12 Character Studies of Surprisingly Modern Men and Women
With 15 years of youth ministry experience, Laurie Polich serves as pastor of small groups and discipleship at Ocean Hills Covenant Church, in Santa Barbara. Shes the author of several books including Help! I'm a Small-Group Leader training curriculum and book, Studies on the Go: John, and Small Group Qs, and she speaks frequently to students and youth workers across the country.
TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRO WHAT THIS BOOK IS ALL ABOUT, AND HOW TO USE IT 9 SESSION 1 ABRAHAM: BELIEVE IT OR NOT (THE FAITH LESSON) 11 Living by faith is not for wimps. SESSION 2 JACOB: IN THE DRIVERS SEAT (THE CONTROL LESSON) 19 We all wrestle with the issue of control now and then. SESSION 3 JOSEPH: THE WAITING GAME (THE PERSEVERANCE LESSON) 25 Trials and temptations are meant to make us strong. SESSION 4 MOSES: FROM BENCHWARMER TO FIRST STRING (THE TRUST LESSON) 33 Often God uses the least likely person to do great things. SESSION 5 JOSHUA and CALEB: BUCKING THE MAJORITY (THE CONFIDENCE LESSON) 41 Hero---someone who faces a diffi cult or uncertain situation with strength and confi dence. SESSION 6 RAHAB: FAITH OVERCOMES A FAST PAST (THE ACTION LESSON) 47 What you live is what you believe. Everything else is just talk. SESSION 7 RUTH: KEEPING PROMISES (THE COMMITMENT LESSON) 57 Commitment means more than saying the right words. SESSION 8 DAVID: TRUTH HURTS LESS THAN LIES (THE TRUTH LESSON) 65 Our lies shield us from our true selves. SESSION 9 ESTHER: RIGHT WOMAN, RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME (THE PURPOSE LESSON ) 73 God has created each one of us for a purpose. SESSION 10 JOB: BAD DAYS FOR GOOD PEOPLE (THE SUFFERING LESSON) 79 Suffering may be the condition from which humans benefi t the most. SESSION 11 DANIEL: NO FEAR (THE COURAGE LESSON) 87 Courage grows as it is acted upon. SESSION 12 JONAH: THE LONG WAY HOME (THE OBEDIENCE LESSON) 97 Sometimes we simply say no to God.