The three units of Bible lessons in this quarter unify around the theme, Respond. The lessons move through various responses people of faith are called to make as they live out their faith in both good times and difficult ones.
Unit 1: Intended for Good
The Genesis story of Joseph and his brothers is one of the great stories from the Bible, with forgiveness and grace among its underlying themes. As the story stretches over several chapters of Genesis, the four weeks of this unit give us ample time to explore it and see how the meaning of its events changed as Joseph recognized God at work behind the scenes.
Scriptures: Genesis 37:5–28; Genesis 39:1–21; Genesis 41:1–16, 25–32; Genesis 45:1–15
Spiritual Practice: Forgiveness
Unit 2: The People Next Door
“Neighbor” is an important theme in both the Old and New Testaments, and so this four-lesson unit delves into it from several perspectives. The first lesson (Lesson 5 in this quarter) gathers various verses from Proverbs on that topic. The second lesson, using a passage from the book of Ruth, invites us to think about what it means to be a neighbor to immigrants. The third lesson looks in the book of Acts for how the early church leaders incorporated neighborliness into the church’s structure. And the fourth lesson takes us to Mark’s Gospel for an example of four individuals who were true neighbors to a man in need.
Scriptures: Proverbs 3:27–30; 6:1–5; 25:20–23; Ruth 2:4–16; Acts 6:1–7; Mark 2:1–12
Spiritual Practice: Scripture
Unit 3: The Five Stages of Job
As suffering in some form comes to most of us at some point (or points) in life, it is useful to consider how Job, who suffered greatly, responded to it, and to learn from his experience. The five lessons of this unit show us five diverse ways Job responded to his calamities: worship, resignation, protest, angry despair, and acceptance. While not suggesting that all of these are useful in every case, the lessons help us recognize what may be going on in our spirits when suffering overtakes us.
Scriptures: Job 1:8–20; Job 1:21–22, 2:7–10; Job 19:1–6, 13–19; Job 30:16–23; Job 40:1–5; 41:1–10; 42:1–6
Spiritual Practice: Lament