This quarter, "Living in and as God's creation," looks at portions of wisdom literature found in the Psalms, Job, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. The texts emphasize our life as created human beings within God's larger world.
Unit I, "The Glory of God's Creation," includes four lessons based on selected psalms. Lesson 1 lifts up the special qualities of human beings as apart of God's creation. Lesson 2 points out other wonders in God's creation. The third lesson emphasizes the omniscient and intimate character of the God who made and knows us. Lesson 4 presents a hymn of praise to the Creator.
Unit II, "Living with Creations's Uncertainty," is composed of five lessons based on passages from Job and Ecclesiastes. The first two lessons retell Job's story. Lesson 3, which falls on Easter Sunday, combines passages from Job and the Gospel of Mark to affirm that the resurrection gives us a sure source of hope and victory in the face of life's tradgedies. Lesson 4 continues the post-resurrection theme by combining passages from Job and Ecclesiastes. It focuses on the search for meaning in life. The final lesson explores our lives within "God's time" as Ecclesiastes presents it.
Unit III, "Lessons in LIving" has four lessons, based on selections from Proverbs. Lesson 1 presents wisdom as a priceless treasure. Lessons 2 and 3 explore wisdom's invitation to us to make wise choices and to follow the path of integrity. The final lesson focuses on frugal and capable behavior.