Curriculum Review

 
Biblical Manhood & Womanhood Bible Studies

 

Courageous Living Bible Study
By Michael Catt, Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick

A review by Lee Vaughn

The Courageous Living Bible Study is a dynamic 4-week study that helps lead men toward living more courageously in four key areas: responsibility, priorities, legacy, and faith.

Each week’s study has four components: READ – includes a story of a modern day hero; WATCH – review a clip from the film; STUDY – dig into passages of Joshua; & LIVE – put what you are studying into practice.

Our 8 week men’s group was made up of married and singles, young and old, with varying degrees of spiritual maturity. We met during the fall of 2011 right when Courageous, the movie was opening up in theaters. God used this study to draw us together as a group and to go deep with each other and God’s call on our lives as men. The illustrations from the movie, the modern day heroes within the study and the scriptures themselves fostered open discussions and real relationships within the group.

The format we followed to incorporated this 4-week study into our 8 week commitment:

  • Week 1: Large focus on getting to know one another, shared testimonies, and a word study on “courageous” in the scriptures.
  • Week 2: We watched the movie as a group, short time of connection and prayer.
  • Weeks 3-7: Followed the study guide dividing the 4th lesson into two parts; more shared testimonies.
  • Week 8: Summary lesson, sharing impacts from the study and next steps.

There was strong positive feedback from the men who participated in the study – movie was powerful – the openness and the prayers of the various men was encouraging – a close bond was built among men who previously had not known each other.

 

A Woman After God’s Own Heart
by Elizabeth George

A review by Trisha Hicks

A Woman After God’s Own Heart is a book that walks through scripture to discover what God says about who He created us to be. There are 24 short chapters in the book. I recommend reading 2 chapters a week and making it a 12 week study, or combining some of the similar chapters into 10 weeks. There is also a workbook that walks through more scripture, practical application and discussion questions for the small group. Unless you enjoy creating your own questions, I recommend getting the workbook to help guide your time together as a group.

This is a very scriptural based book that dives into God’s priorities concerning our walk with the Lord, our ministry, our home, our husband and our children. If you have women in your group who are not married or don’t have children, it still has valuable principles that can be applied to any stage of life, but I would make sure everyone in the group is at a place where they are ready to learn more about being a godly wife and mother.

Elizabeth’s suggestions are sometimes bigger than life, but remember as the leader to always bring it back to scripture and the underlying principles. I thought a few times while reading that she sets the bar too high, but don’t let her ideas overwhelm you, everyone needs to start somewhere and everyone has room to grow. Have the group focus on evaluating where they are in their relationship with God and others and focus on taking it to the next level. Keep in mind that each woman’s next step may not look like the examples Elizabeth gives or like the next step of the other women in the group.

Overall, it’s a challenging book with scripture-based principles.

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