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 “Love for One Another”
 
God commands us to love one another as God loves us. This quarter begins with a widely known story about Joseph, which deals with love within Jacob’s family. From the Joseph story we proceed with God’s laws requiring care and concern for the poor an needy, loving and embracing of the stranger, and the demands of love for one another in the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels. These lessons elaborate on themes of love for one another in the epistles of Paul and James and the expressions of love in the early formations of the Church in Acts.
 
Unit I, “Struggles with Love,”has four lessons from the book of Genesis, revealing aspects of Love. Lesson 1 reveals how a lack of familial love devolves into jealously and destruction. Lesson 2 portrays Joseph’s commitment to love that refuses to hold on to past wrongs but rather seeks God’s path to future success. Lessons 3 and 4 show Joseph’s brothers’ coming to Egypt and reveal how love and reconciliation can prevail in spite of harsh and negative circumstances.
 
Unit II, “Inclusive Love,” has four lessons that center on love for the stranger, the poor, and enemies as well as divine love reflected in human life. The book of 1 Samuel shows David’s love for others. Luke explores the teachings of Jesus regarding love for one’s enemies and Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan. The book of 1 Corinthians explores the sermon on love from Paul’s writing, which depicts the height of human love coming from divine love.
 
Unit III, “Godly Love among Believers,” contains five lessons. John elaborates on how believers love by serving and portrays Jesus’ explanation of the intertwining love of God for Jesus and for those who abide in Christ. The book of 1 John clarifies the abiding love of God through the Holy Spirit, which makes it possible for us to love one another. The book of Acts reveals the expression of the love of God in the formation of the early Christian community by the workings of the Holy Spirit. James tells of the love of neighbor as the fulfillment of the law of God.
Unit 1: Struggles with Love
 
September 6, 2020
When Love Is Lost!
Genesis 37:2-11, 23-24a, 28
 
September 13, 2020
Love versus Bitterness
Genesis 41:25-33, 37-40, 50-52
 
September 20, 2020
Haunted by Shame?
Genesis 42:6-25
 
September 27,2020
Love Prevails over All

Genesis 45:1-8, 10-15

Unit II: Inclusive Love
 
October 4, 2020
A True Friend Intervenes 
1 Samuel 19:1-7
 
October 11, 2020
Overcoming Self-interest
Luke 6-27-36
 
October 18, 2020
Meeting the Needs of Others

Luke 10-25-37

October 25, 2020
The Most Excellent Way
1 Corithians 13:1-13
 
Unit III: Godly Love among Believers
 
November 1, 2020
Upside-down Love
John 13:1-15, 34-35
 
November 8, 2020
The Love Connection
John 15:4-17
 
November 15, 2020
Loving Others
1 John 3;11-24
 
November 22, 2020
Sharing Love in Trugh
Acts 4:32-37; 5:1=11
 
November 29, 2020
A Community of Equals
James 2:1-13