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|Title: Covenant Bible Study: Living Participant Guide - eBook|
Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2016
Series: Covenant Bible Study
Stock No: WW87164EB
This Covenant experience will guide participants in a comprehensive, in-depth study of the Bible over twenty-four weeks. Unlike the learning participants may have experienced in other groups, this in-depth study of the whole Bible emphasizes the biblical concept of covenant as a unifying pattern through all the books in the Old and New Testaments. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses to have with us as Gods people. This relationship is grounded in the faithfulness of Gods love and on our ongoing commitment to stay in love with God while we share signs of that love with others.
Each episode connects to an aspect of this covenant relationship, which is summarized in the heading of each participant guide.
COVENANT TRANSLATES INTO ACTIONSinto how we behave in our everyday lives. Thats why the second module, Living the Covenant, focuses on how the community lives out their covenant in faithful lovehow its applied to actual relationships in daily life.
The books included in these eight episodes examine the practical challenges of faithful covenant life. We explore leadership problems among tribal chieftains, kings and prophets, and spiritual and political crises. They look for practical wisdom and guidance in the teachings of Israels sages, the letters of Paul, and more.
And by demonstrating how people of vastly different cultures came together in a common purpose, they show how faithful love is the root of the covenant life.
Each participant in the group needs the Participant Guides and a Bible. The CEB Study Bible is preferred.
The Living Participant Guide is 8 weeks long, and has a lay flat binding making it easy to take notes in the generous space provided on each page.
The Living Participant Guide contains the following episodes:
Episode 9: Ruth, Esther, Song of Songs
Ruth, Esther, and Song of Songs are a part of the Festival Scroll and linked to sacred celebrations in Israels life. In the story of Ruth, both Ruth and Boaz risk caring beyond conventional expectations, displaying faithful, expansive love with consequences for Israels royal future. Esther risks everything to identify with her people and rescue them from a genocidal plot. Song of Songs displays the power and passion of a crazy love that also helps us understand Gods love.
Episode 10: Luke and Acts
Luke and Acts offer a vision of who God is and what salvation means. For the writer of Luke, Jesus is a prophet who reveals Gods heart and intention to remake human beings and the broader world through a new community gathered in Jesus name: the church. Living out Jesus prophetic role in the power of the Holy Spirit, the church continues Gods call to changed hearts and lives. Through Jesus and the church, Gods Spirit calls people to belong, serve, and love by welcoming those considered outsiders by the world.
Episode 11: 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings
In these books the prophets serve as truth-tellers to Israels kings. They stress that relationship rather than power is central to choosing whats best for the people God loves. Kings are at their best when they are moved by compassion that trumps every preoccupation with power. Idolatry splits our attention and distorts our priorities, distracting us from the main thing: God alone is worthy of absolute loyalty and trust.
Episode 12: 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus
1 and 2 Thessalonians are written to a community Paul lovesa community suffering and anxious about Jesus return. 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus (pastoral letters) are written to Pauls younger partners in ministry. While 1 Timothy is intimate, 2 Timothy reads like a last will and testament for Paul.
Episode 13: WisdomProverbs and Ecclesiastes
Wisdom literature begins and ends with what is good for human beings in life. Starting with everyday insights gathered across time by courts scribes, these sayings are short and easy to remember. The wise person is one who understands these teachings and can apply them appropriately in real-life situations. Life is fragile and short, so wise people will enjoy family, friends, and the simple things in life.
Episode 14: Philemon, Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians
From a place where hope goes to die, an imprisoned Paul says that God is able to restore hope and encourages reconciliation between Philemon (home church leader) and his runaway slave (Onesimus). To the Philippians Paul passes on an early hymn that speaks of Jesus as the self-emptying, suffering servant exalted by God. Paul is a pastoral thinker and his words about slaves and masters must be understood in the context of Jesus expected return.
Episode 15: James, Jude, 1 and 2 Peter
These letters are written to churches suffering harassment and struggling to keep the faith when Jesus promised return hasnt occurred. They are written in the voice of those closest to Jesus and speak to new circumstances and situations. Concerned about real-life issues like gossip and favoritism toward the rich, James is a practical book stressing who God is and what you should do about it. Peter writes to guide the church in a negotiated faithfulness that requires discernment.
Episode 16: ProphetsIsaiah 1-39 and the Book of the Twelve
The prophets express the feelings of God: Gods deep love for Israel and all of humanity, but also Gods deep pain, disappointment, and anger when the people fail to be a loving community of neighbors.
They also communicate Gods yearning to call the people back to taking care of each other, especially those they are most likely to exclude (widows, orphans, strangers/immigrants). For prophets like Hosea, God has a parents heart and refuses to give up on a faithless people.
More Questions? Visit http://covenantbiblestudy.com/ for more information.
mail checks and correspondence to home address: 308 E. Market St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130 Shane Stanford (MA, Duke University; Doctorate, Asbury Theological Seminary) is Senior Pastor of a 5,000+ member church in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Stanford is the author of numerous books, including The Seven Next Words of Christ, The Cure for the Chronic Life, and The Eight Blessings: Rediscovering the Beatitudes. His memoir, A Positive Life, details his life as an HIV+ and HepC+ hemophiliac, husband, father, and pastor. He is the co-host of the Covenant Bible Study program, now used in over one thousand churches. Dr. Stanford married Dr. Pokey Stanford, and they have three daughters. -- Alejandro F. Botta, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Ave., Box 371, Boston, MA 02215-1401
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Boston University School of Theology Shane Stanford (MA, Duke University; Doctorate, Asbury Theological Seminary) is Senior Pastor of a 5,000+ member church in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Stanford is the author of numerous books, including The Seven Next Words of Christ, The Cure for the Chronic Life, and The Eight Blessings: Rediscovering the Beatitudes. His memoir, A Positive Life, details his life as an HIV+ and HepC+ hemophiliac, husband, father, and pastor. He is the co-host of the Covenant Bible Study program, now used in over one thousand churches. Dr. Stanford married Dr. Pokey Stanford, and they have three daughters. Christine Chakoian is Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois, one of the largest congregations in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to be led by a woman. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Yale Divinity School, and McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min). She is an editor and writer for Feasting on the Gospels, a contributor to the Day1 radio program, 30 Good Minutes television show, and the Presbyterian Outlook magazine. Christine Chakoian is Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois, one of the largest congregations in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to be led by a woman. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Yale Divinity School, and McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min). She is an editor and writer for Feasting on the Gospels, a contributor to the Day1 radio program, 30 Good Minutes television show, and the Presbyterian Outlook magazine. Judy Fentress-Williams (AB Princeton; MDiv and PhD Yale) is Professor of Old Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary since 2002 and taught previously at Hartford Seminary. She is author of several publications, including the Abingdon Old Testament Commentary: Ruth. Matthew Skinner is Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary and has contributed to various resources for scholars, church leaders, and laypeople interested in the Bibles connections to faith and life. He is the author of Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel: Encountering the Divine in the Book of Acts, A Companion to the New Testament, and The Trial Narratives: Conflict, Power, and Identity in the New Testament. He has written about the Bible for websites including Huffington Post, Working Preacher, and ON Scripture and he co-hosts Sermon Brainwave, a popular weekly podcast that offers assistance to preachers as they interpret biblical texts to prepare their sermons.
Associate Professor of Old Testament, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX Adjunct Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Chicago, IL Associate Professor of Old Testament Language, Literature, and Exegesis, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA Director of the Malcom X Institute of Black Studies, Associate Dean, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN David L. Bartlett was Professor Emeritus of Christian Communication, Yale Divinity School, and Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA. William P. Brown is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA. His teaching focuses on the use of scripture in the life of the church and the world, particularly in the context of ecology and justice. Recent books include The Seven Pillars of Creation: Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder, Wisdoms Wonder, and Sacred Sense. J.F.R. King Professor of Religion, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. Associate Professor of New Testament, Palmer Theological Seminary, Eastern Unviersity, King of Prussia, PA Jaime Clark-Soles is Professor of New Testament and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Perkins School of Theology. She speaks and preaches frequently in churches and contributes to various online resources, including workingpreacher.org. She is the author of several books, including Reading John for Dear Life: A Spiritual Walk with the Fourth Gospel and Engaging the Word: The New Testament and the Christian Believer. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Religion and Disability. As an ordained Baptist minister, she has served in both parish and hospice settings. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
Chaplain, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Hiram College, Hiram, OH Dr. David A. deSilva, an elder in the Florida Annual Conference, attended Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary and earned his Ph.D. in Religion at Emory University. He currently serves as Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary. He has written over twenty books, including Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation's Warning, The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude, An Introduction to the New Testament, and Introducing the Apocrypha. He also served as Apocrypha Editor for the Common English Bible and has published extensively in journals, reference works, and adult Bible curriculum. Magrey R. deVega is the Senior Pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida. He is the author of several books, including Almost Christmas, Embracing the Uncertain: A Lenten Study for Unsteady Times, One Faithful Promise: The Wesleyan Covenant for Renewal, and Songs for the Waiting. Magrey is also the Leadership Editor for the Covenant Bible Study by Abingdon Press, overseeing the weekly small group classroom experience. He is a graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the father of two daughters, Grace and Madelyn.
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