Sunday: The Grace to Grow
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The lives of the disciples show constant spiritual growth as they walked with Jesus. When Christ called His disciples, their attitudes and actions certainly did not reflect the loveliness of His character. Read Luke 9:51-56 and Matthew 20:20-28. How do these passages reveal James’ and John’s thinking? James and John had some serious character flaws. They were … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Reformation: The Willingness to Grow and Change
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Read for This Week’s Study: 1 John 2:1-9, Phil. 2:12-14, Matt. 26:31-35, John 20:24-29,Luke 15:11-21, John 5:1-14. Memory Text: “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:6, 7, NKJV). Before Pentecost, the disciples had significant spiritual … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Reformation: The Outgrowth of Revival
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“A revival and a reformation must take place under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Heaven’s Appeal for an End-Time Reformation
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The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a reform movement. It was raised up by God to restore biblical truths lost sight of many centuries ago. Although the Holy Spirit worked powerfully through the Reformers, there were vital truths that they did not fully understand. God still had more truth to reveal to His people. God is … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Luther’s Appeal for Reformation
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When we think of the word reformation , our minds are naturally drawn to the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther. Until then, western Christianity was for the most part locked in tradition. The tenets of the church overshadowed the teachings of Jesus. Tradition became more quoted than Scripture. Multitudes were dominated by fear. They had … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Revelation’s Appeal for Reformation in Ephesus
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The seven churches described in Revelation 2 and 3 are representative of the Christian church throughout the centuries. This is a view that has been taken by Bible students through the centuries. Seventh-day Adventist expositors have historically taken this position, as well. The angel instructs John to “‘write the things which you have seen, and the things … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Paul’s Appeal for Reformation in Corinth
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In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he expresses great concern regarding their spiritual condition. Many members had drifted from God’s ideal. The situation was serious, including sexual immorality that, Paul said, was not seen even among the pagans (1 Cor. 5:1). A whole host of problems arose that Paul had to address. In light of this … [Click to read more …]