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"Home Sweet Home" (Sept 2017)

The Money Challenge

-Managing God's Money by Randy Alcorn

-The Money Challenge: 30 Days of Discovering God's Design for You and Your Money by Art Rainer

-Eternal Perspective Ministries

-The Theology of Money Class

-Financial Planning Ministry

-Dave Ramsey "Smart $ Live", Nov. 7, 6pm at CCV-Peoria

Staying Married & What about being single?

-Will I be single for the rest of my life?

-What hope does God give lonely singles?

-Single, Satisfied and Sent

-If He does not love Jesus, He will not love you.

-Am I single because I'm defective?

-Your Letter to Your Future Spouse

-My Wedding Was Supposed to Be Today

-Single in Christ: A Name Better than Sons or Daughters by John Piper

-Not Yet Married: The Pursuit of Joy in Singlemness and Dating by Marshall Segal

-Ann Voskamp blog

-"Look at the Book" 1 Peter 3

-This Momentary Marriage

-Nashville Statement: A Coalition for Biblical Sexuality

-Rejoice In the Wife of Your Youth: Letter to a Would-Be Adulterer

-Has Marriage Become My Idol

-When a Man Loves A Woman Well

-Ask Pastor John Podcasts:

++What does it mean for a man to lead his family spiritually?

++What is the daily aim of parenting?

++Am I destined to repeat my parents' sins?

-The Glory of a Father--Parenting on Fumes & Grace

-Motherhood as a Calling

-Motherhood as a Mission Field

-Parents, Require Obedience of Your Children by John Piper

-Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp

-Parents, Let Them Go by Kim Ransteben

"Grace is >" (Aug-Sept 2017)

-Grace is Greater: God's Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain and Rewrite Your Story by Kyle Idleman

-What's So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancy

-Adoniram Judson: How Few There Are Who Die So Hard

"Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus" (Summer 2017) Resources:

-7 Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer by Bill Bright

-A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Prayer and Fasting by John Piper

-Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney

-An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture by Andrew Davis

-Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus Through the Spiritual Disciplines by David Mathis

-Habits of Grace Study Guide

-Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

-Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster

-The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard

-When I Don't Desire God : How to Fight for Joy by John Piper

-Bible Reading Plans:


--The Kingdom

--Discipleship Journal

-The Passion of Christ: Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper

-Love to the Uttermost: Devotional Readings for Holy Week by John Piper

-Your Sorrow Will Turn to Joy: Morning and Evening Meditations for Holy Week by Jon Bloom

[Spring Season (12 wks): March 5-May 21]

**Find a Group by clicking HERE and calling the Leader.

CG Recommended/Approved Study List HERE

How To Choose Your Next Study CLICK HERE

Community Group Covenant: CLICK HERE

Invite Your One! Series Resources

-Being a Local Missionaries Without Neglecting Global Missions

-Frontiers: "Jesus for Muslims"

-The Joshua Project

-People Groups

-International Mission Board (IMB)

-Christian Missionary Fellowship International (CMFi)

-Team Expansion

-Billy Graham Center for Evangelism

-Toward a National Renewal of Evangelism through the Local Church

-Tension of Measurement

-The Art of Neighboring

-12 Ways of Being a Curious Person by Barnabas Piper

-How to have Comfortable Conversations about God by Marilyn Adamson

-The State of Evangelism by John Sorenson

Prayer Works! Series Resources

-What To Do When We Are Prayerless by J. Bloom

-"Look at the Book" (Acts 16:19-31) by J. Piper

-Get Alone with God by David Matthis

-Prayer: Speaking God's Language by Joni Eareckson Tada

-Enjoy Your Prayer Life by M. Reeves

-Teach Us to Pray: Praying in the Bible and the World by D.A. Carson

-Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney

-You Probably Don't Need a Quiet Time by Donald Whitney

-21 Seconds of Prayer to Change Your World by Mark Rutland

-7 Simple Daily Prayers by Marshall Segal

-Why is my delight in God so short lived? by John Piper

-What Shoud We Pray For? by John Piper

-Prayer for Beginners by Marshall Segal

-Do You Pray Like a Non-believer? by John Piper

Carols Series Resources

(Part 3) "O Holy Night"

-When was Jesus born? by Sam Storms

-God's Miaculous Conception by John Piper

-Are you bored with Christ at Christmas? by S. Witmer

-Chain Breaker (song) by Zach Williams

-What the Manger Says to the Suffering by Vanetta Rendall Risner

-Magi, Wise Men, or Kings? It's Complicated. by Chad Ashby

-Joseph of Nazareth versus Planned Parenthood by Russell Moore

-Why believe in the virgin birth and the Resurrection? Can I doubt and still be a Christian? By Tim Keller

-Is Christmas a pagan holiday? By R.C. Sproul

(Part 2) "Away in a Manger"

-What Jesus Demands from the World by John Piper

-The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur

-Questions for Sleepy or Nominal Christians by Tim Keller

-The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but living as if He doesn't exist. by Craig Groeschel

(Part 1) "O Come All Ye Faithful"

-Joy is Not Optional by David Mathis

-When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy by John Piper

-2016 Advent Guide from The Village Church

"A New Church" (Dec. 4, 2016)

-Your 7 Job Responsibilities as a Church Member

--2016 Advent Guide from The Village Church in TX

-Treasuring God in our Traditions by Noel Piper

-The Greatest Thing You Could Do Today by Francis Chan

Balanced Stewardship Resources:

Part 2: "Killing Discontentment"

-Battling the Unbelief of Envy (sermon by John Piper)

-How to Be a Good Steward by R.C. Sproul

Part 1: "What's my enough?"

-Help a family have a house of their own!


-The Tithe: Law or Grace? by John Ortberg

-Common Questions about Tithing (FAQs)

-What's Your Financial Health? from Crown

-Financial Peace University (FPU) Online

(16 weeks/$119)

-Live From Enough strudy for families & groups

-Step Into My Shoes

"Conter Culture" Resources:

-CounterCulture by David Platt click HERE

-Vote in the General Election: Nov. 8th (registration deadline is Oct. 10th) click HERE for more information

-Contact your government representatives click HERE

The Gospel and Poverty

-What is poverty? Compassion Int. HERE

-When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert click HERE

-Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work by Timothy Keller click HERE

-10 Days Without: Daring Advetures in Discomfort that will Change Your World and You by Daniel Day click HERE

-Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road by Timothy Keller click HERE

-To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City by Mark Gornik click HERE

-Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College click HERE

Volunteer Opportunites:

-Compassion Care Center HERE

-Epic Food Mission HERE

-Feed My Starving Children in Mesa HERE

-Habitat for Humanity HERE

The Gospel and Ethnicity

-Creating a Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark DeYmaz

-"Letter from a Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King Jr. click HERE

-Info about people groups:


--The Joshua Project

-Immigration and the Gospel by Russell D. Moore

-Illegal Immigration and Our Corruption by Michael Linton

-The Goslel and Immigration by Soerens and Darling

The Gospel and Abortion

Abortion Stats:

---The Guttmacher Institute click HERE

---Centers for Disease Control click HERE

---Abortion Counters click HERE

-4-D Ultrasound video click HERE

-Live Action's Abortion Investigation Videos click HERE

-50 Ways to Help Unborn Babies and Their Mothers click HERE

-Volunteer at the New Mercies Pregnancy Center click HERE

-A Surrendered Life by Pat Layton click HERE

-Family Life Alliance click HERE

The Gospel and Human Trafficking

-A21 Ministries (Christine Caine) click HERE

-Sex Slavery Ministries click HERE

-From Sexual Slavery to Restoration and Rebirth click HERE

-The International Justice Mission (IJM) click HERE

-Mountain Child Ministries click HERE

-Volunteer at the Illuninate Agape Project click HERE

-21 Ways to Fight Human Trafficking click HERE

The Gospel and Marriage

-Roles/Responsibilities of Husbands & Wives: (Men & Women: What's the Difference? sermon in the "Ancient Modern Family Series 4/10/16) click HERE

-Mentor a man/woman or couple click HERE

-The Gospel and Singleness by David Platt click HERE

-Focus on the Family Social Issues click HERE

-Why not gay marriage by Kevin DeYoung click HERE

-God's Blueprint for a Healthy Marriage (3-part podcast) by Tim & Kathy Kelly click HERE

-The 4 Seasons of Marriage by Gary Chapman click HERE

-10 Things Every Christian Should Know About Their LGBT Neighbors by Glen Stanton click HERE

-Is there hope for American Marriage? click Here

-Same Sex Marriage In America click HERE


-Religious Freedom resource page from Focus on the Family click HERE

-Send Bibles to dangerous areas ($6 per Bible) click HERE

-Buy soap from Iraqi Christians click HERE

-Extreme Devotion from VOM (365 stories of Christians around the world who have risked all for their faith). click HERE

-2016 World Watch List click HERE

-2016 International Religious Freedom Report click HERE

-The truth about "Separation of Church and State" click HERE

-Constitution/Bill of Rights click HERE

-Teach Your Children About Persecution of Christians click HERE

-Loving Your Enemy, Even When It's ISIS? Yes, Even Then. By Matthew Willingham click HERE

-What's Wrong with Western Missionaries? By Nik Ripken click HERE

-Why Burkinis Should Matter To Christians Who Care About Religous Freedom by Ed Stetzer click HERE

Stories of Christian Persecution: (click on title)

-Hea Woo from North Korea

-Fatima of Saudia Arabia

-Susan in Uganda

"Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing" Resources:

-When Your Family's Lost a Loved One: Finding Hope Together by David & Nancy Guthrie click HERE

-God Fills Our Lives with Trials by Stacy Reaoch (article) click HERE

-A Song for the Suffering: "Though You Slay Me" by Shane & Shane click HERE

One more! Resources:

-"Tell Someone" FREE online evangelism course (6-sessions) by Greg Laurie click HERE

-Amplify 2016 (Evangelism Conference) videos click HERE

-The Unbelievable Gospel by Jonathan K. Dodson click HERE

-Simple Ways to Be Missional ebook from the Verge Network click HERE

-The Art of Neighboring by Runyon & Pathak click HERE

-Small is Big, Slow is Fast: Living and Leading Your Family on God's Mission by Caesar Kalinowski click HERE

-5 Ways to Bless Your Neighbors by Dave Ferguson click HERE

-10 Gospel Verses to Keep Warm by David Mathis click HERE

-12 Gospel Passages to Soak In by David Mathis

click HERE

-The Introverted Evangelist by Seth McBee click HERE

Sermon on the Mount: "The Beatitudes" Resources:

-"Thirteen Practical Steps to Kill Sin by John Piper" click HERE

-What The Whole Bible Says About Sin by D.A. Carson click HERE

-Are all sins equal before God? by John Piper click HERE

-Does God Rember Sins or Forget Them? by John Piper click HERE

-Do I Need to Repent If Christ Died for All My Sins? by John Piper click HERE

-Does God Delight in Destroying Sinners? by John Piper click HERE

Ancient-Modern Family Series Resources:

-"Crazy Busy" by Kevin DeYoung Study Guide click HERE

-"Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by CROSSWAY Books click HERE

-"50 Crucial Questions about Manhood and Womanhood" by Piper & Grudem

"Mom Enough: The Fearless Mother's Heart & Hope" by Toni & Karalee Reinke click HERE (also available in EPUB & MOBI formats click HERE)

Find a Group: CLICK HERE

**See the Community Group FAQs below.

2016 Community Group (CG) Schedule

  • CG Winter Season (10 weeks): Jan. 17-March 20
  • CG Spring Season (8 weeks): April 10-May 29
  • CG Summer Season (6-weeks): June 19-July 24
  • "On-Ramps" (5-weeks): July 31-Aug. 28
  • CG Fall Season (10 weeks): Sept. 18-Nov. 20
  • Community Group FAQs:

    Solutions to the Top 5 Reasons People Don't Join a Group

    Who do I contact with more questions? Contact Pastor Jim Herzberg, our Community Group Team Leader, at jherzberg@epicchristianchurch.com

    What do we believe about Community?

    We believe God has called EPIC to be a community of believers who live out their salvation in the context of their daily lives, serving one another and their neighbors. Though not the only way, we have decided that our overall discipleship strategy is through small group environments called Community Groups. Our goal is for everyone to be part of a Community Group.

    What is a Community Group?

    Safe and encouraging communities of 7-14 people who are intentionally striving to apply God’s Word to their lives as they share life in authentic community and grow together in discipleship. We have Couples, Mixed (Couples & Singles), Men’s, Women’s and special topic Groups.

    What should I expect in a Community Group? Click HERE.

    How do our Groups work?

    Groups meet weekly throughout the year, in four 8-12 week "Seasons" with August being our "On-Ramp" month to help new people get connected through short-term Groups and classes. All Groups have the basic elements of connection, care and being on mission. Meetings include times of prayer, study, service to others and food!

    What are some ways to find a Group?

    1. Pray

    2. Join your friend's Group.

    3. Go to the Guest Information Table in the lobby for a list of Groups.

    4. Mark your Connection Card.

    5. Meet the Leaders at GroupLink.

    6. Start a new Group! (Training provided)

    7. Contact Pastor Jim at jherzberg@epicchristianchurch.com or 719-510-5233 cell.

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