11: Out of the Whirlwind – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

God Speaks. Where has God been in the discussion so far? Why do you think Job and his friends spent so much of their energy and talking time dealing with the nature of God when He’s not even participating in their discussion? Since God caused the events to happen that affected Job, why do you think … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – How Shall We Wait?

Jesus Dines With Friends

Read Matthew 5:16; Colossians 3:17; Hebrews 13:15-16; read Ellen G. White, “On the Mount of Olives,” pp. 627-636, and reread “ ‘The Least of These My Brethren,’ ” pp. 637-641, in The Desire of Ages. Jesus told us what the signs of the end would be before He returned, and they are not pretty. Wars, … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: How Shall We Wait

You can view an in-depth discussion of “How Shall We Wait” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Wait is Over

The Appearing. Vintage painting showing the second coming of Christ to rescue His people.

Many years ago, English author Charles Dickens wrote a book called A Tale of Two Cities.Those two cities were London and Paris. In a sense, it could be said that the Bible is also a tale of two cities. In this case, the two cities are Babylon and Jerusalem. In Revelation 14:8 and Revelation 18:1-24, … [Click to read more …]

How Shall We Wait – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

People Waiting

Key Thought: The gospel calls us to demonstrate God’s love for the world in practical ways. Lesson 13 – September 24, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read James 2:14-17. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. In what ways are faith and works … [Click to read more …]

How Shall We Wait? Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Woman talking to an apparently destitute man, eating.

Memory Text: Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.—Romans 12:11-13 NIV. [Lesson 13, September 24, 2016] Were you impressed when you read the summary of Christian witnessing in northern California on … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Preparing for the Final Harvest While We Wait

Church planting. Farmer sowing field with churches.

Jesus used farming language in His teaching about the kingdom, as pointed out in lesson 5. As we have seen, farming is not merely an event; it is a patient process! It is a regularly repeated cycle with different stages and different jobs for different people at different times. We need to be open to … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Mission of the Church While We Wait

The Remnant. Christ commissionning the last-day saints to spread the gospel.

Read James 2:14-26. In what ways do these verses encapsulate who we are and why we are here? In Sunday’s study, the disciples start out pointing to the beauty of the temple buildings. Jesus points their attention to the condition of the church within and its mission to an ending world. The fact is that … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Revival and Reformation While We Wait

Woman prays i the presence of Fire of God.

Read 2 Peter 3:1-18. Summarize the teachings in this chapter that pertain to revival and reformation. How do these verses fit in with the topic we have been studying all quarter? God’s desire is that “everyone” will “come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9, NIV). Though we cannot do the work of the Holy Spirit in … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: While We Wait for Jesus

Waiting. Girl stands at window waiting

The disciples had just been admiring the glorious scene as the sun’s rays glinted off the temple. Jesus, wanting to focus their attention on the realities facing the Christian church in the near future and the end of time, cryptically gave them a dose of reality by saying: “ ‘Do you see all these things? … [Click to read more …]