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 [...]

01: The Great Controversy: The Foundation – Thought Starters
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A surprise inside the cover

“What a surprise that is!” Susan held the lesson guide above her head.

“There’s a surprise in the lesson guide for the final quarter of the year?”

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“Yes, dear, there is.”

“Do we get a balloon or a lollipop?”

“No, it’s not that. It’s just that when I saw the title to this quarter’s lessons I was surprised when I opened the guide. The title [...]

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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Wednesday: Satan’s Fight
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If you looked carefully at yesterday’s study, you would have seen a progression of how God manifested Himself and His truth in the midst of the great controversy.

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God worked through the patriarchal and Israelite sanctuary services, through Christ’s sacrificial atoning death, through the church, and through Christ’s own ministry in the heavenly sanctuary.

Satan, however, has worked tirelessly to try to undermine the Lord’s plans. So much of the great controversy has been, and is [...]

01: The Great Controversy – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The great conflict between good and evil has affected every life in the universe. The essential issue centers on each person’s choice between God and Satan.

[Teaching plan for "The Great Controversy: The Foundation" October 1, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 12:7-13.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. In what ways has or does the devil attack the church?.
C. Personal Application: Does the devil [...]

Tuesday:God’s Weapon
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“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15).

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In what way is the great controversy revealed in this text?

The cryptic language of Genesis 3:15, in which the controversy is here predicted, gives us a hint of God’s rules of engagement in this conflict. We can see that the conflict, which had just begun on earth [...]

Monday: Lucifer’s Fall
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Although the Bible does not explicitly tell us the issues involved in the controversy between God and Satan, they can be inferred from some pertinent scriptural passages, such as Isaiah 14:4-21 and Ezekiel 28:12-19.

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In their original settings, these passages represented pagan kings of Tyre and Babylon; but, when read carefully, they provide details that go beyond these ancient near eastern rulers. Indeed, they point to the origin, position, and fall of Satan.

In 1 Timothy 3:6 Paul warns against ordaining [...]

Sunday: The Controversy and Its Players
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All throughout recorded history, people have sensed that humanity is in some sort of battle, a warfare, a struggle between competing forces.

The poet T. S. Eliot wrote,

In all of my years, one thing does not change.
However you disguise it, this thing does not change:
The perpetual struggle of Good and Evil.”
-T. S. Eliot: The Complete Poems and Plays
(New York, San Diego, London: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1952), p. 98.

However common that understanding, people have radically different views regarding what the conflict is about, who’s involved, what’s [...]

Sabbath: The Great Controversy: The Foundation
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 3:15, Rev. 12:1-17, Isa. 14:4-21, Ezek. 28:12-19, Isa. 53:6, Rom.1:20-28, John 16:2.

Memory Text: “ ‘And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel’ ” (Genesis 3:15, NKJV).

Key Thought: The great controversy motif is the overarching concept that gives cohesion to Seventh-day Adventist fundamental beliefs.

Necessity,” it has been said, “is the mother of invention.” The word mother, in this case, means “the source,” “the driving force,” “the [...]

03: Spiritual Gifts – Thought Starters
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Gifts of the spiritual kind

“Spiritual gifts,” Donna said. “Why do I always get nervous when we talk about spiritual gifts?”1

Dean cleared his throat.

“Well, it’s true,” Donna said. “Every time we start talking about spiritual gifts it ends up as a long meeting with even longer forms to fill out, and then we’re assigned to work on a church project using our spiritual gifts.”

“What’s wrong with that?”

“I don’t know. It just doesn’t fit. Seems so artificial.”

“Do you think the [...]