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This leader’s guide transforms the commentary text of Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence into a complete church package. Combining resources for small group study and resources for preaching, this guide enables leaders to effectively present Jacob’s story. Small group leaders will enjoy lesson plans, teaching slideshows, chapter introduction videos, and question handouts for leading study. Pastors will find sermon outlines, preaching slideshows, bulletin inserts, and a set of topical sermon graphics. Together, these resources equip church leaders to shed new light on the life of Jacob.

The Studies in Faithful Living series examines the lives of biblical characters who responded to God’s call. Combining narrative analysis with infographics, maps, and questions for reflection, each volume explores the events of these characters’ lives with a focus on application and Bible study tips.

Author Bios

John D. Barry

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 editor of Lexham Bible Dictionary and 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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Derek R. Brown

Derek R. Brown is a contributing editor of the Faithlife Study Bible and co-author of the Studies in Faithful Living series. The first volume in the series is Abraham: Following God’s Promise. He is also a regular contributor to Bible Study Magazine and the Lexham Bible Dictionary.

Derek holds a PhD in New Testament Studies and Christian Origins from the University of Edinburgh, a MCS in New Testament Studies from Regent College, and a BSc in Religious Studies from the University of Oregon.

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Miles Custis

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.

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Douglas Mangum

Douglas Mangum is a contributing editor for the Faithlife Study Bible and co-author for the Studies in Faithful Living series. The first volume in the series is Abraham: Following God’s Promise. He is also an editor for the Lexham English Bible, a regular contributor to Bible Study Magazine, and an editor and contributor for the Lexham Bible Dictionary.

Doug is a PhD candidate in Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Free State; he holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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Wendy Widder

Wendy Widder

Dr. Wendy Widder contracts with Faithlife as a contributing editor for Logos Mobile Education, but has spent much of her career in the classroom. She began with fifth graders, then made her way into the college and seminary environments. Presently, Widder enjoys teaching and preaching in her local church as opportunities arise.

She has a PhD in Near Eastern studies from the University of the Free State, South Africa, and has also earned an MA in Hebrew and Semitic studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an MDiv with an emphasis in educational ministries from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

Widder is the author of two books for singles, Living Whole without a Better Half (2nd edition; Kregel Publications, 2014) and A Match Made in Heaven: How Singles and the Church Can Live Happily Ever After (Kregel Publications, 2003). She also coauthored a book with her father for Christian school teachers, The Forest and the Trees: Helping Teachers Integrate a Biblical Worldview across the Curriculum (Wipf and Stock, 2008). Additionally, her master’s thesis and PhD dissertation have been published by Logos Bible Software and Walter de Gruyter, respectively.  Widder is currently writing commentaries on the book of Daniel for two new series by Zondervan (The Story of God; Hearing the Message of Scripture). Her greatest passions are writing biblically and theologically solid materials for laypeople, as well as teaching the Bible in an engaging way.

 

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