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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 people inform and inspire reconciliation […]

Lesson 3: March 19, 2017

God’s Love is Manifest: John 15:1-17 Teaching Strategy: Use the growth cycle of a vine or plant to explore the metaphor of the vine and the branch as expressions of God’s love and our ability to be fruitful.  Ask participants to identify the ways that God shows love to us today (perhaps using a simple […]

Lesson 2: March 12, 2017

Saving Grace: Ephesians 2:1-10 Teaching Strategy: Show a clip from a movie or online video that might spark conversation about the meaning of grace. What aspects of God’s nature does the entertainment world get right?  What “corrections” about the meaning of grace do we know to be true according to Scripture?   There are a surprising number of television […]

Lesson 1: March 5, 2017

The Source of All Love: 1 John 4:7-19 Teaching Strategy: In advance of your meeting time invite participants to select new media, music, or art that speaks to them about the ways God’s love is reflected in their lives and in the lives of others. During your meeting give 2-3 minutes for each person to share […]

Lesson 13: February 26, 2017

Christ Creates Holy Living: Galatians 5:18 – 6:10 Teaching Strategy: Examine the qualities of being Paul names as “fruits of the Spirit.” Identify evidence of each of these spiritual fruits as you experience them at work in the Body of Christ. Further consider the impact Christians might have in the world if we more fully exemplified the fruits of the Spirit in our lives. Do […]

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 […]