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 “God’s Exceptional Choice.”
 
This quarter traces the arc of salvation history from Abraham to Jesus an on to the early church.
 
Unit 1, “God Calls Abraham’s Family,” has four lessons from Genesis. Lesson 1 examines the call of Abraham, who was then known as Abram. Lesson 2 reveals how God chose the younger of Isaac’s sons instead of the older, which would have been expected. Lesson 3 shows how Jacob received the name Israel—the same name that would later be associated with the nation that grew from Abraham’s descendants. Lesson 4 offers yet another example of God’s choosing apart from cultural norms when Judah, Jacob’s fourth son, is called to head the family from which the Messiah would one day be born.
 
Unit II, “Out of Slavery to Nationhood,” has five lessons that explore the call of Israel’s family out of Egypt to become a nation. Lesson 5, from the book of Exodus, highlights the birth of Moses, the women who preserved his life, and his call to lead the people out of Egypt. Lesson 6, from the book of Deuteronomy, tells part of the salvation story of the people of Israel so that they might remember and be thankful. Lesson 7, from the book of Judges, particularly telling the story of Gideon. Lesson 8, from the book of 1 Samuel, chronicles the transition in Israel’s history from the governance of judges to the selection of Saul as Israel’s first kin. Lesson 9 tells of the anointing of David as Saul’s successor to the throne.
 
Unit III, “We Are God’s Artwork,” is a four-lesson study on the book of Ephesians. The unit title comes from Ephesians 2:10. It draws out a unique perspective on the way that God has created us. Lesson 10 explores the beginning of the first chapter of Ephesians and the understanding that we are chosen and adopted as children by God through the redemption of Christ. Lesson 11 completes a study of Ephesians 1, with Paul’s prayer that the believers in the Ephesian church might fully understand and access the power and blessings at their disposal because of God’s adoption of them through the saving work of Christ. Lesson 12 shows how Paul reminds the Ephesians that because of their adoption and God’s love and mercy, they are made alive through the saving power of Christ for the purpose of good works. In lesson 13, Paul encourages the believers in Ephesus to use the spiritual resources they have access to—because of their relationship to God through Christ—in order to persevere and stand against the evil forces of the world so that they might be Christ’s ambassadors.
Unit 1: God Calls Abraham’s Family
 
September 4, 2022
Unbroken Promises

Genesis 12:1-5, 7; 15:1-7

September 11, 2022
An Unexpected Choice
Genesis 25:19b-34

September 18, 2022
Persevere in Times of Difficulty

Genesis 32:22-32

September 25, 2022
Dynamics of Family Leadership
Genesis 35:22b-26; 38:24-26; 49:10-12

Unit II: Out of Slavery to Nationhood
 
October 2, 2022
A Protective Family
Exodus 2:1-10
October 9, 2022
Expressing Thankfulness

Deuteronomy 32:3-6; 10-14, 18

October 16, 2022
Confidence Provides Necessary Courage

Judges 6:1-2, 7-16

October 23, 2022
We Want a Human King
1 Samuel 8:4-7; 10:17-24

October 30, 2022
The Heart of a Leader
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Unit III: WE Are God’s Artwork!
 
November 6, 2022
Chosen

Ephesians 1:1-14

November 13, 2022
Wisdom as Enlightenment of Heart

Ephesians 1:15-25

November 20, 2022
Made for a Purpose

Ephesians 2:1-10

November 27, 2022
Tools Available to Withstand Injustice and Evil

Ephesians 6:10-18