Infusion Bible eStudies are downloadable small group studies that can be read online, printed, or emailed. Each study includes a leader guide and a study guide and is suitable for a one-hour group Bible study.
Listen...to the words of the Scripture, and in them discover God's message for you today.
Look...at a brief verbal snapshot from the scrapbook of contemporary life and discover its connection both to you and to the Scripture passage.
Live...inside the Scripture to discover its context and message; then allow the Scripture to come alive in you and cause you to live out your faith in new and more-effective ways.
Read an excerpt from this study below.
Life never seems to go as we have planned. Unexpected events occur. Unanticipated factors arise. We have to learn to cope with circumstances that are not in our original plan. And how we resist change! We must stop, change our focus, alter our goals, and follow a different path. This is stressful. We do not like this.
The call of God in our lives, whenever or however it comes, is often disruptive. We have our plans made, our timetables laid out. Then God lays claim to our lives, and an agenda we had not counted on suddenly calls our plans into question. What do we do? Sometimes we ignore God’s call. Other times we deny it. Sometimes, feeling generous, we try to work it into our schedule. There are even times when we resent God for the untimely interruption.
Joseph had a plan. He would marry Mary. He had to make a new plan when he learned she was pregnant. Then he had to alter that plan when an angel spoke to him in a dream and revealed God’s will for his life.
In the end, Joseph modeled for us how to respond to God’s demands with trust and courage. “When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him” (Matthew 1:24).