Lesson 1: September 4, 2016

God’s Peaceful Kingdom: Isaiah 11:1-9

Teaching Strategy: Identify current news stories of war, enmity, danger.
Rewrite them to fit into the Isaiah 11:6-9 vision. For example…


Sovereign God,

We pray Isaiah’s vision of God’s peaceful reign would take hold of people’s lives in our world today.

We pray the FARC rebels will keep the cease-fire agreement with the Columbian government;

We pray the newly constructed bridge across the Bosphorous Strait in Turkey could stand as a metaphor for bridges of peace and goodwill between the people of Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia, Azerbaijan, and all the neighboring countries of that region;

We grieve for the loss of life and for the devastation that followed the tragic earthquake in Italy;

God of past, present, and future–

Give us eyes to see your hand at work and give us vision for peace here and now.

Give us a confidence in your promise for a world in which there are no distinctions between predator and prey.

Give us faith, hope, and love so that we become vessels of your divine purposes as you work it out in our own time.

Fall 2016 Theme: The Sovereignty of God

Lesson 1, Unifying Principle: We live in a world full of divisions, hatred, trouble, and chaos. Will we ever experience harmony? Isaiah’s prophecy reveals that the sovereign God will bring about a world of peace.


Posted on: September 1, 2016, by : Tammy Wiens