The Bible says that humans are created in the image of God, reflecting God’s character and loving the world the way God wants the world to be loved. If our perception of God is small, exclusive and stingy, we will reflect a small, exclusive and stingy God. If our concept of God is big, expansive and generous, we will reflect God’s expansive hospitality. Which God do you see in your mirror?
“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.”
— Michelle Thomas-Bush, associate pastor for youth and their families at Myers Park Presbyterian Church
“Every once in a while, something comes along that I can use immediately and completely. The units in the Fresh Outlook spring 2024 series fall into this category; they are superbly written, highly engaging, easy to use, and deep.
Yes, these units would make spring planning a breeze for your youth and young adult faith formation time. They are excellent. But don’t silo them just to your traditional Sunday School hour! These would be a wonderful choice to use in midweek enrichment classes … Imagine the power of a weekend-long family retreat using one of these units. … I’d also love to see church councils spend time with these lessons. Working together through some of the issues that matter most to our youth and young adults, learning new resources for these types of conversations, and acquiring knowledge to help make ministry decisions would all be invaluable. Get these. You won’t regret it.”
“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
“God in the Mirror” includes four sessions:
Session 1: Reflecting God’s Expansiveness
Session 2: Reflecting God’s Dominion
Session 3: Reflecting God’s Rest
Session 4: Reflecting God’s Grace
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
What do I get when I purchase?
When you purchase “God in the Mirror,” you will receive an email today including the material as a digital download.
I want to learn more before I commit…
Learn about the thought process behind Fresh Outlook by watching our Facebook Live conversation with the spring 2024 Fresh Outlook authors: Maggie Alsup, Catherine Knott and Sarah Leer. This conversation demonstrates our goals for the curriculum, the topics we hope to address, and how some of the ideas can be applied. It is a great conversation to listen to if you want to know more about Fresh Outlook. It is also a helpful resource to share with any parents or other stakeholders.
Want a discount?
Like what you see here? You can purchase “God in the Mirror” along with “What’s Your Superpower” and “Sex and the Bible,” to complete your collection of Fresh Outlook Bible Studies: Spring 2024 at a discounted price of $60 — saving $25. Order your bundle here.
Want a sample? You can view one here.
More Fresh Outlook
Did you know that Fresh Outlook Bible Studies is a limited series from the Outlook? Our previous bundle, released in June 2023, explored the topics of badass women in the Bible, the devil, and spiritual practices.
We plan to release another bundle in June 2024. Developed from real questions asked by young adults, such as campus ministry groups, young adult groups, and high school youth, we hope this offering makes planning for high school, college, and young adult ministries easy and fruitful.
About the author
Catherine Knott serves as the Ball Family Chaplain of Hanover College in southern Indiana and teaches courses in Hanover’s English department. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and serves in the Presbytery of Ohio Valley. She lives with her husband Jason and three yappy terriers and loves to sing Mozart and hike.