About the Quarter
The focus of this quarter is the divine cycle of creation. With the advent of the Savior by the power of the Holy Spirit, God set in motion the fulfillment of the divine plan of salvation. Luke’s Gospel, several Psalms, and the epistle to the Galatians are used to explore God’s on-going actions in blessing and reconciling the whole creation.
Unit I, “The Savior Has Been Born,” consists of four sessions developed from the Gospel of Luke. Sessions one and two offer a study of how Mary, a virgin, received and joyfully accepted the announcement that she had been highly favored by God to give birth to God’s Son and the story of her cousin Elizabeth’s affirmation of the same. Session three studies John’s mission as the forerunner of the Savior. The Christmas day session deals with the birth of Jesus and the circumstances and events pursuant to it.
Unit II, “Praise from and for God’s Creation,” employs five psalms. Several psalms emphasize praise for God that emanates from creation itself. Others invite us to praise God for creation.
Unit III, “The Birthing of a New Community,” has four sessions from Galatians in which God’s creative process can be seen through the birthing of a new faith community with Jesus Christ as its foundation. The sessions address the importance of spiritual freedom, cooperation, and righteous living in building and maintaining the community.
UNIT I • The Savior Has Been Born
December 4 Session 1 God Promises a Savior (Luke 1:26-38)
December 11 Session 2 The Affirmation of the Promise (Luke 1:39-56)
December 18 Session 3 The Forerunner of the Savior (Luke 1:8-20)
December 25 Session 4 The Savior Has Been Born (Luke 2:8-20)
UNIT II • Praise from and for God’s Creation
January 1 Session 5 Praising God the Creator (Psalm 33:1-9)
January 8 Session 6 All Creation Overflows with Praise (Psalm 96:1-6, 10-13)
January 15 Session 7 Praise God the Provider (Psalm 65:1-2, 9-13)
January 22 Session 8 What a Wonderful World! (Psalm 104:1-30)
January 29 Session 9 All Creation Praises God (Psalm 148)
UNIT III • The Birthing of a New Community
February 5 Session 10 Re-Created to Live in Harmony (Galatians 3:26–4:7)
February 12 Session 11 New Birth Brings Freedom (Galatians 4:8-20)
February 19 Session 12 Freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1-17)
February 26 Session 13 Christ Creates Holy Living (Galatians 5:18–6:10)