The Journey
From Eden created to Eden restored.

Introduction

The word of God reveals His character.  The enemy of good has tempted us to fear God as a severe judge with a harsh, exacting and unforgiving nature.  Our connect group is on a quest to rediscover the true loving character of God as manifest in each book of the Bible and revealed in the life and death of His Son.  Instead of the circular voyage of life that many seem to be enamored with these days, this quest, the Journey, has a historical beginning and an ultimate goal - from Eden created to Eden restored.

The Journey meets from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm via Zoom online conferencing:

Zoom Meeting ID: 714-380-221
URL: https://zoom.us/j/714380221
Dial In Number: +1 (312) 626-6799

 

 

 

July 4, 2020 - Esther, Nehemiah & Malachi

Teacher: Dee Briggs

Please read the three books: Esther, Nehemiah, and Malachi.

  • God’s name is never mentioned in the book of Esther but His character is revealed. As you read Esther, please note the differences between Mordecai and his family, and Haman and his family. I see an example of the great controversy between Christ and Satan in the actions of these two family groups. See if you agree. What do you see of God’s character? Satan’s character: accuser, hater, mixed truth and lies, wanted to destroy God’s people, craved honor and adulation, required people to bow down to him? If Esther was willing to give her life for her people, was she a type of the Christ to come?
  • As you read through Nehemiah you will find a repetition of his prayer, something like: “Remember me with favor, O My God.” What do you think of that prayer?
  • For Malachi, see how many “messengers” you find in this short book. The word malachi means messenger and some folks think it wasn’t a name of a prophet at all, but simply refers to the messengers and their messages. What do you think?

Esther

Listen to the book of Esther from BibleGateway: ESVKJVMSGNIV

Watch Overview of Esther from the BibleProject.

Short Outline of the Books of Esther from the Today's English Version:

  • Esther becomes queen (1:1 – 2:23)
  • Haman’s plots (3:1 – 5:14)
  • Haman is put to death (6:1 – 7:10)
  • The Jews defeat their enemies (8:1 – 10:3)

Nehemiah

Listen to the book of Nehemiah from BibleGateway: ESVKJVMSGNIV

Watch Overview of Nehemiah from the BibleProject.

Short Outline of the Book Nehemiah from the Today's English Version:

  • Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem (1:1 – 2:20)
  • The walls of Jerusalem are rebuilt (3:1 – 7:73)
  • The Law is read, and the covenant is renewed (8:1 – 10:39)
  • Further activities of Nehemiah (11:1 – 13:31)

Malachi

Listen to the book of Malachi from BibleGateway: ESVKJVMSGNIV

Watch Overview of Malachi from the BibleProject.

Short Outline of the Book of Malachi from Today's English Version:

  • Israel’s sins (1:1 – 2:16)
  • God’s judgment and his mercy (2:17 – 4:6)

Zoom Meeting ID: 714-380-221
URL: https://zoom.us/j/714380221
Dial In Number: +1 (312) 626-6799

 

July 11, 2020 - Old Testament Summary

Teacher: Won Huh

 

This week, we will take a look at the Old Testament from two different angles. First, we will look at the common thread that ties the Old Testament  together – the theme of the coming Messiah.

Next, we will look for the character of God as shown through your favorite Old Testament characters. As a homework exercise, pick your favorite Old Testament character, read the chapters concerning that character and imagine him/her as your grandparent. What would he/she tell you if you asked, “Grandpa/Grandma, tell me what God is like”? You can be creative and think of what they would tell you, or find a quote from the Old Testament what they would say about God.

For a quick review of the Old Testament, watch these short videos on YouTube:

A good place to read about the theme of the coming Messiah is Prophets and Kings, Chapter 58: The Coming of a Deliverer, or click here to listen to an audio version.

 

Yearly Schedule and Past Materials:

2020 Schedule   (2019 Schedule)

Overviews of the Books of the Bible from BibleProject YouTube channel: Old Testament | New Testament

Recordings of The Journey on YouTube:

Team

Teacher Biographies

Delilah (Dee) Briggs is originally from central Wisconsin’s dairyland but has been a resident of Boulder county for the past thirty-eight years; a retired RN, married to the fabulous Elroy, mother of two brilliant adult sons, and having a long-time, unquenchable passion for Bible study.

Gordy Gates is a dentist in Boulder who has been a student of the Bible all of his life. Having traveled to the land of the Bible nine times in the last 10 years has increased his understanding and passion for the scriptures. His desire is to stimulate inquiry in God’s word for those who choose to attend our connect group.

Won Huh has a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and is a senior Manager at Avaya. He is married to Sue and they have two daughters. He likes to tinker with electronics, likes the outdoors and finds God’s grace and mercy in his Bible studies.

Mark Johnson is a physician with certification in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He has been the Executive Director of the Jefferson County Health Department for 28 years. He has taught Bible classes for over 30 years, and is continually seeking to find Jesus in each of the books of the Bible.

Stephen King holds Master of Arts Degrees in Economics and New Testament Ethics. After serving as congregational pastor for 22 years, he has recently completed 20 years service as Vice President for Community and International Health for Faith Based Health Systems.

J. Murdock is the Associate Pastor at Boulder Adventist Church. In addition to supporting the overall ministry also leads in Live Purpose (13-17) and Live Purpose (18-29). A graduate of La Sierra University with B.A. in Religious Studies (2013) and is in the process of completing his Master of Divinity degree from the Theological Seminary at Andrews University.

Rebecca Murdock serves as an Elder for Boulder Church. She is a graduate of La Sierra University, with her B.A. in Communications, PR & Advertising and is currently completing her M.A. in Religion-Theological Studies from the Andrews University Seminary in Berrien Springs, MI. 

Jennifer Ogden, who prefers to go by Jenn, is the Senior Pastor at Boulder. Jenn is a graduate of PUC with a B.A. in Communications and a graduate of Andrews University Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. She hopes to pursue PhD studies shortly. 

Ed Reifsnyder is a retired healthcare consultant. Ed's teaching is characterized by challenging the conventional and stimulating class conversation.

 
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