6. The Holy Spirit and Living a Holy Life – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

May He sanctify you.  Our lesson opens with the beautiful benediction in 1 Thessalonians: Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23, NASB). How closely connected are God’s holiness and … [Click to read more …]

4. The Personality of the Holy Spirit – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Jesus describes the Holy Spirit. Which of the following descriptions of the Holy Spirit have special meaning for you? Share your experience with a Holy Spirit who   guides, speaks, hears, discloses, glorifies, teaches and reminds us, dwells in us, testifies and convicts. How do these actions of the Holy Spirit define Him as a Person? As God? Personal aspects of the Holy Spirit. Why is it important to see the … [Click to read more …]

The Personality of the Holy Spirit – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Praying for Holy Spirit

Key Thought: The Holy Spirit reveals to us the living Christ in our lives in all His beauty and glory. Lesson 4, January 28, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read John 14:16-18. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. How is the Holy … [Click to read more …]

How Do You Spell S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
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Everyone wants to succeed. Some do – some don’t. Teachers may define success by the numbers of attendees, or by getting through the entire lesson, or by avoiding any glaring blunders. The definitions of success vary from teacher to teacher. All of us should spend some time reflecting on how well we did or didn’t … [Click to read more …]

The Divinity of the Holy Spirit – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Divinity of the Holy Spirit

Key Thought: Understanding the reality of the Holy Spirit’s Divinity brings a better appreciation of who He is and His desire to change us. Lesson for January 21, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read Acts 5:1-4. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. … [Click to read more …]

The Holy Spirit Behind the Scenes – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Holy Spirit Behind the Scene

Key Thought: When we respond to the Holy Spirit and allow Him full control of our lives, we will reveal the fruit in our interactions with others.. Lesson 2, January 14, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read John 3:5-8. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this … [Click to read more …]

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About
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Every week, in Sabbath school classes across the world, someone will be talking. It’s estimated that the normal pace for English speaking averages between 120 to 160 words per minute. That translates to 5400 – 7200 words for the typical 45 minute Sabbath school class. How many of those words are being spoken by you, … [Click to read more …]

The Holy Spirit and Spirituality – Introduction
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The Holy Spirit and Spirituality

Many of us have heard the words: “And I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” And, if baptized, we surely heard them just before a minister immersed us in the water (see Matt. 28:19). Baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and … [Click to read more …]

Some Lessons from Job – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: The book of Job is complex, but what stands out is that it points us to our Redeemer, salvation, and a life of faith. Lesson 14 for December 31, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Job 1:8-11. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this … [Click to read more …]