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Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2018
Series: Messy People
Every life gets messy at times. Sometimes these messes are literal, like a house that would be easier to condemn than to clean. But sometimes they are intangible messes such as illness, conflict, depression, abuse, bankruptcy, divorce, and job loss. And these messes can be painful, hurting our hearts and our homes. But as we see in the Bible, God loves to use messy people!
In this six-week study, we will dig into the lives of biblical heroes who were messy people just like us but who were used by God in powerful ways. Together we will examine the stories of five wonderful but messy people and one messy parable character: Rahab, the Prodigal Son, Josiah, Mary, David, and Daniel. From their stories, we will learn how God can use broken people, restore damaged hearts and relationships, give us power to handle our critics, and help us deal with the hard moments of life. Along the way well discover that we dont have to just endure messy lives but can actually learn to thrive with Gods guidance and help. In the hands of God, our messes can become His masterpieces!
The participant workbook, to be used along with the study's DVD, includes five days of lessons for each week, combining study of Scripture with personal reflection, application, and prayer.
Other components for the Bible study, available separately, include a Leader Guide, DVD with six 10-15 minute sessions, and boxed Leader Kit (an all-inclusive box containing one copy of each of the Bible studys components).
Jennifer Cowart is the executive pastor at Harvest Church, a United Methodist congregation in Warner Robins, Georgia, that she and her husband, Jim, began in 2001. Today Harvest serves 3,000 people in seven worship services. With degrees in Christian education, counseling, and business, she directs the Emerging and Discipleship Ministries at Harvest, including more than 350 small groups that meet in homes and workplaces. As a gifted Bible teacher and speaker, Jen brings biblical truth to life through humor, authenticity, and everyday application. She and Jim have co-written several small group studies together, including Hand Me Downs and Living the Five. They are the proud parents of two children.