Small Group Life: Cacophony, A Beautiful Mess

Bible study that offers a small group dynamic while providing sound Biblical teaching.


Small Group Life: Cacophony offers the casual, comfortable feel of a small group dynamic while providing sound Biblical teaching rooted in Scripture. Designed to be provocative and conversational, a sense of community is cultivated where hearts come alive and relationships grow

Episode 8 Cacophony: A Beautiful Mess
Chaos and unrest surround us—relationally, nationally, globally, and within our own lives. God allows this chaos to perfect us, to show us His hand, and to demonstrate His unconditional love. But there's also order and beauty in the world. And when we understand that God allows a continuous cycle of creating order from chaos, we can see more clearly where He is at work in our own lives and in the world around us. Cacophony challenges us to look deeper into the mess, beyond our thinly veiled reality, to see the world both as it is and as it could be. We can make the choice to see God in the midst of the cacophony and to trust that He is active behind the scenes even if we do not yet have a full picture.

How Small Group Life works:
Each new Episode of Small Group Life is published as a dated study, initially. After the quarter ends, a standard printed version, with the exact same content, becomes available. Or if you prefer, a downloadable PDF version can be obtained online as well.

Each Study Guide Includes:

  • 6 topics per Episode (each having 2 scenes), therefore can be used as a 6 or 12 week study
  • Embedded Leader Notes, for seamless guidance
  • Leader's Guide that provides more helpful hints
  • Scripture Notes in the back of each scene
  • Free downloadable videos for each lesson online
  • Kids (K-6th grade) are included, too! Free downloadable lessons online
  • Family activities & devotional ideas
  • Sound Biblical teaching; every lesson rooted in Scripture
  • Adherence to LifeWay's adult ministry strategy: Connect, Grow, Serve, Go


  • Easy: Leaders can prepare in as little as 5 minutes!
  • Streamlined: Each lesson can be completed in less than an hour
  • Affordable: Study Guides for each member can cost as little as $14 for an entire year
  • Flexible Structure: Meet as often as you like; either every week or less frequently
  • Convenient: Purchase a subscription, at retail stores, or download customizable lessons online
  • Family Friendly: Kids lessons are included, too, and easy enough for a teenager to lead
  • Engaging: Each scene poses provocative questions that stimulate conversation and nurture spiritual growth
  • Relevant: Study notes developed by Steve Gladen, small groups pastor for Saddleback Church

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Small Group Life: Cacophony, A Beautiful Mess Bible study that offers a small group dynamic while providing sound Biblical teaching.

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Scene 2 - Distortions (Download HD Video) (126.107 MB MP4)

Bonus! Children's Bible Study (6 PDFs) (2.771 MB ZIP)

Scene 5 - Wonders (Download HD Video) (117.196 MB MP4)

Scene 6 - Bearings (Download HD Video) (163.700 MB MP4)

Scene 1 - Origins (Download HD Video) (95.974 MB MP4)

Scene 3 - Delusions (Download HD Video) (108.000 MB MP4)

Scene 4 - Reflections (Download HD Video) (87.282 MB MP4)

Ministry Manual (9.291 MB PDF)


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