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The mission of Bible Study Media, Inc. is to foster a Biblically literate church worldwide through the production of engaging, faithful, and applicable Christian teaching resources for churches and individuals.

Bible Study Media strives to provide outstanding children’s Sunday school curriculum and adult small group Bible studies that are readily applicable to daily life. We know that by putting the right resources in the hands of churches and individuals, Bible Study Media is able to captivate the imagination and encourage transformational life change for those seeking to understand the Bible as God’s Word.

Children's Sunday School Curriculum

Hearts Alive is a three-year lectionary-based children’s curriculum that bridges lectionary readings in regular worship. The curriculum supports and elevates liturgical traditions and the church calendar while using modern learning techniques to present the Word of God.

The Cross Walk uniquely parallels the themes explored in The Crucified Life study series, making for a powerful entire-family teaching experience. It is perfect for Sunday School or mid-week gatherings for Grades K-5, large group or small group sessions.

Adult Small Group Curriculum

The Crucified Life

An in-depth study of Jesus’ final words from the cross, helping to understand and identify with His suffering.

The Resurrected Life

This unique study explores seven key areas of life transformation and what it means to truly live a new life.

The Spirit-Filled Life

Discover the power and presence of the Holy Spirit as you explore the life-giving gift Jesus gave to us.

The Crucified Life

An in-depth study of Jesus’ final words from the cross, helping to understand and identify with His suffering.

The Resurrected Life

This unique study explores seven key areas of life transformation and what it means to truly live a new life.

The Spirit-Filled Life

Discover the power and presence of the Holy Spirit as you explore the life-giving gift Jesus gave to us.

Join the Conversation

A resource for Christian formation leaders, sunday school teachers and clergy.

Did You Have A Relationship With Jesus as a Child?

We asked this question to our Hearts Alive writing team.   Their answers inspired and amazed us.  We hope that their testimonies remind you of the awesome responsibility we all have as Children’s Directors and Sunday School teachers.  Thank you to David Sanford for sharing his story with us today. Q: Did you have a relationship […]

The Harvest is Plenty!

A Children’s Director’s Guide to Recruiting and Maintaining Sunday School Teachers By: Deborah Bell Rodahaffer Eighteen years as a Director of Christian of Education, mentoring Christian educators, and today, as Minister for Parish Life, have taught me that recruiting Sunday School teachers and all who serve should begin in prayer.  I pray that God will […]

Come to God Like a Little Child

  Of all the Scriptures, some of the most profound talk about coming to God like a little child. No matter how old we get, the Father still refers to us as children. He adopts us as His own, and even if we surrender our lives to God at seventy years of age, we still […]

In Search of a Parenting “Guarantee”

Excerpted from Born To Wander: Recovering the Value of our Pilgrim Identity (Moody Publishers, 2018) By Hearts Alive! contributing writer Michelle Van Loon   Our world at times is coarse, confusing, terrifying, and dangerous. (It is also beautiful.) Most of us feel powerless when we read the headlines or watch the news. Too often, our […]

Helping Children Find Themselves in God’s Story

By Lindsey Goetz Before he dies, Moses speaks to the people of God gathered in the wilderness.  It’s been 40 years since they rebelled against God, and most of the generation that disobeyed has given up the ghost.   And yet, when Moses speaks to God’s people, he recounts the stories of their rebellion and […]

Guarding Child-like Trust in Jesus

by David Sanford, Hearts Alive Writer   I had the privilege of interviewing a fairly large group of third to sixth graders at my church. Each child sat on a “hot seat” and answered five questions. The first four answers were easy: name, grade, number of siblings, and how many years they’ve gone to church. [...]

Helping Children Hear the Voice of God

By: Lindsey Goetz “…May God give you ears to hear His loving voice, his loving voice  speaking all around you, all  around you, and deep inside.” Every night, a lump forms in my throat and I blink back tears as I finish singing “The Song of Blessing” to my three daughters. It strikes me anew every night […]

Pentecost and the Jewish Feast of Shavuot

Hearts Alive Writer, Michelle Van Loon is our guest blogger this week.  She explains to us the connection between Pentecost, the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit and the Jewish feast of Shavuot.  He told them to wait. Wait for who? Every time I read the account of the first Pentecost, I’m struck […]

Be a Chopstick to a Pepper

By: Sara Buffington, Hearts Alive Sunday School Curriculum Writer This spring has brought a new hobby to our household: vegetable gardening. My seven-year-old, who prior to this was only interested in toys involving batteries, has fallen in love with growing our own food.  We are only beginners, and we are learning as we go. Last [...]

Meet the Hearts Alive Writers: Jill Turner

Jill Turner helps Hearts Alive Sunday school teachers understand the background for each week’s lesson.  Many of our users have commented on the value of this component and how it leads to more meaningful discussions with students.  

Cultivating Children’s Love for Jesus

by David Sanford, Hearts Alive Writer Why do children love Jesus so much? In the Gospels, it’s clear that they loved Jesus because He first loved them. Jesus wasn’t posing for future artists when He invited children to gather around Him. Actually, He didn’t have to do any coaxing. Children loved Him. So did their […]

What is the Christian Life Trilogy, Anyway? (part 2)

This post is the second in a two-part series on the basic tenets of The Christian Life Trilogy for those who wonder about, or want to share information about the Trilogy with their friends, neighbors, or church leaders. See part one here: What is the Christian Life Trilogy, Anyway? (part 1) The first series of […]

What is the Christian Life Trilogy, Anyway? (part 1)

This post is the first in a two-part series on the basic tenets of The Christian Life Trilogy for those who wonder about, or want to share information about the Trilogy with their friends, neighbors, or church leaders.  The ebb and flow of the Christian life is a rhythm of God’s people moving back and […]

The Servant Life Hearts Alive Palm Sunday Reflections

There’s a bumper sticker that some of you may have seen, it says: Salt Life. I imagine this to mean a life dedicated to spending as much time as possible at the beach: swimming, tanning, jet skiing, surfing, fishing, basically celebrating sun and sand. This coming week’s Palm Sunday lesson in our Hearts Alive curriculum [...]

The Crucified Life Quick Launch: A Crash Course to a Holy Lent

The Crucified Life The Crucified Life is a seven week study focusing on the Seven Last Words of Jesus. The study is intended to begin a process that leads to surrender to the Lord, leading to a closer relationship with the Lord. The Crucified Life is meant to bring forward and answer questions of the […]

Let’s Do Lent: Transforming Lives with Small Group Ministry

The Steps to a More Impactful Lent! See the original post from our 2015 posting of our webinar: Let’s Do Lent: Transforming Lives with Small Group Ministry Author of “Exponential Groups: Unleashing Your Church’s Potential,” the Rev. Allen White joined the Rev. Charlie Holt for this webinar entitled “Let’s Do Lent: Transforming Lives with Small Group Ministry.” Allen […]

Aligning Your Church and Planning for Small Group Study

We recently held the first webinar of this season’s series, “The Keys to a Successful Small Group Campaign.” In the first webinar, “What is a Christian Life Trilogy Campaign & What Does Small Group Bible Study Look Like?” author of the Christian Life Trilogy, The Rev. Charlie Holt discussed the importance of aligning a whole […]

The Things of First Importance

We recently held the first webinar of this season’s series, “The Keys to a Successful Small Group Campaign.” The first webinar is titled, “What is a Christian Life Trilogy Campaign & What Does Small Group Bible Study Look Like?” In the webinar, The Rev. Charlie Holt, author of the Christian Life Trilogy, discussed the importance of small group […]

Small Group Bible Study and It’s Importance in Early Christianity and Today

Last week began the first webinar of this season’s series, “The Keys to a Successful Small Group Campaign.” Author of the Christian Life Trilogy, The Rev. Charlie Holt discussed “What is a Christian Life Trilogy Campaign & What Does Small Group Bible Study Look Like?” In the webinar Rev. Holt talked about the importance of […]

The Spirit-Filled Life Daily Devotional

We at Bible Study Media want you to experience the glory of the Holy Spirit. Reverend Charlie Holt created the The Spirit-Filled Life to invite others to come under the Kingdom of God by first being baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. During this six-week study, you will explore how God’s will for […]

Quiz: Are You Cut Out To Be a Small Group Host?

One of the top comments Church Leaders hear when encouraging church members to be small group leaders is: “Are you sure I’m who you want? I don’t think I’d be good at this at all.” The answer lies within the results of this simple quiz you can take (or send to your parishioners) to help potential […]

Small Group Host Webinar Series

Whether you’ve been a Small Group Leader for years or are still considering whether or not hosting a Small Group is right for you, our Webinar Series on hosting small groups will have something that will make you look at the role in a new way. Below, find links to summaries and videos of all […]

How An All-Inclusive Study Benefits Your Church

It happens in every church—different ministries send members in different directions over time. While the youth may have one focus during Sunday school and another on Wednesday evenings, the adults could be deep in a sermon series as well as their own small group studies throughout the week. On the surface, we accept that this […]

How To: Plan an Impactful Church-Wide Study for Fall

There’s something about the blistering heat of mid-summer that makes me think about planning for autumn. Stay with me, here: I step outside into what I can only describe as “sunburn as I walk to the car” weather and yearn for the crispness of fall, which makes me think about my church’s vision for the [...]

The Power of Alignment: Preparing for an Unforgettable Lent

This blog series explores the impact and long-term growth your church can experience through an intentionally aligned, church-wide small group study. Today’s post focuses on the impact of aligning every part of a church’s Lenten programming to engage a congregation in every way. This is the first post from the series: The Power of Alignment in […]

Beginning or Improving Your Small Group Ministry: Catalyze a Movement

In addition to discipleship and personal life transformation, launching a small group movement can build an increased sense of community among your congregation. Starting a small group movement can jump-start the sense of connection between church members. As a result, you can more effectively reach your community through the now deeper-connected members of your church. […]

Living Hope

It is the prayer of everyone at Bible Study Media that relationships are reconciled and hearts return to the foot of the Cross in the post-election season. In the coming days and weeks, we will be sharing thoughts and devotions that we pray will facilitate that goal. Today’s devotion on hope and the purpose of […]

Small Groups and Casting Vision

God is at work around our country through the small group movement, sending a wave of spiritual renewal to the local church. He is using Small Group Ministry to grow His people and equip them to do the work of the kingdom both within the church and in the world around us. The key to […]

Bury the Hatchet

It is the prayer of everyone at Bible Study Media that relationships are reconciled and hearts return to the foot of the Cross in the post-election season. In the coming days and weeks, we will be sharing thoughts and devotions that we pray will facilitate that goal. Today’s devotion on reconciliation is an excerpt from […]

A Hope and a Future in the Christian Life

It is the prayer of everyone at Bible Study Media that relationships are reconciled and hearts return to the foot of the Cross in the post-election season. In the coming days and weeks, we will be sharing thoughts and devotions that we pray will facilitate that goal. Today’s post is written by the author of […]

National Reflections

It is the prayer of everyone at Bible Study Media that relationships are reconciled and hearts return to the foot of the Cross in the post-election season. In the coming days and weeks, we will be sharing thoughts and devotions that we pray will facilitate that goal. Today’s post was originally written by the author […]

The Power of Alignment in Your Church

This blog series explores the impact and long-term growth your church can experience through an intentionally aligned, church-wide small group study. Today’s post focuses on the three ways the power of alignment will influence your congregation’s participation and experience. Coordinating and aligning the elements of the Christian Life Trilogy will impact and produce the kind […]

Guarding the Faith

“O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called ‘knowledge,’ for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.” – 1 Timothy 6:20-21   Paul’s final charge to Timothy is to “guard the deposit entrusted to you” (6:20). As a minister […]

The Christian Life Trilogy author Rev. Charlie Holt with Charisma Magazine

See what The Christian Life Trilogy author Rev. Charlie Holt had to say about the series in a radio/podcast interview with Charisma Magazine!  

Implement a Small Group Study on Christian Life – Church-Wide Impact

The biggest hurdle in implementing a church-wide study of any kind is figuring out where to begin. Rev. Charlie Holt, author of The Christian Life Trilogy, has the answers and will be sharing them over the course of this 7-part series!  See the previous posts in the series below the video. I really hope you’ve […]

Implement a Small Group Study on Christian Life – Training Hosts

The biggest hurdle in implementing a church-wide study of any kind is figuring out where to begin. Rev. Charlie Holt, author of The Christian Life Trilogy, has the answers and will be sharing them over the course of this 7-part series!  See the previous posts in the series below the video. After you find your […]

Implement a Small Group Study on Christian Life – Plan The Campaign

The biggest hurdle in implementing a church-wide study of any kind is figuring out where to begin. Rev. Charlie Holt, author of The Christian Life Trilogy, has the answers and will be sharing them over the course of this 7-part series!  See the previous posts in the series below the video. Once you have the […]

Implement a Small Group Study on Christian Life – Recruit Hosts

The biggest hurdle in implementing a church-wide study of any kind is figuring out where to begin. Rev. Charlie Holt, author of The Christian Life Trilogy, has the answers and will be sharing them over the course of this 7-part series!  See the previous post in the series below the video. Are these videos fanning […]

Implement a Small Group Study on The Christian Life – Build a Team

The biggest hurdle in implementing a church-wide study of any kind is figuring out where to begin. Rev. Charlie Holt, author of The Christian Life Trilogy, has the answers and will be sharing them over the course of this 7-part series!  See the previous posts in the series below the video. Are you ready to […]

Implement a Small Group Study on Christian Life – Exponential Thinking

The biggest hurdle in implementing a church-wide study of any kind is figuring out where to begin. Rev. Charlie Holt, author of The Christian Life Trilogy, has the answers and will be sharing them over the course of this 7-part series!  See the previous post in the series below the video. You’ve made the choice […]

Implement A Small Group Study On Christian Life – First Things First

The biggest hurdle in implementing a church-wide study of any kind is figuring out where to begin. Rev. Charlie Holt, author of The Christian Life Trilogy, has the answers and will be sharing them over the course of this 7-part series!  Learn how to energize your congregation and leverage their spiritual gifts for a church-wide […]

What Are Christians To Do?

Like many of you, I am deeply grieved by the continuing tension in our nation—shootings involving police and race in Baton Rouge and St. Paul, protests around the country, and more violence targeting the police in Dallas and other areas. All of this follows the recent mass shooting in my own city of Orlando. What […]

4 Ways to Use the Summer Slowdown to Your Advantage!

Not five minutes ago I heard from yet another Pastor: “It is impossible to get ahold of people or work with them during the summer!” We’ve all been on both sides of the issue: either our summers are filled with activities and we can’t find a spare moment to respond to an email or return […]

Divide to Multiply: How to Turn One Powerful Small Group Into Many

The Kingdom of God spreads through multiplication, and it is effective to be intentional about using your small group ministry to multiply the power of God to build His Kingdom. When you have a powerful small group that is changing lives and impacting people, it may be a good idea to consider splitting the group […]

Top 5 Small Group Challenges (and How to Solve Them)

As many positive things as we have to say about small groups, a group will always have its challenges. A wise leader will help its group navigate through these challenges. Here are our suggestions: Challenge 1: Lack of Commitment Life is just so busy!! This is the #1 challenge that small group ministries face. People […]

5 Key Elements of a Healthy Small Group

Small groups have the power to change lives. A small group that is healthy and focused can be even more effective. So what are the most important aspects that you as a leader can emphasize in order to make the most of your small group to deeply impact both the lives of the members and […]

The Cross Walk: A Brand New 7-Week Children’s Curriculum

We are thrilled to announce the release of The Cross Walk: Learning to Walk Like Jesus. The Cross Walk is an exciting new Children’s Curriculum that combines games, crafts, and hands-on activities with solid Biblical teaching. Perfect for Sunday School or mid-week gatherings, this brand-new resource is designed for Grades K-5, large group or small […]

8 Goals to Set to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Small Group

Small groups can serve as catalysts for church growth, relational connectivity and powerful discipleship, but goals need to be preset to insure the health of your group. Here are our Top 8 goals to make your small group more effective:   1. Establish the “Why” Before doing anything else with your group, sit down and […]

3 Reasons to Jump-Start Your Devotion Time for Pentecost

We hear it every day: “You make time for the things that are most important to you.” But a 2012 LifeWay study found that 81% of Christians don’t read the Bible daily. If you’re one of the 81%, you’re clearly not alone, but now is the perfect time to do something about it! Here are […]

7 Reasons to Have a Church-Wide Summer Study

No two families have the same summer schedule, which is why many churches stay away from scheduled studies during the season, especially church-wide studies. While churches are right when it comes to specific ministries–like small group ministry–I’d argue that summer is the perfect time to enact a congregation-wide study! Here are 7 reasons why:   […]

Ready, Set, Grow… Your Small Group

Making the decision to lead a small group can bring both excitement and uncertainty to the first-time leader. Once you’ve decided that you are willing to lead a small group, here are the steps to take in getting your group off the ground. First Things First You first need to consider your own desires as […]

To Be or Not to Be… A Small Group Leader

Are you interested in Small Group ministry, but would like to know more about its purpose and how to be a good leader? Read on for an outline of the who, what, and why for starting a small group! Why Small Groups?  Because Life IS Better Connected! God created us to be in relationship with […]

The Cross Walk: The Companion to The Crucified Life – For Kids!

Coming Soon…The Cross Walk! We are very excited to announce the upcoming release of The Cross Walk: the companion curriculum to The Crucified Life – for kids in grades K-5! This project is still in design, but we are planning to have it ready for release in January, so that churches can do this curriculum […]

Living on the Other Side of the Cross

The Resurrected Life is a calling we have in Christ that sets us on an upward trajectory of transformation. Our citizenship is now in Heaven with the risen Lord Jesus. And it is toward Heaven that our life-orientation must turn.

Sustaining Small Groups Through Multiple Seasons

Now that you have gotten a small group ministry launched during the season of Lent, there is an uncertain time approaching when the first small group Bible study series ends. You need to be intentional and strategic with a plan for how to continue your groups into the next season. On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 […]

Do You Want to Be Healed?

Many people who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ are spiritual invalids lying on a mat waiting for someone else to come along and do a miraculous work in their life. Instead, Jesus invites the willing to stand up and take a step in faith, like the man in the story of John 5.

The 5 Steps to Leveraging Easter Into a Church-Wide Small Group Campaign

Easter is one of the most powerful times of the church year. Church leaders are on the front lines when it comes to sustaining that excitement into a lasting life change. Use these 5 steps and The Resurrected Life materials to make the most of this upcoming season!

Resurrected Life Webinar

Easter is one of the most powerful times of the church year. Many people feel the greatest pull toward God at this time of year… As a church leader, you can be intentional about sustaining that excitement into lasting life change.

Small Group Basics: Leading a Group for the First Time

There are lots of things to think about when trying to get church small groups off the ground, and there could be some unpleasant surprises if you don’t plan ahead. Held on January 20, 2016, the final installment of our Small Group Ministry Webinar Series will help you answer the questions that separate the smooth […]

Crucified Life Quick Launch Webinar: A Crash Course in a Church-Wide Study for Lent

Involving your entire congregation in a simultaneous study of materials can have a tremendous impact on the lives of both your congregation as a whole and the individuals in it. However, making a church-wide effort can be an intimidating thought… And we are here to help! On Wednesday, January 6, The Rev. Charlie Holt, along […]

Announcing The Cross Walk: The companion to The Crucified Life – for kids!

We are very excited to announce the upcoming release of The Cross Walk: the companion curriculum to The Crucified Life – for kids in grades K-5!

4 Tips on Coaching Your Hosts: Setting Your Small Groups Up for Success

There is often a gap between recruiting small group leaders and actually starting groups. Sometimes new host recruits get scared or distracted, or they had good intentions but don’t move forward. Coaching will fill that gap by helping and encouraging new leaders to get groups started and sustain them over the long run. In the […]

The Power of Alignment

Imagine for a moment the impact on your church if for 40 days every person in your congregation lived in alignment with God’s will in the pattern of Jesus’ call to pick up our cross and follow Him.

Lent 2016 Crucified Life Campaign: Action Steps for November

This is the first in a series of posts that I will be offering those who are planning or are considering planning a Christian Life Trilogy small group campaign launching with The Crucified Life on Sunday, February 10, 2016.

Gather & Grow: Connecting Your Congregation with Groups

Do you have low participation in your small groups because people aren't motivated to get connected and stay connected? Do you wish you had a better way to plug people into a group they will love? In the fifth installment of our Small Group Ministry Webinar Series that was on November 17, 2015, Fr. Charlie [...]

Welcome Home: 4 Keys to Recruiting Small Group Leaders

Do you love the thought of having a vibrant small groups ministry at your church, but you struggle with finding the people willing to lead groups? Your congregation is actually FULL of dynamic leaders, even if they may not know it yet! In the fourth installment of our Small Group Ministry Webinar Series that was […]

100% Congregation Involvement — Yes, It’s Possible!

Do you believe that it’s possible to engage 100% of your church’s weekly attendance in small groups? Believe it or not, it’s possible!! In the third installment of our Small Group Ministry Webinar Series that was held on September 30, 2015, Fr. Charlie Holt and guest speaker Allen White spoke about the best practices of […]

Circle Up: How to Recruit Teams for Small Group Ministry

So after our first webinar, you felt the call to foster the small group life of your congregation — that’s great! But now you’re probably realizing what a truly God-sized task that is. How can one person initiate a church-wide movement alone? Well, we know from Scripture that God calls individuals and teams to complete […]

Let’s Do Lent: Transforming Lives with Small Group Ministry

In this first webinar of our Small Group Ministry Series, conducted on June 29, 2015, The Rev. Charlie Holt and guest speaker Allen White spoke about how to align your vision with God’s intention for Lent and utilize small groups to build community and spiritual growth within your congregation. Our focus was on the 5 […]

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