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NOTE: As the result of your feedback, beginning with the winter quarter (December-February) and continuing with the spring (March-May), we will post each lesson’s focal Bible passages from the Common English Bible (CEB) on the Current Events Supplement (CES) tab below for easy downloading. It will also be linked in our weekly newsletter.
Beginning with the summer quarter (June-August), the Focal passages will again appear in print in both the student and teacher books. We will mostly use the CEB version of the text, while sometimes including the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) when it will better help students engage and appreciate the biblical texts.
Coming Fall 2020, the new Adult Bible Studies Concise Commentary September 2020 - August 2021. Until then, we are providing free downloadable commentary for each week’s lesson as a sneak peek of the content you will receive in this new resource! Find these sneak peeks on the CES Tab. As with the CES and Scriptures, the commentary will aslo be linked in our weekly newsletter.
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This spring, our lessons support the theme of "Life." The writer of the student book lessons is Randy Cross; the teacher book writer is Taylor Mills.
Spiritual Practice - Fasting
Scripture - Genesis 3:8-24 | Matthew 26:36-46 | Numbers 21:4-9 | Matthew 4:1-11 | 2 Kings 25:8-21
Suffering is a reality of life, and this unit takes us to five places in Scripture where suffering is a dominant theme: an Old Testament garden story and a New Testament garden story, an Old Testament wilderness story and a New Testament wilderness story, and the exile of the people of Judah. We examine these stories, not to wallow in misery, but to understand them as context for hope and salvation.
Scripture - Mark 15:22-39 | Matthew 28:1-10 | Haggai 2:1-9 | Mark 1:1-8
Spiritual Practice - Generosity
Suffering, the theme connecting the lessons in our first unit this quarter, is not the end of our story when God is involved with us. Thus, this second unit is about salvation. Over its four lessons, we will look at 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 God's initiative.
Scripture - Revelation 22:1-5 | Genesis 3:21; 4:10-16 | Exodus 16:2-15 | Luke 23:32-33, 39-43 | Acts 2:1-21
Spiritual Practice - Service
The first unit in this quarter began with the expulsion from the garden of Eden, the loss of paradise. With this unit, in Lesson 10, we see the Bible's prophecy of the return to paradise, the kingdom of God, made possible by God's grace. The other four lessons of this unit identify points in Scripture at which God's grace was also operative, reminding us that grace is an ongoing force in life for the faithful today as well.
Also available at this site are free downloadable materials for each week's lesson. (See CES tab below.)
Both supplementary and complementary to the Adult Bible Studies student book, the teacher book includes the provides small-group leaders, teachers, and facilitators with additional biblical background and exposition and suggestions for guiding group discussion. This teaching resource, along with the DVD, is designed to help leaders and facilitators lead with confidence.
The DVD includes 13 brief video segments, each featuring the host for the unit providing context for the lesson and then tying that content to personal stories and daily living.
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Current Events Supplement (CES)
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By the grace of God, we can live according to the Spirit because it blesses God, our neighbor, and even ourselves! --Taylor Mills, Adult Bible Studies
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