This session focuses on God’s faithfulness to the people of Israel and how Israel’s story is part of our family history as Christians. The story of Israel helps us see how our faith makes a difference in a complex and messy world. We learn that God calls ordinary people to trust him and blesses them so they might be a blessing to others. God is with us in our failures and our faithfulness, and he continues to work through us to redeem this broken world.
In the Story of Rich Dean, the good decisions he makes lead to a positive outcome. This may raise questions in your group, as "right" decisions are not always black and white, and they don't necessarily lead to positive outcomes. You may want to consider using this additional video clip, in which Rich talks about the brokenness of life and how he made an "ugly compromise."
A more scholarly book, Gordon Wenham shows how the stories of Israel provide truthful guidance for the ethical dilemmas we face today.
In order to assist with informed reading of Scripture, this survey book provides helpful introductions and information about each book of the Bible.
Only when we know the big mission of God can we faithfully participate in that misison. In this theological book, Wright invites Christians to see the whole of Scripture as missional, with its story guiding our response to God and others.
In this book Wright provides cultural, theological, and historical context for the laws and stories of Israel. He also engages a number of contemporary ethical issues, explaining how the Old Testament can help us to understand these issues more clearly.