Winter Quarter 2021-22

 

Triumph

Jesus’ Triumphant Arrival

December 5    Sorrow Before Triumph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matthew 1:18-21; John 12:1-8

December 12   A King Comes Forth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Isaiah 9:6-7; John 12:12-16

December 19   A Mission from Birth (Christmas) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Luke 2:25-35; John 12:23-26

December 26   A Humble Lord Is Born . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Philippians 2:5-11; John 13:12-17

 

Teaching on Truth and Trials

January 2  The Way, the Truth, and the Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John 14:1-11

January 9   Abide in the True Vine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .John 15:1-8

January 16   Peace and Trouble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .John 16:19-33

January 23   Jesus’ Prayer for His Disciples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John 17:6-9

 

Triumph over Trials

January 30   Jesus’ Arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John 18:1-13

February 6   Trials and Denials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John 18:15-27

February 13   Pilate: What Is Truth? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John 18:28-40

February 20   Crucifixion and Death . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .John 19:16-30

February 27   Jesus by the Sea of Tiberias . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .John 21:1-14

 

“Triumph” is a word that elicits many images: an army victorious in battle, a political candidate winning an election, or a sports team winning a championship. But the concept of “triumph” is also important in Scripture. In the New Testament, triumph is seen in a different light than it is ordinarily understood. To be sure, God will triumph over Satan, and good will triumph over evil, but the manner in which this will occur is quite different from the world’s view of triumph and victory.

All of our lessons this quarter deal with texts from the Gospel of John—most of them exclusively so. The first unit of study is entitled “Jesus’ Triumphant Arrival.” It will be studied during the month of December. Since this is the month we celebrate the birth of Christ, each lesson will include a text from passages that in some way relate to that event. Selections from Matthew and Luke will consider what occurred immediately after Jesus’ birth. A familiar prophecy from Isaiah about the Prince of Peace will be studied. Paul’s great christological text from Philippians is also included in this unit.

The next unit of the quarter, “Teaching on Truth and Trials,” will focus on four major discourses from Jesus’ earthly ministry. The discourse on Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life from John 14 will be studied first. Next we will examine the discourse on Jesus as the True Vine from John 15. Then we will study His discourse on peace and trials from chapter 16. The final lesson in this unit will deal with Jesus’ High Priestly prayer from chapter 17. These lessons will examine the words of Jesus. His words are of supreme authority for understanding faith, life, and the world. He is the only object of our faith, the only source of eternal life, and the only Lord of heaven and earth.

The final unit is “Triumph Over Trials.” We focus here on four texts from Jesus’ Passion Week and a final lesson on events that took place after His resurrection. The first three lessons, all from John 18, deal with His arrest and trials before the Sanhedrin and Pontius Pilate. The fourth lesson focuses on the events surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion and death. Our final lesson this quarter, from John 21, recounts the events of Jesus’ third appearance to His disciples after He had risen triumphantly from the grave.