Covenant Bible Series
BSL Presents: the Covenant Bible Study
TRUSTING the COVENANT
Let’s go deep in the Bible.
When: Winter 2019 – biweekly beginning February 14 – May 23, 2019.
Time: 5-6:30pm PDT / 6-7:30pm MDT / 7-8:30pm CDT / 8-9:30 EDT
Where: From the comfort of your own home via computer – a live stream of David Corbitt will be utilized for the presentation and discussion portion of our weekly gathering. A link to connect will be provided upon registration.
Cost: $125 for the third 8 call segment (this is the third of 3, 8 week study session). *scholarships are available. Please contact AmiLynne at email@example.com if you’d like more information.
PARTICIPANT GUIDE: Each participant is asked to purchase the Covenant Study Participant Guide. The Participant Guide only be purchased through publisher, Cokesbury, and is not available via Amazon or other online retailers. Click HERE to be redirected to the Cokesbury BSL Store to purchase your Participant Guide.
SPECIAL NOTE: The Covenant Study is a participatory study and calls for the commitment of each individual to complete the daily readings and participate in our LIVE virtual meetings every other Thursday. If your schedule does not allow for this level of commitment, we would suggest that joining a later offering might be a better option to consider. Unlike our other virtual activities (Fireside Discussions and Book Club) a recording of our weekly virtual meetings is not offered.
Schedule of Topics. (Following the Covenant Study Participant Guide – TRUSTING the COVENANT):
February 14, 2019: Episode 17: John; 1, 2, and 3 John
For John the God we meet in Jesus is the one who keeps coming into the world, going out of the way to be in relationship with us. Jesus meets his followers in whatever ways they need with new and abundant life. Jesus draws people back into community and promises the Holy Spirit to those who follow him.
February 28, 2019: Episode 18: Psalms
Psalms are songs, poems, and prayers to and about God. There is diversity of authorship across the Psalms. Three major types of psalms are laments, thanksgiving psalms, and psalms of praise. The psalms are user-friendly and give voice to our conflicts, confessions, and cries for God’s rescuing help. The Psalms teach us how to pray and that God’s primary character trait is faithful love.
March 14, 2019: Episode 19: Job
Like the Bible as a whole, the book of Job offers a number of voices or perspectives. Job stages difficult human questions such as, “Why do human beings worship God?” or “Why do people suffer?” and even, “what is God’s role in suffering?” The book of Job also asks, “Does good behavior bring blessing?” and “Does bad behavior bring curse and suffering?”
March 28, 2019: Episode 20: Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel
Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Ezekiel offer three different perspectives on the same catastrophic event: the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 587 CE and the exile of God’s people to a foreign land. These books affirm the power of lingering with sorrow so we can hear the voices of those who are suffering. Any hope found in these books remains in the promise that God will bring life to dry bones or write a new covenant on hearts in a blessed but distant future.
April 11, 2019: Episode 21: Isaiah 40-66
The story of how Israel gained and lost the land becomes a treasure that they carry with them into exile. The poetry in these passages is written to inspire and invite God’s homesick people in Babylon to become pioneers and return home to Israel. The God of Israel is no regional deity but is the one and only God of all, everywhere and all the time. Through fire and water, chaos and captivity, the people called by God and redeemed by God also belong to God.
April 25, 2019: Episode 22: 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah
The people returning home from exile in successive waves must rebuild their whole way of life. Ezra and Nehemiah look at the practical need for city walls and a center for worship. The Chronicler stresses the importance of “re-remembering” our story in the right way in order to understand who we are in this new life. The practices that sustained the people in exile will define a people who weren’t old enough to remember life before exile.
May 9, 2019: Episode 23: Apocalyptic—Daniel
Apocalyptic literature is not primarily about future events. It looks at traumatic events in the present and finds a divine plan at work. By using vivid symbols and imagery, the court tales and visions ofDaniel stress that God is ultimately controls human events. The identity of faithful people is defined by living faithfully according to the covenant teachings in a context where those values are under threat. Faith has its price, but our hope in God empowers us to never give up.
May 23, 2019: Episode 24: Revelation
Revelation is a book written for poor people struggling under great duress. It uses vivid, terrifying images to express God’s unswerving faithfulness and the faithfulness of those who stand firm in the face of dehumanizing forces in the world. The symbol of hope in Revelation is the new creation and loyal love between God and the faithful. This symbol provides comfort, courage, and assurance that the one who made a covenant with all things at the very beginning will be with us at the end of all things.
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