05: Growing in Christ – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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[Thought Questions for Growing in Christ October 31, 2012] 1. Our victory. It’s not automatic, or is it? Since God has enough love to save everyone in the universe, why doesn’t He? If there was no devil alive to tempt us, to glorify sin, could we be good enough to be saved? Isn’t it the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: A Murderer Revealed
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Christ came into the world for the purpose of destroying the works of the devil (Heb. 2:14). This, He has done at the cross. But if Christ has been victorious over the devil and principalities and powers, why are we still wrestling with principalities and powers? Why is the devil still able to roam about like … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Principalities and Powers: Part 2
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As we saw, the word translated as principalities could refer to world rulers or supernatural powers that attempt to exercise control over human life. Another Greek word that is used in conjunction with the word principalities (archai) is the word stoicheia, which literally means elements, or elementary substances or principle. The contexts in which stoicheia is used reveal other aspects … [Click to read more …]

Growing Up From Flower Girl to Bride
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When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  1 Corinthians 13:11 Many of us became Christians for childish reasons. We just wanted to go to heaven. That is okay. Jesus tells us … [Click to read more …]

Check Mate (Delayed)
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I have been known to be kind of a klutz … not altogether undeservedly, I’m afraid. Well, this week I cut my finger while fixing lunch. The sad part thing was that I knew it was going to happen, but could not seem to make my hand move out of the way of the knife. … [Click to read more …]

05: Growing in Christ – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought : Jesus proved victorious over evil in His life and at the cross. He also showed that Satan’s challenges to God’s government were based on lies.   [Teaching plan for Growing in Christ October 29, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read Romans 6:12-16. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Principalities and Powers: Part 1
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The Bible pictures our world as being under the dominion of evil forces seeking to control and to ultimately destroy us. The great controversy is, of course, the result of the Lord’s work against these powers. The great news is that, after the Cross, victory against them is assured, even though the battle continues to … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Slaves Set Free
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When we understand redemption as freedom from a form of enslavement that required external assistance, we may conclude that sinful humanity is bound by a power or influence stronger than itself. The question that needs to be answered is, by what power or agency has sinful humanity been so bound? Study Romans 6:12-23. Notice that in … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Redemption
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Christianity is a religion of redemption, in which people are saved from the devastation of sin through what someone else − in this case, Jesus − has done for them. Thus, the Christian religion may be distinguished from a religion of law, where one may rectify his or her doom by one’s own efforts at … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Growing in Christ
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Read for This Week’s Study: Isa. 35:10, Mark 10:45, Rom. 6:12-23, Eph. 6:12, Col. 1:16, Gal. 4:1-11, Col. 2:15. Memory Text: Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it (Colossians 2:15, NKJV). Key Thought: Christ’s victory on the cross defines the scope of the victory into which the Christian may grow. The amendment to the church’s … [Click to read more …]