This quarter’s study begins with God’s demands for our complete and undivided love as shown in passages from Deuteronomy and Psalms. It proceeds with our response to God’s love in the advent of Christ, and the Epistles’ interpretations of the nature and extent of our responses to God’s love in Christ. It concludes with passages from three of the Psalms expressing glorification of God.
Unit I, “God Commands Our Love, Respect, and Obedience,” has five sessions. The Deuteronomy passage contains a presentation of God’s demand for total love and devotion. The session from Joshua contains his faithful statement of love and reverence for a liberating God. In Psalm 103, David expresses love and glorification of God for God’s creative, sustaining, and protective actions. Luke portrays the advent of Christ and human response to God’s act of fulfillment of God’s promise. We are challenged in Matthew to love God through compassionate works.
Unit II, “Loving God by Trusting Christ,” has five sessions. Matthew continues to inspire trust in God for all things, while James encourages total submission to God in love. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul gives an interpretation of human devotion to God in Christ; promotes selfless devotion through exemplification of Christ’s total submission to God in love; and encourages giving up everything for the sake of one’s love for Christ.
Unit III, “Love Songs That Glorify God,” has three sessions. The quarter ends with Psalm 48, which focuses on a song of adoration for God’s steadfast love; Psalm 66 focuses on part of a love song of praise to God for all God’s mighty works of goodness; and Psalm 91 closes this unit with a praise song to God for assurance of protection and comfort for those who love God.
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