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The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2013–2014, vol. 61

September 8 Lesson 2
GOD’S IMAGE: MALE AND FEMALE
DEVOTIONAL READING: Psalm 8
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1, 2; 5:1, 2

GENESIS 2:18–25
KEY VERSE
The LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.—Genesis 2:18

LESSON OUTLINE

Introduction
      A.      An Unforgettable Wedding
      B.      Lesson Background
I.      Problem (GENESIS 2:18–20)
      A.      God States the Need (v. 18)
      B.      Adam Sees the Need (vv. 19, 20)
II.      Provision (GENESIS 2:21–23)
      A.      Man Sleeps (v. 21)
      B.      God Shapes (v. 22)
      C.      Man Speaks (v. 23)
      Doing Things God’s Way
III.      Principles (GENESIS 2:24, 25)
      A.      One Flesh (v. 24)
      One Weak Moment
      B.      No Shame (v. 25)
Conclusion
      A.      The State of the Union (of Marriage)
      B.      Singled Out?
      C.      Prayer
      D.      Thought to Remember


Douglas Redford, Vicki Edwards, et al., God’s Image: Male and Female, ed. Ronald L. Nickelso…

Revised Common Lectionary, vols.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 18
YEAR C


  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
   Old Testament Jeremiah 18:1–11
     Psalm Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18
  or
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
 Old Testament Deuteronomy 30:15–20
Psalm Psalm 1

   New TestamentPhilemon 1–21
   Gospel  Luke 14:25–33


Revised Common Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Revised Common Lectionary, vols.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 18
YEAR C

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
Old Testament Jeremiah 18:1–11
 Psalm  Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18
  or
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
 Old Testament   Deuteronomy 30:15–20
   Psalm Psalm 1

 New Testament Philemon 1–21
Gospel Luke 14:25–33


Revised Common Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional, vols.

September 8: Resilient Hope and Red Herrings
Acts 7:54–8:25

The death of Stephen, the first Christian martyr, must have crushed and discouraged the early church. But in this event Luke shows us glimmers of hope. He reminds us that God is working behind the scenes.
GodFacing death, Stephen prayed for his persecutors, asking that “not hold this sin against them” (Acts 7:60). God answered that cry of mercy in a generous way. As we watch Stephen being forced out of the city and stoned to death, Luke introduces us to another character present in the crowd: “The witnesses laid aside their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul” (Acts 7:54).
This detail seems like a red herring, but by introducing Saul (later Paul) to us before his conversion, Luke gives his readers hope in desperate circumstances. Saul was determined to squelch this dangerous new sect coming out of Nazareth, but soon Paul would become its greatest advocate. By placing Stephen’s death alongside Saul’s persecution, Luke s…