Session 1

Mary

From Journey To Change

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Luke 1:26–38

Mary's life was marked by her belief in God's ability to do the impossible. She was a seemingly normal, young girl when an angel appeared and told her she was going to have a baby as a virgin.

Hebrew law dictated that Mary should've been killed for having sex outside marriage, and she was engaged to a man who might not have believed her story about the angel. Despite these circumstances, Mary chose to respond in faith, “I am the Lord’s servant...May your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:38).

Imagine what her pregnancy was like or what it was like to be the mother of the man who created everything. The power of God was inside her womb. Jesus grew up before her eyes, becoming strong and filled with wisdom (Luke 2:40).

Mary was there for it all. She saw Jesus' character shaped through His experiences. She saw her suspicions about Him proved through His actions. She became not only Jesus' mother on Earth but also a devoted disciple.

God worked through a humble woman to change the course of human history. Mary was faithful with little and then with much. God trusted her with an intangible promise and then with a child: our Savior. No matter what others said about her or her son, Mary believed. And in the end, her faith was satisfied as she saw the prophecies about Jesus become reality through His death and resurrection.

Reflect: 

  • Are you going through difficult circumstances that lead you to question God?
  • What has God entrusted you with that seems small?
  • How is God asking you to step out in faith in this season? 

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Session 1

Mary

Mary’s life was marked by her belief in God’s ability to do the impossible. She was a seemingly normal, young girl when an angel appeared...

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Session 2

John

Jesus was by the Sea of Galilee, choosing and calling men to be a part of His inner circle of friends. This group would walk with Jesus e...

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Session 3

Peter

Wake up, go to work or school, come home, go to sleep, and repeat. Falling into a routine is normal. But God wants more than normal for u...

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Session 4

Matthew

Matthew was a tax collector, a corrupt position no self-respecting Jew would take. So when Jesus went to a party with Matthew and his fri...

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Session 5

Andrew

As the son of a fisherman, Andrew would have spent hours learning his dad’s trade and preparing to follow in his footsteps. Day after day...

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Session 6

The Bleeding Woman

Looks can be deceiving. It’s easy to live a life that appears perfect but lacks a desperate need for Jesus. We can know the Bible, have g...

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Session 7

The Roman Centurion

A centurion was a career military officer in the Roman army. This man would have been the boss of more than 100 soldiers. He had money, p...

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Session 8

The Girl Posessed By Demons

When the mother of a demon-possessed girl came to Jesus, she broke every rule of society. Jews like Jesus did not associate with non-Jews...

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Session 9

Zacchaeus

Zacchaeus, Jericho’s chief tax collector, was so intent on seeing Jesus that he climbed a tree just to catch a glimpse of Jesus as he pas...

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Session 10

The Woman At The Well

Ever feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders? Sin weighs us down and nothing we do can take that weight off of us. I...

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Session 11

The Lame Man By The Pool

In John 5, Jesus goes to pools believed to have healing powers. If someone got into the pool at the right time any illness he had would b...

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Session 12

The Man Born Blind

In John 9, Jesus provokes the religious establishment by breaking their man-made traditions. He heals on the Sabbath, the weekly day of r...

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Session 13

The Rich Man

A wealthy man approached Jesus and asked what he could do to inherit eternal life. The man sensed that Jesus was a good teacher, and want...

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Session 14

Bartimaeus

All of us have reached a point where we desperately needed help. Whether it’s help with relationships, finances or life decisions, there ...

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Session 15

Martha

Martha was intensely practical. She knew what needed to be done, how much time it would take, and how many people she needed to accomplis...

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Session 16

The Guards Who Saw Jesus Crucified

There were many spectators at Jesus’ crucifixion, but none were as unlikely to be changed by that event as the Roman soldiers. These mil...

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Session 17

Joseph of Arimathea

Sometimes we carve out a portion of our lives and choose to live it differently than the rest. What we fail to realize is half-hearted ob...

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Session 18

Mary Magdalene

When we love someone, we do crazy things. Mary Magdalene was consumed with love for Jesus. He changed her life. Once demon-possessed, Mar...

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Session 19

Nicodemus

Nicodemus thought he was doing everything right. He was a Pharisee, a religious leader of the time, and upheld every Jewish law in the bo...

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Session 20

James

James, Jesus’ half-brother, grew up under the same roof as the Messiah, but did not initially believe in Him. As Jesus started to gain ce...

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Session 21

Paul

Paul had an outstanding resume for a Jewish person in the first century. Not only was he devout and upstanding in his faith, he was also ...

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