Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan (Curriculum)


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by Miles Custis, Douglas Mangum, Matthew M. Whitehead, Rebecca Brant, John D. Barry, and Elizabeth Vince
edited by Michael Grigoni

The underlying theme of Mary’s story isn’t that different from ours. Her story teaches us a profound lesson: the life of faith is made up of a series of steps that bring us closer to the fulfillment of God’s will, but not necessarily farther from the challenges and struggles involved with moving ahead. In Mary: Devoted to God's Plan, you’ll walk through life with Mary and her family—learning along the way how their story is like your story.

Mary: Devoted to God's Plan helps your entire church dig deeper into the life of Mary—together. The complete church curriculum for leaders and pastors includes an e-book with infographics and a video for each chapter. It also includes lesson plans and handouts for leading Bible studies and small groups, as well as slide presentations for each chapter. Sermon outlines and media resources enable you to share with your entire church.

It’s the Best Curriculum for Churches

  • Discover new meaning in the life of Mary. Dig up the nuggets you might have missed. Find the perfect sermon illustrations. Discuss questions you’ve never thought to ask. Infuse your sermons with energy and conviction. Learn new ways to apply Mary’s story in your life—and in the life of your church.
  • Do ministry more effectively. Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan gives you everything you need to hit the ground running—which means less time in meetings and at your desk, and more time doing ministry. You get to focus on your strengths and leave the heavy lifting to us.
  • Stay organized. This program helps you coordinate all your ministry programs. With a single, shared curriculum, your media team, small group leaders, Sunday school teachers, and everyone else all stay in the loop. This means fewer phone calls and last-minute surprises for you—and more time in the Word for your church.
  • Help your church get connected. Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan connects people in your small groups to each other, and connects your small groups to the Sunday-morning experience. The topics in each small group Bible study integrate with your sermons. Best of all, everything is centered on the Word, so your church gets a complete, shared Bible study experience.

Praise for Mary: Devoted to God's Plan

"Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan is thoroughly historical, practical and teachable, gathering all the relevant background material, from the Old Testament and Second Temple Jewish culture, to provide a full orbed presentation of all material that is relevant to understand better the situation of a teen Mother in the first century AD. Not only the learner but also the teacher is served by this material, since creative and tasteful teaching visual teaching aids are included. Further reading is suggested by current bibliographies that can extend the teacher’s research. ... I recommend it highly."
Will Varner, professor of New Testament and Greek, The Master's College
"I found Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan to be a very useful text. It is clear, well researched, and is designed with the pastor/teacher in mind. It comes complete with PowerPoints and will be a wonderful aid to anyone who wants to study the life and impact of Mary more closely."
Sam Lamerson, professor of New Testament, Knox Theological Seminary
"What a fascinating journey into the life of a girl who faced many of the same problems troubling teenagers today—unplanned pregnancy, fear, and peer pressure. While we’ll never experience Mary’s exact circumstances, we will have times when God calls us to follow Him into the unknown. In this practical study, Mary’s surrendered life offers life-changing inspiration for us all. A great study for churches, small groups, and personal devotions."
June Hunt, founder and CEO, Hope For The Heart

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