12: Worship in the Early Church: Discussion Points
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A P A R A B L E

Okay, you. You like adventure and always want to test to the limits. Tuck a small box of matches in your pocket and put on a good sun hat and sunglasses. Head up into the mountains a couple of hours from home. The air is crisp and clean. Evergreen trees are everywhere. And nobody else is here. You’re going to make a difference today.

Park your car on the portion of the parking lot [...]

10: Worship from the Exile to the Restoration – Discussion Questions
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A TRUE STORY

A few weeks ago I saw a strange and brilliant display of color and watched for a minute or two as lovely pastel colors floated in perfect circles in a row across my vision. Most of my vision was blocked by the display except for a slice along the bottom portion.

I could just make out the lower part of the computer screen. I was keying an email to a niece who is a nurse at the time, so [...]

09: Prophets and Worship
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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, it isn’t. It hurts when people are mean to me because of my religion.”
“But you said that following Jesus is the easiest thing in the world to do.”
“Well, yes. [...]

08: Distractions from Worship – Discussion Questions
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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 building, but neither Al nor Susan felt comfortable there.

“Too much show-off,” Susan said. “Too many distracting slides on the screen.”

“I agree,” Al said.  “And too much [...]

06: Majesty and praise in worship – Discussion Starters
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Make Your Own Music

The psalmist David loved music. Maybe he played the drum or blew on a horn. Or maybe he sang in a sweet tenor voice. The Bible doesn’t tell us. But the Bible tells us clearly that David played a harp.

David learned to express his deepest feelings in music. Have you ever tried to do that? Here are some tips that might get you started writing your own songs of praise.

1. Start with the words. Choose a verse [...]

05: Lesson Questions by JG
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The following questions may be helpful to you in presenting the lesson to a class, at home, or alone. They are provided with the hope that they stir you to think and pray and not just react. Each set of questions corresponds to a section of the SSNET Lesson Guide, for this week Lesson 5.

1. Leading thought. Do you express joy when you’re attending a worship service? Do you arrive at the church where you worship feeling genuinely happy regardless [...]

Was that funny?
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“I liked that joke the pastor told in the sermon this morning,” Rolly said during lunch at home after the church service. “Didn’t you?” He shot a look at his dad and then his mom.

“Joke?” repeated Dad. “I didn’t hear a joke.”

“Honey, you were late getting to the sanctuary today,” Rolly’s mom said. “You had to go home and change your shoes because the heel of one of your new shoes fell off.”

Rolly laughed. “That’s funny,” he said.

“I don’t think [...]

The Sanctuary As a Model
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Sometimes we get confused about the sanctuary as described in Scripture. Is the earthly sanctuary of Old Testament times an exact replica of the heavenly sanctuary? If so, why? Do God and the angels need a visual representation of God’s holiness when they have the very presence of God Himself with them?

Certainly the items and the ritual of sacrifices in the temple courtyard do not exist in the heavenly sanctuary. The ultimate sacrifice, Christ’s death, has already happened, as prophesied. [...]

The Sanctuary and Worship
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This week we are looking closely at the holy sanctuary, a subject that is fascinating to all Christians who base their faith on the whole Bible. Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself as you read and study the workings of the sanctuary in the desert as told in Exodus and Deuteronomy. First some thoughts about Sunday’s topic, “That I may dwell among them.”

1. What was the purpose of establishing the Sanctuary? The God who made all [...]

03: Creation and Redemption – Thought Questions
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Timothy was sitting in a fifth grade general science class at an Adventist school when a thought struck him like a bolt from the blue. He waved his hand at the teacher.
“Yes, Timothy?”
“Did you say that God created the world in seven days?”
“That’s what the Bible tells us.”
“Well, I don’t think He could do that.”
“Why not?”
“Because there’s too much in the world. Fish and birds and bugs and worms and snakes. Plus the human body. And all the animals and [...]