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Lesson 8: October 22, 2017

God's Covenant with David: 2 Samuel 7:1-6, 8-10, 12-16 Teaching Strategy: What plans does your congregation have to honor God that might differ from what God wants to do with you and through you? How can we be sure that our plans align with God’s will?   David was a shepherd who…

Lesson 7: October 15, 2017

Obeying God's Law: Exodus 20:18-26 Teaching Strategy: Name different covenants we make today. What is required for each party to do his or her part? What is God’s part?   The first 17 verses of Exodus 20 contain the Ten Commandments given by God to the people of Israel. These are the…

Lesson 6: October 8, 2017

God’s Covenant with Israel: Exodus 19:16-25 Teaching Strategy: Discuss the questions “How does God ‘meet’ with God’s people today?” and “What do we need to do to prepare ourselves?” Today’s lesson begins with the Israelites’ arrival at Mount Sinai. God told Moses what to say to the people, including the…

Lesson 5: October 1, 2017

God's Covenant with Abram: Genesis 15:1-6, 17-21   Teaching Strategy: Ask volunteers to identify promises fulfilled and promises waiting for fulfillment that God has given to individuals, to the congregation, and to the wider church. Then invite participants to discuss: What has God promised to God’s people? What does it mean to…

Lesson 4: September 24, 2017

Spirit-Filled Heart: Ezekiel 36:22-32 Teaching Strategy: Ask participants to identify people they know who are filled with God’s Spirit, and to reflect upon the qualities that demonstrate a spirit-filled heart. Invite them also to share times when they have felt God’s spirit acting within them to change their hearts – for example,…

Lesson 3: September 17, 2017

Sabbath Observance: Exodus 31:12-18 Teaching Strategy: Discuss what the commandment to keep the sabbath (vs. 13a-14b) means for Christians today. How is it relevant? How can contemporary Christians keep the sabbath holy? What might keeping the sabbath mean for those whose responsibilities do not allow them to “take Sunday off.”  …

Lesson 2: September 10, 2017

Circumcision: Genesis 17 Teaching Strategy: Discuss what a faithful follower of Jesus “looks like.” What visible signs indicate that a person is committed to following Jesus and walking with God? In Genesis 17 God establishes a covenant with Abraham that includes the promise of land and numerous descendants: “I will establish my…

Lesson 1: September 3, 2017

The Rainbow: Genesis 8:20-22; 9:8-17 Teaching Strategy: Discuss the biblical meaning of God’s commitment to humankind and all of creation as described in the covenant with Noah and symbolized by a rainbow. Then invite participants to reflect upon the contemporary meaning of the covenant with Noah – in light of natural…

Lesson 13: August 27, 2017

Called to Be Inclusive: Acts 10:19-33 Teaching Strategy: Use the story of Peter’s encounter with Cornelius – and God’s call to include Gentiles – to discuss what it would mean for today’s church to become more inclusive. Invite participants to consider as specifically as possible who is left out of their community,…

Lesson 12: August 20, 2017

Called to Preach: Acts 9:10-20   Teaching Strategy: Invite participants to describe personal experiences when they sensed a call from God but felt it would be dangerous to accept. Compare and contrast the experience with that of Ananias.   Today’s lesson from Acts 9 recounts God’s call to Ananias to go and…