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Lesson 13: May 28, 2017

God’s Pervasive Love: Jonah 4 Teaching Strategy: Explore how Jonah’s anger grew out of the limitations of his perspective. Compare and contrast this story with others in Scripture (such as Luke 15) where someone takes offense at the extent of God’s grace. Discuss why people who have experienced God’s grace…

Lesson 12: May 21, 2017

God's Love for Nineveh: Jonah 3; Nahum 1–3 Teaching Strategy: Discuss repentance, forgiveness and God’s saving power – as they were experienced by the Ninevites and as they might be experienced today. Who or where is Jonah preaching against evil ways of living in our world today? Of what do we…

Lesson 11: May 14, 2017

God's Love Preserves: Jonah 2 Teaching Strategy: Explore the transition in Jonah 2:6-7 from despair in the face of certain calamity to gratitude for God’s protection and preservation. Relate this dramatic reversal of fortune to similar incidents in Scripture and/or in the personal experience of the participants.   Even when…

Lesson 10: May 7, 2017

God’s Sustaining Love: Jonah 1 Teaching Strategy: Compare and contrast the behavior of the sailors and of Jonah in the face of the storm. What is praiseworthy? What is worthy of condemnation? How do these reactions illustrate the ways people respond to crises today?   Jonah “set out to flee…

Lesson 9: April 30, 2017

God’s Preserving Love: John 10:1-15 Teaching Strategy: Compare and contrast the role of Jesus (the Good Shepherd) with church leaders and other leaders. Discuss how much of what Jesus says refers strictly to himself and his unique role, and what applies by extension to church – or other – human leaders…

Lesson 8: April 23, 2017

God’s Reconciling Love: Romans 5:1-11; 8:31-39 Teaching Strategy: Lead a creative writing exercise. If Jesus were to send you (us) a note of encouragement today based on this scripture, what would he say? Who or what threatens to separate you from the love of God in Christ? What hardships, or distress,…

Lesson 7: April 16, 2017 (EASTER)

God’s Love as Victory over Death:  John 20:1-10; I Peter 1:3-5, 8-9 Teaching Strategy: Discuss…Do Christians today think of the resurrection of Jesus more as a doctrine requiring assent or as a life-changing reality with implications for daily life? Search I Peter 1:3-9 for ways Christ’s resurrection can and should…

Lesson 6: April 9, 2017

God's Saving Love in Christ: John 3:1-21 Teaching Strategy: Discuss: What difference does/should God’s Saving Love in Christ make in our lives and in our world? In what ways might we be called to sacrifice for the sake of others? To what extent are we willing to sacrifice ourselves for others?…

Lesson 5: April 2, 2017

God as Our Shepherd: Psalm 23 Teaching Strategy: Have learners share times when Psalm 23 was of great comfort to them – and discuss how the words of the psalmist fit their own experience of God’s goodness, mercy, guidance and protection as they have faced challenges in their lives. How does…

Lesson 4: March 26, 2017

God's Love Restores: Joel 2:12-32   Teaching Strategy: Explore one or more of the contemporary efforts to restore broken relationships and bring about the reconciliation made possible in Jesus Christ. What is the role of repentance in the process? The role of forgiveness? How might the model of God’s love for God’s…