Sunday Morning MeetUp

by Tim Isbell

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Aron and Nicole are the leaders of the Sunday Forum; I fill in when they're away. We do not assume that students have a previous Christian background, nor do we expect any outside work. While many Sundays are part of a string of lessons in a common theme or area of the Bible, every Sunday is designed to stand-alone. But at the same time, we do go pretty deep. So if you're looking for a place to investigate Christian faith or if you are ready for a deeper dive than maybe you've ever taken before - give the Sunday Morning MeetUp a try.

On any given Sunday you'll find a small group of 6-10 people meeting at New Life Nazarene Church, 20900 McClellan Rd, Cupertino, CA, on Sunday mornings at 9:15-10:15 in the "living room" of Building D (directly behind the Worship Center). Contact Tim for more information, or just drop in. 

Click on any link below to view the notes of the last few Sundays and a snippet of what's coming up next.

After the class, you are welcome to stay for the Sunday morning worship service which starts in the Worship Center at 10:30 AM - or not. Hope to see you some Sunday this summer.

Blessings, Tim

Jeremiah/Lamentations Lesson Lineup (Click on title links to view the notes from that session.)

An 11 lesson series on the Old Testament book of Jeremiah

5/27/2018 - God's Mouthpiece (Jer 1.1-19)

6/10 - Return to Me (Jer 3.21-4.4)

6/17 - A Challenge to Church Goers (Jer 7.1-15)

6/24 - God's Answer to the Prophet's Laments (Jer 15.10-21)

7/1 - The Potter and the Clay (Jer 18.1-12)

7/8 - The Promise of a Savior (Jer 23.1-8, 30.18-22)

7/15 - God has a Plan (Jer 29.1-14)

7/22 - The Call to a New Covenant (Jer 31.23-34).  

Aron/Nicole Sundays: They finished up a series on the Apostles' Creed. For a summary, see Apostles Creed Notes.  

9/9 - Hope Against All Odds (Jer 32.1-15, 42-44). 

10/7 - Jeremiah's Trusted Friend - Baruch (Jer 36) This is the 11th and last lesson from the Book of Jeremiah

A 2-lesson series from Lamentations: Living the Alternate Life through Sorrow and Tumult

The first two sessions in this short series flow from the Old Testament book of Lamentations, which most scholars attribute to Jeremiah. So, they complete our study of Jeremiah's writings. I'm adding the third session, from another part of the Old Testament, to round out the topic of living an authentic Christian life through the toughest times. 

So, if you are experiencing such times, or are in a relationship with someone who is, these three lessons are for you.

10/14 - Facing Sorrow (Lam 1.1-18)

10/21 - Faith in the Darkness (Lam 3.19-33)

10/28 - Political Life and the Kingdom of God (2 Kings 4.8-37, Matt 5.13-20). This is a "bonus lesson" I'm adding to wrap up the Lamentation series.

11/4 - Aron and Nicole Wall expect to return. If not, I'll fill in and maybe start a new series. 

Resources for the Jeremiah-Lamentations lesson series

The Foundry's Adult Faith Connections series: Jeremiah/Lamentations Bible Study Guide. Students do not need this book, but it's available.

Supplemental resources for Jeremiah and Lamentations:

  • The Times of Jeremiah, a short summary written by Owen Dickens, Asbury University.
  • Maps during Jeremiah's ministry. Especially see the two maps on page 3.
  • Timeline of the book of Jeremiah.
  • Baal & Asherah worship. Two common forms of pagan worship in Canaan.
  • Three Biblical Metaphors. Especially check out the Nuptial (Marriage) metaphor part of this link to understand more about the Bible's use of the marriage metaphor.
  • The split of Israel from Judah. Jeremiah sometimes seems to prophesy to Israel and other times to Judah. This link explains the history of how the descendants of the 12 sons of Jacob became the nation of Israel and eventually split into two nations: Israel (the Northern Kingdom with Samaria as its capital) and Judah (the Southern Kingdom with Jerusalem as its capital).
  • Jeremiah's Contemporaries - kings & prophets. There were several other prophets of the Lord who overlapped Jeremiah's time. And there were (probably more) who claimed to be prophets of the Lord but were not. And, of course, there were undoubtedly others who claimed to speak for some other lord than the one of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob... and, of course, Jesus.
  • Jeremiah's Relationships. This chart shows some interesting interconnections between Jeremiah and some of the other people who supported him, and whom he supported, near the end of his time in Jerusalem - before being sent to Egypt.
  • Babylonian Captivity Demographics. This document addresses the apparent discrepancy between the number of exiled people from Judah/Jerusalem to Babylon during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar as reported in the books of Jeremiah and 2 Kings.