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Lesson 5: December 31, 2017

Faith to Unite: Ephesians 4:1-16 Teaching Strategy: Have participants list various groups within the larger Christian church, including different denominations. Then ask them to brainstorm past or present church controversies (within and across groups) that have threatened to undermine the unity in Christ described by Paul in this passage. How do…

Lesson 4: December 24, 2017

Faithful Seekers of the King: Matthew 2:1-12   Teaching Strategy:  Create a litany as a group that uses the response “We seek Jesus.” Ask participants to write sentences about how contemporary Christians have found practical ways to be faithful seekers of Jesus. Use this litany in a worship service for…

Lesson 3: December 17, 2017

Faith to Persevere: Acts 14:8-11, 19-23   Teaching Strategy: Have participants talk about how they face doctrinal and practical conflicts that arise when Christians of different faith traditions seek to minister together, such as the prosperity gospel, same sex marriage, gays and lesbians in the pulpit, etc. How do these controversies…

Lesson 2: December 10, 2017

Faith to Discern: Acts 3:1-12 Teaching Strategy: Discuss how in your church community you discern between true and false teachings. What is the role of faith in this discernment?   The daily news is full of accusations of “fake news.” During the 2016 election, there were many made-up stories posted…

Lesson 1: December 3, 2017

Faith in Jesus: Acts 3:11-21   Teaching Strategy: Invite participants to share stories of healing they have experienced, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. Encourage them to reflect on the meaning of what they experienced. What impact did their experience of healing have on their faith – and in what ways did their…

Lesson 13: November 26, 2017

Remembering the Covenant: 1 Corinthians 11:23-34 Teaching Strategy: Explore your faith tradition’s view and practice of the Lord’s Supper. What roles do promises and remembering play in those views and in how the practice is carried out?   This passage from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians includes the familiar words…

Lesson 12: November 19, 2017

Mediator of the New Covenant: Hebrews 12:14-15, 18-29   Teaching Strategy: Explore current examples that point to humankind’s lack of holiness. Invite participants to share personal experiences – times when they felt awe and fear in encounters with God and times when they felt the saving grace of Christ drawing them…

Lesson 11: November 12, 2017

Promise of a New Covenant: Jeremiah 31:27-34   Teaching Strategy: Discuss what motivates and guides participants in living in right relationship with God and others. What roles do external laws/expectations play compared and contrasted with what God has written on their hearts? Encourage participants to reflect on the ways their lives…

Lesson 10: November 5, 2017

Faithful God, Unfaithful People: Numbers 25:10-13; 1 Samuel 2:30-36   Teaching Strategy: Compare and contrast people keeping their commitments and failing to keep them, including the reasons they give and the outcomes that result from their faithfulness or lack of it. Discuss the ways in which God’s faithfulness enables us…

Lesson 9: October 29, 2017

God’s Covenant with the Returned Exiles: Nehemiah 9:32-38; 10:28-29   Teaching Strategy: Brainstorm the form and content of a national prayer of repentance for today, with a view toward using the same for class participation on the next National Day of Prayer (U.S., May 3, 2018).   This week’s scripture…