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Lesson 12: February 19, 2017

Freedom in Christ: Galatians 5:1-17 Teaching Strategy: Write the letters F-R-E-E-D-O-M  so that they appear vertically on the left edge of newsprint or a whiteboard. Working in small groups create an acronym using each letter to name attributes of “freedom” as expressed in Galatians 5. Compare and contrast Paul’s teaching on Christian freedom with how “freedom” is used in today’s news or popular culture. Here is […]

Lesson 11: February 12

New Birth Brings Freedom: Galatians 4:8 – 20 Teaching Strategy: Name and explore religious expectations and practices that may diminish Christian freedom or hurt people in the community of God’s loving family. Paul writes to the Galatians because they changed course in their understanding of Christian faith.  Through Paul’s teaching the Galatian Gentiles came to faith in […]

Lesson 10: February 5, 2017

Re-Created to Live in Harmony: Galatians 3:26 – 4:7 Teaching Strategy: Invite participants to identify prejudices that they confront in their own peer groups, work settings, or worshipping communities. Afterwards, brainstorm strategies for overcoming our fears and intolerance of people who are different from us.  Perhaps the best thing we can offer to our congregations in this new […]

Lessons 5-9: January, 2017

Praising God: Psalm 33, Psalm 96, Psalm 65, Psalm 104, Psalm 148 Teaching Strategy: List hymns and choruses that praise God as Creator and compare them to creation Psalms in the Old Testament. Then, use the hymns you’ve selected to design a praise and worship service organized around the Psalms. Winter 2016-17 Theme: Creation January overview: The five lessons of […]

Lessons 1-4: December, 2016

Advent and Christmas: Luke 1 and 2 Faith Interaction Matrix: What response of faith can we make when we meet Christ in the world today? “And the Word became flesh.” God, who creates out of sheer nothingness, chooses to take on human-ness in order to make Divinity more comprehensible to us. God reaches into our earthly existence from somewhere […]

Lesson 13: November 27, 2016

Alpha and Omega: Revelation 22:8-21 Teaching Strategy: It’s always good to give thanks, but especially on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, it’s fitting to give thanks and praise to God for all our blessings.  As this is the final lesson of the Fall Quarter, you might also reflect on where you’ve seen the Spirit at work in your congregation these […]

Lesson 12: November 20, 2016

Living Waters: Revelation 22:1-7 Teaching Strategy: Provide a water cycle chart and an activity to help participants understand how our rivers and streams fit into the cycle. Then, work together to create a list of ten or more of the world’s major rivers. Look up two or three names of rivers on the Internet in order to learn something about the people who […]

Lesson 11: November 13, 2016

I See a New Jerusalem: Revelation 21:9-27 Teaching Strategy: Jesus taught us to pray, “God’s kingdom come and God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt. 6:10). How can we help God’s kingdom to come in our own time? How can we help God’s will to be done on earth as it […]

Lesson 10: November 6, 2016

Everything is Brand New: Revelation 21:1-8 Teaching Strategy: John’s vision of hope in Rev. 21 is not that God carries all of us to heaven, but rather, God brings heaven to earth– transforming us from people of darkness into people of light. The Fall Quarter closes with a four-session unit titled, “Alpha and Omega,” drawing on John’s Revelation of God’s […]

Lesson 9: October 30, 2016

Be Like Jesus: Hebrews 12:1-13 Teaching Strategy: In advance, enlist someone from your congregation who competes or participates in an athletic event to talk to your group about the preparation and training he or she must make for the event.  If possible, the guest should provide several artifacts related to a recent event (marathon, triathalon, soccer championship, swim […]