Significance of the Sabbath
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Too often, discussions about the importance or relevance of the Sabbath focus on what to do (or not to do) on the Sabbath. This inevitably leads to arguments which are usually unproductive. Instead of the Do/Don’t aspect of the Sabbath, let us briefly consider its significance and relevance to us today. The Sabbath reminds us … [Click to read more …]

Seventh-day Adventists – a Special People?
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The Seventh-day Adventist church is a prophetic movement which God raised up for the furtherance of the gospel after centuries of apostasy by His church. This makes us special in terms of responsibility. We’re not special because of any intrinsic value that we have, but we have a special message and we are a called … [Click to read more …]

09: Prophets and Worship
Joyce Griffith

A S T O R Y “Is being a Christian easy or hard?” Mike asked. “Easy,” said Ted. “If you love Jesus, then following Him is the easiest thing in the world to do.” “But what if people poke fun at you or ignore you because you’re a Seventh-day Adventist Christian? Is that easy?” “No, … [Click to read more …]

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
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The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness” (Luke 11:34 NKJV). This text has to do with our perception of truth, how we view things. This is important … [Click to read more …]

Personal Worship
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In a previous post I commented on three types of worship, including personal worship, and some have asked me to expand on the latter. Personal worship has come under some scrutiny recently with the rise in interest in “spiritual formation.”  The topic is quite relevant to the lesson on Conformity, Compromise and Crisis in Worship because … [Click to read more …]

Conformity, Compromise and the Heart
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My Bible reading this week included 1 Kings 3:1-15, which tells the story of the beginning of Solomon’s reign — and compromise. 1 Kings 3:1 tells of his marriage to Pharaoh’s daughter, a compromise conforming to the customs of the day. 1 Kings 3:3 tells us that “Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes … [Click to read more …]

08: Distractions from Worship – Discussion Questions
Joyce Griffith

The Marshes had just moved to town and were exploring ideas for church attendance. The church they thought they liked best was an hour and a half drive away and overlooked a small valley of evergreen trees. It was small but beautiful, and the people seemed friendly. The closest church was a bigger and older … [Click to read more …]

What Are We Compromising?
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Before we take this week’s lesson title (Conformity, Compromise and Crisis in Worship) as an excuse to proscribe forms of worship that we do not like, we need to consider worship in its wider context. There are three aspects of worship (Yes I am well aware that my classification is not the only one but … [Click to read more …]