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TH ES TORYG E T TING TO TH E H E AR T OF GO D’S ST O RYS TU D YGU ID E 3 1SE SSI O N SR ANDY FR AZ EEWITH9780310084433 Story SG int.indd 3TO M A N T H O N Y6/21/16 9:42 AM

ZONDERVANThe Story Study GuideCopyright 2016 by Randy FrazeeThis title is also available as a Zondervan ebook.Requests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, 3900 Sparks Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546ISBN: 978-0-310-08443-3All Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version , NIV . Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reservedworldwide.www.Zondervan.com. The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarksregistered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc. Any Internet addresses (websites, blogs, etc.) and telephone numbers in this book are offered asa resource. They are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement by Zondervan, nordoes Zondervan vouch for the content of these sites and numbers for the life of this book.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system,or transmitted in any form or by any means —  electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, orany other —  except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of thepublisher.Interior design: Denise FroehlichFirst Printing July 2016 / Printed in the United States of America9780310084433 Story SG int.indd 46/21/16 9:42 AM

ContentsA Word from the Authors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7The Study Guide: Getting the Most from Your Journey. . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Group Time: Facilitator Tips for a Great Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10Getting Started: The Heart of The Story and Our Story. . . . . . . . . . . . 12SESSION 1Creation: The Beginning of Life as We Know It. . . . . . 15SESSION 2God Builds a Nation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23SESSION 3Joseph: From Slave to Deputy Pharaoh. . . . . . . . . . . . 31SESSION 4Deliverance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39SESSION 5New Commands and a New Covenant. . . . . . . . . . . . 47SESSION 6Wandering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55SESSION 7The Battle Begins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63SESSION 8A Few Good Men . . . and Women. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71SESSION 9The Faith of a Foreign Woman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79SESSION 10 Standing Tall, Falling Hard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87SESSION 11 From Shepherd to King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95SESSION 12 The Trials of a King. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104SESSION 13 The King Who Had It All. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112SESSION 14 A Kingdom Torn in Two . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120SESSION 15 God’s Messengers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128SESSION 16 The Beginning of the End (of the Kingdom of Israel). 136SESSION 17 The Kingdoms’ Fall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144SESSION 18 Daniel in Exile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152SESSION 19 The Return Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160SESSION 20 The Queen of Beauty and Courage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168SESSION 21 Rebuilding the Walls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176SESSION 22 The Birth of the King. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18459780310084433 Story SG int.indd 56/21/16 9:42 AM

SESSION 23 Jesus’ Ministry Begins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192SESSION 24 No Ordinary Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200SESSION 25 Jesus, the Son of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208SESSION 26 The Hour of Darkness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216SESSION 27 The Resurrection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224SESSION 28 New Beginnings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233SESSION 29 Paul’s Mission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241SESSION 30 Paul’s Final Days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250SESSION 31 The End of Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2589780310084433 Story SG int.indd 66/21/16 9:42 AM

A Word from the AuthorsAs we journey through The Story in the days and weeks ahead, we will learnthat heaven and earth are woven more closely together than we ever dreamed.All through the story of the Bible we see two parallel and beautiful dramasunfold.There is the Lower Story. Humans live on earth and see things from a horizontal perspective. We can’t see what is around the bend but must make adecision on which way to go, where we will live, and how we will respond towhat happens to us. We focus on getting through the day as best we can. Weinterpret why we think other people do what they do. We struggle to knowwhy certain things happen and why others things don’t happen.Then there is the Upper Story. This is how the story is unfolding from God’sperspective—from above. Heaven is breaking into our world more than werecognize, and the story of God’s seeking love, perpetual grace, and longingfor relationship with ordinary people is breathtaking.In the beginning of The Story, God walked with his first children in a beautifulgarden in harmonious relationship. At the end of The Story, he will walkwith us again, in a beautiful garden.The question is: what will happen in the pages in between? As we walkthrough The Story together, we will see how God is weaving all of our LowerStories to tell his one grand Upper Story.Best of all, we can walk closely with him in every situation of life. As werecognize how close the Upper Story and the Lower Story fit together, we willlearn to experience God’s love and grace and be guided by his wisdom.God wants to be with us; with you, with me. This is the refrain that ringstrue through The Story. As you read each chapter, this will become clearerand more personal and will fill your life with greater purpose, meaning, andunderstanding.So, let God’s Story become Your Story.79780310084433 Story SG int.indd 76/21/16 9:42 AM

The Study Guide: Getting the Mostfrom Your JourneyWITH GOD AND WITH OTHERSThe best ways for you to learn how the Upper Story and Lower Story areintertwined are to spend time seeking God on your own and to spend timeseeking him with others. It’s not an either/or. It’s a both/and. The Story StudyGuide is designed to help you spend important time each week with God andto help a biblical community seek God together. Using this study guide (andthe related video) as tools for growth will help you fully embrace the UpperStory of God and your Lower Story role in his Upper Story.SESSION OUTLINEEach of the thirty-one sessions is divided into two parts. The first part, Personal Time, is for your own personal study, to be done prior to your groupmeetings. In this section you will Know the Story by reading one chapter fromThe Story and testing and expanding your Bible knowledge. You will Understand the Story by digging deeper into the passages. You will Live the Storyby taking action on what you have learned. You will also Tell the Story bylearning the five movements, discussing the chapter with those in your home,and praying together with those in your home. The Personal Time section canbe completed in about one hour.The second part of each session, Group Time, encourages you to seek Godwith others. You will Know the Story by sharing insights from your PersonalTime. You will Understand the Story by using the note-taking outline to helpyou follow along with Randy Frazee’s video teaching. You will Live the Storyas you discuss your responses to several discussion questions and real-lifescenarios of people who are growing in their faith. You will also Tell the Storyas you use the movements to learn to tell the story together. The Group Timesection can be completed in about one hour.Finally, you will have the opportunity to pray for each other and for those notyet a part of your group. Use this section to record prayer requests to see howGod works. Don’t rush through or shorten this important part of developingthe health of your group.89780310084433 Story SG int.indd 86/21/16 9:42 AM

The Study Guide 9GROUP SIZEThe thirty-one-week The Story video curriculum is designed to be experienced in a group setting such as a Bible study, Sunday school class, or anysmall group gathering. To ensure everyone has enough time to participate indiscussions, it is recommended that large groups watch the video togetherand then break up into smaller groups of four to six people for discussion.MATERIALS NEEDEDEach participant should have his or her own study guide, which includesnotes for video segments, memorization activities, and discussion questions.Simply coming to Group Time unprepared will still yield some benefit, butthe maximum growth in your faith will occur as you engage The Story personally and with others in your home prior to meeting with your group. Althoughthe course can be fully experienced with just the video and study guide,participants are also encouraged to have a copy of The Story book. Readingthe book along with the full use of The Story Study Guide provides your bestopportunity to make the journey richer and more meaningful.FACILITATIONEach group should appoint a facilitator who is responsible for starting the videoand for keeping track of time during discussions and activities. Facilitators mayalso read questions aloud and monitor discussions, prompting participants torespond and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate. Thebest groups share the role of facilitator between several people over the courseof the thirty-one weeks. Since some may be less comfortable in the role offacilitator, more thorough instructions are provided in the “Facilitator Tips for aGreat Group” section that follows.9780310084433 Story SG int.indd 96/21/16 9:42 AM

Group Time: Facilitator Tipsfor a Great GroupTo ensure a successful group experience, read the following informationbefore beginning.WHAT MAKES A GROUP DISCUSSION SUCCESSFUL?As a group’s facilitator, you might be asking yourself, “What am I supposed toaccomplish with this study?” Here are a few goals you might keep in mind foryour group:1.Discovery. The Bible is an amazing teacher. Don’t underestimate thepower of God as he reveals truth to those who read and discuss hisWord. A successful group wrestles with Scripture in order to encourage these truths to come out.2.Relationship. It takes time to develop meaningful relationships, butthese relationships are incredible catalysts for spiritual growth. Encourage the group to share and enjoy building friendships. A successful group is more than just a Bible study.3.Authenticity. Many people feel pressure to act “spiritual” when theyare in religious environments, masking their true thoughts andfeelings. This behavior stunts spiritual growth. Set the example forauthenticity and honesty.4.Participation. Groups that seek to include everyone in the conversation experience the most growth. Encourage the quieter members ofthe group with statements like, “Let’s hear from someone who hasn’tshared yet” or “Does anyone who hasn’t shared yet have anything toadd?” Successful groups engage all their members in their discussions.At the end of each group meeting, ask yourself these questions: Did we learnsomething new about God and ourselves? Did we grow in our relationshipswith each other? Did we see honesty and authenticity in our discussion? Havewe engaged all members of the group in the discussion? If you can answer yesto these questions, you are facilitating successfully.109780310084433 Story SG int.indd 106/21/16 9:42 AM

Group Time 11CREATING A SUCCESSFUL ENVIRONMENTLeading a group doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Consider these tips to helpyou create a successful group environment:Pray: As you prepare for your group meeting, ask God to give youwisdom in choosing discussion questions, courage in creating anauthentic environment, and insight into the truths he wants toreveal to your group.Prepare: Spend time before group preparing which sections of thestudy guide you will use and which questions work for your group.If you are struggling through the study guide and seem unprepared,people will feel more anxiety.Prime: Your group will be as honest and authentic as you are willing to be. Courageously, set the tone for the group by being openabout the strengths and weaknesses of your faith. You will primethe group by setting the example and letting them follow your lead.Punctual: Start and stop on time. No matter how long your groupmeets, it’s your job to keep things on track. Make a budget of timefor each section of the study and stick to it. It might be u