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Winter Theme: Hope
This winter, DAILY BIBLE STUDY presents a series of readings supporting the theme “Hope.” Readings come from both Old and New Testament texts. These daily readings, which prepare us for the 13 lessons in Adult Bible Studies, are written by Taylor Mills, Susan Mink, and Michael Whitcomb-Tavey.
God With Us
The daily readings in this unit continue on a trajectory begun in the last quarter, encompassing Advent and the days following Christmas. Our readings take us deeper into an understanding of the Incarnation, the coming of God’s Son into the world in human form. They invite us to think about the relationship God wants to have with us and how God’s sending Jesus makes that relationship possible.
The Good News
The five weeks of readings in this unit focus on the deeply biblical theme of hope. They introduce us to John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus, the hope of the world. They help us think about how the hope Jesus brings functions in our lives. And they encourage us to look toward the ultimate fulfillment of that hope, with the full coming of the kingdom of God.
The Hypocrites and the Holy
The daily readings we begin here continue through the first month of the next quarter, challenging us to observe a Holy Lent. They invite us to think about what it means to be the people of God and to pursue holy living. They also help us look at how we deal with each other, how faith is expressed in action, the sort of “fasting” God wants from us (whether or not we abstain from certain foods), and how, in fact, Christians are the temple of God.
For individual reading
This daily devotional Bible study guide helps individuals develop the discipline of engaging with the Bible every day. Bible-based, Christ-focused, and United Methodist-approved, the daily readings support and lead up to the weekly lessons in Adult Bible Studies. Each one-page daily reading includes:
- A focal Scripture
- An introductory reflection question
- Commentary on the biblical text
- Life application
- A concluding prayer