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)
This quarter explores faith that pleases Glod. Any person seeking God must believe that God exists and must know that God rewards those who are seeking Him. In this quarter, we will learn additional information about faith that pleases God as we review the description of faith and observe faith in action. We will understand why it is so important to have faith that pleases God in our lifestyle of faith today.
Unit 1, “Profiles in Faith,” has five lessons drawn from the books of Rut, 1 Samuel, and Matthew. As we review these profiles in faith, we begin to see faith in action. In lesson 1, we see how Ruth trusted that God would provide for her and her mother-in-law in a male-dominated society. In lesson 2, David trusts that God will enable him to slay the giant, Goliath, even though he was a boy and not a warrior. Lesson 3 draws on the stories of the women named in Matthew 1 to show how God’s plans unfold in ways that we often least expect. In lesson 4, Elizabeth and Mary trusted that God was sending the Christ Child to bring salvation to Israel. In lesson 5, the wise men trusted that God was sending the Christ Child to be King of the Jews and the Messiah of all nations.
Unit II, “Learning about Faith,” has four lessons drawn from the books of Hebrews, Proverbs, 2 Chronicles, and Romans that allow us to learn more about faith, its description, its importance, its trustworthiness, its encouragement, and its transformation. The lesson from Hebrews assists our understand of why “faith that pleases God” matters. A pleasing faith was so important to God that He declared as righteous the patriarchs who lived by faith. Similarly, Proverbs admonishes us to have faith—trusting God, and depending on Him to enable us to live in faith. In 2 Chronicles, we see examples of Jehoshaphat’s witness to Judah that they need not fear or be dismayed because God was going to fight their battle for them. The lesson from Romans reminds Christians that through faith, their existence must not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewal of their minds.
Unit III, “The Righteous Live by Faith,” has four lessons drawn from the books of Isaiah, Daniel, and Habakkuk that allow us to see how the righteous live by faith. Isaiah reminds us how in living by faith, the righteous can see the power of God throughout all creation. Daniel allows us to see how in living by faith, the three Hebrew boys trusted God to protect them in the fiery furnace and how Daniel, living by faith, trusted God to protect him in the lions’ den. Habakkuk (living by faith) received instructions reminding him to be still and wait on God because the righteous live by faith.
Unit 1: Profiles inf Faith
December 3, 2023
Changing Identity

Ruth 1; 4:13-22

December 10, 2023
Facing Life with Confidence
1 Samuel 17:1-58

December 17, 2023
God Brings “Outsiders” In
Matthew 1:1-17; Genesis 38; Joshua 2; 6:22-25; 2 Samuel 12:24; Ruth 4:13-22

December 24, 2023
Sharing Hope and Courage
Luke 1:1-25; 39-45, 56-60
December 31, 2023
Taking Risks and Reaping Rewards
Matthew 2:1-12
LUnit II: Learning about Faith
January 7, 2024
Not Seeing, but Believing

Hebrews 11

January 14, 2024
Wise beyond Your Years
Proverbs 3:1-12

January 21, 2024
Overcoming Fear

2 Chronicles 20:5-20

January 28, 2024
Using Our Unique Gifts
Romans 12:3-8

Unit III: The Righteous Live by Faith
February 4, 2024
Power without Equal

Isaiah 40:12-31

February 11, 2024
Worth Risking Our Lives

Daniel 3:1-30

February 18, 2024
Facing Great Danger

Daniel 6:1-28

February 25, 2024
Waiting and Trusting

Habakkuk 2:1-5