How Do We Get Elected by God?
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This quarter’s Sabbath School lessons, provide interesting discussions on predestination and election, making me examine what I believe. I became especially intrigued by the word “election.” What does it mean, and how does one become elected? God has not elected only a select group to be saved I find nowhere in the Bible that God has … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Being of “One Mind”
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Agreement Reached

Read 1 Peter 3:8-12. What point is Peter making here about how Christians should live? What does he repeat that he already wrote about in 1 Peter 2:20-21? Peter starts out telling them all to be of “one mind” (homophrones). He’s not talking about uniformity, in the sense of everyone having to think, do, and … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Social Relationships
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Read Ellen G. White, “The Impending Conflict,” pp. 582-592, “The Scriptures a Safeguard,” pp. 593-602 and “The Time of Trouble” pp. 613-634 in The Great Controversy. Ellen G. White advocated that Seventh-day Adventists be good citizens and obey the law of the land. She even told people not to openly and flagrantly disobey local Sunday … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Christianity and the Social Order
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Render unto Caesar

Despite knowing that human organizations and governments are flawed and sometimes sinful, and despite their bad experiences with governments and religious leaders, both Paul and Peter urged early Christians to submit to human authorities (1 Pet. 2:13-17, Rom. 13:1-10). Christians, they say, should pay taxes and contribute to compulsory labor obligations. As far as possible, … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Social Relationships
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Read Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-33; 1 Corinthians 7:12-16; and Galatians 3:27-28. How does what Paul says compare to what Peter says in 1 Peter 2:11-3:7? Paul addresses some of the issues raised in 1 Peter 2:11-3:7 in several places. What he says is remarkably consistent with what is found in 1 Peter. For example, like … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Social Relationships
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Social Relationships” 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 …]

Tuesday: Wives and Husbands
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A Comforting Hand

Read 1 Peter 3:1-7. What special circumstance is Peter addressing in this passage? How is what is said relevant to marriage in today’s society? There is one significant clue in the text that enables the careful reader to work out the issue that Peter deals with in 1 Peter 3:1-7. In 1 Peter 3:1, Peter … [Click to read more …]

Social Relationships – Lesson Plan
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Social Group

Key Thought: Peter describes God’s will in the ways Christians are to relate to various levels of authority, doing what is right and good to bring glory to God. Lesson 4, April 22, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read I Peter 2:13-17. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important … [Click to read more …]

Singing with Inspiration – Lesson 4
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The Memory Text for this week stirred my heart with the first hymn-singing thoughts for this week; Hymn 191, “Love Divine all loves excelling”. 1 Peter 2:18 in Monday’s lesson and Romans 13:4 on Wednesday’s lesson suggested Hymn 256 “Ye Servants of God”. In Tuesday’s lesson study, our family foundation of the husband and wife … [Click to read more …]