06: Growing in Christ – Hit the Mark
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The people did not see that coming. They were hoping for and expecting an announcement that the long-awaited kingdom would soon begin. There was no denying that Jesus was more than a normal man. It was not only the miracles He performed but His king-like bearing and an authority that none could deny. As they … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Growing in Christ
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, Consecration, p. 43-48, in Steps to Christ; Nicodemus, p. 167-177, in The Desire of Ages. The warfare against self is the greatest battle that was ever fought. The yielding of self, surrendering all to the will of God, requires a struggle; but the soul must submit to God before it … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Die to Self Every Day
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Paradoxically, it is only by dying that we may truly live. When baptized, we (ideally) died to our old nature and rose again to a new life. It would have been wonderful if the old man of sin had permanently died when we were buried under baptismal waters. Sooner or later, however, all of us … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Growing in Christ
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Growing Like Jesus to be Like Jesus
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Students who are loved at home, come to school to learn, and students who aren’t, come to school to be loved. Nicholas A. Ferroni There is no true education, growth or maturity without love. On my first day of Kindergarten, way back in the mid 1900’s, I was given a red badge to wear, which … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Prayer
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Along with studying the Bible, prayer is indispensable in order for us to abide in Christ and grow spiritually. Even Jesus Himself needed prayer to be united with the Father. He left us an example of a life of prayer. Prayer marked the crucial moments of His life. He prayed when He was baptized. He … [Click to read more …]

06: Growing In Christ – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : Christian growth is the natural consequence of a healthy relationship with God and church family. [Lesson Plan for Growing in Christ August 4, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read John 3:1-3. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. What does it … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Abiding in Christ
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A Father\'S Love

A flourishing spiritual life is possible only by constantly depending on Christ. Jesus used the illustration of the vine to teach us how to accomplish this. I am the vine, you are the branches, said Jesus (John 15:5, NKJV). In the Old Testament, Israel was depicted as a vine that the Lord had planted (Isa. … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Growing in Christ
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Read for This Week’s Study: John 3:1-15; 2 Cor. 5:17; John 15:4-10; Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 9:23-24. Memory Text: Jesus answered and said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3, NKJV). Nicodemus felt drawn to Christ but dared not visit Him … [Click to read more …]

Whosoever Calls Me Daddy
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John W. Fountain was, at one time a national correspondent for the New York Times and is now a professor of journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Back in 2005 he gave his testimony on the NPR program, All Things Considered. Here is a excerpt. “I believe in God. Not that cosmic, intangible … [Click to read more …]