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Namesake - Participants Guide

When God Rewrites Your Story

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Every name tells a story. Names in Scripture were often given to tell the story of a person's identity, upbringing, or character. When God transforms lives, He often brings more than we bargained for: new identites, new journeys, even new names.

Namesake is a six-week Bible study that explores the transformational power of God through the stories of biblical characters who met God and whose lives and names were changed forever. As you meet Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, Naomi, Daniel, Peter, and the unnamed woman, you will discover that God wants to be just as intimately involved in your story, offering an identity that shines with the purpose for which you were created.

The Participant Book contains five daily readings per week, each including Scripture, reflective teaching material with questions and space for recording responses, and prayer. Interspersed throughout the participant book are stories about the names of various contemporary people that help to reinforce the biblical themes.

Each week focuses on the story of a different biblical character or characters:

  • Week 1: Abraham and Sarah
  • Week 2: Jacob
  • Week 3: Naomi
  • Week 4: Daniel
  • Week 5: Peter
  • Week 6: The woman caught in adultery

Participants explore each character and how his or her name was changed, as well as the transformation that God worked in the individual's life. The idea is for participants to learn Scripture not only as history but also as fascinating biography, and then to apply to their own lives ways that God might want to transform them.

Jessica LaGrone is an acclaimed pastor, teacher, speaker, and writer whose engaging communication style endears her to her audiences. Currently she is Pastor of Worship at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in The Woodlands, Texas, a church with over 8,000 members. In this position she serves as worship architect, planning and developing four of the church's seven weekly worship experiences and working with contractors whose talent in music, media, and preaching build worship services that shine for the glory of God. Her other projects include leading the development of The Woodland UMC's online church initiative and acting as the church's pastoral liaison and chaplain to the Asbury Theological Seminary program. Her popular blog "Reverend Mother" encompasses her dual roles of pastor and mom. She writes, "This is a blog about having a foot in two worlds, and being imperfect, inadequate, and available to God in both at the same time." Jessica enjoys speaking at retreats and events at churches throughout the United States. She and her husband, Jim, have two young children, Drew and Kate.

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