Explore the Bible Teacher Helps

2006-07

These helps are provided as a service of Founders Ministries to teachers who use the LifeWay Explore the Bible Sunday School curriculum. They are written by Dr. Sam Tullock, a professor in the History Department at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas, and a lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Fall 2006 Study Theme: Hebrews: Grow Up in Christ!

UNIT 1: Listen to God's Word

September 03: Pay Attention (Hebrews 1:1-8,14; 2:1-4)
September 10: Have Faith (Hebrews 2:5-18)
September 17: Remain True (Hebrews 3:1-15)
September 24: Be Obedient (Hebrews 3:16-19; 4:1-7,9-13)

UNIT 2: Learn About God's Work

October 01: Seek Forgiveness (Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-10)
October 08: Determine to Mature (Hebrews 5:11-14; 6:1-12)
October 15: Live in Hope (Hebrews 6:18b-20; 7:15-28)
October 22: Tell the Truth (Hebrews 8:1-2,6-10; 9:22-28)
October 29: Show Gratitude (Hebrews 10:1-4,8-18)

UNIT 3: Live As God Wants

November 05: Exercise Confidence (Hebrews 10:19-36,39)
November 12: Exhibit Your Faith (Hebrews 11:1-3,6-8,13-19,24-26)
November 19: Persevere amid Difficulty (Hebrews 12:1-8,12-16,28-29)
November 26: Love One Another (Hebrews 13:1-8,12-19)

Winter 2006-07 Study Theme: Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther: Seeing God's Hand at Work

UNIT 1: God Works Through Blessings

December 03: Seizing New Opportunities (Ezra 1:1-6; 3:1-3,10-11)
December 10: Working with Confidence in God (Ezra 4:4-5,24; 5:1-5; 6:8,13-16)
December 17: Following Godly Spiritual Leaders (Ezra 7:8-10; 9:1-2,4; 10:1-5)
December 24: Honoring the Savior's Birth (Matthew 1:18-25; 2:1-5a,9-11)

UNIT 2: God Works Through Committed Individuals

December 31: Working Cooperatively (Nehemiah 1:1-4,11: 2:4-5,8b,17-18; 3:1-2)
January 07: Devising Strategies (Nehemiah 4:1-2,4,12-13,19-20,22; 6:2-3,11-13)
January 14: Rededicating Lives (Nehemiah 8:1,5-6,9-10; 9:1-2,38a; 10:28-29)
January 21: Valuing Every Life (Psalm 139:1-6,7-12,13-16)
January 28: Keeping Commitments (Nehemiah 13:1,4-5,8-12,15-18)

UNIT 3: God Works Through Turmoil

February 04: When Life Turns Upside Down (Esther 2:5-10,16-17,21-23)
February 11: When Service Is Risky (Esther 3:2,5-6; 4:5,8-16)
February 18: How Courage Triumphs(Esther 5:1-3; 7:1-6,9-10)
February 25: What Is Worth Celebrating (Esther 8:3,6-8,11; 9:1-2,20-22)

Spring 2007 Study Theme: 1,2 PETER: CERTAINTIES IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

UNIT 1: Certainties About Salvation

March 04: Acknowledge a Secure Salvation (1 Peter 1:1-12)
March 11: Accept a Challenging Standard (1 Peter 1:13-25)
March 18: Display a New Identity (1 Peter 2:1-12)

UNIT 2: Certainties About Christian Living

March 25: Practice Christian Submission (1 Peter 2:13-25)
April 01: Exercise Submission’s Power (1 Peter 3:1-12)
April 08: Share New Life (Luke 24:1-6a,38-39,44-49)
April 15: Prepare for Suffering (1 Peter 3:13-22; 4:1-6)
April 22: Stay Focused on God (1 Peter 4:7-19)
April 29: Act with Humility (1 Peter 5:1-14)

UNIT 3: Certainties About Spiritual Growth

May 06: Growth Is Intentional (2 Peter 1:1-11)
May 13: God's Word Is Essential (2 Peter 1:12-21)
May 20: Spiritual Error Is Rampant (2 Peter 2:1-3,12-14,18-22)
May 27: Maximum Effort Is Required (2 Peter 3:3-12,14,17-18)

Summer 2007 Study Theme: Minor Prophets: Majoring on What Matters

UNIT 1: Know God

June 03: Appropriate God's Mercy (Joel 1:15-16; 2:12-13,18,25-32)
June 10: Accept God's Lordship (Obadiah 1-4,10-13,15)
June 17: Affirm God's Justice (Nahum 1:1-3,7-8; 3:1-7,19)
June 24: Await God's Timing (Habakkuk 1:2-3,5-6,13; 2:2-4; 3:16-19)

UNIT 2: Do What God Expects

July 01: Humility (Zephaniah 1:12-15; 2:1-3; 3:11-12)
July 08: Commitment (Haggai 1:7-9,12-15; 2:15-19)
July 15: Repentance (Zechariah 1:1-6; 2:7-13)
July 22: Dependence (Zechariah 4:1-14)
July 29: Integrity (Zechariah 7:1-14)
August 05: Joy (Zechariah 9:9; 12:10; 13:1,7-9; 14:3-4,5b-9)

UNIT 3: Honor God

August 12: Love Wholeheartedly (Malachi 1:2,6-14)
August 19: Live Honorably (Malachi 2:1-2,8-16)
August 26: Worship Appropriately (Malachi 3:1-5,8-10,16-18)

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