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Based on the Uniform Series, Adult Bible Studies is a quarterly study that explores the biblical message and how to apply it to daily life. The curriculum helps adults move from a focus on the Word to reflection on personal, family, church, and community concerns. Lessons are Bible-based, Christ-focused, and United Methodist - approved curriculum for use in adult Sunday school classes, mid-week Bible study, and small-group studies.
This fall, AdultBible Study presents a series of readings following the theme "The Christian Community Comes Alive." Readings come primarily from the Book of Acts and focus on the beginnings of the Christian church; the boldness with which Jesus' followers testified to their faith; and the ways the gospel spread among the Jews and then the Gentiles.
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The Christian Community Comes Alive
This fall, lessons in ADULT BIBLE STUDIES Teacher follow the theme, "The Christian Community Comes Alive." The student book writer is Bill Carter; Tim Bryan is the writer for the teacher book.
Seeds of New Growth
The quarters first four lessons follow the early Christians as they, guided by the Holy Spirit, formed a faith community, prayed with boldness, shared their possessions, witnessed to the truth of Jesus Christ, and stood firm in the face of opposition.
Giving Bold Testimony
The four lessons in this unit continue to follow the development of the early church as Jesus followers proclaimed the source of true power, preached and taught faithfully about Jesus, earned the right to be heard, took risks for the sake of the gospel, and trusted Gods Spirit to lead and empower them.
Spreading the Gospel
The five lessons that conclude this quarters study recall Peters deliverance from prison; the appearance of Paul and Barnabas before the Jerusalem Council; the spread of the gospel from Derbe to Philippi, then to Thessalonica, Beroea, and Athens; and Pauls visits to Corinth, Syria, and Ephesus.
About the Series
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.
Each weeks 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.
Free Extras! All found at adultbiblestudies.com
Free supplemental resources related to each lesson enhance teacher preparation and small group participation.
Current Events Supplement
The free Current Events Supplement offers a way to connect each weeks lesson to a timely event or topic in the news. The supplements can enhance all resources using the Uniform Series.
Register for the Forums at adultbiblestudies.com, and you can post and read comments about the lessons from other reader.
Bill J. Carter is a retired minister, having served 42 years as pastor, district superintendent, and Holston Conference council director. After retirement, he was a consultant for church staff development in more than 400 conferences, districts, and local churches in the Southeastern Jurisdiction and elsewhere. Presently, he is a teacher in the Course of Study, the Methodist Movement, for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Bill has been a frequent writer for Adult Bible Studies and has published eight books, two of which are still in print: Each One a Minister: Using Gods Gifts for Ministry and Its Our Bible, Too: A Fresh Look at the New Testament by a Mainline Christian. He has taught Sunday school classes regularly for 25 years at his home church, First United Methodist, using Adult Bible Studies. Bill lives in Johnson City, Tennessee.
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