Adult Bible Studies / Fall

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Fall Theme:
God
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
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5, 27-29; 2:1-4 | Genesis 2:4, 7, 15-18, 21-25 | Exodus 19:16-21; 20:18:21 | Proverbs 8:1-3, 22-32 | Hebrews 1:1-2, 6-12
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.

In God's Image
Scripture: Joshua 7:1, 12-13, 20-23 | Psalm 51:1-5, 9-12, 17 | John 3:1-8 | Romans 6:1-8, 12-14
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.

Objects of Worship
Scripture: Deuteronomy 5:6-10; 6:4-9 | Exodus 32:1-8 | Jeremiah 51:15-19; Habakkuk 2:18-20 | Acts 17:16, 22-34
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.

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.  

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 complimentary 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

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