11: The Christian Life – Teaching Plan

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Key Thought : The Christian is to use the gifts of personal and material resources God has given them to reflect His benevolence. [Teaching plan for The Christian Life December 10, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read I John 3:16. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Responsibility to One’s Self

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Jesus tells us very clearly that “thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matt. 22:39). A very interesting text in light of the idea that we often look at love for self as the height of all that is opposed both to Christianity and to the idea of disinterested selflessness. What did Jesus mean by this … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Tithe: A Mere Pittance

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“And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes:and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house. For the children of Israel and the children . . .” (Neh. 10:38, 39). Think about your life; … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Stewardship

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When we think about salvation translating into service to others, we cannot avoid the Christian concept of stewardship. The Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia defines ‘stewardship’ as “the responsibility of God’s people for, and use of, everything entrusted to them by God – life, physical being, time, talents and abilities, material possessions, opportunities to be of service to … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Christian Life

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Read for This Week’s Study: Deut. 8:11-17; Phil. 2:3-4; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; Rev. 22:1-5;Matt. 22:39; Gen. 2:21-25. Memory Text: “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16, NKJV). Key Thought: Anyone can call himself or herself a Christian. What, though, does that mean in practical … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Law and the Gospel


Read Ellen G. White, pp. 140-146, in A Solemn Appeal; “God’s Law Immutable,” pp. 433-450, in The Great Controversy. “God would have us realize that He has a right to mind, soul, body, and spirit – to all that we possess. We are His by creation and by redemption. As our Creator, He claims our entire service. As our … [Click to read more …]

10: The Law and the Gospel – Thought Starters
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[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

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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 …]