The narrative of Ruth revolves around where she was born and the tribe she was affiliated with. Her loyalty to Naomi and subsequent marriage to Boaz bring together one of the most beautiful books of the New Testament and depict God extending his hand and reconciling tribes that have been splintered.
Teacher: Maria Stone and Eric Williams
Hannah's story is a transistional piece linking the Judges-era to the Kings-era. She has a son named Samuel who becomes a prophet and priest, annointed by YHWH to lead in this time period. However, the narrative surrounding her son is where we encounter her vow or deal with God. Should we make deals with God? I.E. - God if you do this, then I promise I will do that. This week we examine her 'vow' with the Lord and if it is appropriat to do the same in our time.
Text: 1 Samuel 1
Teachers: Kailani Davies and Eric Williams
Rahab cant seem to shed the label "prostitute" or "harlot" throughout her mentions in the scriptures.
How do her three names help us understand who we are in Christ.
In addition, our guest speaker Lauren Flanagan discusses what modern day trafficking/prostitution looks like in Orange County. Lauren works with Redeeming Love which is a nonprofit organizaion that works with liberating women from prostitution and the sex industry. redeemingloveca.org
Text: Joshua 2
Teachers: Detra Gunn, Lauren Flanagan and Eric Williams
Miriam, Moses' sister has a remarkable collection of stories about her in the book of Exodus and Numbers. While not all good, her reconcilation back into the camp of the Israelites depicts how much she meant to the people and to her brother Moses.
Text: Exodus 2, 15 and Numbers 12
Teacher: Eric Williams and JoLynn Glisson
Leah and Rachel share an interesting connection as sisters as they fight for the heart of their husband Jacob. But when Leah discovers that YHWH sees her, it changes everything. Learning that YHWH sees us and loves us, is what the Good News is all about.
Text: Genesis 29
Old Testament Women: Rebekah - Love and Lies
We continue our series in the Old Testament by looking at the story of Rebekah alongside Isaac, Esau and Jacob. The narrative is a beautiful love story, birth story and fraud story leaving us scratching our heads at the final deception of Rebekah. How is the new covenant, how is grace displayed in this account of these OT characters
Text: Genesis 24, 25, 27
Old Testament Women: Sarah
This week we kick off our new series on OT Women by beginning looking at the life of Sarah. God Promises her a child... for 20 years! How do we wait on God's promises and remain hopeful.
Teachers: Molly Shaeffer and Eric Williams