Adult Bible Studies / Winter

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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 Common English Bible 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 is a new annual Adult Bible Studies commentary. 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! The December 8 commentary is now available.

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Winter Themes:
Promise

This Winter, our lessons support the theme of “promise.” The writer of the student book lessons is Michelle Morris; the teacher book writer is Von Unruh.

Hope
Scripture - Genesis 12:1-9 | Hebrews 11:1, 6-16 | Isaiah 42:1-9 | Matthew 1:18-25 | Acts 1:1-9
Spiritual Practice - Divine Reading

The five lessons in this unit center around one of the things “promise” gives us: hope. Hope—the expectation that regardless of what is happening in the present, God has a good future for us—is an underlying and uniting theme in these lessons. Lesson 1 follows Abraham, who left his homeland and moved to Canaan, trusting that God had something good ahead for him. Lesson 2 recalls how Abraham’s trust that God was going to give him a place as an inheritance motivated him to make the move. Lesson 3, based on one of the Servant Songs from Isaiah, speaks of the hope of a “servant” who “will bring justice to the nations” (Isaiah 42:1). Lesson 4 focuses on the angel’s announcement to Joseph that Mary would bear God’s son, declaring that Jesus is the fulfillment of “God with us.” Lesson 5 looks at Jesus’ final words to his disciples before ascending into heaven, planting in them the hope of the Holy Spirit’s coming and the reality of Spirit-filled living.

Covenant
Scripture - Genesis 15:1-20 | Ruth 1:1-18; 4:14-20 | 2 Samuel 7:1-17 | Jeremiah 31:31-37
Spiritual Practice - Soul Friends

The four lessons in this unit focus on covenants and the promises they include. God’s covenant with Abram, Ruth’s covenant with Naomi, God’s covenant with David, and God’s new covenant announced through Jeremiah and extended to us remind us of God’s faithfulness in keeping God’s promises.

Holiness
Scripture - Exodus 3:1-12 | Exodus 40:16-38 |Psalm 24:1-6 |Isaiah 61:1-11
Spiritual Practice - Works of Justice

The four lessons in this unit call us to live into the promise God gives us to be holy people. Holiness, a primary attribute of God, is also present in the world God has created, and these lessons invite us to look at holiness in four of the ways in which it is expressed: holy place, holy presence, holy people, and holy purpose.

Published quarterly, each week's student book lesson features key verses, reliable and relevant biblical explanation and application, and more. Now, in response to feedback, we are introducing new features and benefits for students including:

  • Larger size font making text easy to read.
  • A comprehensive Bible study plan with more flexibility in terms of Scripture selection and topics.
  • Observation of the church seasons, including Advent and Lent.
  • Suggestions for developing spiritual practices (prayer, confession, worship, mindfulness, solitude, community, hospitality, neighboring, service, and celebration).


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.

Your three hosts for this quarter are:

  • Mark Youngman
  • Mary Kate Myers
  • Brian O. Sigmon

Also available at this site are free downloadable materials for each week's lesson. (See Current Events Supplement tab below.)

Learn more about this quarter's authors here.

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Current Events Supplement
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