Gideon: A Man of Valor

Focus Text: Judges 6:11-16; 7:16-23

Central Truth: God gives us victory as we follow His leading.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to choose one area of life in which they will take a stand for the Lord.

Lesson Outline:

I. A Deliverer Called (Judges 6:11-16)

II. Preparation for Battle (Judges 7:16-18)

III. Courage Brings Victory (Judges 7:19-23)

Sarah: Faith for the Impossible

Focus Text: Genesis 18:10-14; 21:1-8; Hebrews 11:11, 12

Central Truth: We can believe God for the miraculous.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list areas in their lives in which they need more faith.

Lesson Outline:

I. A Promise Given (Gen. 18:10-14)
II. A Promise Fulfilled (Gen. 21:1-8)
III. A Promise Believed (Heb. 11:11, 12)

Abraham: An Obedient Servant

Focus Text: Genesis 22:1-18

Central Truth: God's promise of blessing comes to those who obey His will.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify areas of their lives where they need to be more obedient to God’s Word.

Lesson Outline
I. The Command Received (Gen. 22:1, 2)
II. The Command Obeyed (Gen. 22:3-12)
III. The Promise Given (Gen. 22:13-18)

What causes spiritual blindness?

In "Biblical Perspective" I.C. Holland writes concerning 1 Peter 2:8…

It is no wonder that sightless people stumble. Spiritual blindness is worse than physical. Witness the cases of Fanny Crosby and Helen Keller. The cause of stumbling in verse 8 is identified as being disobedient. Disobedience and unbelief are inseparable Siamese twins. Although there are professed members of the Church who are insincere and substandard, the cause of stumbling is not the fault of the church. It is identified in 2 Corinthians 4:4: “The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.” The word appointed does not mean that they were foreordained to be lost, but that infinite justice forestated that “the soul that sinneth” shall die. Sinning is volitional. It is a choice.

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 18.

The Living Stone

In "Biblical Perspective" I.C. Holland writes:

Jesus is that living stone! Though He was rejected by men, He was chosen and approved by the Father who said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased” (Matt. 3:17). The word for stone here is different from the title Jesus gave to Peter. There it was petros, a pebble or field stone. Here it is lithos, meaning a “worked” or shaped stone. The words living and lively indicate activity, growth, and progress, and stone represents permanency. The infantile state discussed in verse 2 has developed from “born” and “grow” to “tasting,” or experiencing, the grace of God in verse 3. Now in verse 4 coming shows further action that leads to built up in verse 5. At this point the figure changes to a spiritual house and holy priesthood, and in Ephesians 2:22 to “a habitation of God through the Spirit.” What a quantum leap! We become not only ministers of Christ, but ministers to Christ! Spiritual work is done by spiritual people.

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 18.

Is Unity in the Church Possible?

In "God's Word for Today" David Woods writes:

There may be many reasons why local churches do not seek greater unity today. Some are paranoid that working together in the local church and with other like-minded churches in the area will result in everyone being deceived by a one-world false church. Others are so embittered against fellow Christians — in other nearby churches, or even within their local congregation — that they will not allow themselves or others to seek reconciliation and unity. Maybe an even greater difficulty is the inability of many to envision how unity might look in our post-modern context. How is it possible to achieve unity with churches around the world? How can we reconcile our doctrinal and traditional differences with other churches? The key to solving this dilemma may be to ask the question of how to experience greater unity locally instead of in a universal sense.

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 19.

Our Duty as Watchmen

In "Biblical Perspective" I.C. Holland writes:

Watchmen were on duty in the Temple. Psalm 134 speaks to the “servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.” For the safety of the people who dwelt in walled cities, watchmen kept their courses day and night. To Ezekiel, God said, “Son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me” (33:7). The prophets of old were “God's remembrancers,” as are preachers and pastors of the Church age. It is their solemn business “to call to God's remembrance the needs and claims of His people, and the obligations of His covenant promises” (Pulpit Comm.). This we can understand to be importunate and intercessory prayer, the duty of all Christians. Paul taught us to pray without ceasing. In our prayers, we Christians are allowed to remind God of our faith in His covenant promises.

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 12.

What is the Church’s Relationship to Israel?

In "Doctrinal Discussion" Don Callaway writes:

At the center of this lesson lie two questions: The first is the broader question of the Church's relationship with Israel, and more specifically, whether Old Testament promises to Israel apply to the Church today. Second, if these verses do apply to the Church, at what point should we expect these promises to be fulfilled? Two general approaches have been taken in addressing the relationship between Israel and the Church. Replacement Theology teaches that the Church has replaced Israel, and therefore is heir to all her promises and blessings. A second approach understands the Church to exist as a separate organism from Israel and therefore has no claim to her promises. This approach would prevent the New Testament Church from appropriating many Old Testament promises, including the ones provided here in Isaiah 62. If pushed to an extreme it might also lead to the faulty conclusion that Israel is under a sep-arate salvation plan than the Gentile Church. What do the Scriptures say?

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 13.

Assurance for the Church

In "God's Word for Today" Gordon Snider writes:

“The check is in the mail.” There is likely no other promise received with so much skepticism as this one. We have heard the promise before, and it didn't prove true. We will believe it when we see the check. Many people hear the promises in the Bible with the same skepticism. The promises seem too good to be true. In fact, Isaiah was facing the same response to his ministry. God was making great promises to His people through the prophet, but the future seemed to contradict the assurances of good. So in 61:11 Isaiah raised the problem dealt with in our lesson today: “How can I be sure that the good God has promised will really happen?” In our lesson today, God's Old Testament people were facing captivity and the destruction of Jerusalem – the holy city. The modern church is facing renewed persecution from without and increased apathy from within, either of which potentially could destroy our “holy city.” Still, some people say that “the future is as bright as the promises of God.” How can they be so sure? The answers Isaiah gave to the Old Testament church are relevant to the New Testament church as well.

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 10.