The Gospel in Hard Times for Students: Study Guide with Leader's Notes

by Joni and Friends

Coming August 19, 2019

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The Gospel in Hard Times for Students, by Joni and Friends, is a faith-bolstering small group resource that illustrates how suffering is a catalyst that can deepen our understanding of God’s plan.

Through eight in-depth sessions, This resource points to Jesus, our Good Shepherd, for answers to today’s hard questions. 

This study guide includes leader’s notes, real-life stories for discussion, biblical application, suggested video clips, and action plans to demonstrate how Jesus identifies with our sorrow. This study guide invites readers to see that how we choose to react and manage hardship has life-altering potential.

In this small group resource, young men and women can learn how the church carries the burden of suffering, seeking gospel answers to questions such as, “Why am I going through this?” and “Where is God when I need him?”

The Gospel in Hard Times for Students explores how a loving faith community—one body with many parts—can not only meet our needs but also help us walk alongside others who are afflicted, disabled, and marginalized.


Joni and Friends is an organization that accelerates Christian outreach in the disability community. Founded in 1979, their mission is to communicate the gospel and equip Christ-honoring churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disability. The organization authors numerous books including titles such as the Beyond Suffering Bible, Real Families, Real Needs, and a series of church resources entitled The Irresistible Church.

Chonda Ralston, MA, has served as a contributor and editor for numerous Joni and Friends resources over the past decade, including Life in the BalanceBeyond Suffering: A Christian View on Disability Ministry, the Beyond Suffering Bible, and Real Families, Real Needs.

Christen Morrow-Ara has led ministry with youth with varying abilities for over twenty years. She serves with Young Life, overseeing the Capernaum ministry in the Southwest. Christen and her husband Christian live in Central California with their three children.

Pat Verbal, MA, former senior manager of publishing and resources at Joni and Friends, draws from her many years of experience as a director of Christian education and school administrator. She served as managing editor/contributor for the Beyond Suffering Bible, and her other writings include Life in the BalanceSpecial Needs Ministry for Children, and Beyond Suffering: A Christian View on Disability Ministry.


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Weight: 0.65 LBS
Width: 6.00
Height: 9.00
Author: Joni and Friends
ISBN-13: 978-1-948130-71-4
Publication Date: 08/19/2019
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 144
Age Level: 14-18
Grade Level: High School