Inside Story: Nurturing Spiritual Roots
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Mi Eh Kim was disappointed. She had arrived in Tokyo from China to study, but she couldn’t find a Chinese Adventist congregation and didn’t yet understand enough Japanese to understand people. She was used to worshipping God every Sabbath in China, and she worried about her spiritual life when she couldn’t go. She prayed to … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Exhortations from the Sanctuary
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Further Study: “The Mediator, in his office and work, would greatly exceed in dignity and glory the earthly, typical priesthood. . . . This Saviour was to be a mediator, to stand between the Most High and his people. Through this provision, a way was opened whereby the guilty sinner might find access to God … [Click to read more …]

13: Exhortations from the Sanctuary – Thought Starters
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The theology is understandable. The call to practicality is clear. What then do we need to “live” the faith? [Thought questions for Exhortations from the Sanctuary December 25, 2013] 1. The Golden Chain. The earthly sanctuary had a High Priest who entered the presence of God as represented in the Most Holy Place. How does … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Encourage One Another
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“And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Heb. 10:24, NASB). Whereas the exhortation in Hebrews 10:23 focused on the individual attitude, the next one in Hebrews 10:24 has the community of believers in view. We do not walk alone on our path with Christ. We should care for … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Hope: Be Steadfast and Unswerving
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Look up the texts below. What do they all have in common? What should believers hold on to? Heb. 3:6 Heb. 3:14 Heb. 4:14 Heb. 6:18 Heb. 10:23 Besides having the assurance of salvation, it is important to persevere and uphold the hope offered us all. In Hebrews, to hold fast is a serious appeal. … [Click to read more …]

13: Exhortations From the Sanctuary – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Our faith in God is shown by our care for others. We need each other, and by encouraging others, we strengthen our own relationships with God. [Teaching plan for Exhortation From the Sanctuary December 30, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Hebrews 4:14-16. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Faith: Be Confident
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Read Hebrews 10:19–25 again. One theme appears again and again, and that is “confidence.” The Greek word for “confidence” (Heb. 10:19) refers to a boldness, courage, and fearlessness that in the New Testament describes our new relationship with God. Originally the word referred to an openness of speech, which, in this context, could specifically mean … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Cleansed and Sincere
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Read Hebrews 10:22. What conditions for approaching God in the heavenly sanctuary are laid down in this verse? According to this verse, worshipers should meet four conditions when they draw near to God: 1. Come with a sincere heart. The heart is our inner being, our thoughts, our motivations, our emotions, our will, and our … [Click to read more …]