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Hundreds of thousands of students and teachers use ADULT BIBLE STUDIES each week in Sunday school classes, mid-week Bible studies, and other small-group settings. Bible-based and Christ-focused, it is an approved resource by the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. It is published quarterly.  

Spring Theme - Holy

Student Book

Teacher Book



This spring, our lessons develop the theme of “Holy.”

The writer of the student book lessons is Clara K. Welch; the teacher book writer is Robert P. Gardner.

Holy Living
These lessons continue a unit we began last quarter on the first Sunday of February. It proceeded through all of February and continues through March. The eight lessons of the unit invite us to think about what it means to be the people of God and to pursue holy living. The four lessons for March help us examine how God defines holiness, how holiness is nourished, what holiness means in terms of sexual morality, and how we ought to pray. Much of this unit overlaps Lent, which is an especially appropriate time to think about holiness.

Spiritual Practice: Fasting

Scriptures: Leviticus 19:1-37; 1 Peter 2:1-10; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Matthew 6:5-18

New in Christ
The theme of this unit draws its direction from the Apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:17, which is used as the key verse for each lesson. In the first lesson, we look at the resurrection of Jesus, which is the basis for our new creation. Over the remaining three lessons, we consider some of the ways we are new in Christ: we live by new standards, we behave differently, and we allow ourselves to become carriers of the gospel message.

Spiritual Practice: Sabbath

Scriptures: Luke 24:13-35; : 2 Corinthians 5:11-21; Ephesians 4:21-32; 2 Corinthians 4:7-20

God Revealed
This five-lesson unit explores some of the ways God has revealed God’s self in the biblical account. These include self-declaration, quietness, through Jesus, visions, and love. God is not limited to these avenues of expression, of course, but the lessons helps us grasp some of the scope of the ways God comes to us.

Spiritual Practices: Praise, thanksgiving, and song

Scriptures: Exodus 33:12-23; 34:5-8; 1 Kings 19:9-18; Luke 9:28-36; Daniel 7:1-14; 1 John 4:7-21

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Study Resources

Student Book

Each week’s lesson features:

  • A purpose statement offering focus and direction for the lesson
  • Printed biblical text from The Common English Bible
  • Reliable and relevant biblical explanation and application
  • A closing prayer, guiding personal commitment

Teacher Book

Both supplementary and complementary to the ADULT BIBLE STUDIES student book, the teacher book provides small-group leaders, teachers, and facilitators with additional biblical background and exposition and suggestions for guiding group discussion.

Each week’s lesson includes:

  • A purpose statement offering focus and direction for the lesson
  • Printed biblical text from The Common English Bible
  • Verse-by-verse commentary on the biblical text
  • Detailed lesson plans, questions, and small-group activities that aid teachers in leading their classes to deeper understandings and applications of biblical truths

Video Sessions

The quarterly ADULT BIBLE STUDIES video sessions are designed to be used in conjunction with the weekly lessons. Each segment connects adults to the biblical text for the corresponding lesson, provides some overall context for the biblical text, and challenges adults to consider what difference the text makes in their lives. Lively, knowledgeable, and engaging hosts offer fresh insights and new ways of approaching the texts.

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