Inside Story: Embracing the World’s Cities
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More than half the world’s population lives in cities, yet the Adventist work in the cities languishes.

God has a heart for cities. Speaking of Nineveh, He asked, “Should I not be concerned about that great city?” (Jonah 4:11, NIV). When Jesus came to this earth, He “had compassion on [the people] because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matt. 9:36, NIV).

Jesus showed how to minister. He mingled with people, showed sympathy, ministered to needs, won confidence, [...]

Thursday: The Activities of God
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Even the most cursory reading of the Bible reveals that God is actively involved in humanity and in what happens here on earth.

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He is not distant, detached, removed, as some ancient Greek concepts of God taught, or even as some Christian theologians try to depict Him. Though radically different from what He created, the Lord has intimately tied Himself to His creation.

As we saw yesterday, the Bible depicts the Lord as our Creator, an act [...]

Wednesday: The Attributes of Our Creator
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The Bible reveals to us truths about God that we aren’t going to find anywhere else. Among those truths is that He is the Creator.

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In fact, that’s the first thing the Bible tells us about God, that He created “the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).

One of the many fascinating things about this text is that the Bible simply assumes the existence of God without trying to prove or show it. The Bible spends a [...]

Tuesday: The Mystery of the Triune God
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“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26).

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Understanding how inspiration works, however important, is only a means to an end, and that end is to know God. A deep understanding of how the Bible was written, or even a deep understanding of the truths revealed in it, mean nothing if we don’t know the Lord for ourselves (John 17:3). And one thing that the Bible explicitly affirms about the [...]

Monday: The Nature of Inspiration
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“It is not the words of the Bible that are inspired, but the men that were inspired.

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Inspiration acts not on the man’s words or his expressions but on the man himself, who, under the influence of the Holy Ghost, is imbued with thoughts. But the words receive the impress of the individual mind. The divine mind is diffused. The divine mind and will is combined with the human mind and will; thus the utterances [...]

Sunday: The Doctrine of Scripture
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Read 2 Peter 1:19-21. What do these verses tell us about how the New Testament authors regarded the Scriptures?

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Peter affirms that the prophecies of the Old Testament were not of human origin. His argument is that the prophets spokebecause they were “moved by the Spirit of God.” The expression “moved by the Spirit of God” means that the impulse that led to the writing of the Scriptures was from the Holy Spirit. In short, the Bible [...]

Sabbath: Revelation, and the God Revealed in It
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Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Pet. 1:19-21; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19;Heb. 11:6; Exod. 3:1-14.

Memory Text: “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1-2, NKJV).

Key Thought: However important it is to understand the way in which biblical inspiration works, it’s more important to know the God [...]

Further Study: Growing in Christ
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Read Frank B. Holbrook, “The Great Controversy,” pp. 969-1008 in Raoul Dederen (ed.), Handbook of Seventh-day Adventist Theology.

“The Bible is its own expositor. Scripture is to be compared with scripture. The student should learn to view the word as a whole, and to see the relation of its parts. He should gain a knowledge of its grand central theme, of God’s original purpose for the world, of the rise of the great controversy, and of the work of redemption. He should [...]

Inside Story: Following the Sinners
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Gustave read the notice of evangelistic meetings in his town in Burundi.

He had heard about Adventists-heard that they are sinners because they work in their gardens on Sunday. But Gustave decided to attend the meetings anyway. He hoped to learn something new about God.

The messages touched his heart. Gustave couldn’t attend the meetings on weekdays because of school, but he went on weekends. By the end of the second week Gustave had many questions. He asked the church elder to [...]

Thursday: Destinies
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“ ‘And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord’ ” (Josh. 24:15, NKJV). How does this text reveal what is, in many ways, the most foundational issue in the great controversy?

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