‘Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth”  2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
 
The title of this quarter’s study is “Covenants with God”
 
This quarter considers the major covenants that God makes with people on behalf of the earth and the human community. Beginning with Noah, God promises benevolence toward creation. Similar commitments were made with Abram, Phinehas, and Ezekiel. Ultimately, the covenant forms the foundation for the coming Messiah and salvation for the world.
 
Unit 1 “Signs of God’s Covenant,” a four lesson study drawn from the books of Genesis and Ezekiel, celebrates four signs of God’s covenant. Promising to renew the cycle of seasons. God created the rainbow as a permanent reminder of the covenant with every  living thing. Circumcision is the sign of the covenant with Abraham, and the Sabbath is the sign of the covenant with Israel at Mount Sinai. The last sign is the Spirit-filled heart.
 
Unit II “Called Into Covenant with God,”  is a five-lesson unit drawn from the books of Genesis, Exodus, 2 Samuel, and Nehemiah that illustrates God’s partnership with people who respond and agree to obey God’s voice. God entered into covenant with Abraham, Moses, and David to work through history, establishing a kingdom that will ultimately bring forth the Messiah. Based on the covenant with God, Israel is chosen as God’s special people.
 
Unit III, “An Everlasting Covenant,” develops four lessons drawn from the books of Numbers, 1 Samuel, Jeremiah, Hebrews,, and 1 Corinthians that examine the components of the covenant. God made with the priest Phinehas and the divine promise to Israel through the prophet Jeremiah. The unconditional divine promises are to maintain a perpetual priesthood, forgive the unfaithful, and establish a new covenant with Israel. God seals this covenant of pure grace through Christ as Mediator, and by writing the law in the hearts of God’s people.
Unit I
 
September 3, 2017
Making a Promise
Genesis 8:20-22; 9:8-17
 
September 10, 2017
A Sign of Agreement
Genesis: 17:1-4
 
September 17, 2017
Building Trust
Exodus 31:12-181
 
September 24, 2017
A Change of Heart
Ezekiel 36:22-32
Unit II
 
October1, 2017
I Will Do This
Genesis: 15:1-6,17-21
 
October 8, 2017
Be Ready
Exodus 19:16-25
 
October 15, 2017
A Covenant Is a Serious Thing
Exodus 20:16-25
 
October 22, 2017
A Much Bigger Plan
2 Samuel 7:1-6, 8-10, 12-16
 
October 29, 2017
Sign on the Dotted Line
Nehemiah 9:32-38; 10;28-19
Unit III
 
November 5, 2017
Unwavering Commitment
Numbers 25:10-13;1 Samuel 2:30-36
 
November 12, 2017
Written on the Heart
Jeremiah 31:27-34
 
November 19, 2017
The Go-between
Hebrews 12:14-15; 18-29
 
November 26, 2017
Promises to Remember
1 Corinthians 11:23-34