Wednesday: The Whole Law
avatar

Image © Jeff Preston from GoodSalt.com

Read James 2:10-11. Now read the passages listed in the table below and classify them as either emphasizing the whole law, the law of love, or both. Whole Law Law of Love Matt. 5:18-19 Matt. 22:36-40 Rom. 13:8-10 Gal. 3:10 Gal. 5:3 Gal. 5:14 It is hard for us to grasp how radical Jesus’ teaching … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Loving Our Neighbors
avatar

Qumran Living Quarters
from Wikimedia commons
Photo by  Mark A. Wilson, Dept. Geology, College of Wooster

Read James 2:8-9, along with Leviticus 19:17-18 and Matthew 5:43-45. What crucial message are we being given here? James calls God’s law the royal law (James 2:8) because it is the law of the KING OF KINGS (Rev. 19:16). The law of His kingdom is given in detail in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Class Struggle
avatar

Image © Jeff Preston from GoodSalt.com

As every literature evangelist knows, very often those who have the least are willing to sacrifice the mostto buy Christian books. Well-to-do neighborhoods tend to be tough territory to sell books in, because the people who live there may be content with what they have and so very often do not feel their need of … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Man in Gold
avatar

Image © Jeff Preston from GoodSalt.com

Read James 2:1-4. It is, among other things, a study in contrasts. One person is rich, well dressed, and, apparently, important, while the other is poor, shabbily dressed and, apparently, a nobody. One receives the utmost courtesy, the other disdain. One is offered a comfortable, prominent seat; the other is told to stand off to … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Love and the Law
avatar

gless05-2014d

Read for This Week’s Study: James 2:1-13; Mark 2:16; Lev. 19:17-18; Rom. 13:8-10; John 12:48. Memory Text: For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment (James 2:13, NASB). We know the story well; the question is, How well has it sunk in? First a priest, then a … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Angels on Main Street, Part I
avatar

Ismael Serrano Medellín is a large city in the heart of Colombia. While the city has a reputation as the drug capital of the world, it is also known for its beauty, and its citizens are known for their hard work and love of learning. Colombia Adventist University (Corporacion Universitaria Adventista, UNAC) is located in … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Being and Doing
avatar

studymore

Further Study: Ellen G. White, The Test of Discipleship, p. 59-63, in Steps to Christ. The law is God’s great moral looking glass. Man is to compare his words, his spirit, his actions with the Word of God.-Ellen G. White Comments, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 935. “Instead of releasing man from obedience, … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Unlike the World
avatar

Image © Jeff Preston from GoodSalt.com

What does it mean to keep oneself unspotted from the world? (James 1:27, NKJV). How could that even be possible? See also 1 John 2:15-16; 2 Pet. 1:4. Some people seem to think that if only they could move far enough away from the world, they could avoid most of its temptations. Though there’s some … [Click to read more …]