This series is a look at more complex issues through the lens of individual Bible characters, asking more penetrating questions with unique learning experiences. Each study culminates with a shared experience or project--group mission project, an opportunity to share spiritual autobiographies with one another, a one-day retreat, a group service project, and worship and surrender experience.
Some Bible characters and situations include David's connection with God. David spent many years on the run from Saul. His two closest companions were God and Jonathan could not be at his side continually, God provided encouragement, perspective, strength, and support during those long nights and weary days in the desert. Psalms 40 and 42 record his prayers. How does a mature person actually go about being intimate with God? What was David willing to say to God? And who is this God who can handle and even longs for frank relationship like this? Understand who God is and how to lean on him.
Mary Magdalene and the Resurrected Jesus. When Mary Magdalene approached the tomb and found it empty, her heart sank. But when she saw Jesus, she saw him for who he truly was her resurrected Lord and Savior. He revealed himself when he spoke her name, a moment of deep intimacy. What does it mean to see Jesus as our resurrected Lord and Savior and as the one who calls us by name? How do we respond?
Jacob. Like Jacob, we wrestle with God when we struggle to see what he's doing in the daily circumstances of our lives. Wanting desperately to know what God is up to, we confront God. Jacob made a shift in how he looked at himself as a result of his wrestling--he became not just Jacob the deceiver, but Israel. How does a mature person wrestle with God?