About the Quarter
This quarter, "Covenants with God," considers the major covenants that God makes with people on behalf of the earth and the human community. Beginning with Noah, God promises benevolence towards creation. Similar commitments are made with Abram, Phinehas, and Ezekiel. Ultimately, the covenant forms the foundation for the coming Messiah and salvation for the world.
Unit I, "Signs of God's Covenants," drawn from Genesis and Ezekiel, celebrates four signs of God's covenant. Promising to renew the cycle of seasons, God creates the rainbow as a permanent reminder of the covenant with every living thing. Circumcision is the sign of the covenant with Abraham and the Sabbath is the sign of the covenant with Israel at Mt. Sinai. The last sign is the spirit-filled heart.
Unit II, "Called into Covenant with God," drawn from Genesis, Exodus, 2 Samuel, and Nehemiah, illustrates God's partnership with people who respond and agree to obey God's voice. God enters into covenant with Abraham, Moses, and David to work through history, establishing a kingdom that will ultimately bring forth the Messiah. Based on the covenant with God, Israel is chosen as God's special people.
Unit III, "An Everlasting Covenant," drawn from Numbers, 1 Samuel, Jeremiah, Hebrews, and 1 Corinthians, examines the components of the covenant God makes with the priest, Phinehas, and the divine promise to Israel through the prophet Jeremiah. The unconditional divine promises are to maintain a perpetual priesthood, forgive the unfaithful, and establish a new covenant with Israel. God seals this covenant of pure grace through Christ as mediator and by writing the law in the hearts of God's people.
UNIT I • Signs of God's CovenantsSeptember 3 Session 1 The Rainbow (Genesis 8:20-9:17)September 10 Session 2 Circumcision (Genesis 17) September 17 Session 3 Sabbath Observance (Exodus 31:12-18) September 24 Session 4 Spirit-Filled Heart (Ezekiel 36:22-32)
UNIT II • Called into Covenant with GodOctober 1 Session 5 God's Covenant with Abram (Genesis 15) October 8 Session 6 God's Covenant with Israel (Exodus 19) October 15 Session 7 Obeying God's Law (Exodus 20) October 22 Session 8 God's Covenant with David (2 Samuel 7:1-16) October 29 Session 9 God's Covenant with the Returned Exiles (Nehemiah 9-10)
UNIT III • An Everlasting CovenantNovember 5 Session 10 Faithful God, Unfaithful People (Numbers 25; 1 Samuel 2:27-36) November 12 Session 11 Promise of a New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:27-34) November 19 Session 12 Mediator of the New Covenant (Hebrews 12:14-15, 18-29) November 26 Session 13 Remembering the Covenant (1 Corinthians 11)
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