Thursday, April 3, 2014

Discovery Place: Introducing Covenant Bible Study



Many of you will remember the “Disciple” Bible study series that was produced by Abingdon Press over a decade ago. You’ll remember how these long, in-depth Bible studies were challenging but how they also gave you a comprehensive understanding of the Scriptures. In that same spirit, Abingdon Press has just released its newest study to help us move further along in our study of God’s Word. Covenant Bible Study is an in-depth group Bible study that centers on our relationships with God, with each other, and with the world.

It differs from other Bible studies in that it emphasizes the biblical concept of Covenant — the enduring commitment between God and people — as a unifying pattern throughout the entire Bible. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses to have with us as God’s people.

The 24-week study covers the whole Bible by moving between the Old and New Testaments — discussing books from each in a way that shows the interconnectedness of Scripture as a whole.

Each week’s episode includes a thought-provoking 20-minute video conversation between biblical experts that stimulates further discussion and reflection among the group members.

To help the Covenant group deal with busy schedules, the episodes are structured in a modular way to provide flexibility without sacrificing committed study. Three 8-episode segments each explore a different aspect of Covenant life. Each will examine what Covenant means, and the progression of a Covenant relationship with God.

Creating the Covenant examines how the Covenant community is created and established.

Living the Covenant focuses on how the community lives out their Covenant in faithful love — how it’s applied to actual relationships in everyday life.

Trusting the Covenant looks at the crises that sometimes call Covenant life into question, and how we are restored to trust in God when troubling things happen.

By mid-April, Discovery Place will have these studies available for lending. Call Jody Robinson at 1-800-682-2615, send an email to discovery@susumc.org, or view the catalogue at www.discovery-place.org to place an order or get more information. More information on the study can be found at www.covenantbiblestudy.com.

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