Tuesday: Exemplar of Faith
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Sacrifice of Isaac

Though hardly perfect, Abraham was a man of God, and time and again in the Bible, even in the New Testament, he is used as an example of faithfulness and of what it means to be saved by faith (see Gen. 15:6, Gal. 3:6). Read Hebrews 11:8-19. What does it tell us about Abraham and … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Abraham’s Testimony to the Kings
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Lot was a relative of Abraham and accompanied him on some of his travels. His choice of the well-watered Jordan valley brought him into the company of the wicked men in Sodom (Gen. 13:1-13). He was then rescued first by Abraham (Gen. 14:11-16, and later by two angels (Gen. 19). When Abraham heard that his … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Abraham: The First Missionary
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 12:1-3; Gen. 14:8-24; Heb. 11:8-19; Gal. 3:6; Gen. 12:6-7; Gen. 18:18-19. Memory Text: So also Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study – Missionary Nature of God
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Rooster and Fountain Pen

We have dealt with some aspects of the missionary nature of God. Mission is an enterprise of the triune God. Mission is predominantly related to Jesus Christ, whose Incarnation is central to Christian faith and mission. By His life and death, Jesus has paved the way for the salvation of all the human race. We … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Metaphors of Mission
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Mission is God’s initiative to save lost humanity. God’s saving mission is motivated by His love for each one of us. There is no deeper reason for it. God sent Christ on a mission to bring salvation for the whole world. John’s Gospel alone contains more than forty declarations of the cosmic dimension of Jesus’ … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Missionary Nature of God
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Abraham the First Missionary” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: God’s Initiative to Save Us
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Promise of the Snake's Demise

The Bible shows that after the Fall of our first parents, it was God who came looking for them, not vice versa. On the contrary, the man and woman tried to hide themselves from the presence of the Lord. What a powerful metaphor for so much of the fallen human race: they flee the One … [Click to read more …]