Explore enduring practices of spiritual connection. The Spirit that hovered over the waters of creation and ignited a movement of faith worldwide comes to each of us in the breath of God. Practice breathing with your heart (lectio divina), your hands (journaling, coloring, drawing and finger labyrinth), your voice (laughing, crying, rejoicing and protesting), and your body (improv, dance, delight and silliness).
“Breathe” includes four sessions:
- Session 1: Heart
- Session 2: Hands
- Session 3: Voice
- Session 4: Body
Each Fresh Outlook Bible Study includes four sessions. Each session offers the facilitators:
- Tips for preparation
- A supply list
- Suggestions for opening and closing prayers
- An introduction to the topic at hand and how Christians have understood it
- Opportunities to “try on” aspects of the topic
- Key takeaways
- Suggestions for inviting participants as co-leaders
“As a college chaplain, I’m asked about how faith and life merge in our ever-changing world. No topic is off-limits when it comes to college students. I am grateful for this new curriculum because it addresses the topics and concerns of today’s young adults. It will be an added value to my ministry and any ministry that is walking alongside this generation of seekers.”
— Margaret Alsup, college chaplain and director of service at Lyon College
“Young people yearn for real conversations, strong bible study and relevant faith practices. Fresh Outlook Bible Studies does just that, essential for our faith formation in the church. The “Breathe” series connects our faith practices right to our core of breathing, a practice our young people are desperate to understand and learn in this anxious world.”
— Michelle Thomas-Bush, associate pastor for youth and their families at Myers Park Presbyterian Church
“Fresh Outlook Bible Studies from Presbyterian Outlook is one of the rare jewels that belongs in the library of everyone who works with youth and young adults. … Deep attention is given to relevance and honesty, as well as authentic connections to what Scripture teaches us about these challenging topics. The lessons are well-written and easy for leaders to use. … The flexibility and depth of this resource is not to be missed. Add it to your ‘get this’ list.”
“When you are in ministry with college students, you can spend hours looking for a good curriculum you can use for Bible study. Is the topic interesting? How much time will you have to spend editing it to work in your own context — and do you have that time? Do you have the materials you will need? Can you hand it to a student leader?
Look no further because the Fresh Outlook Bible Studies curriculum is here! Published by the Presbyterian Outlook, they are resources that can be trusted to combine an awareness of the spiritual lives of young adults with theological and biblical integrity. I highly recommend these easy-to-use resources.”
— Gini Norris-Lane, executive director of UKirk Campus Ministries in the Presbyterian Mission Agency
What do I get when I purchase?
When you purchase “Breathe,” you will receive an email today including the material as a digital download.
Want a discount?
Like what you see here? You can purchase “Breathe” along with “The Devil You Say” and “Badass Women of the Bible” to complete your collection of Fresh Outlook Bible Studies: Fall 2023 at a discounted price of $60. Order your bundle here.
Want a sample? You can view one here.
More to come
There are more Fresh Outlook Bible Studies to come! Developed from real questions asked by young adults, such as campus ministry groups, young adult groups, and high school youth, we will be offering another bundle of three four-session studies in December. Upcoming topics include who is God?, faith and sex, the story of the Bible and friendship.
About the author
Letarshia C. Robinson is an educator and considers herself to be a lifelong learner. She holds a Master of Arts in Christian education and is close to receiving her Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary.**