Fun Day Sunday
Over the next three years we will be studying the entirety of God's Word! Thats right! We believe God's truth is the most important tool we have to help students develop an authentic faith. So we have chosen the "Gospel Project" by Lifeway as our curriculum. We encourage you to get involved in one of our adult connect groups that go through the "Gospel Project" so that the whole family is receiving the same material. We believe this will help you learn, discover, and teach your kids the gospel through God's Word .
Session 4: The Vision of God’s Strength 09.22.19
God revealed the plans of the Syrian king directly to Elisha, which helped Israel avoid defeat. When the king found out that Elisha was protecting the people of God, he sent an army to capture Elisha. By the power of God, the army was blinded as they approached Elisha and his life was spared. Elisha used this opportunity not to kill and destroy, but to show God’s mercy and grace to his enemies. Even though the plans of the Syrian king were stopped and the mercy and grace of God was extended, the king hardened his heart and refused to humble himself before God.
Session 3: The Gifts of God’s Power 09.15.19
Elisha rose up to take the place of Elijah, but it was not out of his own power and strength. When Elijah first called Elisha, Elisha had to say goodbye to his old life and embrace his new calling. Elijah exposed Elisha to the cost of discipleship, but Elisha was not shaken. Instead, Elisha pleaded with Elijah for a double portion of his spirit in order to be fully equipped by the power of God to continue his ministry, and when Elijah was gone Elisha was granted full power from God through his faith. Because of this, those around Elisha knew that he was the new representative of God.
Session 2: The Signs of God’s Presence 09.08.19
The prophet Elijah set up a contest between the worshippers of Baal and the true God to see which one could bring fire down first. After the prophets of Baal failed to prove the reality of their god, Elijah dumped barrels upon barrels of water upon the altar and prayed a simple prayer of faith to God. God showed up in a miraculous way before His people and Elijah called them all to repent and turn back to God. However, many did not and a death warrant was sent out for Elijah. Elijah ran in fear, but God faithfully showed up right where Elijah was to minister and speak to Elijah in a personal and encouraging way.
Session 1: God Calls a Prophet 09.01.19
Elijah was a prophet sent by God to minister to His people during a time of drought and hardship. The drought was God’s judgment on the people after they had begun worshipping Baal, a false god. Even though God sent Elijah, it did not mean Elijah was exempt from suffering. However, God provided for Elijah in both obscure and miraculous ways including through a raven and a widow. In turn, Elijah’s faith was able to reveal the power, the glory and the grace of God when the widow’s son was brought back to life. There is no doubt that God’s grace came through in unexpected ways for both Elijah and the widow.
Session 4: A Son Rejects Wisdom 08.25.19
The death of Solomon marked the end of Israel’s Golden Age, the United Kingdom under Saul, David, and Solomon (circa 1050-930 BC). Soon after Solomon’s death, the kingdom of Israel was torn in two. Judah and part of Benjamin formed the nation of Judah in the south while the remaining tribes in the north kept the name Israel. While on the surface it might seem as though Israel divided because Solomon’s son Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders, the seeds of the split were sown long before that during Solomon’s reign. Compromise led to sin, and sin brought consequences that were felt for generations after. But even though God’s people were unfaithful to Him, we will see that God was never unfaithful to them. God had told David that there would always be a son of David on the throne. And because of Jesus, that is a promise kept.
Session 3: A Son Builds the Temple 08.18.19
Having seen the beginning of Solomon’s reign and his frame of mind later in life, we will now jump back to the high point of Solomon’s reign: the construction of the Lord’s temple. We will see that in building the temple, Solomon didn’t merely construct a building. In 1 Kings 6:12-13, God vowed to fulfill His promise to David and to live among the Israelites and not abandon them. So the temple represented the establishment of Jerusalem as the center of Israel’s worship, the immediate fulfillment of God’s promise to David, and the penultimate fulfillment of God’s promise to bring the children of Abraham into the promised land. After four centuries, the portable tabernacle was finally replaced with a permanent temple.
Session 2: A Son Learns True Wisdom 08.11.19
Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived (1 Kings 3:12), wrote three Old Testament books of wisdom: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs. The latter is a celebration of love in marriage, and the former has the feel of a father passing on his collected wisdom to his son. But Ecclesiastes is different; it feels like a bitter old man expressing regret over a wasted life. In this session, we will see that while Ecclesiastes seems to have more in common with existentialist philosophy than with Judeo-Christian Scripture, the book absolutely belongs in the Bible. We will see that more than any other book, Ecclesiastes helps us understand the limits of human wisdom and shows us the futility of pursuing the things of the world.
Session 1: A Son Requests Wisdom 08.04.19
In this session we meet Solomon, the third and final king of Israel’s golden age as a united kingdom. In 2 Samuel 7:11-13, God promised to establish an eternal kingdom through King David and his descendants. The life of Solomon shows God making good on that promise. We will see that Solomon began his reign with the humble acknowledgment that he didn’t know how to do what he had been called on to do. So he asked God for wisdom (see Jas. 1:5). God is all-knowing; He is the source of all wisdom. The pattern for obedience we learn from Solomon is simple yet profound: We ask for wisdom; God provides wisdom; and we exercise that wisdom. When we make decisions according to God’s wisdom, the world stands in awe.
Session 6: The Good Shepherd 07.28.19
In this final session from the life of King David, we turn our attention to one of his most famous writings: Psalm 23. This psalm is beloved for many reasons, and countless believers throughout history have been both challenged and comforted by its words. But more than that, in Psalm 23, the former shepherd boy turned king points us to a greater Shepherd and King who was to come. In this session, we will see that the Shepherd about whom David wrote would provide for His people, guide His people, and love His people. We will see that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who accomplished all of this by laying down His life so that He might provide eternal life for us.
Session 5: A Sinner Receives Forgiveness 07.21.19
On our own, none of us has the power to resist sin, let alone overcome it. In this session, we will see this truth tragically displayed through the life of King David. David had made great progress as Israel’s king. He had demonstrated wisdom and kindness in his reign. However, even this great king was not immune to temptation and to sin, so he too was in need of divine mercy and forgiveness. Like David, we are subject to sin and in need of a better king, the perfect King who is without sin and who grants us mercy and forgiveness when we cry out in confession and repentance.
Session 4: A King Shows Kindness 07.14.19
In this session, we will see David, who has been given rest from his enemies, turn his attention to the internal affairs of his kingdom. This, in and of itself, was not surprising, but one of his acts was quite startling. Years before, David had promised Jonathan (1 Sam. 20) and Saul (1 Sam. 24) that he would not cut off their family’s descendants but that he would show them kindness instead. We will see David make good on that promise by extending kindness to Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth. And in this account, we will see a picture of a greater act of kindness from a greater King: God adopting us into His family through faith in Jesus and giving us a place at His table.
Session 3: A Servant Receives God’s Promise 07.07.19
After David became king and God gave him rest from his enemies, David considered why the ark was in a tent while he was in a palace. In this session, we will see God deny David’s plan to build the temple and instead promise to give David, and Israel, blessings that would extend beyond this life into the next. God was showing David that He would remain faithful to His promises, despite the frequent faithlessness of His people. We will see that these promises also come to us who believe in the greater David, Jesus Christ. In Christ all the promises of God find their yes (2 Cor. 1:20). Therefore, we have hope beyond this life, and if we keep our eyes on the future God has for us, we can endure to the end.
Session 2: A Fugitive Spares His Rival 06.30.19
David, the young shepherd boy, had squared off against the fierce giant named Goliath and, through the Lord’s power, defeated him and won the victory for the Israelites. It wasn’t long before Israel’s hero became King Saul’s nemesis. When Saul heard the people praising David, jealousy began consuming his heart, leading to multiple attempts to kill David. As a result, David feared for his life and fled to the wilderness. In this session, we will see David’s character on display as he, a fugitive, refused to take an opportunity to eliminate his rival. At the same time, we’ll see how this story points us to Jesus, who loved His enemies in even greater ways than David, to the point of dying for them.
Session 1: A Shepherd Slays A Giant 06.23.19
When Samuel’s career as prophet and judge was winding down, the people of Israel demanded that Samuel appoint them a king so they could be like the nations around them. God warned them of the foolishness of this demand and gave them over to the consequences of their request, consequences that did not take long to manifest under King Saul’s failed reign. In this session, we will look at David and see how he became the second king of Israel. In David we see the kind of king that God desires while also catching a glimpse of the future King God would one day provide. David won the battle over Goliath, one of the most dangerous enemies Israel ever faced, but Jesus, our perfect King, won the ultimate victory in His battle with sin and death.
Session 3: God Rejects A King 06.16.19
In this session, we will see the Israelites ask for a king to judge them and lead them in their battles against the nations around them. They believed a human king would do better than Samuel and his sons to protect them from their enemies. But in rejecting the leadership of Samuel, they were actually rejecting the kingship of the Lord. The king they would get would fail to be one devoted to God’s own heart. Instead, he would fail to trust the Lord for provision and protection and he would fail to obey the Lord’s word. The people got whom they wanted, but who they wanted didn’t measure up.
Session 2: God Rescues His Ark 06.09.19
In this session, we will see the prophesied punishment on Eli’s family become reality. Because of the sin of Eli’s sons, the Israelites faltered in their battle with their enemies, the Philistines. In an effort to turn the battle in their favor, the Israelites looked to the symbol of God presence, but they didn’t look to the God behind the symbol. This led to a crushing defeat and the departure of God’s glory. When God brought His glory back home, the people responded with joy and worship, but they also forgot God’s holiness and suffered the consequences. God’s holiness must be respected as it drives us to repentance.
Session 1: God Calls a Prophet 06.02.19
In this session, we encounter Hannah, a woman in a difficult position with no hope in sight. When she came to her breaking point, she chose to go to the only One who could help her in the midst of her pain. The Lord responded and blessed her with a son who would one day become a great prophet for the Lord. He was cause for worshiping God, and he was called to share God’s word in a ministry that pointed forward to the great Prophet to come, Jesus Christ.
Session 5: The Weakness of a Rescuer 05.26.19
In the previous session we saw God humiliate the proud, in Samson. Once again we saw that God uses the weaknesses
of His people to reveal His true strength. God’s desire is to use the weak and foolish things of the world to confound
the supposed strong and wise. Now, we turn our attention to the story of Ruth, a Moabite woman who lived during the period of the judges, where we see how God loves and cares for the humble, the needy, and the lonely. We will see that God wants to make His matchless love known to Ruth and her family. And God continues to want to make His redeeming love known to every tribe, language, and nation. No matter how hopeless and desperate the situation may be, the Lord’s redeeming love is ever-present and stronger still.
Session 4: The Humiliation of the Proud 05.19.19
In the previous session, we saw how God uses unexpected people and circumstances to accomplish His purposes. God wins victories for His people despite our great weaknesses, both physically and spiritually. But how does God work with those who seem to have their lives put together: the successful, strong, and spiritual? In this session, we will look to Samson, a man who appeared to be able to succeed on his own by relying on his own cleverness and strength. But we will see that while he may have appeared to have all the puzzle pieces of life in the right arrangement, he forgot to look at the picture on the box. He forgot whose image he was supposed to follow. We will see that often we aren’t much different. Our strong personalities and abilities to muscle through life lead us to forget who we depend on too. But as we’ll see with Samson, God humbles the proud—and that is a gift of grace.
Session 3: The Weakness of a Rescuer 05.12.19
God had used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to give the Israelites victory over the Canaanites and peace and rest in the land for forty years. But once more, the Israelites would do what was evil in the sight of the Lord. This time, God would hand His people over to the Midianites, who would oppress them for seven years to such a degree that they would resort to hiding in caves.
In this session, we will see God’s patient lovingkindness once more as He yet again responded to the desperate cries of His people. This time, He would provide Gideon, another unlikely judge, to rescue His people and turn them back to Him. Through Gideon, will see that God is not looking for our strength, but rather, our weakness.
Session 2: The Wisdom of a Deliverer 05.04.19
In this session, we will find that the Israelites were once again under God’s discipline because they had once again done what was evil in the Lord’s sight. This time, God used King Jabin of Canaan along with his commander Sisera to oppress His people. But once again, we will see the pattern unfold of the people crying out for relief, and God providing a deliver. Although this time, the deliver would be someone the Israelites may not have expected. We will see that God gives His people gifts and works through them so that He might receive glory.
Session 1: The Pattern of Rebellion 04.28.19
In this session, we will see that the children of Israel had conquered the promised land, but they had not conquered sin and rebellion against God, the One who had given them the victory. The opening chapters of the Book of Judges reveals a cycle of sin which would plague God’s people for generations. God had been faithful; but what would He do when His people were unfaithful in return?
Session 3: The Provision Of Peace 04.14.19
In the previous session, the Israelites began their campaign to conquer the promised land with a victory over the fortified city of Jericho. We saw that God provided the victory and how Rahab was spared and brought into the people of God. In the chapters that follow, the Israelites suffered defeat at the city of Ai because they failed to follow God’s instructions and then were given victory over that same city after they repented. In this session, we will see that Israel had learned an important lesson: victory was theirs if they obeyed God; defeat was certain if they relied upon themselves.
Session 2: The Promise To Victory 04.07.19
Forty years before, twelve spies, including Joshua, had gone into the land. This time, it would not be twelve spies, but two. And this time, the spies’ mission was not to scout the land to help determine the probability of victory; it was to scout the land, namely Jericho, to help determine the strategy for victory. The victory had been promised by God and this time the Israelites being led by the two faithful spies of the previous generation would enter the land in a posture of trust.
In this passage we are reminded that actions can be misleading. Both Moses’ generation and Joshua’s generation of Israelites began with the same action—from the outside they looked to be mirroring one another. However, the intent of their actions was very different. At best, the intent of Moses’ spies was to act for faith—to find evidence that would help them develop trust in God. The intent of Joshua’s spies, on the other hand, was to act from faith—to find what God had given them and perhaps how He had given it to them. Similar actions; different motivations. One scouting trip was done honoring God, the other rebelling against Him.
Session 1: The Call To Courage 03.31.19
Moses had led the children of Israel for four decades. He was the one constant for a people who had wandered in the wilderness as an entire generation died off. One thing they could depend on. And now, he too was gone. The Book of Joshua opens by stating his death in a rather matter-of-fact manner: Moses was dead and now God spoke to Joshua. But we cannot underestimate the impact his loss surely had on a people who stood at the border of the promised land, preparing to go to war. The people were vulnerable, and this could have been a crushing blow for them, a demoralizing loss.
But God, of course, understood. He knew Joshua would need encouragement and He knew the people would need it as well. But He also knew the people needed something else more—much more. They needed Him. Good leaders are a gift from God. Great leaders are a blessing. But no leader, no matter how good he or she might be, is a substitute for God Himself. Moses was not who the Israelites needed. Joshua was not either. Nor would it be any of the judges, Samuel, Saul, David, Solomon, any other king, or any prophet. The leader the people needed was Christ Jesus—the One who God provided to lead us out of bondage of sin and into the rest of salvation in Him.
Session 4: The Promise of God’s Presence 03.24.19
When was the last time someone told you to not be afraid (or when was the last time you told yourself that)? What’s interesting about fear is that it forms an inverse function with knowledge. The less we know, the more we might fear. Perhaps it was a lack of knowledge that also tempted the Israelites to fear as they stood on the precipice of entering Jericho. They knew this was coming after forty years of wilderness wanderings, but they didn’t know what the end result would be. And maybe this is why Moses countered their fears with knowledge by saying that God would be the One going with them; in fact, it would be He who would be going before them. This is why Moses implored them to be strong and courageous; they could stand courageously because God was with them, fighting on their behalf.
The courage and fearlessness the Israelites were called to display is the same we as Christians are called to live out today. Sure, we live in uncertain times and we are, without a doubt, finite people who don’t know what the future holds. However, we do know the One who does know, and because of that, we can stand strong and courageously.
Session 3: The Blessings on God’s People 03.18.19
In Numbers 22 the Moabites saw the Israelites encamped in the wilderness and feared for their lives. The Moabites had heard of what the Israelites had done to the Amorites and feared that the same fate would come to them. So Balak, king of Moab, sought the help of a diviner named Balaam to curse the Israelites. But God came to Balaam and told him not to go to Balak because the Israelites were blessed (v. 12).
This is a fascinating account full of mystery (who exactly was Balaam and why was he so prone to listen to God?) as well as the supernatural (a talking donkey!). But don’t lose sight of an important detail that is easily missed: the Israelites were not present in this story. They don’t see the fear of the Moabites. They don’t see Balaam’s encounter with a talking donkey. They don’t hear the oracles Balaam shares. Instead, they are over there, off in the distance, while this account unfolds. Even when the Israelites could not see it, God was working for their good. God is always working all things for the good of those who love Him (Rom. 8:28).
Session 2: The Promise of God’s Provision 03.10.19
In Numbers 20 the people rose up against Moses and Aaron because they had no water to drink. In response, Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before God. God spoke to them and commanded Moses to speak to a rock and He would make it yield water. But because of his anger toward the people, Moses rebuked the Israelites, asked if he and Aaron had to provide water, and struck the rock twice instead. Because of Moses’ failure to obey God, God declared that he would not be allowed to enter into the promised land; he would die in the wilderness instead.
God’s demand for obedience is absolute. There is no such thing as “half-way” obedience. Even the most minuscule deviation from God’s commands is an act of disobedience. We are called to be holy just as God is holy (1 Pet. 1:15-16). God’s holiness refers both to His uniqueness in being separate from creation and His perfect purity. This is our standard as well. We are to be different from our culture. We are to obey perfectly. And even one act of unfaithfulness earns condemnation. But thankfully, we have been provided a way to be forgiven of our transgressions in Jesus, the One who perfectly obeyed and who takes our sin and credits us with His righteousness when we believe.
Off week for curriculum due to ELEVATE WKND.
Session 3: A Picture of Atonement 02.24.19
The Book of Exodus describes how sinful people were rescued and reconciled to holy God through a deliverer He Himself sent. Now in this session, we turn our attention to the Book of Leviticus and see that God provided a high priest for His people. Year after year, this representative brought a sacrifice to atone for the sins of the people. We will see that God appointed the Day of Atonement as a way for the people of Israel to be in relationship with Him and as a picture of a better way to come, a way that sin would be dealt with once and for all when the perfect high priest and sinless substitute would take our place and pay the punishment our sin deserved.
Session 2: A Place of God’s Presence 02.17.19
In this session, we will trace the construction of the tabernacle, God’s place of dwelling among His people. We will see that God provided the resources for the tabernacle and moved the hearts of His people to obey the instructions He had given them through Moses. Then we will see that when their work was done and completed according to God’s plan, God came to dwell with His people. However, we will also see that God had a better way to dwell with His people, a way that was realized in the person of Jesus Christ.
Session 1: An Image Of Idolatry 02.10.19
Moses had left the Israelites at the base of Mount Sinai and had gone to speak with God. But while Moses was receiving the law, the people were in rebellion, calling on Aaron to fashion a golden calf to fulfill their desire to worship something tangible. In this session, we will see what the heart of idol worship looks like and God’s rightful response to it: judgment. But once again, as we have seen so often throughout Exodus, we will see that God offers grace in the midst of His people’s disobedience.
Session 3: A Law For God’s People 02.03.19
God had delivered His people out of bondage in Egypt. In this session, we will see another act of God’s grace that was easy for the Israelites to miss and easy for us to miss today as well: the giving of the law. The Israelites had been slaves in Egypt, following their masters and their masters’ laws. But now they were free, and the people needed to know how to live as a people to bring God glory and get along with one another. This was God’s intention with the law, evidenced in the Ten Commandments. In this session, we will see God’s purpose for giving the law and our inability to keep the law, even a single commandment. But we will also see that God had a different plan, a better plan, for our obedience.
Session 2: A Leaders Wisdom 01.27.19
Despite God’s deliverance and provision, the people of God continued to struggle with turning from their fears to trusting in God. As a result, they repeatedly grumbled to Moses and God. In this session, we will see that they not only had issues with their leader and their God, they also disputed with one another. Up to this point in their journey, Moses had been the sole judge for all of the people. But when Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, met with Moses, he gave the overwhelmed leader some much-needed wisdom and proved himself to be a wise leader in blessing the people of God.
Session 1: A Test In The Wilderness 01.20.19
God had delivered His people out of slavery in Egypt through His powerful works. But in this session, we will see that the people forgot what they had seen, they lost sight of God’s power, and they doubted and grumbled when they became hungry in the wilderness. We will see that we are not much different from the people of Israel: We too are prone to forget the promises of God; we are prone to wander from the Lord, even when He has proven Himself to be good and faithful. We will learn of God’s great faithfulness despite our faithlessness and why He allows His children to go through trials and tribulations.
Session 6: God Delivers His People 01.13.19
God had heard the cries of His people and delivered them from bondage in Egypt through a series of ten plagues, culminating in the death of the firstborn sons of Egypt throughout the land. In this session, we will follow the Israelites as God leads them out of Egypt and through, not around, the Red Sea. As we see God leading His people with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, we will be reminded that God, by His Spirit, fills us, empowers us, and leads us still. We will also note that despite seeing supernatural acts of God, the Israelites continued to doubt Him, much like we are prone to do today.
Session 4 & 5: God Hears & Frees His People 01.06.19
In session 4 we move from Genesis to Exodus and continue the story of Abraham’s family well after the days of Joseph. Jacob, his sons, and their families arrived in Egypt as welcomed guests generations before, but now the children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt. Through our study of the Book of Exodus, we will learn much about God’s character and nature: He is a mighty God, all-knowing and all-powerful, and yet, He is also close and personal. God heard the cries of His people in bondage, and He responded with compassion. He was attentive to His people and faithful to keep His promises. As God began His rescue, He revealed to the Israelites, the Egyptians, and to us that He is sovereign over all. In session 5 we move from Genesis to Exodus and continue the story of Abraham’s family well after the days of Joseph. Jacob, his sons, and their families arrived in Egypt as welcomed guests generations before, but now the children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt. Through our study of the Book of Exodus, we will learn much about God’s character and nature: He is a mighty God, all-knowing and all-powerful, and yet, He is also close and personal. God heard the cries of His people in bondage, and He responded with compassion. He was attentive to His people and faithful to keep His promises. As God began His rescue, He revealed to the Israelites, the Egyptians, and to us that He is sovereign over all.
Session 4: The Prince of Peace 12.09.18
In this session we examine one of the more well-known Old Testament prophecies of the coming of Jesus Christ. In this passage from Isaiah, we will see that the Son of God would come to be the Prince of Peace, the One who would bring light, joy, freedom, justice, and righteousness. While God’s people in Isaiah’s day would have viewed these promises through their national struggles at the time, we see in these verses a greater hope: the hope of Christ rescuing us from sin and providing peace with God.
Session 3: God Overrides Evil With Good 12.09.18
In this session, we wrap up Joseph’s story and the Book of Genesis and see how God’s plan all along was to redeem His people through Jacob’s favored son. Joseph was about to make sense of the suffering he had endured, and his brothers were about to experience the beauty of forgiveness. And through Joseph and his brothers’ reunion, God was about to preserve His people. Joseph’s suffering was painful. The brothers’ sin was evil. But God was going to bring beauty from ashes to reveal His purposes. And in revealing this to Joseph and his family, God also reveals to us that He is a God who can do anything, even override evil with good.
Session 2: God Redeems Adversity 12.09.18
In the previous session, we watched as Joseph went from being the favored son of his father to a slave in Egypt by the hands of his jealous brothers. In this session, we will see God setting the stage for His plans to come to pass, just not in the way Joseph and his family would have expected. The dreams God gave Joseph (Gen. 37:5-7,9) would come true; Joseph’s brothers would bow down to him. But first, Joseph would have to endure more adversity. God’s act of redemptive reversal was not yet complete. In the end, we will see that we can be confident that God works providentially in our lives, even through adversity, for His glory and our good.
Session 1: God Redeems Betrayal 11.25.18
In this session, we will see that Jacob’s favoritism did not stop with his love for Rachel over Leah; he also loved Joseph more than his other sons. And once again, we will see that favoritism never ends well for anyone. However, we will also see that God continued His plan to use this family shattered by sin and strife. God is willing and able to redeem His people from the most adverse situations, even those His people create for themselves. The life of Joseph is an example of God’s pattern of redemptive reversal, where He permits what appears to be detrimental or destructive and reverses it to accomplish His redemptive purposes.
Session 3: God’s new name for Jacob 11.25.18
In the past few sessions, we have followed Jacob as he tricked his father and brother, fled from his home, and traveled to Paddan-aram to find a wife. Even amidst more deception by Jacob and others, God was faithful to His promise to be with Jacob and bless him. In this session, we will see that God did more than just provide Jacob with a family and possessions; He was also faithful to be at work in Jacob. God was changing the patriarch, slowly but surely, as He positioned him for the task he had been given. We will see that in the same way, God is faithful to keep His promises to us and that we too are to respond to His gracious provision of salvation through demonstrating new life in Christ.
Session 2: God’s Gift Of Love 11.18.18
In the past few sessions, we have seen how Jacob was unworthy of God’s mercy, grace, and love, and yet, God remained faithful to him. In this session we pick up with the account of Jacob on his way to Paddan-aram to find a wife. We will see that once again, God graciously provided for Jacob. And once again, we will see that Jacob fell short in that his love was deep and persistent but flawed by sin. We will also be reminded that God provides love for us too, made clearest in the gift of Jesus. God wants us to understand love at an ever-deepening level so that we can reflect the kind of unconditional love that He demonstrated for us when He sent His Son to the cross. This love is the kind of love the world needs.
Session 1: God’s Mercy To A Deceiver 11.11.18
In the last session we saw the foreshadowing of an escalating family conflict centered on Esau and Jacob. From the very beginning, the twin brothers struggled against one another, and favoritism from Isaac and Rebekah only made matters worse. In Genesis 27–28, we will see the mess Isaac and his family made and how it affected their relationships with each other and with God. We will see a family that was divided and forsaking God. We will also see that even with all of their failings, God used this family to advance His plan to provide salvation to the world, not by their merit but by His mercy.
Session 4: God Provides For His Promise 11.04.18
In previous sessions we saw that God’s plan of providing forgiveness of sin would come through a people of promise, a covenant people. God made that covenant with Abram (Gen. 12:1-3), and later He renewed that covenant with Abraham’s son, Isaac. We will see in this session that God keeps His promises, but at times He does so in ways we would least expect, which can cause us to question God. But we will also see how God keeps His promises through unexpected people, many of whom seem quite unworthy of such a privilege.
Session 3: God Provides For His Promise 10.28.18
God gave Abraham and Sarah Isaac, the son of promise, and then, as we saw in the last session, in a figurative sense, He took him away and gave him back. Isaac was certainly the son of promise, but he was not the fulfillment of the promise, that would be Jesus, and His birth was many generations away. In this session, we will see how God provided a wife for Isaac so that the covenant promises could continue. We will see that God directed the path of Abraham’s servant to find a wife for his master’s son from among their people. He also gave Isaac more than just a wife to continue the family line but a woman who provided him with the love and comfort he needed.
Session 2: God Foreshadows His Promise
After years of waiting, and sometimes doubting, Abraham and Sarah finally gave birth to a son, Isaac. This son of promise would carry on the family line and God’s promises. But then one day, God turned Abraham’s world upside down. Abraham was to take his beloved son and sacrifice him to God. In this session, we will encounter Abraham’s obedience to God’s command and explore the faith underneath that obedience, faith that God could do the impossible and bring life out of death. We will also see that this test concerning Abraham’s faith in God and His promises pointed toward the fulfillment of those very promises, fulfillment that came when God the Father sacrificed His only Son, Jesus.
Session 1: God Makes A Promise
In the past few sessions, we have seen the tragic consequences of sin. One brother murdered another out of jealousy. Humanity became so wicked that God sent a flood of judgment. And people stood in open rebellion against God, refusing to obey His command to spread out; instead, they built a tower to bring glory to themselves. But we have also seen God’s grace on display each step of the way. God was patiently bringing about His plan to provide redemption to humanity. In this session we will see that plan take a sizeable step forward with the call of Abraham. We will see that God works in ways that are different from ours and that He is wise; He knows the best possible means to bring His plan to pass. We will also see that God is not just trying to bring about what He has promised but that He is also working to produce faith and dependence in His people as well.
Session 6: Suffering and God’s Presence
We don’t know for sure when Job lived, much less when the book telling his story was written. However, it is likely that Job lived during the time of the patriarchs. So this session on Job is included in the midst of the patriarchal period in early Genesis to follow the chronology of Scripture. As we move through a quick view of Job’s story, we will learn a critical lesson about God’s presence in the midst of suffering, which has its origin in our rebellion against God.
Session 5: Sin and God’s Authority
In the previous session, we saw that after the flood, God reaffirmed His creative purpose for people to be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth (Gen. 1:28; 9:1,7). Sin, no matter how grievous and pervasive it may be, cannot stop God’s plan from marching forward. But the account of Noah ends in a surprising way, with Noah drunk and disgraced in front of his sons. The flood had brought judgment on the world, but it had not removed sin. In this session, we pick up the story and see that it did not take long for humanity once again to shake its fist at God in active rebellion against Him. God’s command to spread out to fill the earth was not simply ignored but rejected in the city of Babylon, or Babel, as its residents sought to glorify their names instead of God’s.
Session 4: Sin and God’s Grace
In this session, we will see that what began in Eden with Adam and Eve’s choice not to trust God’s goodness continued on throughout the following generations, growing ever more pervasive. We will see that humankind’s sin did not just impact us; it also grieved God and brought about His rightful judgment. But with that judgment came grace and hope that there was a solution to the curse of sin and death, a solution that would come not from humankind but from God. Finally, we will see that God’s plan for His creation was not thwarted by humanity’s sin. God would continue to call on His people, those who repented of sin and trusted in His grace, to carry out His will by filling the earth and obeying His creation mandate.
Session 3: Sin and God’s Good News
In the previous two sessions, we saw that God created everything good, including people as the pinnacle of creation. Adam and Eve were made in God’s image and instructed to rule over the world and worship God through their work, rest, and relationships with one another and with Him. As we will see in this session, that didn’t last. Adam and Eve chose to sin against God in open defiance of His goodness and loving provision for them. Their sin had drastic consequences as it brought death to all humanity and ruptured our created purpose. But as dark as that moment was, we will see that it was pregnant with hope, hope that could only come from God in His promise to one day send Someone who would make everything right again.
Session 2: God’s Good People
In the previous session, we traced the first five-and-a-half days of creation, seeing that God created everything good for His Son. In this session, we will examine the rest of the creation account and focus on the pinnacle of creation: humanity. In doing so, we will see that God created people to be unique from the rest of His creation and to bear His image in every facet of life. It is in bearing God’s image that we find our dignity and purpose and the foundation for our relationships with God and others.
Session 1: God’s Good World
We start our journey through the story of Scripture at its beginning, where we will see that God created everything by the power of His spoken word and brought order out of chaos. We will also see that God created everything good, but while the universe was good, it was not complete. Yes, God’s creative work was complete, but He positioned humans to take the raw materials He had created and to cultivate, modify, and grow them for His glory. Finally, we will move from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Colossians and see that all of creation is about Jesus, the Word. Jesus is at the center of creation holding it all together, and one day, He will return and restore what sin has destroyed.