Sometimes we carry pictures of loved ones in our wallets and purses. These pictures speak to us of why we love them, but they also remind us of who we are living to be each day. Paul gives the church in Colossae a similar reminder to take with them as they grow in faith.
God revealed Himself to Israel through His interactions with the nation and, in His response to the nation’s incident with the golden calf, He revealed both His justice and His mercy. This lesson explores that story to help us better understand God’s identity and its meaning for our lives.
The memorable, Old Testament story of God giving Israel manna to eat in the wilderness illustrates more than God’s care for the needs of His people; it also reveals His generous character. We will therefore consider the story of God’s manna as we continue to explore the things He revealed about Himself through Moses.
– This lesson continues our exploration of God’s character as revealed in the story of Moses by considering how God’s remembrance of His covenant with Abraham (Exodus 2:23-25) evidences the faithfulness that defines Him.
God’s kingship offers one of the early, important things He reveals about Himself. This lesson considers God’s sovereign identity and begins a series exploring some of the things God revealed about Himself through Moses.
Ever-present, all-knowing, all-powerful – these tend to be the words we sometimes resort to when describing God. Or maybe we rightfully describe God as love, as the God of justice and mercy. But how often do we describe God as the God of beauty? This lesson will consider God’s use of beauty in the Bible to reveal Himself and what it means for us.
Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus’ charge to his disciples to take the message about him throughout the world reminds us that Jesus expects big things from his people. Jesus’ expectation motivates the mission our elders have given to the 151st church family. This lesson will offer a few reminders about our mission and its intersection with Jesus’ expectations.
Exodus records the curious incident of Moses’ face shining after he talked to God. Rather than an oddity in Israel’s history, the story offers another way God worked to reveal Himself to Israel and to readers of the Bible.
Exodus 19:5-6 – God’s covenant with Israel sought to establish a relationship with God and the nation that, in turn, sought to (re)establish God’s relationship with the world. This lesson considers God’s relational agenda and what it means for us today.
Exodus 6:7 This lesson considers God’s repeated announcement in the book of Exodus that He was going to reveal Himself to Israel, Egypt, and the world. In considering those announcements, the lesson will explore why God needed to reveal Himself and with that need tells us about both humanity and ourselves.
Next Steps Colossians 1:1-14 If you had a good start in your faith, what comes next? Colossians helps a church who started strong to stay strong in their growing faith.
From Everlasting to Everlasting Psalm 90:1-2 In a world full of change & innovation & temporary things, something is eternal. Psalm 90 teaches us that the God of the Bible is from everlasting to everlasting. The writer of this Psalm finds God’s eternal nature both sobering & comforting. May the knowledge of God’s eternal nature not be lost on us today.
Colossians 4:2 The story of Nehemiah opens and closes with prayer; he never stops praying. This lesson keys in on the effect that persistent prayer has on Nehemiah. By turning to God in prayer in Nehemiah 1:4-11, Nehemiah begins with the admission that the last thing the problems before him need are any traces of his arrogance or pride.
John 17:20-23 — Just before his death, Jesus prayed that his followers would be united. This lesson will look at how the New Testament develops Jesus’ desire for unity and consider what that unity means for our lives.
Luke 1:26-33 — Nativity scenes portray Jesus’ birth but they often present it in ways that loses the tensions that surrounded that event. This lesson takes advantage of the holiday season to consider the contrasting circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth and how they establish a pattern that defined his life and offer a patter that should also shape our lives.
Untethered Luke 15:1-2 This is a family talk about wisely preparing ourselves to be set loose into a captivating online & digital landscape. The Bible offers Godly thinking and wisdom for how and when we engage in life online.
John chapter six records a lengthy conversation Jesus had with a crowd that ended with many of them abandoning him. When Jesus asked his apostles if they also wanted to leave, Peter replied, “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life
Mathew 28:18-20 This lessons considers what it means to be a disciple of Jesus so that we can better understand the life we claim as Christians today.
Philippians 4:13 Value can be found in taking time to reflect on past experiences to help one think about both the present and the future. This lesson consequently considers this year to help us prepare for the coming year.
Acts 10 — The idea of world-wide evangelism forms an important part of the history of Christianity, especially in the United States. Good reason exists for that focus – Jesus commissioned his church to do that very thing. This lesson will therefore consider Peter’s interaction with Cornelius in Acts 10 as a way of helping us better understand the mission Jesus has given to us.