Love's Redeeming Work (March 29-April 26, 2015)

Introduction

(1)    What’s happening at LABC. The next several week at LABC will be eventful. Look ahead and make your class aware of these important events in the life of our church and think about how your Sunday School lessons might relate:
March 29 – Holy Week begins: Palm Sunday and Children’s Easter Celebration
April 3 – Maundy Thursday Services with Communion at 7:00 p.m.
April 4 – Soup’s On Us
April 5 – Easter Sunday
April 12 – Glocal Missions Emphasis: Meet our ministry partners at the missions fair at the Welcome Café from 9:00-10:30 a.m. & Glocal Missions emphasis in worship
April 17-19 – Youth DiscipleNow Weekend: an important time of renewal for our youth
April 24-25 – Kentucky Baptist Fellowship Annual Gathering hosted by LABC: We hope many of our church members will participate and assist. This is a great opportunity to learn about the ministries of KBF.
April 26 – Gideons Emphasis: Bernard Montgomery will share a Gideon testimony in worship.

(2)    Testimonies: One of the suggestions that came out of our recent Young Adult Ministry Dialogue was that our members share testimonies of what God is doing in their lives. The staff is considering ways we might incorporate testimonies in worship on occasion. Sunday School is another place that members might share testimonies. I think the Bible texts and themes in this unit lend themselves to sharing testimonies. I encourage you this month to invite members to share testimonies of how they have experienced “Love’s Redeeming Work” in their lives as it relates to the lessons. You can help your church staff by sharing with us the names of class members who you think we should invite to share a testimony with the rest of the church.

(3)    This unit contains a number of biblical theological terms and concepts. These Bible dictionaries in the church library may help:
a.    Mercer Dictionary of the Bible (Mercer University Press, 1990)
b.    Harper Collins Bible Dictionary, Revised and Updated (Harper & Row, 2011)
c.    The Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible, Five Volume Set (Abingdon, 1976)
d.    Holman Bible Dictionary (Nashville: Holman Bible Publisher, 1991), p. 99, 1317.

(4)    For additional commentary, try these Bible Commentaries in the church library:
a.    Mercer Commentary on the Bible (Mercer University Press, 1995)
b.    Harper’s Bible Commentary (Harper & Row, 1988)

(5)    Additional lessons helps and updates are available periodically on the Smyth & Helwys website: http://www.nextsunday.com/category/formations-2/

A Savior to Serve (February 22 – March 22, 2015)

Introduction

(1)    The events of Jesus’ final week (Holy Week) recorded in Mark occur in and around Jerusalem and the Temple: Mount of Olives, Bethany, Garden of Gethsemane, etc. See the following resources for maps, illustrations, and photos. In the library.
a.    “Jerusalem,” Jesus and Paul: Places They Knew, F. F. Bruce (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1981), pp. 51-59.
b.    An excellent illustration of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus in The Historical Atlas of the Bible: A Visual Guide from Ancient Time to the New Testament, Dr. Ian Barnes (New Jersey: Cartographical Press, 2006), pp. 294-295.
c.    Nelson’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Bible, John Drane, editor (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2001), pp. 204 (contemporary), 186.
d.    The World of the Bible, Roberta L. Harris (London: Thames and Hudson, 1995), pp. 133-134.
e.    “The Hour of Darkness,” Exploring the Story: A Reference Companion, Adam T. Barr (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Press, 2011), pp. 142-143. You may already have a copy from The Story last year.
f.    Jerusalem at the Time of Jesus, Leen and Kathleen Ritmeyer (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2009).

(2)    For a dramatic reading of the scripture passages in Mark during this unit, use one of the following audio recordings (See Keith for how to play these for your class.)
a.    The Bible Experience, read by top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers.
b.    Faith Comes by Hearing: You’ve Got the Time (Dramatized New Testament we used a few years ago during Lent. Available in the library and the church office.)

Creation (January 25 – February 15, 2015)

Introduction

(1)    We experience God’s wondrous creation with all of our senses. A series on “God’s Creation,” lends itself to visuals, sound and feel, beauty, art, poetry, music and praise. Consider bringing to class plants, seed, and even animals. Use art and videos of creation.

(2)    Ministry Project: In keeping with the creation theme, plan a church beautification project for the spring. If you are interested, talk to the Property Committee about possible landscape projects.

(3)    The Green Earth Challenge: Integrating Faith and the Environment, Winnie Williams (Macon: Smyth & Helwys Publishing, 2009). We used this in a LABC Book Club a few years ago and have extra copies. They are free for you to take and keep from the library.

(4)    For additional commentary, try these Bible Commentaries in the church library:
a.    Mercer Commentary on the Bible (Mercer University Press, 1995)
b.    Harper’s Bible Commentary (Harper & Row, 1988)

Teaching in General - The Cone of Experience

The Cone of Experience (see following) illustrates different types of experiences on a continuum from direct concrete experience to abstraction. In learning it is helpful to have direct experiences and abstract interpretation of experience. Experiences up and down the cone are beneficial to learning. For example as we consider this series on creation, we want to reflect on God’s creation and talk about it’s meaning theologically, but we also need to experience creation directly. We want to see, touch, taste, and smell God’s creation. In teaching, look for ways to uses as many activities as possible from the top, middle and bottom of the Cone of Experience.