Sermon-based Lessons

Josh has written sermon-based lessons that go along with my weekly sermons to my congregation. This has provided a new level of alignment between the topics I present from the pulpit and the conversations that happen in our Connection Groups. Our people love it and it is a great complement to our worship services.

-- Stephen Cutchins
Pastor, FBC N. Augusta

Good Questions Have Groups Talking

Our little church has really enjoyed Good Questions. They love the open discussion. We have grown too! The local folks are buzzing about Providence Sunday school.
Only by the grace of God.
Tina Leonard

Why we must discuss

We are changed more by what we say than what we hear. People who speak words of gratitude become more grateful. People who speak words of love become more loving. People who complain become grumpier. We must lead people to be people who are, "speaking the truth in love, we will grow." (Ephesians 4.15

Good Questions Have Groups Talking

Good Questions have groups talking, thinking, growing, pondering, changing. We have 100 examples of Jesus using questions to teach. The classic example is when He led his disciples through a series of questions to have Peter declare, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." Jesus knew that when Peter declared this truth, he would be changed by it.

Good Questions Save You Time

If you have been studying and teaching the Bible for a while, prep time can be greatly reduced through the use of Good Questions. Perhaps you are a pastor and/or have been to seminary and/or have just been studying the Bible for years. All you need is 20 or so ready-to-use questions and you are good to go.

Weary of Struggling to Find Teachers?

I used to struggle to find and recruit Sunday School teachers -before I started writing Good Questions that Have Groups Talking.

Small Group Life's Two Biggest Problems

When I was a Group Pastor I had two problems

  1. I couldn’t get enough leaders
  2. Many of the leaders I did have were boring

How could Good Questions solve both of these problems?

We had the privilege of hosting Josh Hunt for our mid winter Sunday Morning Bible Study leadership conference. The emphasis on investing and building relationships is the key to reaching our society today. If you have not had the opportunity to have Josh Hunt in your church or attend one of his conferences, make plans to involve your leadership. His concepts will make a difference in your thinking about how simple it really is to reach out to people.

Charles Stanley

Josh Hunt believes in the power of the small group ministry in your church. And, his belief is contagious. In his new book, Make My Group Grow, Josh presents sound application to easy to understand research that will benefit every size and style of church. Your groups and leadership will benefit from this book.

Ed Stetzer

Josh Hunt’s book should be read by all who are looking for new ways to reach people.

Rick Warren

Discussion-based Lessons

Discussion-based lessons have groups talking and changing. We are changed more by what we say than what we hear. "Instead SPEAKING the truth (not just hearing the truth) we will grow." Ephesians 4.15

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Sermon-based small groups

Sermon-based groups are all the rage these days. I see it as the #2 trend in church life in this decade. (#1 is the multi-site church.) The leading spokesman for sermon-based groups is Larry Osborne. He says, “By far the most powerful tool for keeping our back door...

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"I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Can you imagine the impact those final words must have had on the first-century disciples? The emotional roller coaster they had experienced in recent days had been turbulent. They had been grieved by the crucifixion...

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Quality questions create a quality life

Speaker Anthony Robbins observed, “Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” I have found that to be true. In fact, I don’t think it would be an overstatement for me to say that...

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How to get 90% of your worship attendance in groups

At North Coast Church, our entire ministry is built around sermon-based small groups. Think “lecture-lab,” with the weekend sermon being the lecture and the weekly small group being the lab. When we launched the concept nearly thirty years ago, we knew of no other...

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Questions Challenge Mind-Sets and Get You Out of Rut

Too many people have flat-lined mentally. They’ve become stagnant. How do you fight against that? By asking the same question my friend Bill used to ask me: “When was the last time you had a good thought for the first time?” Asking questions is a great way of...

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Unlimited Resources

What would you do if you were as powerful as Superman? What would you do if you had three wishes? What would you do with a gazillion dollars? Questions such as these often introduced childhood games that called for us to imagine that we have immeasurable strength or...

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Sermon based groups create spirited discussion

When I first entered the ministry, I dreamed of communicating God’s Word so powerfully that people would mull it over and discuss it during the week. I envisioned impassioned discussions of the deep theological truth I’d presented in the sermon. I must have been...

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Questions Give Us a Different Perspective

Too often, as leaders, we get fixated on our own point of view and spend our time trying to convince others of our opinions instead of trying to find out theirs. As English novelist and politician Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton asserted, “The true spirit of...

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Unlimited Mission

"A royal ambassador is one who represents the person of the King at the court of another.” My memory of childhood events is sometimes hazy, and I may not have the exact quotation, but I can remember thinking how wonderful it was to be a Royal Ambassador. The R.A....

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Sermon based groups Increased Attentiveness

One of the first things I noticed was that people were more attentive. I wish I could take credit for an improved delivery or better material, but I didn’t really change anything. What changed was the congregation’s awareness that they were going to discuss the...

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Seven learning questions

The meetings I look forward to most are the learning lunches I schedule every month with people who can teach me. When we meet, I come armed with questions. Many are specific to the individuals I’m meeting with. But there are some questions I try to ask everyone. You...

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Sermon based groups

How Sermon-Based Small Groups Made Me a Much Better Preacher Like most pastors, I know that if I want my preaching to be powerful, it has to be memorable. That sounds simple enough—until you try to pull it off week in and week out. Early in my ministry, I would spend...

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John Maxwell on the use of questions

Larry King, who has made his living speaking to people as a television talk show host, believes that asking questions is the secret of good conversation. He says, I’m curious about everything, and if I’m at a cocktail party, I often ask my favorite question: “Why?” If...

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Unlimited Love

In 1965 Jackie DeShannon first recorded a popular song titled, “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” That sentiment and need is still true more than fifty years later. We don’t have to look far to see that love is in great demand but short supply. Families are...

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Sermon Based Groups Increased Note Taking

The most obvious sign of greater attentiveness was the marked increase in note taking. That alone had a significant impact. Educational theorists have long pointed out that we forget most of what we hear unless we also interact with the material visually, verbally, or...

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Questions Cultivate Humility

Early in my career I didn’t ask many questions. I mistakenly believed that as a leader I should know the answers to the people’s questions. As a result, I adopted the ridiculous attitude of “fake it ’til you make it.” Unfortunately, that caused me to do a lot of...

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Someone once said, “What you think about God determines everything else in life.” That is a profound statement, and it is very true. When I think of God I think of so many superlatives— great, majestic, sovereign, boundless, eternal—the list could go on and on. What I...

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Deciding for Christ

The idea that a decision is needed in order to become a Christian strikes many people as very strange. Some imagine that they are already Christians because they were born in a Christian country. ‘After all,’ they say, ‘we aren’t Muslims, or Jews, or Hindus, or...

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The right questions solve problems

As a leader you must always be looking forward for the sake of your team. When you face a problem and don’t know what steps need to be taken to advance the team, ask the following questions:    Why do we have this problem? How do we solve this problem? What specific...

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A group of 10 that doubles every 18 months will reach 1000 people for God in 10 years.

–Josh Hunt

People who are opposed to the gospel are not opposed to ice cream.

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Josh Hunt believes in the power of the small group ministry in your church. And, his belief is contagious. In his new book, Make Your Group Grow, Josh presents sound application to easy to understand research that will benefit every size and style of church. Your groups and leadership will benefit from this book.

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