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About the Quarter
This quarter’s study, “Our Love for God,” begins with God’s demands for our complete and undivided love as shown in passages from Deuteronomy and Psalms. It proceeds with our response to God’s love in the advent of Christ, and the epistles’ interpretations of the nature and extent of our responses to God’s love in Christ. It concludes with passages from three of the Psalms expressing glorification of God.
Unit I, “God Commands Our Love, Respect, and Obedience,” contains five sessions. The Deuteronomy passage contains a presentation of God’s demand for total love and devotion. The session from Joshua contains his faithful statement of love and reverence for a liberating God. In Psalm 103, David expresses love and glorification of God for God’s creative, sustaining, and protective actions. Luke portrays the advent of Christ and human response to God’s act of fulfillment of God’s promise. We are challenged in Matthew to love God through compassionate works.
Unit II, “Loving God through Trust in Christ,” has five sessions. Matthew continues to inspire trust in God for all things, while James encourages total submission to God in love. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul gives an interpretation of human devotion to God in Christ; promotes selfless devotion through exemplification of Christ’s total submission to God in love; and encourages giving up everything for the sake of one’s love for Christ.
Unit III, “Love Songs that Glorify God,” has three sessions. The quarter ends with Psalm 48, which focuses on a song of adoration for God’s steadfast love; Psalm 66 focuses on part of a love song of praise to God for all God’s mighty works of goodness; and Psalm 91 closes this unit with a praise song to God for assurance of protection andcomfort for those who love GodUNIT I • God Commands Our Love, Respect, and ObedienceDecember 2 Session 1 Love and Devotion (Deuteronomy 6:1-9) December 9 Session 2 Choose to Love and Serve God (Joshua 24:1-3, 13-15, 21-24) December 16 Session 3 Love and Worship God (Psalm 103:1-17, 21-22) December 23 Session 4 Jesus: God’s Loving Promise (Luke 1:26-31; 2:21-35) December 30 Session 5 Modeling God’s Love (Matthew 25:31-46) UNIT II • Loving God through Trust in ChristJanuary 6 Session 6 Hold Fast to God’s Love (2 Thessalonians 3:1-5; 2 John 4-11) January 13 Session 7 Submit to God in Love (James 4:1-10) January 20 Session 8 Submit to God in Christ (Philippians 1:12-21) January 27 Session 9 Devote All to Christ (Philippians 2:1-11) February 3 Session 10 Renounce Everything for Christ (Philippians 3:7-14) UNIT III • Love Songs that Glorify GodFebruary 10 Session 11 Worshiping God with the Psalms (Psalm 48:1-3, 9-14) February 17 Session 12 Praising God’s Mighty Works (Psalm 66:1-9, 16-20) February 24 Session 13 Living with God’s Loving Assurance (Psalm 91:1-8, 11-16)
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