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Lesson 9: July 30, 2017

Amos's Call: Amos 7:10-17   Teaching Strategy: Create a template for a “God’s Messengers” chart that showcases the individuals studied during Unit II (“Calling of Prophets”): Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Amos. Include, for example, the circumstances of each call, each recipient’s initial response to the call, the message to be…

Lesson 8: July 23, 2017

Ezekiel's Call: Ezekiel 3: 1-11 Teaching Strategy: Share stories of Christians who stood firm – or who are now standing firm – for Christ in hostile environments. Discuss what their examples teach us about courage under fire. Ezekiel was called to deliver the word of God in a hostile environment: to…

Lesson 7: July 16, 2017

Jeremiah's Call and Commission: Jeremiah 1: 4-10   Teaching Strategy: List things that we tend to think disqualify us or make us unlikely candidates to fulfill God’s purposes. Respond to each of these with promises from God in Scripture. God appointed Jeremiah to be “a prophet to the nations,” (v.5b), but Jeremiah…

Lesson 6: July 9, 2017

Isaiah in the Temple: Isaiah 6: 1-8   Teaching Strategy: Invite volunteers to share stories of times they have felt called by God to do something, perhaps something they – like Isaiah – felt unworthy or unqualified to do, and how they responded. Then invite participants to create a list of…

Lesson 5: July 2, 2017

Moses and the Burning Bush: Exodus 3 Teaching Strategy: Ask participants to list injustices they are aware of in the world today and discuss appropriate and inappropriate ways to confront such injustices. How can believers – individually and in collaboration with others – confront injustice in ways that honor what they…

Lesson 4: June 25, 2017

Samson's Call:    Judges 13: 1-7, 24-25 Teaching Strategy: Invite participants to share how, in hindsight, they have perceived God at work in their lives, preparing them for and leading them into their current leadership roles. Invite them also to discuss how they perceive God working through the lives of…

Lesson 3: June 18, 2017

Jephthah Answers the Call: Judges 11:4-11, 29-31 Teaching Strategy: Discuss modern-day examples of people or groups who allow incidents in the past or disagreements in the present to impede their ability to work together.  Encourage participants to consider examples within their own church setting (or the wider Christian church) in…

Lesson 2: June 11, 2017

Gideon’s Call: Judges 6:11-18 Teaching Strategy: List and discuss additional examples from Scripture in which God chooses an unexpected person to accomplish great things. How do God’s choices of such people affect how we think about God acting in the world today?   Gideon questioned God’s call saying, “My clan…

Lesson 1: June 4, 2017

Deborah and Barak: Judges 4:1-10 Teaching Strategy: Discuss the roles and relationship of Deborah and Barak, how each of them fulfilled God’s call and through them, God delivered the Israelites. Then explore how their story might inform the lives of believers today.   How do Christians discern God’s call in…

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…