This overview of both the Old and New Testaments provides background information for our Bible study, introduces major themes and highlights issues related to those themes. These Overviews are not designed for group study--they do not include interactive group activities. They do, however, have “Questions to Ponder” for us. Their focus is conceptual and includes information and questions that can be kept in mind when studying any of the other participant workbooks of the Foundation Stones curriculum series. This workbook also includes “Resources for Continuing Study” including websites and Bible Textbooks. More Info »
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This comprehensive workbook, covering all the Hebrew prophets, brings them to life as they struggle to hear God’s word and speak it to their own times. And as Virginia Stopfel, author, makes clear, “Although cultures change over centuries, humanity’s need and desire for justice or wise governance remains unchanged. That’s why I find the prophets’ words as urgent and relevant to our own culture and times as they were to the ancients. In their proclamations of God's word, I find hope, encouragement, promise, imagination, and, yes, challenge…” This workbook will immerse you in their powerful prophetic messages which continue to ring down through the ages. More Info »
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These letters came from the same Christian community that produced the Gospel of John but from its next generation.
Therefore, it should be studied after the Gospel of John workbook.
Its goals are to:
Discover some of the internal issues that challenged the “Johannine community.”
Feel the concern of the author who loves his community and doesn’t want the members to be led astray by what he views as false teaching.
Become aware of the importance in the Johannine community of the teaching that Jesus had come in the flesh and was the Son of God.
Deepen our understanding of the command to love one another and what it means to the community that “God is love”. Strengthen our commitment to wrestle with various issues in our churches and still “love one another.”
The goals of this workbook (released Summer 2011) are to:
<li>Become acquainted with the chronology and details of Paul’s life and mission after his transformation on the road to Damascus.</li>
<li>Appreciate the presence and power of the Holy Spirit at work in Paul’s life as he fulfills God’s mission for him.</li>
<li>Discover that this same presence is at work in your life as you fulfill God’s mission for you.</li>
<li>Find reassurance in Paul’s persistence and single-mindedness in the face of resistance and persecution, and appreciate his strength of character based in his revelation of the saving presence and power of the Christ.</li>
<li>Awaken to the connection between individual spiritual growth and service within community.</li>
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This Workbook is designed to be used as a companion to the Foundation Stones Bible Study Workbook Series. This clear, easy-to-use handbook is a valuable resource for anyone who is interested in starting or facilitating a trans-formative Bible study group.
This handbook provides you with:
Step-by-step instructions for starting a Bible study group
Practical and Biblically based ideas on guiding and engaging the group
Useful tips and approaches that enhance discussion and build community
From the author:
“I encountered Amos in depth in one of my first seminary courses. Imagine the astonishment—that one would spend a whole semester on nine short chapters of an Old Testament book! Yet I found that it still wouldn’t be adequate time to delve into the richness, breadth, and depth that this prophet brings to the whole of the Hebrew Bible.
More than an academic interest, however, Amos represents for me the ultimate intersection of faith with daily life: to what degree do we challenge the injustices around us, not so much from a political viewpoint, but from our understanding of God? Studying Amos should come with a warning: It won’t leave you where it found you!”
The book of Acts represents a distinctive approach to understanding the spiritual life of those who followed Christ in the first century, and how they addressed many of the pivotal issues still being faced by the church today.
The goals of this workbook are to:
Discover how the Spirit transformed people of no apparent resume or position, seemingly devoid of many requisite skills, into a community of witnesses that changed the world. Could it happen again?
Feel the love the early Christians shared and experienced; and understand that love as definitive for Christian identity, as Jesus said it would be.
Celebrate that the Spirit of God is often more keenly felt when human relationships, familiar customs, and the long-held status quo are undergoing dramatic change, as in the opening chapters of Acts.
Enhance our boldness to witness as the early Christians did, discovering a power and authority to minister that moves beyond human habits, expectations or calculations.
Broaden the vision of why and how we are a church today by learning how first century Christians dealt with internal and external challenges.