This Covenant experience will guide participants in a comprehensive, in-depth study of the Bible over twenty-four weeks. Unlike the learning participants may have experienced in other groups, this in-depth study of the whole Bible emphasizes the biblical concept of covenant as a unifying pattern through all the books in the Old and New Testaments. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses to have with us as God's people. This relationship is grounded in the faithfulness of God's love and on our ongoing commitment to stay in love with God while we share signs of that love with others.
Each episode connects to an aspect of this covenant relationship, which is summarized in the heading of each participant guide.
LIFE, AS WE ALL KNOW TOO WELL, IS IMPERFECT. Difficulties are inevitable. That's why the final eight-weeks, Trusting the Covenant, looks at the crises that sometimes call covenant life into question, and how we are restored to trust in God when troubling things happen.
This module discusses the loss of hope, and how it is restored by faithfulness in the midst of suffering. From the story of Job, to the Hebrew exile, to the apocalyptic visions in Daniel and Revelation, we learn how faithful love is at work in everything-to restore hope, freedom, and wholeness to our lives.
Each participant in the group needs the Participant Guides and a Bible. The CEB Study Bible is preferred.
The Trusting Participant Guide is 8 weeks long, and has a lay flat binding making it easy to take notes in the generous space provided on each page.
The Trusting Participant Guide contains the following episodes:
Episode 17: John; 1, 2, and 3 John
For John the God we meet in Jesus is the one who keeps coming into the world, going out of the way to be in relationship with us. Jesus meets his followers in whatever ways they need with new and abundant life. Jesus draws people back into community and promises the Holy Spirit to those who follow him.
Episode 18: Psalms
Psalms are songs, poems, and prayers to and about God. There is diversity of authorship across the Psalms. Three major types of psalms are laments, thanksgiving psalms, and psalms of praise. The psalms are user-friendly and give voice to our conflicts, confessions, and cries for God's rescuing help. The Psalms teach us how to pray and that God's primary character trait is faithful love.
Episode 19: Job
Like the Bible as a whole, the book of Job offers a number of voices or perspectives. Job stages difficult human questions such as, "Why do human beings worship God?" or "Why do people suffer?" and even, "what is God's role in suffering?" The book of Job also asks, "Does good behav
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|Size: ||492 KB|
|Publisher: ||Abingdon Press|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9781501839290 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|