • Capernaum
    Capernaum

    [This resource contains footage gathered during Church of the Resurrection tours of the Holy Land and used as sermon support and illustrations. These are made available for others to use for sermons, studies or other illustrative purposes. Please note that the soundtrack has not been removed from these clips, so you’ll want to mute the background noise and other sounds that are present.]

    Capernaum is where Jesus called his first disciples, taught, healed a man possessed by an evil spirit, and raised the daughter of the synagogue's leader from the dead. Peter's house is where Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law. And, tradition says the synagogue whose foundation can still be seen was built by the centurion whose servant Jesus later healed.

  • Cultivate
    Cultivate
    In this Resource, you will find a six week small group study created by members of Church of the Resurrection's Adult Discipleship staff.  The aim of Cultivate is to reduce feelings of fear and insecurity and to encourage a lifestyle of sharing faith and of communicating the Gospel, in winsome, generous and loving ways. The goal is for participants to feel confident in their own story and equipped to share it with others.
  • Discipleship Toolkits
    Discipleship Toolkits

    Collection of training resources and small group discussion guides centered on the nature of discipleship. Use these toolkits however best fits your need - as sermon starters, a one-time group study, or as a group study series.

  • Embark Small Group Study
    Embark Small Group Study

    In this Resource you will find a three week introductory class for adults who have recently joined Church of the Resurrection and are interested in pursuing a path of spiritual growth.  Although created specifically for Church of the Resurrection, this study could be adapted for use in other settings.

  • Fearless Daughters of the Bible, A Study
    Fearless Daughters of the Bible, A Study

    This is a Bible study based on the book Fearless Daughters of the Bible: What You Can Learn from 22 Women Who Challenged Tradition, Fought Injustice and Dared to Lead by J. Lee Grady.  It was taught as a 7-week course for women, combining multiple chapters each week.  Participants read the chapters prior to each class session.  This instructor's outline includes discussion questions, videos and songs used to supplement the book.

  • Finding Joy
    Finding Joy

    In real life, we’re not always dealt the perfect hand. Relationships, careers and finances can all complicate life, leaving us unsettled, frustrated, empty and exhausted. What if you could turn the life you have into the life you want? What if life could be more meaningful and filled with real joy? What if you could develop habits that would make every day of your life better?

  • Follow Up
    Follow Up
    Interviews with staff at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection focused on follow up with visitors and new participants.
  • Foreword
    Foreword
    FOREWORD is a four-week introductory study, created especially for use at Church of the Resurrection, meant to help new small groups get to know each other and to lay the groundwork for the group’s future. Each lesson is structured in a way that has worked well for many small groups. While this resource was created for use at a particular church, it is easily changed to apply to your specific situation.
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