Compassion, Student Manual (Bethesda Series)
Miller, Jill A.
“Bethesda has developed an excellent curriculum for students with intellectual disabilities. Through visuals, video and an interactive format, this curriculum uses Bible stories to teach students a three step way to love others like Jesus loves. The lessons plans are well designed and easy for volunteer teachers to use. The Kim’s World section provides teachers with insight and application to their students with intellectual disabilities, particularly autism. I look forward to using it in our ministry.”See All
Director of Disability Ministries, College Church (Wheaton, IL)
“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.”See All
Clint and Jen Dowda
Pastor and Young Life Capernaum Team Leaders
“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.”See All
Friends Worship Team
Grace Fellowship Church (Lutherville–Timonium, MD)
“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!”See All
Joni Eareckson Tada
Joni and Friends International Disability Center
Compassion is at the very center of Jesus' being—it is the main way that he relates to people. Jesus shows compassion by incarnating, by stepping into other people’s shoes. It is an entirely different way of approaching people—one that begins by looking.
In this 19-session study, students will learn:
- How Jesus sees people and shows compassion
- How our hearts can prevent us from showing compassion
- How to share Jesus' compassion with others
Come see the beauty of how Jesus looks, sees, and moves toward people like you and me.
Additional ideas and resources for use with this study can be found at seeJesus.net.