Adult Bible Studies / Fall

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Fall Theme:
This fall, our lessons focus on God, what it means that we are created in God's image, and what it means to worship God alone. The
writer of the student book lessons is Clara Welch; the teacher book writer is Stan Purdum.

God, the Creator
This unit takes us through texts that help us discern what "Godness" is. The readings from Genesis present the Lord as the divine
initiator of the cosmos and as the creator of humankind. The Exodus text reminds us that God is not limited to what we can know
of or imagine about God, and that mystery remains part of God's nature. In Lesson 4, we learn about Wisdom as an essential part
of who God is. And Lesson 5, invites us to consider Christ’s role with God in the world’s creation. These lessons encourage us to
develop the spiritual practice of mindfulness.

Daily Bible Study for Unit 1: Psalm 19:1-6 | Job 9:4-10 | Proverbs 3:13-20 | Psalm 33:3-9 | Hebrews 11:1-3 | Exodus 31:12-17 | Genesis 1:1-5;2:1-4 | Genesis 2:4-9 | Ezekiel 37:1-10 | Genesis 2:10-17 | Isaiah 51:1-3 | 1 Corinthians 15:44-53 | Matthew 19:3-8 | Genesis 2:4,7,15-18,21-25 | 2 Samuel 22:7-17 | Exodus 19:9-14 | Exodus 33:7-11  | Isaiah 55:6-13 | Habakkuk 3:3-13 | Romans 11:33-36 | Exodus 19:16-21;20:18-21 | Job 28:12-23, 28 | Proverbs 7:1-5 | Psalm 37:16-26 | James 3:13-18 | Proverbs 8:1-11 | Proverbs 8:12-21 | Proverbs 8:1, 22-32 | Psalm 102:18-28 | Ephesians 1:17-23 | Matthew 12:38-42 | Matthew 28:18-20 | Colossians 1:15-20 | Hebrews 1:3-5,13-14 | Hebrews 1:1-2,6-12

In God's Image
This unit focuses on the human condition. Lesson 6 recalls the story of the sin of Achan, reminding us of the chasm sin imposes
between ourselves and our Creator. Lesson 7 takes us to Psalm 51, which is a prayer that models the nature of penitence that asks
God to bridge the breach caused by sin. Lesson 8 lets us hear Jesus talking about being born anew and how that provides entry into
the kingdom of God. Lesson 9 takes us to a text in Romans, which enables us to consider what the redeemed life looks like. These
lessons help us focus on the spiritual practice of confession.

Daily Bible Study for Unit 2: Psalm 144:3-5,9-15 | Hosea 6:4-11 | Luke 6:46-49 | Romans 7:18-25 | Joshua 7:1-5 | Joshua 7:6-12 | Joshua 7:13-23 | Daniel 9:4-11,13 | Daniel 9:13,15-19 | Psalm 25:4-11 | Acts 16:25-34 | Matthew 21:28-32 | Luke 15:14-24 | Psalm 51:1-5,9-12,17 | Ezekiel 36:22-28 | Galatians 6:12-18 | 1 Peter 1:3-8 | 2 Peter 1:3-8 | 1 John 5:1-5 | Titus 3:3-8 | John 3:1-8 | Psalm 15:1-5 | Psalm 128:1-6 | Ezekiel 18:1-9 | Romans13:8-13 | 1 John 2:24-29 | Galatians 5:19-25 | Romans 6:1-8,12-14

This unit unites around the theme "objects of worship," with "objects" meaning not worship aids, such as candles and paraments,
but those things we place ahead of God. In Lesson 10, we look at the first two of the Ten Commandments. Lesson 11 takes
us to the story of the gold calf and gives us a chance to think about why we may deliberately choose to worship that which is not God. Lesson 12 reminds us that nothing we worship other than God can impart life. And Lesson 13 invites us to understand that the
worship impulse is only satisfied when it is directed toward God.These lessons lead us deeper into the spiritual practice of worship.

Daily Bible Study for Unit 3: Deuteronomy 4:15-20 | Leviticus 26:3-13 | Isaiah 44:6-8 | Mark 12:28-33 | Deuteronomy 6:20-25 | Deuteronomy 5:6-10 | Deuteronomy 6:4-9 | Psalm 81:1-10 | Romans 1:20-25 | 1 Corinthians 8:6-8 | Acts 19:23-28 | Exodus 32:1-8 | Exodus 32:9-14 | Exodus 32:15-26 | 2 Kings 17:24-33 | 2 Kings 17:34-41 | 1 Corinthians 10:14-23 | Matthew 6:19-24 | 1 John 5:18-21 | Habakkuk 2:18-20 | Jeremiah 51:15-19 | Psalm 96:1-13 | Psalm 104:1-5,31-34 | Job 12:6-13 | Romans 3:21-26 | Acts 4:23-31 | Acts 17:16-21 | Acts 17:16,22-34


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