13: Lest We Forget – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Malachi’s message is that though God has revealed His love for them: they were not being accountable to Him in obedience and love, but were going through a formal, ritualistic worship.gless13 (1)

[Teaching plan for Lest We Forget June 24, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Malachi 2:6-9.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Do we hold priests, pastors, and ministers more accountable for their behavior because they are God’s messengers? Do you think God holds them more accountable because of their calling?
C. Personal Application: Do you consider yourself a minister of Christ? A part of the royal priesthood? Should we be held more accountable than those outside the church and knowledge of God? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your relatives states, “When it says the religious leaders have been partial in the law; is that a reference to doing away with or ignoring the Sabbath? Or is this a general statement about how leaders sometimes stress one part of the law as being important while overlooking or excusing other parts?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Malachi 3:6-10.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why is not paying tithes and offerings a form of hurting yourself as well as hurting God and His cause? Share.
C. Personal Application: If offerings aren’t mandatory, only as the Lord has blessed; why do churches set up so many programs that depend on free will offerings to fund them and stress to the members they need to pay so much to support them? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your friends states, “The tithing system was for the Jews and sustaining the temple. We should give something to the church every week, but a tenth is too much. If fifty or a hundred members gave twenty dollars each every week, that would be plenty to take care of the pastor and the church.” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Malachi 4:1-6.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why is the family message so important in preparing a people for the Lord’s soon return? Did the Lord foresee the breakdown of the family unit in speaking through His prophet?
C. Personal Application: How important is the family in your life? What values and preparation have you given your children in being ready for the Lord’s return? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “Why does this say Elijah shall come before Jesus? Will Elijah literally come back down from heaven? Or is this like when Jesus said John the Baptist was the Elijah of His first coming? If so, who is Elijah today and what is his message?” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Malachi 3:14,15.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Does going to church or trying to share your faith ever get boring or frustrating? What practical ways can you deal with boredom or frustration in church or in witnessing?
C. Personal Application: Does it seem like being kind or good is for losers? Have you felt like those who are proud and lifted up and walk all over others seem to be the ones who get all the fame and fortune? What keeps you from envy and emulation? Share..
D. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Note: “Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.” MH p. 149)

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13: Lest We Forget – Teaching Plan — 4 Comments

  1. Thank you all for this publishing of Sabbath School lessons I am so happy for to day lesson because it get in my heart and I have to do what the lesson ask us to do as to fund one person to who we will proclaim God Grace to all the nations of this word before Jesus second Coming even if temptation is there but we will have to stand as Elijah and look forward i can't turning back again I have to go forward, if you to you will do the same can God bless you and be protect as Elijah. Read PP Page 261. To stand even if you are one among the multitude of people look to Jesus only; He is there with you and all the 7000 angels of heaven are there with us while we preach the word of God, He protects us and blesses us.

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  2. The Elijah of to day are those people who stand on the side of God even if they find trouble and temptation in the way but they continue to proclaim God's word.

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  3. the name MALACHI means "my messenger"all of us God's people can clearly identified ourselves as God messengers,these lesson is telling us that the work is fast closing up, and on every side wickedness is increasing, We have but a short time in which to work. Let us awake from spiritual slumber and consecrate all that we have to the lord. I want God for the lessons.

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  4. "What keeps you from envy and emulation? Share.." Someone said we will emulate whoever we are most emotionally attached to. This is in harmony with the following, a favorite quote of mine (a favorite in part because of the cause-effect portions):

    All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in doing His service. When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience. Through an appreciation of the character of Christ, through communion with God, sin will become hateful to us. -- The Desire of Ages, page 668.

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