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|Title: Adult Bible Studies Summer 2022 Student: Transform - eBook|
By: Robert P. Gardner
Format: DRM Protected ePub
|Publication Date: 2022|
Stock No: WW117825EB
Adult Bible Studies Summer 2022
The lessons this quarter begin with a look at the ministry of the Holy Spirit that brings new life to us as members of the body of Christ. Jesus tells the disciples in Johns Gospel that he must leave so that the Comforter or Holy Spirit could come. The Spirit will lead and guide us into all truth and bring gifts and graces to all who will receive them. This transforming power prepares us for ministry in the world.
The Holy Spirits work in empowering us to be the church and carry out its mission is not limited to time and space. The lessons in Unit 2 take us through a series of events in the context of Jewish and Gentile hostility in which we see how the Holy Spirit moved the church forward to serve others.
The final four lessons in this quarter explore a problem that has plagued humankind throughout the agesviolence! How do we as the people of God confront and overcome this menace to the faith?
Unit 1: The Fruit of the Spirit
Paul used the metaphor of fruit to help us understand that our lives are like the firstfruits of offering. Through participation in Christs crucifixion through baptism, we have offered our lives to Gods service. The Holy Spirit then gives us gifts to display.
Scriptures: Acts 2:1-4, 17-21, 33, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 2:10-16; Galatians 5:13-21; Galatians 5:22-26
Spiritual Practice: Silence
Unit 2: The Work of the Church
These lessons take us through a series of events in the Book of Acts in which the activity of the Holy Spirit drives the action forward. The lessons in Unit 1 identify the gifts granted to us by the Spirit; these lessons look at the path on which the Spirit directs our lives and how the Spirit is already active before we arrive at our destination.
Scriptures: Acts 4:23-31; Acts 8:26-39; Acts 11:1-18; Acts 15:1-21; Acts 16:25-34
Spiritual Practice: Service
Unit 3: The Pursuit of the People
Gods word established a created order that depends on fruitfulness and cultivation rather than violence to maintain it, but humanity through its rivalries brings violence into Gods created order. It is clear from Scripture that Gods intent is to reestablish shalom, the Hebrew word that means a shared well-being and abundance. While violence remains a part of the created order, God does not quietly sanction the human use of violence and calls us to imitate Gods love and work toward shalom.
Scriptures: 1 Chronicles 22:6-10, 17-19; Matthew 5:9, 38-48; Ephesians 2:11-22; Matthew 26:47-56
Spiritual Practice: Remembering
Adult Bible Studies components include:
Published quarterly, each week's Student Book lesson lists background Scripture, features key verses, provides reliable and relevant biblical explanation and application, and more, in a readable font size that is accessible to everyone.
Teacher Book/Commentary Kit
Each quarterly Teacher/Commentary Kit includes a Teacher Book with additional biblical background and exposition and suggestions for guiding group discussion and a copy of the new quarterly Adult Bible Studies Concise Commentary, designed for readers who seek additional background on the biblical text for each session of Adult Bible Studies.
Does your group enjoy watching videos to generate conversation around Bible studies? Video sessions directly correspond to the Adult Bible Studies quarters theme and content and features a segment for each Bible lesson.
Hundreds of thousands of people each week have transformative encounters with God through Adult Bible StudiesBible-based, Christ-focused Sunday school lessons and midweek Bible studies endorsed by the Curriculum Resources Committee of the The United Methodist Church. Lessons follow the church seasons, including Advent and Lent, and include suggestions for developing spiritual practices to help nurture your faith.
Robert P. (Bob) Gardner is a retired minister of 41 years in the United Methodist Church, serving 34 in the Memphis Annual Conference. Dr. Gardner respectively attended Vanderbilt University and Oral Roberts University School of Theology and Missions. He continues to engage adults in Bible study through teaching an adult Sunday school class at a nearby Methodist church. He and his wife Jackie live in Paris, Tennessee.
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