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Weekly updates and training helps for use with the Bible Studies for Life Adult Curriculum.

    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – Why Do I Need the Church? – Session 4

    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – Why Do I Need the Church? – Session 4

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    Date: Ahttps://s3.amazonaws.com/LWbranding/bsfl2019/2020/08/04-Session-4-Adult-Online-Plan-Why-Do-We-Need-the-Church.pdfugust 16, 2020

    We Encourage One Another

    The Point: We need the encouragement of others—and they need ours.

    Get Into the Study

    Use the following information to introduce Question #1.

    Saul Scruggs and Keon Richardson work picking up trash in a Miami Beach community. Jennifer Elegant lives in the community where they collect the trash, and she calls these two men “extraordinary.” Jennifer said, “They bring an incredible, positive energy to the entire neighborhood. Simply put, they spread joy.” So to celebrate these two men and their work, Jennifer organized a socially distanced community gathering.

    “They continue to maintain their upbeat demeanor even during this stressful COVID-19 pandemic, sacrificing their own safety in order to keep our city clean and beautiful,” she said. Saul helped a neighbor dig through her trash for 45 minutes, looking for a lost wedding ring. Another time, he stayed with a neighbor for more than an hour because the neighbor was sick and an ambulance was needed.

    “Every day we are surrounded by heroes who bring us inspiration and joy but too often we are unable to recognize these special individuals for the impact they make on others. I wanted Saul and Keon to know that we are thankful from the bottom of our hearts.” At the community celebration, neighbors showered Saul and Keon with gift bags, cards, and presents.

    Say: An entire Miami Beach neighborhood is encouraged because of the hard work and upbeat attitude of these two men. Then call attention to Question #1 (When have you benefited from a little encouragement?) and invite volunteers to respond.

    Information for this post was gleaned from:

    https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/garbage-men-surprised-with-thank-you-party-in-miami-beach/

    Get Into the Study [Additional Option for Adult Leader Guide]

    In advance, play a video clip that shows the value of human life. Play this video after calling attention to The Point.

    Study the Bible

    Use the following information to supplement Question #2.

    John Colletti has been arrested for a very elaborate scheme he hatched to steal over $100,000 from patrons at casinos in Michigan and Kansas. Colletti used counterfeit driver’s licenses and even wore a prosthetic mask that made him look like a man decades older than his actual age. Armed with his disguise and fake IDs, he managed to withdraw money from casino patrons’ personal bank accounts. About a year had passed when casino security personnel began to suspect his illegal activity. They caught him when he tried to ditch his disguise in the casino restroom and flee the building. Colletti is charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. He is currently in the custody of the US Marshalls in Kansas.

    Say: For John Colletti, attempts to get rid of his old man disguise failed when law enforcement officers caught up with him. For the believer, that old self does not include masks and fake IDs. But it can include former attitudes, habits, and behaviors. Then call attention to Question #2. (What makes taking off the old self so difficult?) and invite volunteers to respond.

    • 17 min
    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – Why Do I Need the Church? – Session 3

    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – Why Do I Need the Church? – Session 3

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    Date: August 9, 2020

    We Support One Another

    The Point: God gives the church spiritual gifts to accomplish His work.

    Get Into the Study

    Use the following information to introduce Question #1.

    Julia Lin is a high school junior in Portland, Oregon. With the COVID virus affecting so many people, a few months ago Julia decided to organize a food drive to help her neighbors. She was especially worried about some of her classmates who had lost their access to regular meals with the schools being closed. So she posted a notice on the Nextdoor social networking app asking people to donate non-perishable food items. She offered to come pick up any donations. Julia’s community had soon made 400 donations of food, and Julia picked up every one of the donations.

    As a next step, Julia recruited some of her classmates to set up distribution centers throughout the community where people in need can come and pick up food. “I’ve seen so many people offering their help, and I’ve picked up so many donations from people in the community,” Julia said. “It’s nice to see people supporting each other in a time of crisis.”

    Say: With the help of her neighbors and classmates, Julia Lin accomplished something big with her food drive. Then call attention to Question #1 (When has being part of a group helped you accomplish something big?) and invite volunteers to respond.

    Information for this post was gleaned from:

    https://www.rd.com/article/uplifting-stories-of-neighbors-helping-during-coronavirus/

    Study the Bible

    Use the following information to supplement Question #2.

    In response to the racial unrest evident across the country this summer, on June 17, a group of African American Southern Baptist pastors and leaders took part in a panel discussion, “A 60 Minute Conversation on Race in America.” This discussion was hosted by Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee.



    * Marshall Williams, senior pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia, was one of the African American pastors on the panel. Williams affirmed the strong stands Southern Baptists have always taken against abortion and sexual immorality. But Williams said he wants people “to be as passionate about racism and injustice, because it’s part of the biblical mandate, Micah 6:8, to do justice.” Williams continued saying, “I don’t think we need to write any more resolutions. We need to put some shoe leather in it and effect some change. … Our younger generation wants to see practical application of the biblical principle. And for us right now, our hypocrisy because we haven’t acted on it and dealt with America’s original sin, it has hindered the heathen from hearing when we holler about the holy. They can’t hear us. And so we have a great opportunity. That’s why I’m here. That we might be a bridge-builder, a unifier, that we might stand as a collective, incarnational presence.”



    Say: Pastor K. Marshall Williams issued a bold call for believers to be bridge-builders and unifiers. Then call attention to Question #2 (Why is unity so important for a church?) and invite volunteers to respond.

    Information for this post was gleaned from:

    a href="http://www.bpnews.net/54966/african-american-leaders-call-for-southern-...

    • 17 min
    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – Why Do I Need the Church? – Session 1

    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – Why Do I Need the Church? – Session 1

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    Date: July 26, 2020

    We Are Joined Together

    The Point: When we come to Christ, we also become a part of the body of Christ.

    Get Into the Study

    Use the following information to introduce Question #1.

    Shawn Dromgoole, a 29-year-old black man, lives in a mostly white neighborhood in Nashville, TN. With the racial unrest across the country in recent weeks, Dromgoole has felt more and more fearful of going out for walks in his neighborhood, to the point where the fear overwhelmed him and he just stayed at home. Finally Dromgoole decided to post a message on Facebook and Nextdoor (an app that connects neighbors) telling people how afraid he felt. People in his neighborhood, who he did not know, began to reach out to him, asking if they could come and walk with him. So Dromgoole let his neighbors know what time he planned to walk. He was stunned to find 75 people who showed up to walk with him. “I was so overwhelmed, I still can’t find the words,” said Dromgoole. “I never wrote that post thinking people would want to walk with me.” Since that first walk, Dromgoole has held four more neighborhood walks with about 300 people joining him for the walks. Dromgoole has plans for more walks in the future. “I finally feel seen,” said Dromgoole. “I feel like I’m a part of something.”

    Say: Dromgoole went from being fearful  and alone at home to being part of a supportive group. Then call attention to Question #1 (When have you felt most at home with a  group?) and invite volunteers to respond.

    Information for this post was gleaned from:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/06/03/black-man-was-afraid-walk-his-gentrified-community-so-75-neighbors-walked-with-him/

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/28/us/walk-with-shawn-black-neighborhood-walk-trnd/index.html

    Study the Bible

    Use the following information to supplement Question #2.

    Churches are among the many groups working to provide help in New York City during the COVID-19 shutdown. These churches believe that their work to support their neighbors might open other doors for ministry in the future. In a two-month period this spring, Southern Baptist volunteers delivered more than 124,000 prepared meals and handed out over 410,000 pounds of food. This work reaches into all five boroughs of New York City, where the local churches are helping families with the food and resources they need. Edwin Pacheco, who launched Redemption Church in Brooklyn two years ago, is part of this effort in the city. “Something that looked like chaos in COVID has provided a platform to meet needs in our community,” Pacheco said. “We have been able to disciple our neighbors and our neighborhood through these tangible means. We have built relationships with people week after week. We have been able to meet them online or pray for them in person while they’ve waited in line for food.”

    Say: Edwin Pacheco and many other Christians in New York City have met people’s physical needs, and while doing that, they also ministered to spiritual needs. Then call attention to Question #2 (How is being a part of a church different from being a part of any other organization?

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    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – How Should I Respond to Politics?

    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – How Should I Respond to Politics?

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    Date: July 19, 2020

    How Should I Respond to Politics?

    The Point: Reflect Christ in how you interact with politics and government.

    Get Into the Study

    Use the following as you introduce the session.

    This election season, polling places are adapting to new COVID-19 restrictions. This increase in restrictions along with the reticence of some people to spend extended time outside their home may lead to a shortage of election workers. Many of the people who typically serve at polling places are older and retired. But with COVID-19, these people are at a higher risk and may be even less likely to serve in a public setting. There is a growing call for younger people to serve at polling places this year.

    Election workers promote democracy by helping ensure that all registered voters are allowed to exercise their right to vote. Election workers do not engage in partisan discussions at the polling site or turn away voters who have different political views.

    As Christians, we do not need to shy away from important political discussions. However, we must engage in these discussions with respect and courtesy for other people, despite their differing political views. Our love for God and our love for others should motivate our actions and conversations.

    For information on serving as a poll worker, visit https://www.eac.gov/voters/become-poll-worker.

    Nikki Wilbanks grew up in Tennessee before heading to California to study literature at Pepperdine University. After graduation, she enjoyed a decade-long career as a commercial real estate appraiser and investor. Having returned to Tennessee with her husband, she is now thrilled to be a stay-at-home mom, writer, and Bible study teacher.

    Get Into the Study [Additional Option for Adult Leader Guide]

    In advance, prepare to show a funny, non-partisan, political video clip . Then ask Question #1 .

    Live It Out

    Use the following as you conclude the session.

    Google’s group video chatting platform, Google Meet, has released a new feature for background noise cancellation. Many of us have begun having business meetings, family get-togethers, and church classes in video chat groups. One on-going issue has been background noise—the lawnmower in your yard, your co-worker’s bag of chips, clicking pens and keyboards. Google Meet’s new feature uses AI to identify and filter out these unnecessary and distracting sounds.

    As we seek to engage with politics, how can we filter out unnecessary and distracting biases, passions, and attitudes? How can we focus on the important issues at hand, and engage with love? Ask God to guide you in filtering information, processing content, and having discussions that seek to honor Christ this election season.

    Nikki Wilbanks grew up in Tennessee before heading to California to study literature at Pepperdine University. After graduation, she enjoyed a decade-long career as a commercial real estate appraiser and investor. Having returned to Tennessee with her husband,

    • 20 min
    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – Living with Hope – Session 6

    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – Living with Hope – Session 6

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    Date: July 12, 2020

    The Culmination of Our Hope

    The Point: What we hope for in Christ will one day be fully attained.

    Get Into the Study

    Use the following as you introduce the session.

    The Eiffel Tower will re-open to tourists on June 25th after a three-month closure due to COVID-19 restrictions—the longest closure since World War II. There is a catch, though. Elevators will continue to be off limits. Anyone wishing to visit the tower will have to take the stairs. Will a journey to the landmark be worth the effort when access is only available to the second level? Will tourists consider the view worth the trek up 674 steps?

    When faced with an opportunity, we often wonder if the risk is worth the return. Or if the result will be worth the effort. Unfortunately, outcomes are often difficult to predict, and little in life is guaranteed. However, we can be assured that what we hope for in Christ will be fully attained. This life’s journey with its sacrifices, trials, and suffering will all be worth it when we finally experience the culmination of our hope—eternal life in the kingdom of God.

    Ask: “When has a destination been well worth the journey?” 

    Nikki Wilbanks grew up in Tennessee before heading to California to study literature at Pepperdine University. After graduation, she enjoyed a decade-long career as a commercial real estate appraiser and investor. Having returned to Tennessee with her husband, she is now thrilled to be a stay-at-home mom, writer, and Bible study teacher.

    Get Into the Study [Additional Option for Adult Leader Guide]

    In advance, prepare to show a video clip of some “overrated” destinations . Then ask Question #1 .

    Study the Bible [Additional Option for Adult Leader Guide]

    In advance, review some prayer resources from the International Mission Board (IMB) so that you can equip your group with tools for praying for the church in areas of the world that are difficult to reach and where believers are often persecuted.



    Live It Out

    Use the following as you conclude the session.

    On June 8th, New York City entered Phase 1 of reopening exactly 100 days after its first reported case of COVID-19. Depending on your perspective, 100 days of quarantine may have felt like forever, or it may have seemed more like a temporary blip. In part, this perspective depends on what you experienced during quarantine. Did you lose freedom, recreation, and access to restaurants? Did you lose income or a job? Did you lose health or the life of a loved one? But there is more to perspective than experience. As Christians, our perspective is shaped by our view of eternity. We have the sure hope of an eternal future in the kingdom of God. When we look to this future,

    • 23 min
    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – Living with Hope – Session 5

    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – Living with Hope – Session 5

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    Date: July 5, 2020

    The Joy Arising from Our Hope

    The Point: Suffering for Christ can deepen our walk with Him.

    Get Into the Study

    Use the following as you introduce the session.

    Reverend Timothy Keller, the retired pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He shared the information publicly on Twitter, asking for prayers as he begins chemotherapy. Keller’s post is an example of how hope in Christ can carry us through times of suffering. Keller wrote, “It was what doctors call an ‘incidental pickup,’ otherwise known as providential intervention. I have terrific human doctors, but most importantly I have the Great Physician himself caring for me. Though we have had times of shock and fear, God has been remarkably present with me through all the many tests, biopsies, and surgery of the past few weeks.”

    Keller concluded his Twitter post with a reference to Hebrews 12:1-2, “Running the race set before me with joy, because Jesus ran an infinitely harder race, with joy, for me.”

    Nikki Wilbanks grew up in Tennessee before heading to California to study literature at Pepperdine University. After graduation, she enjoyed a decade-long career as a commercial real estate appraiser and investor. Having returned to Tennessee with her husband, she is now thrilled to be a stay-at-home mom, writer, and Bible study teacher.

    Live It Out

    Use the following as you conclude the session.

    Around the world, Christians face suffering and persecution because of their faith. According to the Open Doors 2020 World Watch List, 260 million Christians live in areas where they face high levels of persecution. In recognition of this persecution, the Southern Baptist Convention has designated the first Sunday in June as “Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.”

    With regard to the need for prayer, Paul Chitwood, president of the International Missions Board of the SBC said, “Prayer is our greatest resource in the Great Commission, and it is also the greatest act of compassion we could perform for our brothers and sisters around the globe who are enduring persecution.” Chitwood added, “We ask God to give them courage and hope. We know that their temporary suffering will be rewarded in eternity and pray that it will result in many being saved from among the nations.”

    Ask: Do you agree or disagree with Chitwood? Why or why not?

    Invite your group to spend time praying for brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering persecution around the world. Share the Pray for the Persecuted prayer app with your group as a way for members to continue personal prayer time throughout the week.

    Nikki Wilbanks grew up in Tennessee before heading to California to study literature at Pepperdine University. After graduation, she enjoyed a decade-long career as a commercial real estate appraiser and investor. Having returned to Tennessee with her husband, she is now thrilled to be a stay-at-home mom, writer,

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