06: Faith that Works – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Faith that Works November 4, 2014] 1. Faith without works is dead. James didn’t mince words, did he? Why did he speak so boldly, so plainly, about how faith is as useless as a dead body in the Christian faith? If the doctor-preacher in the story at the beginning of the lesson had … [Click to read more …]

05: Love and the Law – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Love and the Law October 28, 2014] Love without Liking. Your lesson this week asks you to love even those you don’t like. Wait a minute! Is that possible? What about the marriage that goes bad? Is the wife obliged to love the husband she can’t stand any more? What if he uses … [Click to read more …]

04: Being and Doing – Thought Starters
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[Thought Questions for Being and Doing October 21, 2014] 1. It’s not enough to be able to see and hear. Do you think it would be harder to follow Jesus if you were deaf? or blind? Didn’t have much intellectual understanding? Does a thorough knowledge of God and His plan of salvation earn you a place in His eternal kingdom? What did the … [Click to read more …]

03: Enduring Temptation – Thought Starters
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Introduction. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” James 1:12. What does our love for God have to do with victory over temptation? Will we be tempted even if we love God supremely? Will we be … [Click to read more …]

02: The Perfecting of our Faith – Thought Starters
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Introduction…After surgery and 74 days in rehab for a broken hip joint, I’m back and headed for full recovery! Don’t read this if you’ve never done anything stupid, but I put on an ankle weight and forgot it was on until I decided to leap from my bedroom to the kitchen. For a split second I was … [Click to read more …]

A personal message from Joyce Griffith
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[Joyce is the one who authors the Thought Starters posts each week for Sabbath School teachers.] I’m sorry I missed contributing to SSNET this week. My computer died. It was not a natural death but was caused by my moving it to a better part of the house. After a few days without a working … [Click to read more …]

09: Christ, the Law and the Gospel – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ, the Law and the Gospel May 28, 2014] 1. Memory text. Does the word “but” in the memory text (John 1:17) trouble you in any way? (…the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth…through Jesus Christ…) Could you explain to someone that this does NOT mean that the law has … [Click to read more …]

08: The law of God and the law of Christ – Thought Starters
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Jesus Is the Center of the Law

[Thought questions for The Law of God and the Law of Christ May 21, 2014] 1. The law of God and the law of Christ. Are we guided by two laws? One the law of the God eternal and almighty, the other of Christ the Saviour? If you think so, what is different about these two … [Click to read more …]

07: Christ, the end of the law – Thought Starters
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[Thought Questions for Christ, the End of the Law May 14, 2014] Intro. Read the title of this week’s lesson again. What does it mean that Christ is the “end” of the law? Hasn’t the law existed forever? Don’t we love God’s law in the same way the psalmist David did? Doesn’t the law reflect the … [Click to read more …]

06: Christ’s Death and the Law – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ’s Death and the Law May 7, 2014] Intro. Are you like me in that you dread reading or hearing about how cruel people were to the kindest Being in the universe? If Jesus had gone around beating people up and knocking them around, that would be one thing, but did He ever do … [Click to read more …]