Further Study: Read Ellen G. White, “God With Us,” pp. 19–26, in The Desire of Ages. “Not by seeking a holy mountain or a sacred temple are men brought into communion with heaven. Religion is not to be confined to external forms and ceremonies. The religion that comes from God is the only religion that … [Click to read more …]
Over the long years of Christian history, the church has been divided over the issue of Christ’s divinity. Was He truly the eternal God, one with the Father since eternity? Or was He created later, a being who came into existence through the creative power of the Father? Though early on in our own church, … [Click to read more …]
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (John 4:23). After pointing the Samaritan away from specific places of worship and then telling her of the superiority of the Jewish faith over hers, Jesus then … [Click to read more …]
As we have seen numerous times, even with all the intricate and deep forms of worship that the Lord had instituted for Israel, it was not the forms alone that the Lord cared about. The forms and traditions and liturgy were all means to an end, and that end was a person surrendered in body … [Click to read more …]
“And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give … [Click to read more …]
Though Mary, the mother of Jesus, has been the subject of an intense amount of religious interest through the centuries, most of that interest is tradition derived from a host of sources that are not rooted in Scripture. Nevertheless, in the question of Christ’s coming to earth, Mary played a crucial and pivotal role: in … [Click to read more …]
Key Thought: By His example in life and word, Jesus reinforced the need for God’s supremacy in our thoughts and service, and the importance of worshipping in spirit and truth.. 1. Have a volunteer read Luke 4:5-8. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is. … [Click to read more …]
A TRUE STORY A few weeks ago I saw a strange and brilliant display of color and watched for a minute or two as lovely pastel colors floated in perfect circles in a row across my vision. Most of my vision was blocked by the display except for a slice along the bottom portion. I … [Click to read more …]
Key Thought: There is temptation to relax our vigilance in God’s service and conform to worldly customs. Confession, repentance, and obedience are still responsibilities for God’s presence among His people.
1. Have a volunteer read Ezekiel 8:9-14.
Key Thought: When we sense the presence of God, we will need soul cleansing. Then we are to live humbly with Him, serving all with justice and mercy. 1. Have a volunteer read Micah 6:6-8. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is. B. How … [Click to read more …]