Daily Bible Study Fall 2022

Daily Bible Study Fall 2022


Randy Cross, Taylor W. Mills, Barbara Dick


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Study the Bible daily for a closer relationship with God.
Daily Bible Study is a great companion to the quarterly Adult Bible Studies or as a stand-alone study for those wanting to study the Bible daily. It is presented in quarterly segments. Bible-based and Christ-focused, it coordinates with the lesson themes of Adult Bible Studies. Each daily reading includes a one-page Bible study for each of the quarter, along with introductory reflection questions and commentary on the daily Scripture passage, life application and an concluding prayer.

Daily Bible Study, Fall 2022
Theme: Freedom

This fall, our Bible lessons follow the theme “Freedom.” The lessons explore the concept of salvation and God’s gracious acts in redeeming us. They challenge we who have experienced God’s gracious salvation to work for freedom and justice on behalf of others. They acknowledge that as we do, we will encounter those whose beliefs and values are different from our own, so they encourage us in ways to remain faithful to our beliefs while we act as neighbors to others. The writers for the fall quarter are Barbara Dick, Randy Cross, and Taylor Mills.

Unit 1
The concept of salvation is broad and inclusive of many divine actions by which we are rescued from the human predicament. This lessons in this unit focus on the freedom to which we are liberated. In the Roman world, the freer you were, the more power you exercised over others. Today, we think of freedom as the ability to do whatever we want without restrictions. In the Bible, freedom is about being able to choose without restriction to whom or what we devote ourselves. Paul described that choice as servitude to sin or becoming a slave to Christ.
Scriptures: Exodus 1:1-2:10; Exodus 15:1-18; Exodus 17:1-16; Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Spiritual Practice: Living With Intentionality

Unit 2
In the commandments that God gave in the covenant at Sinai, God repeatedly called the Israelites to extend justice and share their blessings with widows, orphans, and strangers in their midst. This triad represented the most vulnerable people within ancient society. Widows, orphans, and strangers appear frequently throughout the Old and New Testament narratives in ways that illustrate this divine mandate. The measure of justice or righteousness found throughout Scripture is whether one cares for the “widow, the orphan, and the stranger.” The lessons in this unit invite us to ask ourselves, who are the most vulnerable in our society? Who in our community are excluded from the common good? Who has trouble providing for themselves or gaining access to the courts and public services?
Scriptures: James 2:14-17, Exodus 22:21-27; 1 Kings 17:8-24, Luke 21:1-4; John 9:1-7, 35-38; Luke 18:1-8; Ezekiel 47:21-23
Spiritual Practice: Awareness

Unit 3
Faithful Conversations
We increasingly find ourselves living in communities and working with people from diverse backgrounds. While we may not agree with the beliefs of others, we seek peaceable and neighborly relationships. This lessons in this unit explore the models for neighborly conversations with people of various faith traditions.
Scriptures: Acts 17:16-31; 2 Kings 5:1-19; Exodus 18:1, 13-27; Romans 14:13-19
Spiritual Practice: Listening


Randy Cross:
Randy Cross is director of leadership development for the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church. A member of the Dakotas Conference, Randy served previously as pastor of First United Methodist Church, Rapid City, South Dakota, and served congregations in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. He received a B.A. in Latin from the University of North Dakota in 1977 and a Master of Theology from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 1981. Randy has written Christian education material for many years. He is married to Cheri Cross. They have two sons, Aaron and Adam.|||

Taylor W. Mills has been the pastor of United Methodist churches in Williamston, Raleigh, and Durham, North Carolina. He recently became the pastor of Ann Street United Methodist Church in Beaufort, North Carolina. His wife has worked in the
school system, and neither she nor their two daughters share Taylor’s taste for Led Zeppelin music.

Barbara Dick, formerly an editor for Abingdon Press, is now working freelance from Wisconsin. Her editing projects include Newscope, The Wesley Study Bible, The Abingdon Worship Annual, The Abingdon Preaching Annual, Black Church Studies, The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner, and Prepare!, all from Abingdon Press, and Joy to the World from the Women’s Division of The United Methodist Church. She is coauthor with her husband Dan R. Dick of Equipped for Every Good Work: Building a Gifts Based Church. Barbara has written for the Upper Room Disciplines and recently completed work on new and revised United Methodist brochures on Communion, Baptism, Membership Vows, Grace, and others for Abingdon Press.