Sometimes we think that we understand where our life is heading. Our lives become predictable; our church involvement becomes steady; our small groups get into a rhythm. We might even think we have a plan of what our group will look like this week, next week, and a few months from now.
But other times, life shifts unexpectedly.
What do we do when it feels like our pathway to purpose isn’t clear? When it seems like we are on an unpredictable, detoured journey?
Turns out, we are not the first ones to ask these questions. Trusted leader Dr. Tony Evans has written two Bible studies that can help both you and your group as you grapple through such difficult seasons.
Pathways: From Providence to Purpose (8 sessions)
The story of Esther appears to be a series of coincidences that deliver the Jews from certain death. However, God selected Esther for a particular purpose at a particular time in the history of His chosen people.
These resources will help you discover the power of God’s providence in the midst of your personal pain, fear, gain, loss, and love. You’ll see that God has a purpose for your life, and He uses every action and event that occurs in it to make that purpose a reality.
Detours: The Unpredictable Path to Your Destiny (6 sessions)
Find hope in understanding that the sudden or seemingly endless detours in life are God’s way of moving you from where you are to where He wants you to be.
The biblical account of Joseph clearly demonstrates that God is at work even when life seems to be going wrong. Even today, it’s easy to wonder why God would allow calamity to happen or if He’s in control at all. Whether through uncontrollable circumstances or the pain of personal relationships, everyone has experienced unforeseen changes in life. This study helps believers navigate detours that may take you through trials, injustice, and even betrayal. You will be comforted and encouraged when you learn to rest in God’s redemptive plan and the hope found in God’s sovereign will.
Our plans can change. But the purposes of the Lord remain the same. Let’s hold onto His faithfulness, even during unprecedented times.