Be inspired by the stories of minor biblical characters and the major lessons they teach us
Minor characters never have top billing. But have you noticed how their roles can be key to the purpose of the story? It’s the same in the Bible. The very characters who are mere blips on the biblical radar screen have major lessons to teach us. As you journey through Footnotes, a unique study for women by Julie Lyles Carr, you’ll be inspired by the backstories of some lesser known people of faith. This short, four-week DVD study is ideal for in-between times and the Participant Workbook with group session guide, discussion questions, and leader helps makes the study accessible and approachable.
The DVD is closed captioned and features dynamic, engaging teaching in four 20-minute segments.
Streaming videos available on Cokesbury.com as well as AmplifyMedia.com (by subscription).
In this video segment Julie explores what Tychicus, a ministry aide of the apostle Paul, has to teach us about being a “bridge”—someone who connects, supports, serves, and loves others. We learn from his life that being a helper who works behind the scenes is incredibly important and even vital to God’s kingdom work.
This week Julie unpacks some lessons we can learn from a messenger of the Resurrection named Joanna. Though she’s mentioned only a couple of times in the Gospel of Luke, she reminds us that we’re all called to give freely of ourselves and what we have to continue Jesus’ mission and work in the world.
In this video segment Julie offers insights from the life of Epaphras. Though his contribution wasn’t visible or even tangible, he models for us devotion to prayer, teaching us what it means to wrestle in prayer for the church and those we love.
In this final video Julie introduces us to Quirinius, the governor of Syria we read about in Luke 2:2. His life teaches us that although life often does not turn out as we might expect, our faithful God is always at work, even when we can’t see it. Through his story we’re encouraged to entrust our lives and legacies to God and His plan.