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Joseph: Understanding God’s Purpose: Complete Church Curriculum

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Understanding God’s Purpose

Joseph: Understanding God’s Purpose helps your entire church dig deeper into the life of Joseph—together.

This all-in-one curriculum package has something for everyone:

  • Preaching resources and sermon starters for pastors and teachers
  • Videos, slides, and media for the tech team
  • Bulletin inserts and handouts for the congregation
  • Discussion guides and videos for small group leaders

It’s the Best Curriculum for Churches

  • Discover new meaning in the life of Joseph. 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 Joseph’s story in your life—and in the life of your church.
  • Do ministry more effectively. Joseph: Understanding God’s Purpose 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. Joseph: Understanding God’s Purpose 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.

Deeper Bible Study All Week Long

  • Leading up to Sunday, you have everything you need to get started on your sermon—a sample outline, key points in the text, exegesis, and more. We’ve done the biblical research for you, so you can focus on preparing your sermon and connecting with your congregation.
  • On Sunday morning, video introductions set the stage for your sermon, and custom-designed slides complement your preaching. Your media team has everything they need—the presentation is ready to go right out of the box, but they can customize it as much as they want. Your congregation follows along with handouts and bulletin inserts. Everything flows together elegantly and seamlessly.
  • During the following week, your small groups can unpack the text and the topics you talked about on Sunday. The curriculum is perfect for all types of learners and interest levels. Leaders get handouts, videos, and discussion questions to help guide the group, so they’ll need to purchase this edition. Everyone else gets a self-study book available separately that helps them participate to the fullest—and get ready for the next Sunday.

It’s a comprehensive program to help your entire church dig deep into the Bible together.

What You’ll Get

  • The study book:
    • A complete introduction to the life of Joseph
    • Reflection questions to keep you focused on the text
    • Fill-in-the-blank answer boxes to keep your group engaged
    • Recommended resources to help you continue your study
    • An elegant design, featuring 32 graphics tied to the commentary—also in slide format
  • Presenting/Preaching materials:
    • 8 sermon outlines
    • 8 sermon handouts
    • A video lead-in for your sermon
    • 8 teaching slideshows, which work on PowerPoint, Keynote, and Proclaim
  • Group curriculum:
    • The leader’s book
    • 8 lesson plans
    • 8 teaching slideshows, which work on PowerPoint, Keynote, and Proclaim
    • 8 handouts with discussion questions, in Microsoft Word and PDF
    • 8 intro videos, one for each lesson, which you can download after you check out.

The entire program is designed for Logos Bible Software and Logos’ Faithlife Study Bible app. It combines text and visuals with today’s most advanced Bible study tools. All Scripture passages link to your favorite Bible translation and to the original language texts in your library.

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, artifact images, 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 and 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


Each chapter of Joseph: Understanding God’s Purpose is structured to maximize your church’s study:

  • Setting the Stage:
    • Theme: Introduces the meaning and relevance of an event in Abraham’s life
    • Literary Context: Illustrates the conditions surrounding that event
    • Historical and Cultural Background: Presents relevant data about the ancient world
  • A Closer Look: Gives a walk through of the event while exploring issues of interpretation, original language, and theology
  • Throughout the Bible: Examines discussion of the event elsewhere in the Bible
  • Beyond the Bible: Treats references to the event 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 event’s relevance to your journey of faith

You’ll also find Quick Tips on difficult passages and Quick Bits of historical information, original language wording, and ancient thought.

8-Week Program

  1. Falling from Favor (Genesis 37)
  2. Success and Seduction (Genesis 39)
  3. Confined but Courageous (Genesis 40)
  4. Positioned with Purpose (Genesis 41)
  5. Playing with Power (Genesis 42)
  6. Guile and Guilt (Genesis 43–44)
  7. The Promise Preserved (Genesis 45–47)
  8. Finding Forgiveness (Genesis 48–50)

Product Details

  • Title: Joseph: Understanding God’s Purpose: Complete Church Curriculum for Leaders and Pastors
  • Authors: Derek R. Brown, Miles Custis, Douglas Mangum, and Matthew M. Whitehead
  • Editor: Michael Grigoni
  • 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.

Matthew M. Whitehead has served as a Faithlife Study Bible contributing editor and Bible Study Magazine contributor. He assisted with the digitization process for the Discoveries in the Judaean Desert series and worked on the Oxford Hebrew Bible project. Matthew holds an MDiv from Northwest Baptist Seminary and is pursuing an MA in biblical studies at Trinity Western University.

About the Editor

Michael Grigoni previously served as the Studies in Faithful Living series editor and Lexham Press’s managing editor of Bible reference. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a PhD candidate at Duke University.

Sample Pages from Joseph: Understanding God’s Purpose


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  1. Richard E Powell
  2. Dave St. Hilaire
  3. CJ Walker

    CJ Walker


  4. Scott



    I don't have the resource yet but I'm looking at some of the complaints below, and I think you can address most with Visual Copy in Logos 6. I could be wrong but if I am, please correct me. The problem with the handouts not covering enough information, I think you can add on to the handouts. The typo issue is a quality control matter that needs to be solved.
  5. Mark Barnes

    Mark Barnes


  6. David Taylor Jr
    We took our men's Bible study through this series. I would say that the video presentations are great, however the power-points have typos that you have to correct. I also think the handouts are not in depth enough and we ended up making our own. The book, however, is excellent.
  7. Robert Martinez
  8. mwk



    Overall, I like this. The one problem I have is that some of the slides have content that is locked, likely because they're just one large, uneditable graphic. There are times where I'd like to make a minor change to the range of verses a slide might cover, or use only part of the graphics on one slide on another slide. But you can't do that on certain slides which restricts the versatility you have as a teacher. If you only want things as-is, this shouldn't be a problem. For those of us who want to craft a more unique presentation, you're a bit out of luck. It's a shame that the included Graphic Set folder doesn't include the graphic pieces that make up some of the slides so that we could create something a bit more customized.