Bishop Blake’s theme for 2014 “we are called to minister and witness to a deeply distresses and troubled world.” (based on Acts 26:15-18)
Our lessons for this quarter remind us of the importance of learning how to live in fellowship with other believers. We cannot fulfill the theme for 2014 in isolation … this series of lessons will help you to explore what that means on a practical basis. You will be reminded that no man is an island. Although we teach sanctification, sanctification is not isolation! By exploring the books of Haggai an 1 and 2 Corinthians, you will learn how we as sanctified folk can live in community, communion, and fellowship with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Bishop James Lee Whitehead Jr., M Div. COGIC-UMI liaison
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Unit 1: Hope and Confidence Come from God
Obey the Lord
Bible Basis: Haggai 1:1-11
Bible Truth: Doing the work and will of God should be our first priority.
By the end of this lesson, we will understand why God commended Haggai’s encouragement to the
Israelites to rebuild the Temple, internalize the connection between the neglect of God’s house and the poor results of the Israelites’ selfish efforts; and list ways to carry out God’s desires before attempts to satisfy our personal agendas.
Trust God’s Promises
Bible Basis: Haggai 1:12, 2:1-9
Bible Truth: God’s promise to bless is linked to our promise to obey
By the end of the lesson, we will know God’s promises to the Israelites linked to His command to rebuild the Temple; trust
that God pledges assistance and prosperity in response to obedience and how we can demonstrate it.
Live Pure Lives
Bible Basis: Haggai 2:10-19
Bible Truth: Live honorably
By the end of this lesson, we will grasp Haggai’s message of encouragement to press forward in rebuilding the Temple; realize
that reneging on promises to God yields catastrophic results; and develop ways in commit to doing God’s work on behalf of the community.
Hope for a New Day
Bible Basis: Haggai 2:23, Zechariah 4:1-2; 6-14
Bible Truth: The Spirit of God is the source of success.
By the end of this lesson, we will: acknowledge the connection between God’s promises to Israel for rebuilding the Temple and the Israelites’ obedience to Him appreciate the community’s restoration of the Temple and God’s restoration of the people; and articulate our thankfulness to God for the blessings upon us for our obedience.
A Call to Unity
Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Bible Truth: There should be no division in the Body of Christ.
By the end of this lesson, we will: investigate the divisions within the Corinthians community; identify past hurts caused by divisions experienced within a faith community; and introduced methods of achieving unity within the Body of Christ.
Unit 2: Living As a Community of Believers
Glorify God with Your Body
Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Bible Truth: Your body belongs to God.
By the end of this lesson, we will: recall the Apostle Paul’s comparison of the body to a temple; recognize how as Christians we're called to keep our bodies pure; and resolve to promote and practice personal, more and physical purity as part of the Body of Christ.
Watch What You Eat
Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Bible Truth: Put the spiritual well-being of your brother as your top priority.
By the end of the lesson, we will: explore the positive and negative influences that community members have on one another; empathize with Christians who may have been negatively affected by others in the community; and evaluate our own behavior to rid ourselves of actions that might negatively influence the people around us.
Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 10:9-22
Bible Truth: Yielding to temptation is sin.
By the end of this lesson, we will: ponder Paul’s warning about yielding to temptation; sense the joy of resisting the temptation of sin; and pray over specific needs of one another for God’s help in overcoming temptation.
Seek the Good of Others
Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 14:13-26
Bible Truth: Whatever you do in worship should edify other believers as well as yourself.
By the end of the lesson, we will: recount what Paul says about the value of speaking in tongues; realize the importance of speaking plainly in the company of others; and reaffirm strategies for effectively communicating the gospel to both believers and unbelievers.
Unit 3: Bearing One Another's Burdens
Consolation Granted Through Prayer
Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 1:3-11
Bible Truth: God never leaves His children alone and unprotected
By the end of this lesson, we will: discern Paul’s meaning in explaining reliance on God during affliction: sense of joy of resting in God’s protection and consolation; and determine how we can extend the loving concern that God has for others.
A Community Forgives
Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 1:23 – 2:11
Bible Truth: People need to forgive each other.
By the end of the lesson, we will: grasp Paul’s message to the Corinthians about the connection among people in a community; gauge the influence if harm or benefit to one person in a community on the whole group; and generate a list of people to pray for who may need forgiveness for harming others.
Treasure in Clay Jars
Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 4:2-15
Bible Truth: God gives believers the power in the midst of hardship.
By the end of the lesson, we will consider Paul’s position in seeing himself as a salve for Christ’s sake; contemplate goodness in relation to God and community; and count on God’s power to work through us to so His will in ministry to others.
An Appeal for Reconciliation
Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, 7:2-4
Bible Truth: The believer should let nothing separate him from his brother.
By the end of the lesson, we will: acknowledge Paul’s estrangement he felt from the Corinthians and assess his reaction to it; feel the need to heal estrangement within the church fellowship; and articulate ways to end any misunderstanding and estrangements and list ways to restore health to the community.
A Community Shares Its Resources
Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 8:1-14
Bible Truth: A small community that possesses much can contribute to a larger community.
By the end of the lesson, we will: recall Paul’s attempt to get Christian communities to help on another when there was a need; sense the need to sometimes contribute to a larger cause than other ourselves; and decide to respond to a need in the larger faith community.