Into the Word: December 2017 Winter Quarter
“Faith in Action”
We are taught from the beginning that we do not work for our salvation but rather that salvation is the gift of God’s grace to us all. Ephesians 2:8 states: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
Faith is the major theme of our winter quarter lessons. Everything we read and study in God’s word gives us more than just a definition of faith; it clearly points out what faith does . . . faith is an action word; a movement, it does not just sit dominant.
The first unit is about having faith in Christ, with lesson 1 emphasizing the need for faith in Jesus and His work on the cross. Lesson 2 examines the importance of discerning faith as demonstrated by Paul when he encountered Elymas the sorcerer. Lesson 3 is about persevering faith. Paul faced severe opposition and stoning in Lystra, but he refused to let this deter him from going on with his ministry.
The Christmas passage, lesson 4, takes another look at the faithful wise men that came seeking the King of Jews. They left their homeland and traveled hundreds of miles searching for Jesus; they obeyed God and lived by faith; do we truly live by faith? The unit concludes with Paul’s instructions to the Ephesians to be faithful in walking together as God’s children. Prayerfully, this quarter’s lesson study will increase our desire to be more faithful to our own ministries.
Unit 1: Faith in Christ:
December 3 Faithful in Jesus Acts 3:11-21
|December 10||Faith to Discern||Acts 13: 1-12|
|December 17||Faith to Persevere||Acts 14: 8-11; 19-23|
|December 24||Faithful Seekers of the King||Matt. 2: 1-12|
|December 31||Faith to Unite||Eph. 4: 1-16|
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Heb.11:6 CEM 11/2017