Studies in Spiritual Resilience

Studies in Spiritual Resilience

Series Introduction

We are moving through a profound season of political turmoil, a national racial reckoning, and the end stages of a pandemic. These calamities have brought disruption into the world, our communities, friendships, families, and our internal well-being. As we wonder how to feel our feelings and be resilient in a new normal, it helps to look to people who have gone before us into seasons of trouble.

This series of Bible studies are excerpts of letters from the first parents of Christian faith to communities of new Christians. All were experiencing trial, hardship, famine, persecution, and even plagues. May the Holy Spirit‘s voice through their ancient words mentor us as we hold our souls and each other.

A pastoral word: these studies and their questions are guidelines to help small groups look for Jesus together. If the Holy Spirit leads you towards a different way than the questions here, you have every freedom to go there. Pray for wisdom (James 1:5), listen for God’s leadership, and follow. Trust God will give you the way forward.

These small group Bible studies point us and our communities towards Jesus and our neighbors in this time of trouble. We feel the temptation to enter into denial or panic, to self-medicate or self-soothe. Going to God and intimacy, yielding to God’s leadership, and practicing faithfulness to lead in the places God has called you develop resiliency and helps us become who God has called us to become.

 

An Adjusted Prayer of St. Francis

Let this slightly modified version of a classic prayer guide you and your community through this series and in the season ahead.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is fear, let me sow love Where there is isolation, friendship

Where there is panic, faith

Where there is despair, hope

Where there is darkness, light

And where there is sadness, joy

O Divine Master, grant that I may

Not so much seek to be healthy as to heal

To be comfortable, as to bring comfort

To be loved, as to love

For it is in Christ‘s giving that we receive

And it’s in His hands that we are made clean

And it’s in His death that we are born to Eternal Life

Amen

 

Bible Studies

 

Week 1

Study 1 (Romans 8:18-28)

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Week 2

Study 2 (1 Peter 5:1-11)

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Week 3

Study 3 (Phil 4:4-13)

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Week 4

Study 4 (Isaiah 46:1-7)

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Week 5

Study 5 (John 11:21-27, 32-44)

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Anna serves as InterVarsity's National Director of Discipleship & Growth. She has the joy of innovating and strategizing with staff, students, and faculty around the country to follow Jesus. A second generation Chinese American born and raised in NYC, Anna was a social worker in a pediatric AIDS clinic before serving with InterVarsity. She has both a MSW and BA from NYU. She lives in Queens, NY with her husband and two daughters. Anna enjoys eating adventures with gracious people.