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Lesson 4: June 25, 2017

Samson's Call:    Judges 13: 1-7, 24-25 Teaching Strategy: Invite participants to share how, in hindsight, they have perceived God at work in their lives, preparing them for and leading them into their current leadership roles. Invite them also to discuss how they perceive God working through the lives of…

Lesson 3: June 18, 2017

Jephthah Answers the Call: Judges 11:4-11, 29-31 Teaching Strategy: Discuss modern-day examples of people or groups who allow incidents in the past or disagreements in the present to impede their ability to work together.  Encourage participants to consider examples within their own church setting (or the wider Christian church) in…

Lesson 2: June 11, 2017

Gideon’s Call: Judges 6:11-18 Teaching Strategy: List and discuss additional examples from Scripture in which God chooses an unexpected person to accomplish great things. How do God’s choices of such people affect how we think about God acting in the world today?   Gideon questioned God’s call saying, “My clan…

Lesson 1: June 4, 2017

Deborah and Barak: Judges 4:1-10 Teaching Strategy: Discuss the roles and relationship of Deborah and Barak, how each of them fulfilled God’s call and through them, God delivered the Israelites. Then explore how their story might inform the lives of believers today.   How do Christians discern God’s call in…

Lesson 13: May 28, 2017

God’s Pervasive Love: Jonah 4 Teaching Strategy: Explore how Jonah’s anger grew out of the limitations of his perspective. Compare and contrast this story with others in Scripture (such as Luke 15) where someone takes offense at the extent of God’s grace. Discuss why people who have experienced God’s grace…

Lesson 12: May 21, 2017

God's Love for Nineveh: Jonah 3; Nahum 1–3 Teaching Strategy: Discuss repentance, forgiveness and God’s saving power – as they were experienced by the Ninevites and as they might be experienced today. Who or where is Jonah preaching against evil ways of living in our world today? Of what do we…

Lesson 11: May 14, 2017

God's Love Preserves: Jonah 2 Teaching Strategy: Explore the transition in Jonah 2:6-7 from despair in the face of certain calamity to gratitude for God’s protection and preservation. Relate this dramatic reversal of fortune to similar incidents in Scripture and/or in the personal experience of the participants.   Even when…

Lesson 10: May 7, 2017

God’s Sustaining Love: Jonah 1 Teaching Strategy: Compare and contrast the behavior of the sailors and of Jonah in the face of the storm. What is praiseworthy? What is worthy of condemnation? How do these reactions illustrate the ways people respond to crises today?   Jonah “set out to flee…

Lesson 9: April 30, 2017

God’s Preserving Love: John 10:1-15 Teaching Strategy: Compare and contrast the role of Jesus (the Good Shepherd) with church leaders and other leaders. Discuss how much of what Jesus says refers strictly to himself and his unique role, and what applies by extension to church – or other – human leaders…

Lesson 8: April 23, 2017

God’s Reconciling Love: Romans 5:1-11; 8:31-39 Teaching Strategy: Lead a creative writing exercise. If Jesus were to send you (us) a note of encouragement today based on this scripture, what would he say? Who or what threatens to separate you from the love of God in Christ? What hardships, or distress,…