Adult Bible Studies / Summer

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Summer Theme:
Living in Covenant
This summer, our lessons focus on how Jesus fulfilled the Law in the sense that it was given full meaning. Jesus emphasized the
deep, underlying messages of the gospel; and this same message is continued through the apostle Paul and the writer of Hebrews.
Relationships of faith empower us to live the covenant and spread the gospel message. The writer of the student book lessons is Kevin Baker; the teacher book writer is Timothy Bryan.

A Fulfilled Covenant
Mark 14:17-24 | Hebrews 8:6-7, 10-12 | Mark 15:6-15, 25-26, 33-39 | Hebrews 9:11-22 | Colossians 2:1-15
The first unit, in four lessons, reveals a new sign of the covenant for Jewish and Gentile believers, as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, Hebrews, and Colossians. During the celebration of the Passover, Jesus explained to the disciples that he would initiate a new covenant through his death. Paul explains that the sign of the covenant is now a relationship of the heart between God and God’s people, not circumcision.

A Heartfelt Covenant
Matthew 5:1-12 | Matthew 5:13-20 | Matthew 5:21-32 | Matthew 5:38-48 | Matthew 7:1-6, 15-23
The four lessons in this unit give new meaning and purpose to the Law. According to Matthew, Jesus began teaching the Law in a way that gave life to the hearer and the doer. Unlike other teachers of the Law, Jesus preached the transforming righteousness of the Kingdom. Jesus challenged the mere external observance of God’s law without internal transformation.

Covenant: A Personal Perspective
1 Samuel 18:1-5; 19:1-7 | Ruth 1:6-11, 14-18 | Ruth 3:1-6, 8-12, 16-18 | Ephesians 5:21-33
The four lessons in this unit focus on personal relationships between people in 1 Samuel, Ruth, and Ephesians. Ultimately, those relationships pave the way for the Messiah. After Christ established the New Testament church, relationships between people have been based on relationship with Christ Jesus. These relationships continue the work of Christ Jesus by spreading the gospel message.

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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