Resilient Faith, Session 1 (Focused Faith): All Additional Resources

  We are pleased to offer suggested music for each session. These are links to purchase the songs on iTunes, as well as links to, which provides lead sheets, accompaniment tracks, and other resources for certain songs. Click here for Suggested music for the Resilient Faith unit Here are the magazine articles that were selected […]

From the Editor: The Focus of Our Faith

Many small groups using Bible Studies For Life are beginning a brand new series this week, Resilient Faith by Mary Jo Sharp. Read what General Editor Dr. Ronnie Floyd has to say about the focus of our faith, and why “just believe” has never been an adequate solution for anybody.  Read more.  

Resilient Faith, Session 1(Focused Faith): Current Events Connection

Ask a volunteer to read the paragraph in “The Bible Meets Life” section beginning with, “as a society, we typically use the word ‘hope’ in the sense of wishing for something to happen…” (page 74 in the Adult Personal Study Guide). Summarize this story from about a University of Kentucky fan who got a […]

Resilient Faith, Session 1(Focused Faith): Discussion Option for Boomers

According to the US Bureau of the Census, 75,858,000 births were registered from 1946 through 1964. That means that between now and 2029, Baby Boomers will continue reaching the traditional retirement age of 65 at the rate of about one every eight seconds (even assuming some boomers are no longer with us). But is retirement […]

Resilient Faith, Session 1(Focused Faith): Intro Option and Discussion for Women’s Groups

Relate this information about Margaret Feinberg (, author of some great reads like Wonderstruck and Scouting the Divine. She is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and conferences, and her books and Bible studies have sold over 600,000 copies and received critical acclaim. She has recently successfully battled breast cancer. Feinberg says: “Faith […]

Resilient Faith, Session 1 (Focused Faith): Introduction option for Men

To introduce this session, ask the men to consider a time in their life when they lost faith and hope in life. Ask what object, situation, position, or person their hope hinged upon at the time. Emphasize that faith in anything other than Jesus Christ is fleeting and that only His sacrifice on the cross […]

Resilient Faith, Session 1 (Focused Faith): Introduction Option for Parents Groups

One great idea for keeping your faith focused is having a handful of songs that help you do just that. Consider this great one by Hillsong United   Oceans (Where Feet May Fail). You can watch a video with the lyrics here. If you don’t see the video below, click here to watch on YouTube: […]

Resilient Faith, Session 1 (Focused Faith): Optional Activity for Collegiates

Before your group meeting time, Locate the song “Cornerstone” by Hillsong. If you do not see the video below, click here to watch on YouTube. You may choose to copy the lyrics of the song on small slips of paper to distribute to the group. After playing the song for the group, divide the group […]

Resilient Faith, Session 1: An Anchor From the Storm

by Rebecca George Lessons from the Life of Jeremiah Six years ago this coming August (2011), Hurr icane Katrina began her lethal trek toward the Mississippi Gulf Coast. When all was said and done, nearly 1,900 people lost their lives, and the storm caused more than $100 billion in destruction. Many college students in New Orleans lost everything. Students already immersed into the fall […]

Resilient Faith, Session 1: Spot the Rainbow in the Rain

BY ERIKA HOFFMAN His step was spryer than usual as he descended the stairs. Clack-clack, his cane stomped the wooden tread before his arthritic foot budged.  “Hey, Dad! You’re up earlier than usual,” I said as I attempted to peer into his eyes. I restrained from glancing pitifully at his uncertain, wobbly knees. His white […]