Bible Study Resources

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 (ESV)

More than five days

During the three years surrounding the 2016 Gathering (January 2014 – December 2016), online resources are provided to prepare your hearts and minds for our time together in New Orleans and encourage your group to continue to grow in the faith once you return home. Please subscribe to the Gathering Update to stay up-to-date with the resources available.

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Post-Gathering Bible Study

Use this study as you travel home and prepare to share your experience with your congregation and community.

Resource added July 2016.



In many ways, Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a letter of encouragement. We both receive and give encouragement. This study is designed to be done shortly before leaving for New Orleans or perhaps on the road.

Resource added June 2016.


Christian Character: A Study of Identity, Humility and Community

This Bible study explores the concepts of identity, humility, and community in Christ alone through case studies of four biblical characters: Joseph, Ruth, Mary, and Peter. The goal is to help the reader understand their own life in Christ alone by considering these examples.

Resource added February 2016.

Voodoo & Christianity in NOLA

This one-part Bible study written by New Orleans native, Rev. Ken Babin, explores the ideas of voodoo, evil spirits, temptation, and revenge as it relates to New Orleans culture and our Christian faith in Christ alone.

Resource added November 2015.


Introductory Bible Study

The Introductory Bible Study is a three-part study introducing the three subthemes of the 2016 Gathering: Identity, Humility, and Community as found in the book of Philippians. This study can be used as one, longer study or divided and used in three separate parts.

Resource added August 2015.

Thematic Study: Philippians

In Christ Alone: A Thematic Study of Paul’€™s Letter to the Philippians by the Rev. Dr. Joel Lehenbauer contains an overview, key contextual components, and thematic commentary on the book of Philippians. Use the Introduction section on pages 3-5 to facilitate a one-part study to introduce your group to the theme, In Christ Alone, and Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

Resource added February 2015.