New Series: Starting Over

We are pleased to announce the release of a new message series that’s available for Life Lessons groups.



What do you do when it all falls apart?
Your career
Your marriage
Your dream

How do you pick up the pieces and begin again?

In the four-part series Starting Over, Andy Stanley looks at why we have a tendency to repeat our mistakes . . . and what we can do to ensure that next time won’t be like last time.


I think Starting Over is destined to become one of the most popular series for Life Lessons groups.

Why?

Because all of us have had to start over at some point. And regardless of whether we’re starting over because of mistakes we’ve made, or because life has thrown us a curveball . . . starting over is hard. It’s humbling. And it hurts.

So if someone has advice that will make starting over smoother and less painful—and give us a better result?

That would be worth our while.

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New Series: Why In The World

The newest message series DVD from Andy Stanley hits shelves this week.



With all that’s wrong in the world,
why would God choose to become one of us?

Why would God leave the comfort and recognition of heaven to live on this ball of dirt in a time before morphine and indoor plumbing when the best of conditions barely paralleled the worst of modern day conditions?

Why?

We think we know why He died.
But what compelled him to live as one of us?

We have added Why In The World to the Life Lessons catalog, but we strongly recommend that you consider the dynamics of your group before ordering it.


Who is it for?

  • This is a great series for groups that have been meeting for a while and contain a significant number of “nominal” or “Sunday” Christians, provided that the group does not fall into one of the Who is it not for? categories below.
  • It might also be appropriate for those who have not yet crossed the line of faith, but are really seeking.
  • This could be a great series for groups that meet in a neutral (off company property) site that want to inject a more overtly Jesus-oriented series into their calendar.

Who is it not for?

  • This series is not for new groups. This is a “Jesus-heavy” series, and new groups should establish themselves with more felt-need-driven (i.e., topic-based) curriculum for at least a year, so that the unchurched people checking out your group don’t feel like they’re getting the bait-and-switch.
  • This series is definitely not for groups that have to walk a fine line with HR about the Christianity angle of the group.
If any of the above describes your group, we have plenty of other series that will meet your needs—take a “pass” on Why In The World for now.

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New and Improved Series Pages

In early 2011, we launched a completely redesigned LifeLessonsOverLunch.com website—and we continue to tweak it and make it better.

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This version has proven to be much more helpful for you—our leaders—and more informative for prospective leaders and visitors who may launch Life Lessons groups in the future. Over the past three years, we have listened to your feedback and continued to enhance our site. As of today, we have updated all of the message series pages.

What’s new?

Message Run Times
Does this series have any longer-than-usual messages?
Do we need to let people know to be right on time in order to see the whole message?
Now you can see the run time of every message in each series, right on the series page. These run times have long been available on the series worksheets on Curriculum Listing Spreadsheet, but now you can get to them quicker.

Director’s Notes
Are there any messages in this series that, given the dynamics of our group, we should maybe skip?
Is there anything that would make these messages really come alive for our participants?
We realize you may not have time to preview every single message/series before you show it. So any time there’s something we think would be helpful for you to know before showing a series, we put it in the Director’s Notes. Over half of our series now have some sort of Director’s Notes that we think will help you lead well.

Electronic Files of Handouts
From time to time, Andy mentions a handout in a message—most often a card with relevant verses on it—that you might like to put in your participants’ hands. While North Point Ministries doesn’t keep the physical, printed cards after we complete a series (any extras are usually distributed to North Point’s Strategic Partner churches, who typically run the same series a year later), we try to make electronic copies of these handouts available. They are usually in PDF format, which you can download and print out for your participants. For some older series, those electronic files may be lost or have “rights issues,” but for almost any series in the past five years, we should have the electronic file posted on our site (or be able to track one down, if not).

We hope these enhancements will help you lead your group even better.

Do you have any ideas that would make these pages more helpful? Share your thoughts here.

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Right In The Eye DVD now available!

Andy’s message series, Right In The Eyeis now available for your Life Lessons group!  In this compelling series, Andy employs his gift of storytelling to make the Old Testament book of Judges come alive as he addresses the mindset many people have: “It’s my life.  I can do what I want, when I want, with whom I want…as long as nobody gets hurt.”  There may be people in your group who love Andy’s messages and apply many of his life or leadership principles to their daily lives, but may not fully buy-in to the idea that God has something to say about their personal, and even private lives.  As long as no one gets hurt, why does it matter?  This series is great for those people who haven’t quite let God have full access to every part of their heart…and I think if we’re honest, we are all in that boat at different times in our lives!

If you think this series will be a good fit for your group, it’s available for order on our Curriculum Page. (To cut down on our shipping costs, we’d love for you to order more than 1 DVD at a time).

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How To Be Rich DVD Now Available!

Andy’s 2012 series, How To Be Rich, has just been released by Zondervan and is available for your Life Lessons group!

Each year, Andy uses the month of November and the Be Rich Campaign to encourage everyone in attendance, at our strategic partners, and watching on TV and online to live and give more generously.  He focuses on the idea that it’s not just about what we have, but what we do with what we have that matters.  It’s an exciting time of year around North Point, as we unleash a wave of generosity in our community by giving our time, food, gifts, and money. (To see the results of this year’s Be Rich campaign, click here.)  Now you have the opportunity to encourage this same spirit of generosity in those you work with!

This is a great series to show any time of year, but you may make the biggest impact if you show it at a time when the spirit of generosity is at its peak.  For most of us, that’s during the holiday season; but your company may have another time of year where employees are encouraged to live and give generously – if so, that may be the perfect time to offer the How To Be Rich  series!  It’s all based around 1 Timothy 6:18: “…to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”   Could you begin to create a culture of generosity at work?  Imagine the impact that could be made if we (and the companies we represent) all took this seriously!

If you or anyone in your group are interested in digging deeper into this topic, Andy just released a book, How To Be Rich, in addition to the DVD. Click here for the book.

The former How To Be Rich series from 2007 has been replaced with this newer version.

Is your company generous?  How could you begin to create a culture of generostiy at work? Tell us your stories HERE!.

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Top 10 DVD’s of 2013

In 2013, we shipped over 600 DVD’s all across the country and the world! Of those 600, the following were the top 10 most requested:

                                     

(We do not include “1st orders” as we calculate the top 10, as those are the DVDs the staff sends new leaders to launch their groups. These most directly reflect the series that our leaders chose for their groups)

What about you?  What were your favorite series this year?  Leave your comments here.

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Ordering DVDs for January

Two quick—but important—notes on ordering DVDs for January:

1. If you need it by January 7th, 2014, order it by December 19th, 2013.

Normally, we try to get your DVD requests processed and shipped to you within 2-3 business days. However, at the end of the year, it always takes longer. For one thing, the Life Lessons staff will be out of the office for the entire week of 12/23-12/27. Also, North Point Resources (who actually fills and ships the orders) does its year-end inventory and closes up shop for a couple of days.


2. Leverage the new year to reach a wider audience.

January presents a unique opportunity to tap into the felt needs of those in your sphere of influence. At the start of a new year, people are naturally inclined to pursue self-improvement. If your Life Lessons group can help them toward their goals, they’re that much more likely to participate in your group. Here are some messages/series that can help you leverage the start of a new year:
  • “This One Thing”*: North Point’s 2012 New Year’s message, that challenges each of us to shift from a having list of resolutions to focusing on the one thing that most deserves our attention this year.
  • Life Apps: a 6-part series about turning knowledge into life change. This series plays heavily on New Year’s resolution themes like weight loss, exercising, spending wisely, etc.
  • Breakaway: a 6-part series about breaking patterns of past behavior.
  • Breathing Room: a 4-part series on creating breathing room in our schedules, our finances, and our relationships.
  • Time of Your Life: a 5-part series on making the most of your most precious resource—time.
  • Balanced: a 6-part series on how to experience financial balance.

* Single-message DVD-R’s like “This One Thing” are not listed on the Online Order Form. You can request them by emailing us.

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New Series: Starting Point


Everything has a starting point.

Your life.
Your relationships.
Your education.
Your career.

But sometimes we forget that faith has a starting point as well.

In this 8-part series, Andy Stanley explores what it would look like to hit the restart button on your faith.

The Starting Point series was created to help support the newest revision of North Point’s “Starting Point” curriculum—an 8-week group study designed to help “seekers, starters, and returners” think through the foundational concepts of the Christian faith. It looks at God’s plan for humanity, how sin corrupted that plan, the role of law, why Jesus is our Savior, the role of grace, the role of faith, and how you move in God’s direction.

Who is it for?

This is a great series for groups that have been meeting for a while and contain a significant number of “nominal” or “Sunday” Christians, provided that the group does not fall into one of the Who is it not for? categories below. It might also be appropriate for those who have not yet crossed the line of faith, but are really seeking. It might be a good fit for some groups that meet weekly. Finally, if your group has a number of people who have been coming to your group for a while and are looking for a “next step” in their faith journey, going through Starting Point with the discussion guides might be a great way to take the conversation to the next level.

Who is it not for?

  • This series is not for new groups. This is a “Jesus-heavy” series, and new groups should establish themselves with more felt-need-driven (i.e., topic-based) curriculum for at least a year, so that the unchurched people checking out your group don’t feel like they’re getting the bait-and-switch.
  • This series is definitely not for groups that have to walk a fine line with HR about the Christianity angle of the group. This series includes a clear Gospel presentation, which would almost certainly violate any promises not to use your Life Lessons group to proselytize.
  • This series is not for groups that meet less than twice a month, as it’s a loooooong series.

If any of the above describes your group, we have plenty of other series that will meet your needs—take a “pass” on Starting Point for now.

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New Series: Follow

For many, the Christian life feels like
a long game of “Jesus Says.”

Jesus says pray.
Jesus says give.
Jesus says to go to church.

But upon further investigation, we discover that Jesus’ invitation to his first-century audience was an invitation to relationship. And it began with a simple request:

“Follow me.”

In this 8-part series, Andy Stanley takes us on a journey through the Gospels as he traces Jesus’ teachings on what it means to follow.

In some ways, this series almost feels like a “greatest hits” compilation.

There are familiar themes that you’ll recognize if you’ve heard the White Flag, Playing God, Everyone, or Breakaway series, as well as stand-alone messages like “The Separation of Church and Hate” or “Trading Up.”

Who is it for?

This is a great series for groups that have been meeting for a while and contain mostly or even exclusively Christians—especially if a lot of them are “nominal” or “Sunday” Christians. It might also be appropriate for those who have not yet crossed the line of faith, but are really seeking.

Who is it not for?

  • This series is not for new groups. This is a “Jesus-heavy” series, and new groups should establish themselves with more felt-need-driven (i.e., topic-based) curriculum for at least a year, so that the unchurched people checking out your group don’t feel like they’re getting the bait-and-switch.
  • This series is definitely not for groups that have to walk a fine line with HR about the Christianity angle of the group.
  • This series is not for groups that have a number of new participants.

If any of the above describes your group, we have plenty of other series that will meet your needs—take a “pass” on Follow for now.

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New Series: You’ll Be Glad You Did

Just in time for summer, there’s a new addition to the Life Lessons catalog: You’ll Be Glad You Did.

Not sure how to get where you want to go? Well, ask someone who has been there.
Chances are…You’ll Be Glad You Did.

Just imagine if . . .

. . . young people were not controlled by the crowd.
. . . singles made decisions that set themselves up for a desirable future.
. . . married couples knew a secret that could reduce their chances of divorce by 99%.
. . . those over 40 shared the wealth of their experience with the next generation.

This four-part series, themed around nostalgic 1960s-style public service announcements, offers a little something for everyone: young people, single people, married people, and those of us on “the back nine.”
(That covers everyone, right?)

In these messages, Andy offers practical, specific advice for each group that will help them look back on this season with no regrets.

Check this series out; you’ll be glad you did.

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