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 “Responding to God’s Grace”
 
The study this quarter focuses on God’s gift of faith and how we respond to it both personally and communally. The lessons from the Old and New Testaments illuminate how God’s grace impacts the lives of all believers, as demonstrated by their obedience, gratitude and holy living.
 
Unit I, “God is Faithful,” has five lessons that tell the story of God’s faithfulness.  In the book of Genesis, God is faithful to Abraham by blessing his nephew Lot. In 1 Samuel, God is faithful in answering Hannah’s prayer. In the book of Exodus, God is faithful to the people of Israel by providing manna when they complain of hunger. In the book of Numbers, Caleb an Joshua remind the Israelites of God’s faithfulness. Later, God hears their cries and forgives, though the people continue to rebel.
 
Unit II, “Responses to God’s Faithfulness,” has four lessons that explore reactions to the many benefits accrued to humans because of God’s grace. The book of Deuteronomy teaches that faith requires a response of obedience. The story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath in the book of 1 Kings shows that faithful obedience saves Elijah, the widow, and her son. Luke’s gospel tells about having gratitude for God’s faithfulness in the annointing of Jesus and the healing of the centurion’s servant.
 
Unit III, “Faith Leads to Holy Living,” is comprises of four lessons that examine letters to early churches that tell them how to live as faithful followers of Christ. The book of 2 Corinthians tells the people to examine themselves to see if they are living in faith. The book of 1 Thessalonians urges Christians to be positive examples of faith.  The books of 1 and 2 Peter teach that faith requires holy living and goodness.
 
Unit 1, God is Faithful
 
September 1, 2019
Spared!
Genesis 18:16-19:29
 
September 8, 2019
Heart’s Desire
1 Samuel 1:1-2:10
 
September 15, 2019
Where’s the Food?
Exodus 16
 
September 22, 2019
We Don’t Believe You!
Numbers 13:1-14:10pa
 
September 29, 2019
One More Chance
Numbers 14:10b-23
 
Unit II, Responses to God’s Faithfulness
 
October 6, 2019
Do as You’re Told
Deuteronomy 4:1-14: 5:1-21
 
October 13, 2019
Doing Right Pays Off
1 Kings 17:1-24
 
October 20, 2019
Just Say the Word
Luke 7:1-10
 
October 27, 2019
Extravagant Love
Luke 7:36-50
 
Unit III, Faith Leads to Holy Living
 
November 3, 2019
Look in the Mirror
2 Corinthians 13:1-11
 
November 10, 2019
Let It Shine
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
 
November 17, 2019
Dare to Be Different!
Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Peter 1
 
November 24, 2019
Believing Promises
2 Peter 1