HopeSS: Salvation
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson 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 School Site. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

04: Salvation – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : As we review the gift of God’s grace through Christ, let us renew our faith in Jesus as our personal Savior.

[Lesson plan for Salvation July 21, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Luke 18:9-14.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What does this story teach us about our attitude toward God and toward His grace?
c. Personal Application: If God gave you what you deserved, what would [...]

Tuesday: The Required Death
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John the Baptist described Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29, NKJV). This image was easy for any Israelite familiar with the sacrifices offered in the temple and the sacred history recorded in the Old Testament to understand. Abraham had revealed his faith that God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering (NKJV); and the Lord did provide the animal to be sacrificed in place of Isaac (Gen. [...]

Monday: God’s Initiative
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A simple reading of the Gospels shows that we owe our salvation entirely to God. Jesus did not come to this world because we invited Him, but because the Father, out of love for us, sent Him. The Father’s initiative is confirmed by Christ’s frequent use of the phrase He who sent Me and the Father who sent Me (NKJV). (Read John 7:28, John 8:29, John 12:49.)

What else does the Father do for our salvation, according to John 6:44?

In spite [...]

Sunday: Salvation Is a Gift From God
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In John 3:16 two verbs are used to describe what God did for our salvation. How do these verbs relate to each other? What do they reveal regarding the origin of our salvation?

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The English verb to love, especially the casual way it is often used today, is totally inadequate to express the depth of solicitous interest expressed by the Greek verb agapao, to love. In the New Testament, this term and its related noun [...]

Apostasy! What Is It?
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One Friday morning, I was helping in getting a friend’s house “presentable” by pulling weeds in a flower bed when I found in my hands, not a clump of ugly weeds but, instead, a beautiful begonia! I had snapped it at the root, and there was no way I could now save it. In my mind I could hear Jesus telling me,

“See why I don’t let you go pulling weeds in my church? You can’t tell [...]

Sabbath: Salvation
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Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 18:9-14; John 6:44; Luke 15:3-10; Matt. 20:28; John 8:34-36; John 6:35, John 6:47-51.

Memory Text: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16, NKJV).

Death, we often say, is just part of life. No, death is the negation of life, not part of it. Yet, so used to death, we mislabel it, calling it the opposite of [...]

The Holy Spirit – Doug Batchelor (Amazing Facts)
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Doug Batchelor’s teaching this week’s lesson on the Holy Spirit in his usual thorough and clear style. Direct Youtube link. He focuses particularly on the Holy Spirit as a Person. We trust that this will aid your Sabbath School discussion this Sabbath. (You may have to turn your volume up a

The Personality of the Holy Spirit – David Ascherick
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A sermon in David Ascherick’s series on the “Unknown God” addresses the personality of the Holy Spirit, which addresses part of this week’s lesson on the Holy Spirit in his usual thorough and clear style. Direct Youtube link. We trust that this will aid your Sabbath School discussion this Sabbath. (You may have to turn your volume up a

Inside Story: A River of Life
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I’m a fourth-generation Adventist in the Czech Republic, the second-most atheistic country in Europe. Going to church was part of my life, like grocery shopping and eating. I enjoyed church because I had friends there, but I didn’t have a relationship with God.

I had developed a rather twisted picture of God. Many other young people did, too, and lots of them stopped attending church when they enrolled in a university.

The Adventist Church leaders prayed for a way to reach university-age [...]