Frequently Asked Questions

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• What is the Committee on the Uniform Series (CUS)?
• Can I trust ADULT BIBLE STUDIES to teach Scripture accurately?
• Can ADULT BIBLE STUDIES be used in settings other than Sunday school?
• How does ADULT BIBLE STUDIES help persons to engage the Scripture text?
• Is ADULT BIBLE STUDIES appropriate for those new to faith in Jesus Christ?
• What are some of the coming studies that will appear in ADULT BIBLE STUDIES?

 
What is the Committee on the Uniform Series (CUS)?
 
 

The Committee on Uniform Series consists of Bible scholars and teachers, editors, and Christian educators from over two dozen Protestant denominations and several independent publishers who produce an annual outline of Bible lessons “to help growing persons increasingly: to know the content of the Bible, to understand the message of the Bible in light of their own experiences and relations, and to be aware of God through his self-disclosure, especially his redeeming love as revealed in Jesus Christ, that they may respond in faith and love to the end that they may know who they are and what their human situation means, grow as children of God rooted in the Christian community, live in the Spirit of God in every relationship, fulfill their common discipleship in the world, and abide in the Christian hope.”

 

Can I trust ADULT BIBLE STUDIES to teach Scripture accurately?
 
 

Yes. The Curriculum Resources Committee of The United Methodist General Board of Discipleship has approved ADULT BIBLE STUDIES for use in the Christian education ministry of The United Methodist Church. Student lessons and teacher commentaries, written by United Methodist clergy and biblical scholars, are carefully edited in regard to biblical content and theological integrity.

 

Can ADULT BIBLE STUDIES be used in settings other than Sunday school?
 
 

Absolutely. The date printed on each lesson of ADULT BIBLE STUDIES refers to the Sunday for which the session was created. However, ADULT BIBLE STUDIES would make an excellent Wednesday night Bible study or a discussion class that meets during the week in members’ homes.

 

How does ADULT BIBLE STUDIES help persons to engage the Scripture text?
 
 

The student version of ADULT BIBLE STUDIES emphasizes the primacy of the biblical text by

  • including the biblical Print Passage in every lesson;
  • concluding each lesson with an invitation to engage in daily study in preparation for the following week’s lesson. Daily Bible Study, a companion product, offers commentary on each of these daily texts;
  • offering questions for personal reflection at the end of each section of each lesson;
  • providing a closing prayer for each lesson;
  • responding to readers’ questions that they mail, email or phone in to the editor.

The teacher version of ADULT BIBLE STUDIES emphasizes the primacy of the biblical text by

  • offering full, verse-by-verse commentary on the biblical print passage;
  • providing teachers with a complete step-by-step guide through the biblical passage, as well as the text of the student book. This guide includes additional illustrations, examples, questions to ask (with possible answers and explanations), activities, and optional methods.

The Current Events Supplement offered at this website emphasizes the primacy of the biblical text by

  • providing an up-to-date supplement that explores the Print Passage in light of a current event in the news;
  • providing dictionary articles for further study.

 

Is ADULT BIBLE STUDIES appropriate for those new to faith in Jesus Christ?
 
 

ADULT BIBLE STUDIES is an excellent resource to introduce to new Christians because, produced by the church for the church, it consistently starts with the biblical text and moves to life application. In addition, the International Lesson Series attempts to cover the entire Bible every six years.

 

What are some of the coming studies that will appear in ADULT BIBLE STUDIES?
 
 
The summer quarter, entitled "Images of Christ," focuses on the Gospels, Hebrews, and James.
View the scope and sequence.