The Book of Numbers is a story of identity, wilderness, and God. Numbers continues the historical narrative begun in Exodus, the story of God's people newly freed from Egypt's shackles and wandering toward the promised land. While Numbers accounts for the next 39 years of their wilderness wandering, it's also a story of God's presence among His beloved. Even when they rebelled--and this book tells of many rebellions--God's love and promises remained. It's in that love and those promises the children of Israel found their identity and where we must find ours today. (7 sessions) Features: Leader helps to guide questions and discussions within small groups Personal study segments to complete between 7 weeks of group sessions Interactive teaching videos, approximately 15 minutes per session, for purchase or rent Benefits: Leverage Old Testament truths for your life today. Recognize God's faithfulness in keeping His promises. Discover your identity as His beloved even in seasons of wilderness wandering.
This seven-session small group Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately) by noted teacher and historian, Ray Vander Laan, is volume twelve of the That the World May Know series. Are you going through a difficult period of life? The loss of a loved one? Unemployment? A crisis of faith? During these desert times, it’s easy to think God has disappeared. In Walking with God in the Desert you’ll discover that it’s only when we are totally dependent on him that we find God is closer than ever and can experience his amazing grace and provision. Faith Lessons is a unique video series that brings God's Word to life with astounding relevance. By weaving together the Bible's fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan reveals unique insights into the Scriptures' significance for modern believers. Each lesson: Focuses on passages of Scripture explored in the DVD Includes sidebars, maps, photos and other study tools Features questions that facilitate discussion and inspire personal reflection Includes 25 personal Bible studies to help you deepen your learning experience between sessions, and turn lessons from the past into applications that impact how you live out your faith today. Filmed on location in the Sinai Desert, Wadi Nasb, Judea Wilderness, Mount Sinai, Negev and En Gedi, these illuminating "faith lessons" afford a new understanding of the Bible that will ground your convictions and transform your life. The Faith Lessons video series is ideal for use in small groups, personal and family Bible studies, and adult Sunday school. Individual believers and families will gain vital insights from long-ago times and cultures through this innovative approach to Bible study. Lessons include: Join the Journey – Filmed in the Sinai Desert It’s Hot Here and There’s No Way Out – Filmed in Wabi Nasb Help is Here – Filmed in Wadi Nasb When Your Heart Cries Out – Filmed in the Judea Wilderness They Were Not Wandering – Filmed on Mount Sinai Ears to Hear – Filmed in Negev There’s Hope in the Desert – Filmed in En Gedi Designed for use with the Walking with God in the Desert Video Study (sold separately).
Author: Sue Mink,Clara K. Welch,Michael Whitcomb-Tavey
Spring Theme: Life This spring, Daily Bible Study presents a series of readings supporting the theme "Life." Readings come from Old and New Testament texts. These daily readings, which prepare us for the 13 lessons in Adult Bible Studies, are written by Sue Mink, Michael Whitcomb-Tavey, and Clara Welch. Wilderness Suffering is a reality of life, and the readings in this unit take us to places in Scripture where suffering is a dominant theme. From the Old Testament and the New Testament, we read stories that take place in gardens and in the wilderness. We also retrace the exile of the people of Judah and better understand the suffering that experience brought. We examine these stories, not to wallow in misery, but to understand them as a context for hope and salvation as we, too, live through times of suffering. Salvation Suffering is not the end of our story when God is involved with us. Thus, the readings in this second unit are about salvation. They explore the new start for the people of Judah, represented by the rebuilding of the Temple in Haggai's time and the new start for humankind announced by John the Baptist and accomplished through the death and resurrection of Jesus, new starts made possible by God’s initiative. Grace One of the early readings in this quarter is about the expulsion from the garden of Eden, the loss of paradise. In the readings from this unit, we see the Bible’s prophecy of the return to paradise—the kingdom of God—made possible by God’s grace, along with other points in Scripture at which God’s grace was operative. Each of these readings reminds us that God’s grace is an ongoing force in life for those who are faithful to God. This ongoing day-by-day Bible study series is a great companion to Adult Bible Studies but can also be used as a standalone study for anyone wanting daily time with God. It is presented in quarterly segments. Bible-based, Christ-focused, and United Methodist-approved, this resource helps individuals develop the discipline of studying the Bible every day and coordinates with the lesson themes of Adult Bible Studies. Each lesson includes a one-page Bible study for each day of the quarter, along with introductory reflection questions and commentary on the daily Scripture passage, life application, and a concluding prayer. Now, in response to feedback, we are introducing new features and benefits to the resources including: A comprehensive Bible study plan with more flexibility in terms of Scripture selection and topics. Observation of the church seasons, including Advent and Lent. Visit AdultBibleStudies.com and sign up for the FREE weekly newsletter to automatically receive the FREE Current Events Supplement and other information about these resources and more!
Spring Theme: Life This spring, our lessons support the theme of "Life." The writer of the student book lessons is Randy Cross; the teacher book writer is Taylor Mills. Wilderness Spiritual Practice - Fasting Scripture - Genesis 3:8-24 | Matthew 26:36-46 | Numbers 21:4-9 | Matthew 4:1-11 | 2 Kings 25:8-21 Suffering is a reality of life, and this unit takes us to five places in Scripture where suffering is a dominant theme: an Old Testament garden story and a New Testament garden story, an Old Testament wilderness story and a New Testament wilderness story, and the exile of the people of Judah. We examine these stories, not to wallow in misery, but to understand them as context for hope and salvation. Salvation Scripture - Mark 15:22-39 | Matthew 28:1-10 | Haggai 2:1-9 | Mark 1:1-8 Spiritual Practice - Generosity Suffering, the theme connecting the lessons in our first unit this quarter, is not the end of our story when God is involved with us. Thus, this second unit is about salvation. Over its four lessons, we will look at the new start for the people of Judah represented by the rebuilding of the Temple in Haggai's time and the new start for humankind announced by John the Baptist and accomplished through the death and resurrection of Jesus, —new starts made possible by God's initiative. Grace Scripture - Revelation 22:1-5 | Genesis 3:21; 4:10-16 | Exodus 16:2-15 | Luke 23:32-33, 39-43 | Acts 2:1-21 Spiritual Practice - Service The first unit in this quarter began with the expulsion from the garden of Eden, the loss of paradise. With this unit, in Lesson 10, we see the Bible's prophecy of the return to paradise, the kingdom of God, made possible by God's grace. The other four lessons of this unit identify points in Scripture at which God's grace was also operative, reminding us that grace is an ongoing force in life for the faithful today as well. Published quarterly, each week's student book lesson features key verses, reliable and relevant biblical explanation and application, and more. Now, in response to feedback, we are introducing new features and benefits for students including: Larger size font making text easy to read. A comprehensive Bible study plan with more flexibility in terms of Scripture selection and topics. Observation of the church seasons, including Advent and Lent. Suggestions for developing spiritual practices (prayer, confession, worship, mindfulness, solitude, community, hospitality, neighboring, service, and celebration). Visit AdultBibleStudies.com and sign up for the FREE weekly newsletter to automatically receive the FREE Current Events Supplement and other information about these resources and more!
Life is like a rollercoaster. One day it seems that everything in life is good, and the next day it can feel like everything is falling apart. Then there are those in between days when we’re coasting along without much thought to the highs or lows. The prophet Elijah experienced this rollercoaster ride as well. One moment he was hiding out in the wilderness during a famine, being fed by the ravens, and the next he was on the mountaintop where God showed up in a powerful way with fire and then rain. Even Elijah grew weary of all the ups and downs, telling God, “I have had enough” (1 Kings 19:4). He needed spiritual stamina in order to keep on going and fulfill all the plans God had for his life. We do too! In this six-week study grounded in 1 and 2 Kings, we will examine the life of the prophet Elijah, an ordinary man who did extraordinary things for God in the midst of the highs and lows of life. We’ll learn some of the spiritual stamina secrets that helped him to hold on and persevere in faith, including practical habits related to making decisions, caring for the soul, accepting his circumstances, mentoring, and finishing well—which was his ultimate legacy. Whether we’re currently in a mountaintop season where we’re experiencing God’s power and blessing, a valley season where we feel like running away, or somewhere in between, Elijah’s life will inspire us to go the distance in the life of faith. Best of all, his story will challenge us but not shame us, because we’ll discover that Elijah was just as human as we are. He doubted and struggled just as we do, but ultimately, he chose to believe God. As we study his life, we will grow in faith and develop spiritual stamina that will help us not only to survive but actually thrive in every season. The Leader Guide, to be used along with the study's workbook and DVD, contains six session plan outlines, complete with discussion points and questions, activities, prayers, and more—plus leader helps for facilitating a group. Other components for the Bible study, available separately, include a Participant Workbook, DVD with six sessions of about 25 minutes each, and boxed Leader Kit (an all-inclusive box containing one copy of each of the Bible study’s components). A companion Prayer Devotional is also available.
In History, Archaeology and the Bible Forty Years after "Historicity", Hjelm and Thompson argue that a ‘crisis’ broke in the 1970s, when several new studies of biblical history and archaeology were published, questioning the historical-critical method of biblical scholarship. The crisis formed the discourse of the Copenhagen school’s challenge of standing positions, which—together with new achievements in archaeological research—demand that the regional history of ancient Israel, Judaea and Palestine be reconsidered in all its detail. This volume examines the major changes that have taken place within the field of Old Testament studies since the ground breaking works of Thomas Thompson and John van Seters in 1974 and 1975 (both republished in 2014). The book is divided in three sections: changing perspectives in biblical studies, history and cult, and ideology and history, presenting new articles from some of the field’s best scholars with comprehensive discussion of historical, archaeological, anthropological, cultural and literary approaches to the Hebrew Bible and Palestine’s history. The essays question: "How does biblical history relate to the archaeological history of Israel and Palestine?" and "Can we view the history of the region independently of a biblical perspective?" by looking at the problem from alternative angles and questioning long-held interpretations. Unafraid to break new ground, History, Archaeology and the Bible Forty Years after "Historicity" is a vital resource to students in the field of Biblical and East Mediterranean Studies, and anyone with an interest in the archaeology, history and religious development in Palestine and the ancient Near East.
Discovering The Word Of God In A Way That Is Easily Understood In this book, I use the analogy of a treasure chest to describe the Word of God and the Bible. For many people the Bible is like a large and mysterious chest with leather embossed, domed lid and gilt hinges. Sadly the hinges are rusted and there is a lock on it which seems impossible to open. It is indisputable that the chest is brim full of precious treasures, but accessing them is the problem. As a result many Christians do not experience the joy and fulfillment of reading their Bibles regularly to discover the unlimited treasures it contains. Firstly this book explains that there are three keys which are available to every potential reader and explorer of the Holy Treasure Chest. Briefly, these are a desire to know the truth, a determination to persevere and asking for the help of the Holy Spirit. Once these keys are applied the lid will pop open and then the fun begins. That's where this book seeks to get you started on your adventure by providing an overview or a guided tour, if you will, of the main points and message of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. We start at the beginning, explaining how it all began when there was nothing except God. After creation, an enemy is introduced and the fact that we are all in a spiritual war. Despite the fall there is still hope and God makes an amazing covenant with Abraham - a covenant which He will spend the rest of time unfolding and fulfilling. Along the way God's people find themselves in bondage as slaves in Egypt, then wandering in the wilderness, but eventually they reach the Promised Land where more struggles and challenges await them. The desperate need of a Savior becomes more and more apparent and pressing. Then in the fullness of time, Jesus arrives - Immanuel, Messiah and Coming King. The format of the book is such that each of the ten chapters covers a certain period of the Bible in chronological order. At the end of each chapter there is a "Pause to Ponder" section which gives the reader a short Bible passage or verse to read, and then a few thoughts and questions to ponder about that particular passage. In this way the "treasure chest" is carefully and steadily being explored, with the purpose of discovering more and more treasures and insights into God's Word. The aim of this book is to bring a fresh perspective and excitement to all those who wish to read the Bible, regardless of whether they are new to the faith or have been on the journey for years. The unlimited treasures of God's Word are freely available to all who would seek and search for them. This book can be used as a springboard to facilitate the joyful and rewarding adventure of discovery by encouraging readers to open up their Bible's every day.
Israel’s exodus from Egypt is the Bible’s enduring emblem of deliverance. But more than just an epic moment, the exodus shapes the telling of Israel’s and the church’s gospel. In this guide for biblical theologians, preachers, and teachers, Bryan Estelle traces the exodus motif as it weaves through the canon of Scripture, wedding literary readings with biblical-theological insights.