Sunday: Paul’s Own Hand
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By Paul's Own Hand

Compare Paul’s closing remarks in Galatians 6:11-18 to the final remarks he makes in his other letters. In what way is the ending of Galatians similar to and different from them? (See the final remarks in Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.) Paul’s closing remarks are not always uniform, but a … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Boasting in the Cross
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 6:11-18, Rom. 6:1-6, Rom. 12:1-8, 2 Cor. 4:10, 2 Cor. 5:17, 2 Cor. 11:23-29, Memory Text: “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14, ESV). This study on Galatians has been intense. … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Gospel and Church
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Spectacles on Bible

Further Thought: “The Spirit of God keeps evil under the control of conscience. When man exalts himself above the influence of the Spirit, he reaps a harvest of iniquity. Over such a man the Spirit has less and less influence to restrain him from sowing seeds of disobedience. Warnings have less and less power over … [Click to read more …]

The Gospel and the Church – Hit the Mark
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A modern rendition of the prodigal son returning to the open arms of his father. His mother waves in the background. Front yard of house with white picket fence and open gate. Harry Anderson painting.

I’m writing this week’s post from Rome, the ancient city whose past intersects with the life of Paul. It was from Rome that Paul penned the letter to the church in Galatia. Unlike myself and my wife, Paul was not in Rome by his own choice. His presence there was due to the conflicts he … [Click to read more …]

The Gospel and the Church – Teaching Plan
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The Church

Key Thought: When the law of Christ is fulfilled in our lives, we will recognize our weaknesses and care for those who are fallen and burdened. Lesson 13, September 23, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 6:1. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Sowing and Reaping
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Sowing and Reaping

(Gal. 6:6-10) In Galatians 6:7, the word translated “mocked” (mukterizo) occurs only here in the New Testament, though it often appears in the Greek translation of the Old Testament. It literally means “to turn up one’s nose in contempt.” In the Old Testament it typically refers to the despising of God’s prophets (2 Chron. 36:16, Jer. 20:7), and … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Gospel and the Church
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Gospel and the Church” 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 … [Click to read more …]

When is it a Good Idea Not to Follow Bible Counsel?
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Open Bible

A few years ago I was talking to a head elder, who had rushed to judgment and taken it upon himself to take “executive” action against another church member. I asked him if he had followed the counsel in Matthew 18, and talked to the member first. He boldly told me he did not need … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Law of Christ
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Sermon on the Mount

(Gal. 6:2-5) Paul connects burden bearing with fulfilling the law of Christ. What does he mean by “the law of Christ”? Gal. 5:14, Gal. 6:2, John 13:34, Matt. 22:34-40. Paul’s use of the phrase “the law of Christ” (ton nomon tou Christou) occurs nowhere else in the Bible, though he uses a similar expression in 1 Corinthians 9:21 (ennomos Christou). The uniqueness of this … [Click to read more …]

Singing with Inspiration – Lesson 13: The Gospel and the Church
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Sabbath Afternoon’s introduction story to the lesson study immediately gives us: Hymn 369, “Bringing in the Sheaves” with the thoughts finalising in: “the Spirit leads us to put others before ourselves” and Hymn 262, “Sweet, Sweet Spirit”. The end of Sunday’s study points us to: Hymn 367, “Rescue the Perishing”. If you are blessed to … [Click to read more …]