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 …]

01: The Missionary Nature of God – Lesson Plan
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  Key Thought : God’s nature leads Him to seek us, reveal Himself to us, and draw us into a relationship with Him. He has invited us to become His agents in this effort. [Lesson plan for The Missionary Nature of God June 29, 2015] Have a volunteer read Genesis 1:26,27. Ask class members to … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Free Will
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Creation and Creator

Embedded in the Creation account is the warning God gave about not eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil  (Gen. 2:9). So, right from the start, we can see the moral element granted humanity, something not seen in any of the other living creatures. As we said yesterday, the capacity for moral … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: God Created Man and Woman
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Creation of Eve

One of the perennial questions humans have asked is, Where do I come from? In the first two chapters of the Bible (in fact, all through the Bible) we have been given the answer to what many would consider the most important question a person can ask. After all, only by knowing where we came … [Click to read more …]

Crucified and Risen – Hit the Mark
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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it … [Click to read more …]