adult bible studies fall

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.  

Fall Theme

Encounter
This fall, our lessons support the theme of “Encounter.” The writer of the student book lessons is Chuck Aaron; the teacher book writer is David Mosser.

So That You Can See
Scripture - Acts 9:1-20 | Romans 1:15-17; 5:6-11| Romans 8:1-11 | Romans 10:5-13
Spiritual Practice - Simplicity

The lessons in this unit help us focus on salvation and what it means through example and explanation. We move from the conversion of Paul to a number of Paul’s writings, where he speaks out of his thoughtful understanding of salvation through Christ and out of his personal experience of receiving Christ. We are challenged to consider our own salvation and how we can live faithfully into it.

Remember Who You Are
Scripture - Exodus 24:1-12 | Joshua 24:14-28 | Nehemiah 8:1-12 |Luke 22:14-20
Spiritual Practice - Communion

The lessons in this unit call us to consider who we are as children of God and followers of Christ. At the heart of who we are lies the important concept of covenant. The covenant that God made with Israel is a defining theological affirmation of the Old Testament. The covenant that God made with the church through Christ’s blood is a defining theological affirmation of the New Testament. These lessons help us look more closely at those critical covenants and how they inform our thoughts, actions, and relationships.

In This Place
Scripture - Genesis 8:20-21; 12:6-8; 28:16-22 | 1 Samuel 7:10-12 | Luke 10:25-37 | Luke 4:31-44 | Matthew 18:15-20 | Hebrews 10:19-25 | Revelation 4:1-11 | Genesis 1:27 | Psalm 139:13-18
Spiritual Practice - Thankful Worship

The daily readings in this unit call us to think more deeply and specifically about worship by looking at places where, in the Scriptures, worship takes place. We will look at ad hoc altars, synagogues, the church, and worship at the throne of God. In each case, we will be challenged to evaluate our worship and broaden our understanding of where and how worship can happen.

Also available at this site are free downloadable materials for each week's lesson. (See Current Events Supplement tab below.)

Learn more about this quarter's writers and presenters.

Visit Cokesbury.com to order your eBook and PDF Downloads of the resources:
Student eBook
Teacher eBook
Teacher PDF

Adult Bible Studies is available to readers with visual challenges through BookShare.org. In order to utilize the services of BookShare.org, persons must have certified disabilities and must become members of this site to use it. Churches can purchase memberships on behalf of their member(s) who need the service. There is a small one-time setup fee plus a modest annual membership fee. At this website, files are converted to computerized audio for download to CD or iPod, as well as to other audio devices (such as DAISY format). Braille is also available, as are some other options. Once individuals have a membership, they have access to thousands of titles in addition to ABS. 

Have questions about Adult Bible Studies? Visit our contact page.

Check-out what is coming for the winter quarter!

Student and Teacher Books

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

Current Events Supplement

The free Current Events Supplement offers a way to connect each week’s lesson to a timely event or topic in the news. The supplements can enhance all resources using the Uniform Series. To subscribe to the Current Events Supplement, sign up for e-mail updates at the bottom of this page, and we will send them your inbox every week!

Shop by Quarter