Inside Story: The Sword and the Spirit
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Joseph’s heart pounded as the mob raged toward him. “Beat him!” someone yelled. “Kill him!” another echoed. Joseph hadn’t been a Christian long. In his zeal to share his new faith with others, he had come to this village as a Global Mission pioneer to teach others about Christ. Some listened, but others were angry … [Click to read more …]

05: Atonement: Purification Offering – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Atonement: Purification Offering October 30, 2013] 1. What redeems us. We sing “redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.” Do the molecules and other ingredients that make up the blood of a lamb redeem us? What does? Why did God point the people to the ritual of slaying a lamb to represent … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Forgiveness
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Read Micah 7:18–20. What picture of God do we find in this passage? The last three verses of the book of Micah focus on the relationship of God with His remnant. The text describes beautifully why God is unrivaled. He is incomparable because of His forgiving love and grace. The outstanding characteristic of God, as … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Bearing Sin
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Read Leviticus 6:25-26; 10:16–18. What crucial truth is revealed here? By eating the offering at a holy place, the officiating priest would “bear away the guilt” of the offender. The meat of this offering was not just payment for the priests’ services (otherwise Moses would not have been so angry with Aaron’s sons for not … [Click to read more …]

05: Atonement : Purification Offering – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The sin offering prefigures the sacrifice and ministry of Christ.. [Teaching plan for Atonement: Purification Offering October 28, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Leviticus 4:27-31. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. What is the significance of laying your … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Laying on of Hands
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Read Leviticus 4:27–31. What ritual activities were performed along with the sacrifice? The goal of the offering was to remove sin and guilt from the sinner, to transfer responsibility to the sanctuary, and to let the sinner leave forgiven and cleansed. (In extremely rare cases one could bring a certain amount of fine flour as … [Click to read more …]