TOPIC FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER – RESPONSES TO GOD’S FAITHFULNESS
This unit has four sessions that explore reactions to the many benefits accrued to humans because of God’s grace. Deuteronomy teaches that faith requires a response of obedience. The story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath in 1Kings shows that faithful obedience saves Elijah, the widow, and her son. Luke’s Gospel tells about gratitude for God’s faithfulness in the anointing of Jesus and the healing of the centurion’s servant.
October 6—Obedient Faith – Deuteronomy 4:1-8, 12-13
People desire and appreciate faithfulness in all of their relationships. Deuteronomy 4 and 5 set forth obedience as God’s expectation of Israel in response to God’s faithful deliverance.
KEY VERSE: Keep the commandments of the Lord your God I command you, –Deut. 4:2b
October 13—Active Faith – I Kings 17:8-16
When people are denied the necessities of life, they may give up hope. But faithful obedience in times of hardship comes with rewards from God. The widow of Zarephath faithfully ministered to God’s prophet, and she was miraculously provided for throughout the time of famine.
KEY VERSE: The barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah. —I Kings 17:16
vOctober 20—Humble Faith – Luke 7:1-10
People often have faith in others based on their good reputation. The centurion in Luke demonstrated his trust in Jesus’ ability to heal by telling him just to speak a word.
KEY VERSE: Neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.—Luke 7:7
October 27—Grateful Faith – Luke 7:37-48
People often respond to forgiveness with loving acts. What can we do to show gratitude to those who forgive us? In Luke, the sinful woman showed her gratitude to Jesus by washing his feet with her tears and anointing him with expensive oil.
KEY VERSE: [she] stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs on her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.—Luke 7:38
Remember when you give your life to Jesus you begin a journey of discovery. Once you are introduced to the Master you need to take his yoke upon you and learn of Him. What better place to learn of Him than Sunday School. Please join us, we have a class for you!