This winter, Daily Bible Study presents a series of readings supporting the theme "Promise." Readings come from Old and New Testament texts. These daily readings, which prepare us for the 13 lessons in Adult Bible Studies, are written by Stan Purdum, Michelle Morris, and Susan Groseclose.
Daily readings in this unit center on one of the things "promise" gives us: hope. Underlying and uniting these readings is the expectation that, regardless of what is happening in the present, God has a good future for us. We see how Abraham left his homeland and moved to Canaan, impelled by God's direction and trust that God had something good for him. We recall the hope the servant Isaiah spoke of, one who "will bring justice to the nations" (Isaiah 42:1). The angel’s announcement to Joseph that Mary would bear God's Son reminds us that Jesus is the fulfillment of "God with us," clearly an expression of hope. And Jesus' last words to his disciples before ascending into heaven planted in them the hope of the Holy Spirit’s coming and the reality of Spiritfilled living.
Covenants: The Basis for Committed Relationships
Readings in this unit focus on covenants and the promises they include. From God's covenant with Abram to Ruth's covenant with Naomi, God's covenant with David to God's new covenant announced through Jeremiah and extended to us, we are challenged to examine the covenants we make with others and celebrate the covenant God has made with us.
Readings in this unit call us to live into the promise God gives us to be holy people. Holiness, a primary attribute of God, is also present in the world God has created; these readings invite us to look at holiness in four of the ways in which it is expressed: holy place, holy presence, holy people, and holy purpose.