Past Series

Hello! Below you will find past Life Group series we have done here at Shepherd Church! The page is still under construction and PDF's of the studies are being uploaded daily! If you have any questions, please reach out to us on the Life Groups team at


We want to take six stories from the Gospels—six stories of people who met Jesus and were transformed after meeting Him—and give each of them a completely fictional backstory.

Our goal is simple: We want to see their humanity, up close, so that we can discover how we might encounter Jesus just as they did. We invite you to use your imagination along with us, to consider what their lives may have been like before they met Jesus and how their encounter with Him impacted their futures.

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We will explore how we can find hope in God and how we can take a leap forward into the exciting future to which He has called us. Through this study and discussion, we will learn the tools for determining our purpose in the kingdom of God, and then, we will take the first scary step toward accomplishing it!

Leaping in Expectation Digital Study Guide

To watch 7-week series, click here! 

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Many people ask what the future of the church is going to look like. For some, that's a scary question. Will the music be different? Will the preaching be the same? Are we all going to live in virtual reality? 

In this 7-week Life Group series entitled "This Is Us," we will explore the core building blocks upon which the first church was planted in the book of Acts. We will canvas the history of the early church to see the pattern of how God intended His church to thrive and to imagine how it might continue to grow in the future.

This Is Us Digital Study Guide

To watch the 7-week series, click here!

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Throughout the Scriptures, the story that appears one and over is how God used one person-a man, a woman, a child, a king, a servant, a fisherman-in order to achieve great change for the world and for the gospel message.

In this 8-week Life Group series, we will explore eight different stories throughout Scripture where one person faces off against daunting odds in order to serve the Lord. Session include: The Judge and Her Calling, The Boy and His Lunchbox, The Captain and His Ship, The Daughter and Her Basket, The Soldier and His Spoils, The Posse and the Border Patrol, The Scribe and His Scrolls, The Fisherman and His Dreams. 

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Many people from all over the world are drawn to the city of Los Angeles for the glitz and glamour; sunshine and surf; opportunities of making history. Almost 10 million people call this place home. 

In this 7-week Life Group series, we will transform the icons of Los Angeles into powerful reminders of God's presence as well as the challenges we face as believers. 

To watch the 7-week series, click here!

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In response to His disciples' request on how to pray, Jesus gave them what has become known as the Lord's Prayer. In this 7-week Life Group series titled "Teach Us How to Pray," we will be dissecting the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. 

Each phrase from this prayer has divine direction that not only connects us with our Heavenly Father, but also allows the Holy Spirit to shape our hearts and minds to His will and image.

Click here to download the Teach Us How To Pray study guide!

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Deep in the heart of every believer, there is a call. We go about our business and we hear it. We see and interact with lost people each day, and the whisper echoes again: Share your faith. Tell them about Jesus. But fear, busyness, and lack of tools or motivation silence that whisper. 

In this 6-week Life Group series called "Compelled," we will be discussing what it means to hear the call of Jesus and the willingly accept the responsibilities that come with that call. We will discuss what evangelism looks like for each of us and discover our compelling stories that share the truth of Jesus' amazing love and power in our lives.

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In the book of John, we read about Jesus' mission in this world. We are shown the greatness of His power, as well as how He lived and interacted with those around Him. Through the reading and study of John's Gospel, we get insight into who Jesus is through the statements that He made about Himself.

In this seven-week Life Group series called "I AM Jesus," we will explore these "I AM" statements found in the Gospel of John. We will observe and discuss the power, richness, and depth of each statement. We will also consider how we, as followers of Jesus, can apply these statements in our lives today.

Click Here to Download the I AM Jesus Digital Study Guide

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The Apostle Peter wrote a letter that we have to come to know as 1 Peter. He wrote to the first century church which was in the midst of heavy persecution, often suffering torture and death. Peter gives his readers encouragement, and although it is a relatively short letter of the New Testament, he touches on many aspects of Christian living and principles that define a follower of Jesus, even in the midst of persecution. 

Over seven weeks, this Life Group series will walk you through 1 Peter, looking at the conclusions Peter writes about in this letter, as well as the process that he went through to reach those conclusions. Sessions include: Reflecting, Transforming, Community Living, Submitting, Longsuffering, Trusting, and Shepherding.

Click Here to Download the A Living Hope Digital Study Guide

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God is omnipotent... God is Omnipresent... God is Omnipotent... YHWH is all of these things, and we claim to worship Him, serve Him, Honor Him, and share about Him... but do we really know what any of those things are and why we do them? 

In this series, we will hear fro ma roundtable discussion of a few pastors and leaders at Shepherd Church as they dive into the characteristics of YHWH. They will also discuss how God brings His huge presence to the very level that each of us live. 

Click here to download the YHWH Digital Study Guide!

To watch the 7-week series, click here!

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There are times in everyone's life when the smooth-sailing ship comes into rough waters, and it looks like there is no hope of a way out. In fact, Jesus Himself warned us that life would not be easy, and that we could expect to encounter all kinds of trouble and distress during our lifetime.

This Life Group series will help give you a better understanding of the hope that we have in Jesus, even through the difficult times of life. Ultimately, the goal of this series is to help you better understand and realize that wherever Christ is present, there is always hope.

Click Here to Download the YHWH Digital Study Guide

To watch the 6-week series, click here! 

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In the 20th chapter of the Book of Exodus, God gives humanity a revolutionary new way to live: The Ten Commandments. At the root of each commandment is an underlying invitation from God to a better life. The commands are intended to help us live the life that God intended for us to live, free from the consequences of since while in a deep, personal relationship with God and others. 

In this Life Groups series, "10 Commandments", we will explore and study a new commandment every week. This series will help you better understand how to live out each commandment as well as understand God's heart behind each commandment.

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Love is a universal language understood and adopted by all mankind. Love is used to describe a myriad of different emotions, from "I love my wife" to "I love tacos." Jesus helped to clarify the meaning of love when He taught that true love is measured best when one takes some form of action. 

This Life Group series, "If You Love Me..." is designed to help you understand that moving Jesus is more than just a feeling or making a declaration. Loving Jesus is about living the life that He has specifically ordained for each of us.

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Throughout the Christian life, difficult questions surface in our minds and ultimately make their way to the dinner table and car rides for conversations. Men and women, both Christian and non-Christian alike are often faced with questions about life and faith that lead to frustration and at times, division.

The sessions covered in this series will reveal to us knowledge and insight towards discussing such heavy topics. Whether you have been a Christian for days or decades, these questions are important in our pursuit of Jesus and in our witness to those who do not follow Jesus.

Topics discussed and studied in the series include: How Do I Forgive When I've Really Been Hurt? Is the Bible Reliable? How Do Reach People Different Than Me? Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? Are We Living in the Last Days? Is Jesus the Only Way to Salvation? Are Heaven and Hell for Real? 

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This Life Group series takes a look at how the Church was established and how we as the church are to continue the work and life God has entrusted to us.Through the sessions, you will learn about about Jesus’ love and purpose for you as you participate in the expansion of His kingdom. 

During the six sessions, you will also learn about the principles and practices which help you, individually and corporately, reflect the love of Jesus and spread the message of the gospel in a powerful and compassionate manner. 

The six sessions are I Love My Church, Sacrifice, Serving, Worship, Spiritual Fervor and Soul Winning.


The secrets to overcoming any obstacle you are facing today are revealed through one of the most extraordinary victories ever recorded―the battle of Jericho. Whatever walls you may be up against, you don’t have to stay stuck behind them.

Join Pastor Dudley Rutherford through this Life Group series to discover how the foundation behind Joshua’s victory is the key to overcoming our stubborn hurdles and unsolvable issues. When we choose to do things God’s way, walls crumble, victory replaces defeat, and a blessed future unfolds. Discover how your personal Jericho is no match for the power of a great God. 


Paul's first recorded letter to the Corinthians directly addresses the spiritual maturity of a particular church community. Paul urges the members of this congregation, which he founded and loves, to lead their communal life in keeping with the gospel of the crucified Christ. He enjoins the Corinthians to change their behavior  in a spirit of unity, encouragement, and love. 

This letter form Paul, written over 1,900 years ago to the church at Corinth, could very well have been written to us today. First Corinthians is an intimate window into the mind and heart of an apostle as well as struggles of a proud and youthful church. This series will reveal what it means to have healthy boundaries and how to find a fulfilled life.


One day, Jesus began to teach from the side of the mountain. The words that Jesus spoke, also known as the “Sermon on the Mount” began with eight statements that set the tone for how His Kingdom looks and works. 

The Beatitudes, the eight statements that Jesus proclaims to start His sermon were mind-boggling to the people of Jesus’ day and can have that same effect on the people of our day. 

Each session, you will get to take a look at one of the statement made by Jesus and study and learn from the bible how that statement, that Beatitude can make an impact in your life and the lives of others.


Life if full of journeys which require faith. Most of us, when we think of the word journey, we immediately think about a destination. In this series, we will look into the life of Abraham. He is often called "The Father of our Faith."

By studying Abraham's life and the faith journey that he embarks on with God, you will find truths and insights which will help you strengthen your faith journey. The series is compiled of 7 lessons which take a look at the steps Abraham took as his faith grew.

The seven lessons are: Choices, Silence, Changes, Promises, Knowing, Trusting, Walking


Out of the 66 books that make up the Bible, very few stand out like the book of Romans. Written to the first Christians in Rome, Romans is one of the most theologically sound and extensive books of the Bible. It can be said that Romans is a synopsis of the entire Bible. Romans takes the reader on a journey through history, including the entrance of Sin into the world, Christ’s provision on the Cross and our eternal place with Jesus. 

This series covers the entire book of Romans through an eight-week study. By uncovering deep truths and discovering biblical insights, you will realize that the words written nearly two thousand years ago to Christians in Rome are just as useful and helpful to Christians today.


Freedom is a concept that is deeply rooted in each one of us. Starting from a young age and through adulthood, we long to be free. Unfortunately, a lot of us don't experience this freedom on a daily basis rather we feel entrapped by our lives.

The great news is that God has called us to be free. When we put our faith in Jesus and what He did on the cross, we are Free! The goal of this series is to help you understand the freedom that God has provided for you and the life He has called you to. 

The 8 week session includes lessons on Freedom in Christ, Free from the Law, Free from Sin, Free to Love, Free to have Joy, Free to have Peace, Free to be patient and Free to be kind.


There are some things in our world that are so amazing, so grand and so incredible that they are in a category all of their own. These are known as "The Seven Wonders of the World."

Just as there are wonders in our physical world, there are wonders in the spiritual world as well. This series is designed to help answer questions that you may have about these spiritual wonders. 

The topics, the wonders, that are discussed in this series are: The Sovereignty of God, Creation, Heaven, The Bible, The Holy Spirit, The Church and Salvation.


When we start living out our faith, then we have truly been marked by the words of Jesus and we can make an imprint for Jesus in the lives of others and ultimately, our world. Regardless of your background, religion or beliefs, the fact is that Jesus has made an imprint on our world today.

The goal of this series is to help you understand that Jesus left His imprint on this world and in you. Our hope is that you grow in your knowledge and relationship with God, then in turn, reflect the glory and honor He so richly deserves.

The topics in this series include: Sacrifice, Evangelism, Authenticity, Mentorship, Commitment, Generosity and Love