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 the physical entrance into His presence as described and carried out in the earthly sanctuary help us to understand the spiritual access for us as believers? Having a [...]

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 the most important point in this text is.
b. What does it mean for us to have full access to God? Why does it say we can [...]

12: The Cosmic Conflict Over God’s Character – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Cosmic Conflict Over God's Character December 18, 2013]

1.The big picture. Can knowing about the great controversy between Christ and Satan bring meaning to your own existence? How? The sanctuary is a living example of the plan or strategy to win this controversy. Do you see this plan in every symbol and operation of the sanctuary?

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2. Revolt in heaven. Probably one of the most-often asked questions about Christianity is “How could [...]

12: The Cosmic Conflict Over God’s Character – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : By His actions, God vindicates Himself in front of the entire universe. God’s moral justice and power of love wins.

[Teaching Plan for The Cosmic Conflict Over God's Character December 16, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Ezekiel 28:12-19.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What clues here show that this is not referring to an earthly king but to Satan himself?
Personal Application: Do people who [...]

11: Our Prophetic Message – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Our Prophetic Message December 11, 2013]

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1. “I saw another angel.” What do the messages of the three angels of Revelation have in common? Or are their messages distinct and different? How do the angels communicate their urgent messages with believers on Planet Earth? Would you rather see them flying in the sky shouting the message? Or broadcasting from a celestial Powerpoint or hand-held device placed in each hand? What are some advantages [...]

11: Our Prophetic Message – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The three angel’s messages prepare people to face the last day deceptions and be ready for the second coming of Christ. Life and death are bound up in our attitude toward these messages..

[Teaching plan for Our Prophetic Message December 9, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 14:6,7..

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What does it mean to “fear God”?
(Note: Read Psalm 111:10, Proverbs [...]

10: The Eschatological Day of Atonement – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : To be a part of God’s last movement requires an urgent sense of mission to fulfill His call to reach the world with the gospel.

[Teaching plan for The Eschatological Day of Atonement December 2, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Daniel 8:9-13, 23-25.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Do you ever ask the question, how long? Can things get much worse? Are things much better now [...]

10: The Eschatological Day of Atonement – Discussion Starters
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Introduction. You’ll find a lot of unique Adventist theology packed into this week’s lesson. The “little horn,” for example. Even if you don’t agree that papal Rome is the little horn, you can hold on to the doctrine that Jesus is first and last and that He is not pleased when “innovations” from secular or pagan sources replace His the all-powerful, continual ministry in the heavenly sanctuary and in our hearts.

[Thought questions for The Eschatological Day of Atonement December 3, 2013]

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09: The Pre-Advent Judgment: Discussion starters
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1. Good news. Do you ever consider how the visions Daniel saw compared with the movies and videos and amazing cinematography of our day? How did Daniel describe what he saw so that others could understand the sequence of events that would bring ‘good news’ to succeeding generations? Imagine you were Daniel and this was your vision. How does the sequence of events in Daniel’s visions provide ‘good news’ for you? Who are the ‘people of the saints of the Highest One’, [...]

09: The Pre-Advent Judgment – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : When God judges His people, He justifies, delivers, and vindicates; but on the other hand, He condemns, punishes, and destroys evil.

[Teaching plan for The Pre-Advent Judgment November 25, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Daniel 7:8-13

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. When does the judgment being set occur according to these passages?
c. Personal Application : What books are opened during the judgment? How would [...]