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Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence: Complete Church Curriculum

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Discerning God’s Presence

Jacob’s life was characterized by deception. He deceived his father to obtain his brother’s blessing and was later tricked by Laban. Throughout the many ups and downs of his life, Jacob struggled to recognize God’s presence. Even so, God remained with Jacob—just as He remains with believers today. In Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence, you’ll walk through life with Jacob and his family—learning along the way how their story is like your story.

Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence Complete Church Curriculum is Bible study like you’ve never known before. With each volume of the Studies in Faithful Living Series, you’ll find the depth and breadth of content you expect from Logos—packaged in an innovative suite of resources that coordinates every aspect of teaching. This all-in-one curriculum helps your entire church dig deeper into the Bible, together.


Personal Workbook

Personal Workbook

Biblical, cultural, and historical background, plus applications and reflection questions

Leader's Guide

Leader’s Guide

The key to the complete curriculum, with sermon outlines and downloads for media and handouts

Presentation Slides

Presentation Slides

Both sermon and small group versions available in PowerPoint and Keynote, standard and high definition



Introductory videos for each week's session—plus a bumper video to promote the series

Group Handouts

Group Handouts

Key passages, learning objectives, and prompts for slides and videos, available in Word and PDF

Sermon Outlines

Sermon Outlines

Weekly lesson outlines and discussion questions, with space for notes and reflections

  • Engage your congregation with a familiar story while discovering new and deeper insights.
  • Teach more effectively with materials designed to integrate, organize, and maximize efficiency in preparation.
  • Connect your church members as you journey along with Jacob and learn how his life lessons are relevant for us today.

This is the complete church curriculum for leaders and pastors. The version for individuals and group members is available here. Both versions feature infographics, maps, thought-provoking questions, “writable” answer boxes, Bible study tips, an annotated reading list, and printable handouts. The complete church curriculum for leaders and pastors includes everything in the individual/group member version plus videos, small group lesson plans, sermon outlines, and teaching slideshows.

The Studies in Faithful Living Series

The Studies in Faithful Living series examines the lives of biblical characters who responded faithfully to God’s call. Combining narrative analysis with infographics, maps, and questions for reflection, each volume explores key events in these characters’ lives, combining the depth you expect from a biblical commentary with application and teaching insights. Each volume is available as an individual/group member version or as a complete church curriculum version for pastors/teachers.

Praise for the Studies in Faithful Living Series

Logos has taken group Bible study to the next level with their new Studies in Faithful Living series. Deeply engaging, biblically accurate, and filled with life-changing applications, this series is destined to be the go-to resource for lay leaders for years to come.

—Israel Loken, Chair, Bible and Theology Departments, College of Biblical Studies, Houston, TX


Make the most of your congregation or small group’s time together each week with thorough and thoughtfully orchestrated contents:

  • Setting the Stage:
    • Theme: Introduces the meaning and relevance of Jacob’s life
    • Literary Context: Lays out the circumstances and back story of the chapter text
    • Historical and Cultural Background: Helps a modern audience approach the text from an ancient-world perspective
  • A Closer Look: Guides us through the event while exploring issues of interpretation, original language, and theology
  • Throughout the Bible: Provides a big-picture look at the text as it is related elsewhere in the Bible
  • Beyond the Bible: Examines references to the events in ancient documents and extracanonical texts as well as references by theologians, the church fathers, and contemporary thinkers
  • Application: Concludes the chapter by exploring the relevance of the text to our own journey of faith
  • Quick Tips and Quick Bits: Offer insight on difficult passages as well as historical information, original language wording, and ancient thought

8-Week Program

  1. Passing on the Promise (Genesis 24; 25:19–28)
  2. Birthright and Blessing (Genesis 25:29–34; 27:1–41)
  3. Dreaming of the Divine (Genesis 27:42–46; 28:1–5, 10–22)
  4. Hired Help (Genesis 29:1–35; 30:1–24)
  5. Dueling Deceivers (Genesis 30:25–43; 31:1–55)
  6. Pleading for Protection (Genesis 32:1–32; 33:1–20)
  7. A Failed Father (Genesis 34:1–31)
  8. Renamed and Renewed (Genesis 35:1–29)

Product Details

  • Title: Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence: Complete Church Curriculum for Leaders and Pastors
  • Authors: Derek R. Brown, Miles Custis, Douglas Mangum, and Wendy Widder
  • Editor: John D. Barry
  • Series: Studies in Faithful Living
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2013

About the Authors

Derek R. Brown is a contributing editor at Lexham Press. He holds a PhD in New Testament Studies and Christian Origins from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters of Christians Studies in New Testament Studies from Regent College.

Miles Custis is the author of The End of the Matter: Understanding the Epilogue of Ecclesiastes, a Faithlife Study Bible contributing editor, and a regular Bible Study Magazine and Lexham Bible Dictionary contributor. He holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University.

Douglas Mangum is an academic editor for Lexham Press. He holds a PhD in Hebrew from the University of Free State and holds an MA in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a Lexham English Bible and Lexham Bible Guide editor, a Faithlife Study Bible contributing editor, a Studies in Faithful Living co-author, a regular Bible Study Magazine contributor, and a frequently consulted specialist for the Lexham Bible Dictionary.

Wendy Widder holds a PhD in Near Eastern studies from the University of the Free State, an MA in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and an MDiv from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. She is the author of Living Whole without a Better Half, A Match Made in Heaven: How Singles and the Church Can Live Happily After, and the coauthor of The Forest and the Trees: Helping Teachers Integrate a Biblical Worldview Across the Curriculum.

About the Editor

John D. Barry is the CEO and Founder of Jesus' Economy, a non-profit dedicated to creating jobs and churches in the developing world. He also serves as a missionary with Resurrect Church Movement, the domestic division of Jesus' Economy dedicated to equipping U.S. churches to alleviate poverty and plant churches. John is the general editor of Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary. He has authored or edited over 30 books, including The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah, Cutting Ties with Darkness, and the daily devotional Connect the Testaments. John formerly served as founding publisher of Lexham Press and is the former editor-in-chief of Bible Study Magazine. John speaks internationally on engaging the Bible, poverty, and spreading the gospel.

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