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This spring, Daily Bible Study presents a series of readings supporting the theme "Life." 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 Sue Mink, Michael Whitcomb-Tavey, and Clara Welch.
Suffering is a reality of life, and the readings in this unit take us to places in Scripture where suffering is a dominant theme. From the Old Testament and the New Testament, we read stories that take place in gardens and in the wilderness. We also retrace the exile of the people of Judah and better understand the suffering that experience brought. We examine these stories, not to wallow in misery, but to understand them as a context for hope and salvation as we, too, live through times of suffering.
Suffering is not the end of our story when God is involved with us. Thus, the readings in this second unit are about salvation. They explore the new start for the people of Judah, represented by the rebuilding of the Temple in Haggai's time and the new start for humankind announced by John the Baptist and accomplished through the death and resurrection of Jesus, new starts made possible by Gods initiative.
One of the early readings in this quarter is about the expulsion from the garden of Eden, the loss of paradise. In the readings from this unit, we see the Bibles prophecy of the return to paradisethe kingdom of Godmade possible by Gods grace, along with other points in Scripture at which Gods grace was operative. Each of these readings reminds us that Gods grace is an ongoing force in life for those who are faithful to God.
- A comprehensive Bible study plan with more flexibility in terms of Scripture selection and topics.
- Observation of the church seasons, including Advent and Lent.
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