10: The Law and the Gospel – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

[Thought questions for The Law and the Gospel December 5, 2012] 1. The law and the gospel. Do the words “law” and “gospel” seem somewhat contradictory? Why? Does the concept of “love” belong to both the law and the gospel? Under all circumstances? Under any circumstances? When you’re in love, deeply in love, with someone, … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Sabbath and the Gospel

In the final question of yesterday’s lesson, we looked at both Exodus 20:11-12 and Deuteronomy 5:15. What we see here is the Sabbath pointing us toward two ideas: Creation and Redemption, two concepts that are very powerfully linked in the Bible. God is not only our Creator, He is also our Redeemer; and both these important spiritual truths … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Sabbath and the Law

As we saw in Monday’s lesson, many Christians still believe in the binding nature of God’s law. Again, as long as one accepts the reality of sin, it’s hard to see how anyone could believe anything else. Yet, as we know so well, the whole issue of the Christian obligation to the law suddenly gets … [Click to read more …]

10: The Law and the Gospel – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought : God’s entire moral law reveals our sin and need of a Savior. The law and the gospel are inseparable. [Teaching plan for The Law and the Gospel December 3, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read I John 2:3,4. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Law and the Gospel

Though many understand that the Ten Commandments remain binding in the lives of Christians, the role that they play in the plan of salvation can get confusing. If we’re not saved by the keeping of the law, then what is its purpose? How do the following texts help us to understand the role of the law … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Moral Law Today

Most Christians claim that the Ten Commandments are God’s universal moral code. This view is seen, for instance, in various legal battles in the United States, in which Christians have sought to have the Ten Commandments posted in various public places, especially public schools. Years ago, Alabama was involved in a legal battle involving a … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: God’s Laws and Regulations

The word torah is a commonly used Hebrew word in the Old Testament and is often translated as law. The New Testament uses the Greek, nomos, (law) to translate torah. Torah means ‘direction’ or ‘guidance’. Because the Bible is a record of God’s relationship with humans, law in the Bible generally refers to all of God’s instructions to His people. Because God Himself … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Law and the Gospel

Read for This Week’s Study: Ps. 19:7-8; Exod. 23:1-9; 1 John 5:3; Rom. 3:19-20;Exod. 20:11-12; Deut. 5:15. Memory Text: “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:3-4, NKJV). Key Thought: God’s entire moral law … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Church: Rites and Rituals

Read The Ministerial Association of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, chapters 15-18, in Seventh-day Adventists Believe. “Baptism is a most sacred and important ordinance, and there should be a thorough understanding as to its meaning. It means repentance for sin, and the entrance upon a new life in Christ Jesus. There should be no undue … [Click to read more …]