Presence in the Midst

Christ as Present Teacher

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This study focuses on living into the Kingdom of Heaven — humility, unity, integrity, and sacrifice. Jesus demonstrates through his teaching and through is life what oneness with one another requires, what obedience to God looks like in the world. We’re invited into that relationship. We’re chosen. Our eyes and ears are opened to the reality of what is while our hearts are filled with hope for what will be. This hope informs us as we live into generosity, compassion, perseverance, and faith.

Lessons:

  • Knowing God (Matthew 11:25–30; Psalm 19:1–4; 1 Corinthians 1:26–2:5)
  • God Brings Us Together (Matthew 12:22–32; Isaiah 35:1–10; 2 Thessalonians 2:1–12)
  • The Wisdom of God (Matthew 13:10–17; Jeremiah 5:20–25; 1 Corinthians 2:6–16)
  • The Value of Knowing God (Matthew 13:44–50; Proverbs 2:1–22; Philippians 3:4–11)
  • God Feeds Us (Matthew 14:13–21; 2 Kings 4:42–44; 2 Corinthians 8:1–15)
  • God’s Power (Matthew 14:22–33; Job 9:1–12; James 1:2–18)
  • The Power of Words (Matthew 15:10–20; Malachi 2:1–9; James 3:1–12)
  • The Hands and Feet of Jesus (Matthew 15:32–39; Deuteronomy 8:1–9; 1 John 3:11–24)
  • Following Christ’s Example (Matthew 16:21–28; Hosea 6:1–3; 1 Peter 2:18–25)
  • Depending on God (Matthew 18:1–5; Psalm 131:1–3; Romans 12:9–21)
  • Love Fulfills the Law (Matthew 18:15–20; Leviticus 19:11–18; Galatians 6:1–10)
  • On Christian Community (Matthew 19:1–12; Malachi 2:13–16; Ephesians 5:21–32)
  • Put Your Trust in God (Matthew 19:16–26; Psalm 52:1–9; Acts 4:32–37)

Author: Rich Miller

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Publisher: Barclay Press

Age Group: Adults

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TopicsBible, Centering, Mysticism, Quaker Faith & Practice, Testimonies

An Introduction

The Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) is an international, cross-branch, grassroots network of Friends sharing a stewardship for lifelong Quaker faith formation through religious education. We formed in April 2014 and now serve more than 300 Friends in our network. We actively engage and support each other across languages and continents. We gather for regional and annual conferences and offer monthly Conversation Circles via an online conferencing platform. 

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