With the advent of the Savior by the power of the Holy Spirit, God set in motion the fulfillment of the divine plan of salvation. Luke’s Gospel, several psalms, and the epistle to the Galatians are used to explore God’s ongoing actions in blessing and reconciling the whole creation.
Unit I, “The Savior Has Been Born,” consists of four lessons developed from the Gospel of Luke. Lessons 1 and 2 offer a study of how Mary, a virgin, received and joyfully accepted the announcement that she had been highly favored by God to give birth to God’s Son and the story of her cousin Elizabeth’s affirmation of the same. Lesson 3 studies John’s mission as the forerunner of the Savior. The Christmas lesson deals with the birth of Jesus and the circumstances and events pursuant to it.
Unit II, “Praise from and for God’s Creation,” employs five psalms. Several psalms emphasize praise for God that emanates from creation itself. Others invite us to praise God for creation.
Unit III, “The Birthing of a New Community,” has four lessons from Galatians in which God’s creative process can be seen through the birthing of a new faith community with Jesus Christ as its foundation. The lessons address the importance of spiritual freedom, cooperation, and righteous living in building and maintaining the community.