Summer Quarter 2021

 

People of Valor

Acts of Courage

June 6    Joshua Commands the Sun to Stand Still . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joshua 10:1-15

June 13   Gideon Destroys Baal’s Altar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Judges 6:25-32

June 20   Jonathan Attacks the Philistine Outpost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I Samuel 14:1-13

June 27   Elijah Rebukes King Ahab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I Kings 21:17-29

 

Courage Facing Threats

July 4  Abijah Challenges King Jeroboam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II Chronicles 13:3-18

July 11   Hezekiah Rallies Judah’s Army . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .II Chronicles 32:1-8, 22-23

July 18   Nehemiah Combats Derision and Danger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nehemiah 4:1-9

July 26   Esther Goes Before the King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Esther 4:6—5:2

August 1   Jeremiah Stands Up to Deadly Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeremiah 26:1, 4-15

August 8   Three Young Men Refuse to Bow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daniel 3:1, 8-18

 

Courage for Jesus

August 15   Jesus Corrects and Commends John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 11:1-15

August 22   Peter and John Preach with Boldness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acts 4:6-21

August 29   Paul Faces His Accusers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acts 22:17-29

 

The overriding truth for this quarter is a simple one: the Christian life is not for the faint of heart. God calls His people to be people of courage. Simply trusting Him takes courage; we must step out of our safe havens of comfort and follow Him wherever He leads. The kingdom of God has no room for cowards (cf. Rev. 21:8), although most of us would have to admit to many cowardly moments in our lives.

The good news is that the One who calls us to courage also gives courage abundantly. One of the ways He does this is through the examples of those who have found and shown courage in the past. All our lessons this quarter focus on such individuals—people of valor.

Our first unit of four lessons looks at four individuals from the Old Testament who undertook particular acts of courage. We see Joshua pray an unprecedented prayer in order to finish the battle he was leading. We see Gideon destroy a pagan altar, knowing it would bring a backlash from his own neighbors. We see Jonathan and a single companion attack an enemy outpost that vastly outnumbered them, because they knew the battle was really the Lord’s. And we see Elijah, alone and unarmed, call a powerful king to account for a vile crime.

Unit II continues the roll call of valor but particularly focuses on people who showed courage while facing formidable threats. The roster of courage includes kings such as Abijah and Hezekiah, a king’s servant (Nehemiah), a queen (Esther), a lonely prophet (Jeremiah), and three young men who stand up to the most powerful ruler in the world at that time.

Unit III jumps ahead to the New Testament and looks at individuals who showed courage in serving their Lord Jesus. Although John the Baptist succumbed to a moment of doubt and had to be corrected, Jesus commended him for his great courage in his prophetic ministry for the Lord. Peter and John faced official threats from the high council of the Jewish nation and met them with bold forthrightness. Finally, the Apostle Paul faced danger from both a frenzied mob and the Roman authorities, but he stood his ground and found a new foothold for the gospel.

May we take the necessary steps to become people of valor ourselves!