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 “Honoring God”
This quarter explores ways of honoring God through worship. The Old Testament lessons recall how David and Solomon honored God by establishing the center of worship in Jerusalem and building the Temple. The New Testament lessons focus on Jesus’ teachings about right attitudes that honor God through worship.
Unit I, “David Honors God,” has five lessons four from the book of Chronicles and one from the book of Luke. The first three lessons are from 1 Chronicles and tell about David’s bringing the ark to Jerusalem, leading the people in offering a psalm of thanksgiving and planning to build of house for God. Lesson 4 (the Christmas lesson) considers Mary’s visit to Elizabeth as found in Luke. Lesson 5 returns to 1 Chronicles, with David’s prayer of gratitude for God’s promise of a dynasty.
Unit II, “Dedicating the Temple of God,”has four lessons that explore Solomon honors God by providing a place for the ark, by offering blessings to God for fulfilling the promise to David, by praying that God would hear prayers offered in the Temple, by calling the people to keep God’s commandments, and by offering sacrifices to God.
Unit III, “Jesus Teaches about True Worship,” has four lessons that explore what Jesus says about one’s honoring God through his or her spiritual practices. Matthew points to right attitudes in obeying God only and in honoring God in almsgiving and in prayer. The prayer of Jesus provides a comprehensive life approach for honoring God in almsgiving and in prayer. The prayer Jesus provides a comprehensive life approach for honoring God. Luke teaches about perserverance in prayer as a way to honor God.
Unit 1: David Honors God
December 1, 2019
1 Chronicles 15:1-3, 14-16,
December 8, 2019
Showing Gratitude
1 Chronicles 16:8-12, 19-27
December 15, 2019
Negotiating Obedience
1 Chronicles 17:1, 3-4, 11-14, 21:18, 21-27
December 22, 2019
Graciously Accepting Praise
Luke 1:39-56
December 29, 2019
A Greater Plan
1 Chronicles 17:16-27
Unit II: Dedicating the Temple of God
January 5, 2020
A Long-anticipated Celebration
1 Kings 8:1-13
January 12, 2020
I Promise!
1 Kings 8:14-21
January 19, 2020
A Bright Future
1 Kings ;8:22-30, 52-53
January 26, 202
Commitment to Success
1 Kings 8:54-61
Unit III: Jesus Teaches about True Worship
February 2, 2020
Passing the Tests
Matthew 4:1-11
February 9, 2020
The Pitfalls of Showing Off
Matthew 6:1-8
February 16, 2020
Ask for What Really Matters
Matthew 6:9-15
February 23, 2020
Making the Request
Luke 11:5-13