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Covenant: Exile and Return to Worship Video


This Covenant experience will guide participants in a comprehensive, in-depth study of the Bible over twenty-four weeks. Unlike the learning participants may have experienced in other groups, this in-depth study of the whole Bible emphasizes the biblical concept of covenant as a unifying pattern through all the books in the Old and New Testaments. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses to have with us as God’s people. This relationship is grounded in the faithfulness of God’s love and on our ongoing commitment to stay in love with God while we share signs of that love with others.

The cohosts for the twenty-four video episodes are Reverend Shane Stanford, senior pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and Reverend Christine Chakoian, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois. They will meet with a different biblical scholar in each video episode. 

Each video in the coming weeks features a conversation between the hosts and a biblical scholar around the Covenant table. Their conversation is a model for the kind of learning dynamic that is central to this study.


This is Episode 22 Additional Video: Exile and Return to Worship

Those who come home from exile in Babylon in the first wave of returnees must also welcome those who would come in succeeding waves. They experience God's presence in exile, too. So when the call to go home comes, many stay. These books are not easy to read. They agree that worship is the center of life together as a people. Worship in Jerusalem is key and the stakes are high if they get this wrong. There is an expectation that even if you don't return you will support those who do and pray toward Jerusalem, acknowledging it as the worship center of this people's faithful life. 

Running time: 5:52

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  • Additional Details
    • SKU: 9781426797217
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • ISBN 13: 9781426797217
    • Publication Date: 04/15/2014
    • Format: Streaming Video
    • Author: Covenant Bible Study
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