For Home Group Leaders & Hosts

“Leadership does not begin with a title or a position. It begins the moment you are concerned more about others’ flourishing than you are about your own.” – Andy Crouch, Strong and Weak

In his excellent daily devotional book, New Morning Mercies, Paul Tripp says, “It is in a community of humble love that we are best positioned to understand all that God has said to us in His Word.” That’s one of the reasons TVC places such a high value on our Home Groups AND one of the reasons I am so thankful for each of you who open your homes and/or lead these loving communities of TVCers!
-Pastor Jim

Updating your Home Group Info on the TVC Website

We appreciate your faithful service to TVCers through the opening of your homes and the leadership that you provide in a small group setting. The community you are building with the people in your group is vitally important. To that end, we want to make sure we keep the Home Group page of the TVC website updated with CURRENT information. Please check your group’s listing regularly to see if there is anything that we need to update, including, day, time, location and study topic. Send changes to Cora Cluver at  

Helpful Resources for Home Group Leaders

A curated list from Pastor Jim and other TVC staff

Ideas for Group Study:
Celebration of Discipline – Richard Foster
Creation Regained – Al Wolters
Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
Prayer – Philip Yancey
Prayer – Tim Keller
The Screwtape Letters – C. S. Lewis
The Call – Os Guiness
What’s So Amazing About Grace? – Phillip Yancey
Crazy Love – Francis Chan
The Meaning of Marriage – Tim & Kathy Keller
The Reason for God – Tim Keller
Bible Study: Sermon On the Mount – John Stott
Galatians For You – Tim Keller
Romans For You – Tim Keller
Judges For You – Tim Keller
James – Sam Allberry & Tim Keller
The Explicit Gospel – Matt Chandler
Basic series – Francis Chan
5 Things – Andy Stanley
You Are What You Love – James K. A. Smith
Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World – Michael Horton

RightNow Media Access:
As part of TVC, you have free access to RightNow Media, a vast library of 16,000 video resources for all ages from a wide range of sources. Home Group leaders (or anyone, for that matter) can stream Bible studies directly to their computer, tablet or mobile device. Search by category, topic or speaker — some titles even include links to workbooks and leader’s guides. You will even find some of the study titles listed above on RightNow. Simply register and you’ll have ongoing access to the full media library for free through The Village Chapel. Register HEREIf you’ve already registered, log in HERE

Inspiration for You:
Daily Devotional Options and
I wanted to introduce you to two online resources I have found helpful in my own daily devotions. I can honestly say I have been greatly encouraged and inspired by both of these authors over the years. The 18th century Englishman and Bible commentator Matthew Henry is well known for his insights into both the Old and New Testaments. The link above takes you to a well-curated website with some of his writings. And most of you have heard me quote A.W. Tozer from time to time. You can find a link to his online daily devotional online above. Feel free to share these links with the folks who come to your TVC Home Groups, especially if they are looking for practical and biblical daily devotionals to encourage them in the gospel. -Pastor Jim

Gospel Life
I wanted to pass along another resource that I’m certain all of you will want to browse and some of you will want to draw from. The folks at Gospel in Life are an excellent source of audio, video and writings from Tim Keller, John Stott, J. I. Packer, Os Guinness, N. T. Wright, etc. -Pastor Jim

A Practical Atheism Assessment
Brad Hambrick serves as the pastor of counseling at The Summit Church in Durham, NC. He also serves as instructor of biblical counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and has authored several books including Do Ask, Do Tell, Let’s Talk: Why and How Christians Should Have Gay Friends and God’s Attributes: Rest for Life’s Struggles.

On his website, Hambrick offers “A Practical Atheism Assessment,” explaining, “It can be hard to know and even harder to admit if I am living as a ‘practical atheist.’ If I’m a nice guy (or girl) who doesn’t hurt anybody and tries to be fair, it seems awkward to think I am not living as if God existed. After all, doesn’t God want me to be nice and fair?”

I found it stirred me up a bit more than I thought it would. The 20 questions included are meant to describe what it looks like to live as a “practical atheist.” This term is not meant to be derogatory, but merely to capture what it looks like to live as if God’s existence or involvement is inconsequential to their daily life. The end result was good, so I share it with you in case you’d like to print some out to share with the folks in your Home Group and then discuss.
-Pastor Jim

Reading Galatians with John Stott – 9 Weeks for Individuals or Groups
False teachers had infiltrated the churches in Galatia, attacking Paul’s authority as well as the gospel he preached. So Paul’s letter to the Galatians is not only a defense of his authority as an apostle, but also a celebration of the remarkable grace offered through Jesus Christ. John Stott’s teachings from The Message of Galatians are offered here as brief devotional readings suitable for daily use. Designed as a church resource for small groups, this book includes nine weekly studies that take us passage by passage through Galatians, allowing readers to enjoy the riches of Stott’s writings in a new, easy-to-use format.

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