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whole-life discipleship

In theFormed.life, there are daily small steps we can take together to intentionally cultivate various spiritual habits in our lives. Some days have video teaching or articles to go deeper. Other days, there is guidance in practical spiritual disciplines. Repetition is used to help cultivate a new weekly rhythm, while other parts of the week rotate through fresh practices.

Every bit of theFormed.life is designed to provide daily steps toward greater wholeness and influence in Christ. Our prayer is that the Holy Spirit would work through this resource to form us together into more faithful followers of Jesus in all of life.

family resources


At Christ Community, we truly believe that parents hold the primary role in discipling their children. We also believe that children play a vital role in the spiritual formation of their parents. That is why we desire to encourage and equip both parents and children in your efforts of mutual discipleship. Below you will find a collection of books, websites, and podcasts that you may find helpful as you seek to grow in the likeness of Christ together.

Select a tab below to see our suggested resources. Share this list with others and let us know if you have a suggestion to add to our list.


Spiritual Parenting – Michelle Anthony

Don’t Miss It – Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy

Mom Set Free – Jeannie Cunnion

Bible Praying for Parents – Keith Ferrin

Kids Can! – Leah Archibald

Faith begins at Home – Mark Holmen

Grace Based Parenting – Dr. Tim Kimmel

Pass It On – Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee

Faithful Families – Creating Sacred Moments at Home – Traci Smith

Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family – Michelle Anthony

Faith Conversations for Families – Jim Burns

The Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family – Dr. Kara Powell

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family – Paul David Tripp

Handfree Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of

Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! – Rachel Stafford

Raising Grateful Kids in an Ungrateful World – Kristen Welch


The Look and Tell Bible – Thomas Nelson

God Bless You & Goodnight – Hannah Hall

Who Sang the First Song? – Ellie Holcomb

You Are – Emil Assell

Tonight – Emily Assell

The Read-Aloud Bible Stories – Ella K. Lindvall

Loved: The Lord’s Prayer – Sally Lloyd Jones

The Biggest Story ABC – Kevin DeYoung and Don Clark



The Big God Story Michelle Anthony

Images of God MarieHélène Delval

Everything A Child Should Know About God Kenneth N. Taylor

Jesus StorybookSally Lloyd- Jones

WOW! The Good News in Four Words Dandi Daley Mackall

God’s Very Good IdeaTrillia Newbell

I Am: The Names of God for Little OnesDiane Stortz

The Storm That Stopped Alison Mitchell

Goodbye to GoodbyesLauren Chandler

The Friend Who ForgivesDan DeWitt

When I Pray for You MatthewPaul Turner

The One O’Clock MiracleAlison Mitchell

The Read-Aloud Bible Stories – Ella K. Lindvall

Loved: The Lord’s PrayerSally Lloyd Jones

The Beginner’s Gospel Story BibleJared Kennedy, Trish Mahoney



The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies
to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
– Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

The Phase Guides – Orange



3-1 A Picture of God Joanne Marxhausen

Action Bible Sergio Cariello

The Biggest Story Kevin DeYoung

The Read-Aloud Book of Bible Stories Amy Steedman

The Story of God’s Love for You Sally Lloyd-Jones



Thoughts that Make Your Heart Sing Sally Lloyd- Jones

The Radical Book for Kids George Thornton

Bible Infographics Harvest Kids

Notes from Jesus Mikal Keefer

I Am: Names of God Diane Stortz

The Case for Christ for Kids Book Series Lee Strobel

Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science Louie Giglio

Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family Jessica Thompson and Elyse M. Fitzpatrick


Lord’s Prayer Cards She Reads Truth

Praying in Color Sybil MacBeth

The Ology Marty Machowski

I Will Thank You! Kids Read Truth, guided journal, scriputre, and art



Unto Us Family Worship Guide Doorposts Music

Advent Storybook Laura Richie

The Christmas Story Autumn Ward Preschool

The Advent Storybook: 25 Bible Stories Showing Why Jesus Came Laura Richie and Ian Dale

The Christmas Promise Alison Mitchell, Catalina Echeverri

Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story Sally Lloyd Jones


The Garden, The Curtain, The Cross Carl Laferton

The Easter Story Patricia A Pingry Preschool

The Story of the Easter Robin Dandi Daley MacKall Preschool

The Easter Story Autumn Ward Preschool

Holy Week: An Emotions Primer Danielle Hitchen and Jessica Blanchard Preschool

Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs

The Story of the Resurrection Eggs Melody Carlson and Jack Stockman

Easter Love Letters from God



God Made All of Me! Justin and Lindsey Holcomb

God Made Boys and Girls: Helping Children Understand the Gift of Gender Marty Machowski

God Made Your Body Jim Burns

How God Makes Babies Jim Burns

Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality: A Biblical Approach to Prepare Them for Life Jim Burns



Goodbye to Goodbyes Tales That Tell the Truth Lauren Chandler and Catalina Echeverri

Someone I Love Died Christine Harder Tangvald



When God Made You Matthew Paul Turner

When God Made You Jane G. Meyer

The Gospel In Color – For Kids: A Theology of Racial
Reconciliation for Kids Curtis A. Woods, Jarvis J. Williams, Pip Craighead, Rommel Ruiz

God Made Me AND You: Celebrating God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity Shai Linne, Trish Mahoney

God’s Very Good Idea: A True Story of God’s Delightfully Different Family Trillia Newbell, Catalina Echeverri



It Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change Lysa TerKeurst

Hey Warrior Karen Young

Zoe’s Hiding Place David Powlison

How to Talk to Your Child about Communion

At Christ Community, we believe communion is one of two sacraments of the church, with baptism being the other. A sacrament is a directive, something you do because someone told you to do it or a command. Communion is a sacrament because Jesus commanded the church to practice it. Communion is a ceremony the church observes and practices as a sign of the grace God has shown to each of us. Communion is a way for those who have experienced the saving grace of Jesus to remember and celebrate what Jesus did when He died on the cross, and God raised Him from the dead.

When do I talk to my child about Communion?

Children are naturally curious and commonly ask questions about communion. If your family is involved at church, they may start asking these questions at a really young age. If the question is asked, it is the time to talk about communion.

Questions Kids Might Ask & How You Might Respond

WHAT is Communion?

Communion is for people who have made the choice to live their lives for Jesus and follow Him. They will eat small pieces of bread to remember Jesus’ body, which was broken because of His love for us. They will also drink juice to remember Jesus bled because of His love for us. Communion has other names. Sometimes communion is called the Lord’s Supper and communion can also be called the Eucharist, which means giving thanks.

WHY do we take Communion?

Communion is our way of remembering the last supper Jesus had with the disciples before He was arrested. That is why it is sometimes called the Lord’s Supper. The story about this meal with Jesus and the disciples is found in Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-23, and 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.Jesus said some very important words to His disciples during this meal. He said “Do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25). We include communion in our worship service as a special way to remember who Jesus is and what He did for each of us.1 Corinthians 11:26 says, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” When we take communion, we are reminded of Jesus’ death and we’re able to thank Jesus for sacrificing His life for ours on the cross.

WHO should take Communion?

People who are part of God’s family, and have asked Jesus to forgive their sins, are invited to participate in communion. Participating in the holy sacrament of communion reflects living lives of worship and obedience to God.How do you become a part of God’s family? You pray and surrender your entire life to Jesus and ask God to forgive you of your sins. The Holy Spirit gives you strength and wisdom to obey.


Each Christ Community campus has resources available to help guide your conversation with your children about Communion. If you feel your child is ready for more, please contact your Children’s or Student Pastor.

video library

RightNow Media is an incredible video resource we believe will help us all as we seek to be a caring family of multiplying disciples.

Everyone in our Christ Community family receives a free account to the RightNow Media library, the Netflix of Christian content. You will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, and more. You can view these videos from your phone, tablet or computer, and you can also view them in a group setting through a TV or projector. Check out this video to learn more about RightNow…

position papers

Exploring God's Design
for Human Sexuality

In an effort to help us as we journey through the book of 1 Corinthians together, our pastoral team has worked diligently to create a resource on human sexuality called Exploring God’s Design for Human Sexuality. Our hope is that this document is helpful to us all as we seek to understand God’s design for human sexuality, and how we are to respond to the brokenness around us, and within us.

Exploring God's Design for the
Role of Women in the Church

Over the past 30 years, few issues have held center stage in evangelical debates more than gender roles in the church, particularly with the emergence of Evangelical Feminism in the 1970s. The dispute over gender roles is an issue that every church must thoughtfully navigate with much prayer and Biblical inquiry, and this paper reflects the attempt of our church to do just that.

Giving God Our Best: God's Design for Generosity

We are called to love our neighbors with a generous love characterized by Christian compassion and economic capacity. In our quest for greater generosity, are we investing God’s financial resources wisely? What considerations ought to guide us in pursuing wise stewardship? As we discover that God designed us to be generous, are we also discovering how God has designed us to be generous?


Work. For some this word represents drudgery and the mundane. For others work is an idol to be served. In either case, a biblical understanding of work as godly activity and a means of spiritual formation is lost.

Striking a balance between theological depth and practical counsel, Work Matters engages the theological basis of God’s plan for everyday work. Tom Nelson explains how the fall has impacted vocation, how God’s redemption touches every sphere of our lives including our work, and how what we do now is connected to what we will do forever. As Nelson connects Sunday worship to Monday morning, he gives readers practical tools for understanding their own gifts, so that they may better live in accord with God’s design for work.

What does the good news of Jesus mean for economics? Too often, Christian teaching and ministry have focused only on the gospel’s spiritual significance and ignored its physical, real-world ramifications.
But loving our neighbor well has direct economic implications, and in our diverse and stratified society we need to grapple with them now more than ever. In The Economics of Neighborly Love Tom Nelson sets out to address this problem. Marrying biblical study, economic theory, and practical advice, he presents a vision for church ministry that works toward the flourishing of the local community, beginning with its poorest and most marginalized members. Nelson resists oversimplification and pushes us toward more complex and nuanced understandings of wealth and poverty. If we confess the gospel of Jesus, he insists, we must contend anew with its implications for the well-being of our local communities. Together we can grow in both compassion and capacity.

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