WELCOME to our next great summer adventure! Over the next couple of months, we will visit with several well-known (and some lesser-known) characters from the Bible and learn from them the importance of developing Godly character.
While there may be some challenges and maybe even a bump in the road, we hope you will join us for each stop along the way.
We’re in this together! So, let’s hit the road, enjoy the ride, and remember the journey is our HOME.
JUNE 13 | Noah
- Righteousness is not always popular, but it is always right.
- Noah shows that it is possible to live righteous in an unrighteous world.
- Salvation comes only by the righteousness of God through Jesus.
- Does your lifestyle ever contrast with the way others live around you? If so, what things make you different from your world?
- In what areas of your life do you find it the most difficult to live a righteous life in an unrighteous world?
- What persecution do you face because of your commitment to righteousness?
- What area of unrighteousness do you need Jesus to cover with his atoning grace?
JUNE 20 | Jethro and Moses
- Everyone needs a mentor (spiritual father or mother) – Jethro was the father-in-law of Moses.
- Mentors help you to clearly see when challenges can distort your vision.
- God calls you not just to be mentored but to be a mentor (Moses mentors Joshua).
- What big challenges do you face in life?
- Who has God already placed in your life that can serve as a spiritual mentor?
- In what ways do you need God’s help in welcoming the advice of a mentor? Do you ever find that you are resistant to their wisdom?
- Is there someone in your life that could benefit from your spiritual mentorship?
JUNE 27 | Jonah
- Jonah is called by God to declare judgment to Nineveh (Israel’s enemy).
- Jonah has prejudged the people of Nineveh based on what he has heard and his prejudice.
- Jonah becomes angry when the people of Nineveh repent, and God does not destroy them.
- Jonah did not want to preach because he knew God was gracious and did not think the people deserved God’s grace.
- What is your Nineveh?
- Is there something or someone in your life that you feel is undeserving of God’s grace?
- How can you begin to see people the way God sees them?
JULY 7 | Judas
- Judas was handpicked by Jesus.
- Judas had worldly expectations of power and authority he wanted God to fulfill.
- Judas was disappointed when God did not do things the way Judas thought he should.
- Judas’s betrayal of Jesus began slowly with his attitude, followed by his actions.
- Character does not plummet—it slips away a little at a time with each decision.
- Have you ever been disappointed with the way God handles things in your life?
- Do you ever try to force your will on God because you don’t understand His plan?
- Are there attitudes or actions in your life that show a weak spot in your character?
- Where do you need to accept the forgiveness and reconciliation Jesus is offering you?
JULY 11 | Abigail
- Nabal is her husband. He was “surly and mean in his dealings.” His name means “folly.”
- Abigail is his wife. She is “intelligent and beautiful.” Her name means “the father’s joy or fountain of joy.”
- Abigail goes to David after Nabal had insulted him and brought peace to their family when destruction was near.
- Nabal dies of a heart attack ten days later because of God’s judgment.
- Abigail’s joy and intelligence prevent David from committing a wrong, and Abigail becomes the wife of the King.
- If your name described you accurately, what would it be?
- What name would you wish to be given if your character was perfect?
- How can you joyfully and intelligently bring peace to the people in your life?
JULY 18 | Stephen
- Stephen was a believer known for his spiritual standing and having the heart of a servant.
- Stephen was not ashamed to do the small tasks of serving before being recognized as a leader.
- Stephen became the first martyr when he was put to death because of his faith.
- Stephen had no idea how God would use his story—Stephen simply decided to be faithful in whatever circumstance he was placed.
- What area of service has God gifted you? Have you been through Northlife to discover your gifts?
- Has anyone ever commented on or noticed your giftedness?
- In what ways do you feel inadequate in serving God and serving other people?
- Do you have the faith to believe that God can use your story? Ephesians 3:20
AUGUST 1 | David
- David was anointed King of Israel years before his encounter with Goliath.
- David learned bravery and trust in God while shepherding his father’s sheep.
- David did not let his youth prevent him from fighting the Lord’s battles.
- You do not have to put on someone else’s armor. Trust in the way God leads you.
- Do you ever feel unqualified to serve God? If so, in what areas of life do you feel this way?
- In what ways do you feel you are gifted?
- In what areas are you tempted to compare yourself to other people?
- What armor (someone else’s gifts) are you trying to wear?
- What experiences have you encountered that give you confidence in God?