RESOURCE

Groups may choose a resource guided study, including (but not limited to) the following pre-approved resources. For help with selecting a different study approved for ICC Life Groups, ask your group’s coach.


RESOURCES ARE LISTED ACCORDING TO ISLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH MEASURES OF A TRANSFORMED DISCIPLE.

DESPERATE DEPENDENCE

A posture of abiding in God's presence, longing for His power,

and depending upon His promises.

  • DESPERATE DEPENDENCE SERMON SERIES

    This sixteen week Sunday series from spring 2019 led our church into a renewed focus and passion for prayer. If your Life Group is looking to grow in prayer and dependence this series podcast and sermon reflection guides are right for you!

  • REASON FOR GOD: TIMOTHY KELLER

    Using literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and potent reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand their ground against the backlash to religion created by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics, he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.

  • KNOWING GOD: J. I. PACKER

    Knowing God brings together two important facets of the Christian faith― knowing about God and also knowing God through the context of a close relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. Written in an engaging and practical tone, this thought-provoking work seeks to transform and enrich the Christian understanding of God. Explaining both who God is and how we can relate to him, Packer divides his book into three sections: The first directs our attention to how and why we know God, the second to the attributes of God and the third to the benefits enjoyed by a those who know him intimately. This guide leads readers into a greater understanding of God while providing advice to gaining a closer relationship with him as a result.

  • None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and why that's a good thing): Jen Wilkin

    God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible.

    We're not.


    And that's a good thing.


    Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God's limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.

GOSPEL CENTRALITY

An identity rooted in the grace of Jesus, realizing sufficient

satisfaction, security, and purpose in Him.

  • The Gospel-Centered Life: Robert M. Thune & Will Walker

    Lots of Christians talk about the gospel, but how many really understand the gospel and know how to apply it to their lives? Featuring nine self-contained lessons with discussion questions, articles, practical exercises, and comprehensive leader's notes in the back, The Gospel-Centered Life helps participants understand how the gospel shapes every aspect of life.

  • Above All: The Gospel Is the Source of the Church’s Renewal: J.D. GreEar

    Is gospel Christianity dead?
     
    Pundits are writing the obituary of historic, orthodox Christianity, but pastor and author J. D. Greear (Gospel, Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart) believes the postmortems are premature. Jesus promised to build his church. He said that the gates of hell would not prevail against it. The church is not going away.
     
    Along with this promise, Jesus gave clear instructions for how the church would prevail. He promised to build it on the rock of the gospel.
     
    The most pressing need for Christianity today is not a new strategy. It is not an updated message. It is a return to keeping the gospel above all.

  • CENTERED: The Book of Galatians Sermon Series

    This eleven week Sunday series from fall 2018 led our church toward a greater understanding and passion for what it looks like to live a gospel centered life and be a gospel centered church. If your Life Group is looking to grow in prayer and dependence this series podcast and sermon reflection guides are right for you!

  • FUlFILLED: The book of HebreWs sermon series

    This twelve week Sunday series from fall 2016 walked through the book of Hebrews verse by verse. The main theme that arises again and again throughout Hebrews is "JESUS IS BETTER!" If your Life Group is desiring hearts that are greater satisfied in the person and working of Jesus this series podcast and sermon reflection guides are right for you!

COVENANT COMMUNITY

A choice to live in authentic relationships, selfless

interdependence, and loving unity with other believers in the local church.

  • The Compelling Community: Where God's Power Makes a Church Attractive (9Marks): Mark Dever

    God’s people are called to a togetherness and commitment that transcends all natural boundaries―whether ethnic, generational, or economic. But such a community can be enjoyed only when it relies on the power of God in the gospel.


    In The Compelling Community, pastors Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop cast a captivating vision for authentic fellowship in the local church that goes beyond small groups. Full of biblical principles and practical advice, this book will help pastors lead their congregations toward the kind of community that glorifies God, edifies his people, and attracts the lost.

  • The 8 Graces of Marriage (Video Series): David & Vicki Frazier

    The 8 Graces of Marriage Couples Workshop (Video Series) with David & Vicki Frazier is a unique, informal training to learn how grace can revolutionize your marriage! Whether you have been married for years, or are newly engaged, the 8 Graces are for you!


    Find out more here!

  • Not Yet Married: The Pursuit of Joy in Singleness and Dating: Marshall Segal

    Many of you grew up assuming that marriage would meet all of your needs and unlock God’s purposes for you. But God has far more planned for you than your future marriage. Not Yet Married is not about waiting quietly in the corner of the world for God to bring you “the one,” but about inspiring you to live and date for more now.


    If you follow Jesus, the search for a spouse is no longer a pursuit of the perfect person, but a pursuit of more of God. He will likely write a love story for you different than the one you would write for yourself, but that’s because he loves you and knows how to write a better story. This book was written to help you find real hope, happiness, and purpose in your not-yet-married life.

PASSIONATE PURPOSE

A daily ambition to know and live for Jesus in my family, job, and

community,

  • Don't Waste Your Life: John piper

    The American Dream beckons people to spend their lives on trivial diversions, slipping through life caught up with seeking success, comfort, and pleasure above all else. But God designed people for far more than this.


    In this best-selling book, John Piper makes a passionate plea to the next generation to avoid the dangers of a wasted life, calling us to take risks and make sacrifices that matter for eternity―with a single, soul-satisfying passion for the glory of God that seeks to make much of him in every sphere of our lives.

  • Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work: Timothy Keller

    With deep conviction and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about work today. In fact, the Christian view of work—that we work to serve others, not ourselves—can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life. Keller shows how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship—not just of self-interest.

  • Advocates: The Narrow Path to Racial Reconciliation: Dhati Lewis

    This is the situation faced in the book of Philemon. From this short New Testament letter, pastor and author Dhati Lewis (Among Wolves) unpacks key principles that Paul applied to being an advocate in the midst of division.

    The divisions of our day don’t look the same as Paul’s, but the principles are timeless. In 2 Corinthians 5, God commissioned us to be his ambassadors and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. Whether we’re engaging in issues of politics, ethnicity, or religious beliefs, our heart posture should be one of an advocate set on reconciliation. The problem is, too many of us approach difficult conversations with the heart of an aggravator. Aggravators sometimes look like they are pursuing good things, but their heart is not toward reconciliation. Any motive less than reconciliation falls short of the desires of God’s heart.

    We need godly advocates in every sphere of life. This book will specifically apply these principles to issues of ethnic division. Are you willing to call any division caused by discrimination, prejudice, or racism a sin? Do you want to grow in your ability to navigate tense and emotional conversations about ethnic divisions? Are you ready to become an advocate?

MISSIONAL MINDSET

A clear calling and active involvement to live to see the gospel spread

and churches planted at home and around the world.

  • Let The Nations Be Glad: John Piper

    "Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't. Worship is ultimate."--John Piper

    Let the Nations Be Glad! has become a modern missions classic. A trusted resource for thousands of missionaries, pastors, church leaders, and laypeople, it provides a biblical basis for missions and worship. 


    "Let the Nations Be Glad! is the most important book on missions for this generation, and I hope it will be the most influential as well. John Piper places missions where it belongs: at the heart of God's desire to be glorified among the nations."--R. Albert Mohler Jr., president, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • RADICAL: David Platt

    It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily...

    But who do you know who lives like that? Do you?

    In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.

EXPANDING DISCIPLESHIP

A commitment to grow in relationship with Jesus and

intentionally invest my life in others to do the same.

  • RADICAL TOGETHER: David Platt

    In Radical Together, the author broadens his call, challenging us to unite around a gospel-centered vision. 
     
    How, he asks, might such a vision reshape our priorities as the body of Christ? How might well-intentioned Christians actually prevent God’s people from accomplishing God’s purpose? And, how can we best unleash the people of God in the church to carry out the purpose of God in the world? 
     
    Writing to everyone who desires to make an impact for God’s glory—whether you are an involved member, a leader, or a pastor—Dr. Platt shares six foundational ideas that fuel radical obedience among Christians in the church. With compelling Bible teaching and inspiring stories from around the world, he will help you apply the revolutionary claims and commands of Christ to your community of faith in fresh, practical ways.

  • Multiply: Francis Chan

    Jesus gave his followers a command: “Follow me.” And a promise: “And I will equip you to find others to follow me.” We were made to make disciples.

    Designed for use in discipleship relationships and other focused settings, Multiply will equip you to carry out Jesus’s ministry. Each of the twenty-four sessions in the book corresponds with an online video at www.multiplymovement.com, where New York Times bestselling author David Platt joins Francis in guiding you through each part of Multiply. 

    One plus one plus one. Every copy of Multiply is designed to do what Jesus did: make disciples who make disciples who make disciples…. Until the world knows the truth of Jesus Christ.

  • The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home: Russell D. Moore

    Why do our families have so much power over us? In The Storm-Tossed Family, bestselling author Russell Moore (OnwardChristianity Today's 2016 "Book of the Year Award Winner") teaches readers whether you are married or single, whether you long for a child or shepherding a full house, you are part of a family. Family is difficult because family—every family—is an echo of the gospel.

    Family can be the source of some of the most transcendent human joy, and family can leave us crumpled up on the side of the road. Family can make us who we are, and family can break our hearts. Why would this social arrangement have that much power, for good or for ill, over us?