Our Biblical heroes will be studied within our community groups. If you aren’t a member and would like to be, you can find more information here.
Session 1: Abraham
Abraham shows us that it is always acceptable to ask God questions and express our doubts. In fact, a critical part of our faith is continuing to engage with God in the midst of doubts and questions. Abraham is an example for us of a faith that continues to trust God beyond our own understanding.
Session 1: Perpetua & Felicitas
An account filled with gripping pathos, “The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas” records the arrest, imprisonment, trials, and execution of a young Roman matron, Perpetua, and her female slave, Felicitas. Remarkably, the first part of the account reproduces Perpetua’s own diary, kept while she was in prison and edited by the anonymous author who provided the concluding story of the martyrdom itself.
Session 2: Rahab
This passage calls us to the higher law of mercy and compassion towards others, even when it means defying authorities. Are there specific people in your life from whom you have withheld mercy and compassion? Who do you need to show mercy and compassion towards today?
Session 2: St. Augustine
“You stir man to take pleasure in praising you, because you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”
Session 3: Moses
When the Israelites despair, Moses says to them: “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you.” There are many times that Moses complains to God or even argues with God. Yet this passage shows that he had a steady and confident faith that God would act on his behalf. Is there an area of your life where you need to hear Moses’s words: “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation he will work for you today”? Is there someone you are called to encourage this week with these words who is in despair?
Session 3: St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light; and
where there is sadness, joy.
O, God, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Session 4: Ruth
Naomi faced pretty hopeless circumstances. She was without a husband or sons, which in the ancient world meant you had no one to provide for you or look after you. She must have felt frightened, maybe even in despair. Despite this, Naomi releases Orpah and Ruth from any obligation to take care of her. But Ruth, out of love and compassion towards Naomi, risks it all to stay with Ruth. Is there a risk you are called to take to show someone else love and compassion this week?
Session 4: Clarence Jordan
Session 5: The Virgin Mary
Mary asked questions of God when she didn’t understand, but she also accepted and submitted to her calling. None of us will receive Mary’s call, but all of us can engage with God, believe his word, and offer ourselves to his service. What area of your life can you offer to God and say, “Here I am, the Servant of the Lord”?