The second study in Jill Miller’s Bethesda series of Bible studies for discipling people affected by disability builds on the first by exploring how Jesus’ compassion is balanced by his honesty. This ten-lesson study contains flexible lesson plans filled with stories, illustrations, and activities to help all learners apply biblical truths to daily life. Adapted from Paul E. Miller’s Person of Jesus study. Teaching tools available here. Leader's manual available separately.
Please note that each participant needs his or her own copy of the student manual.
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"The Word of God should be—must be—accessible to all, and people with intellectual disabilities, young and old, are no exception. This is why I'm so excited that my friend Jill Miller has developed a robust Bible curriculum that engages the student in real Bible study. Jill and her team have gone to great pains to ensure that this curriculum is interactive and appealing to students, and I highly applaud her efforts. The Bethesda series is a ‘must’ for every church that desires to make Christ’s Gospel accessible to all, and the best place to start is Unit 1, Compassion. Thank you, Jill, for a job well done!"
—Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
We love Bethesda! It is engaging and interactive, transferable, and easy to understand. We’ve had several volunteers who weren’t able to make their scheduled teaching times, but the material is laid out so well that it’s been fairly easy for other team members to step in with little notice."
—Friends Worship Team, Grace Fellowship Church (Lutherville-Timonium, MD)
"The Bethesda series does many things really well but chief among them is allowing everyone in our community to see and experience Jesus in multiple ways. We hear from Him by looking at the Bible and asking just the right questions. We see Him through our interactive drama, activities and props. We speak about Him to each other, to God in prayer and then to others as the studies push everyone to live out this love of Jesus. The studies are innovative, and repetitive in just the right measure. A year later, our friends can still tell you the three steps of love (looking, compassion, and helping) because they learned it over and over and then lived it out. We have searched and tried many studies for our inclusive Young Life Capernaum and Church Sunday School communities and found this series to be the most helpful in going deeper in learning about Jesus and seeing His love come alive in our midst."
—Clint and Jen Dowda, Pastor and Young Life Capernaum Team Leaders
“As the mother of an adult daughter with autism, Jill Miller understands how to capture the minds of adults with learning differences in ways that impart biblical understanding and show how to apply the gospel to all of life. By providing step-by-step directions, building on repetitive themes, and supplying practical ideas for communication, the Bethesda series offers a great new option in teaching adults with special needs to not just know more about Jesus—but to know Jesus personally and experience his love, his forgiveness, and his transforming kingship.”
—Stephanie O. Hubach, MNA Special Needs Ministries Director, Author of Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability