Sunday: The Foolish Galatians
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Apostasy?

Read Galatians 3:1-5. Summarize below what Paul is saying to them. In what sense could we be in danger of falling into the same spiritual pitfall, of starting out right and then falling into legalism?   Several modern translations have tried to capture the sense of Paul’s words in verse 1 about the “foolish” Galatians. The … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Old Testament Faith
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Old Testament Man Praying

Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 3:1-14, Rom. 1:2, Rom. 4:3, Gen. 15:6, Gen. 12:1-3, Lev. 17:11, 2 Cor. 5:21. Memory Text: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us — for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’ ” (Galatians 3:13, ESV). A little boy had made a little boat, all … [Click to read more …]

Love Comes First
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If you love me, obey my commandments. John 14:15 NLT Jesus didn’t say, “if you want to go to heaven, obey my commandments.” He did not say, “if you don’t want to go to hell, obey my commandments.” Okay we already knew all that, but while studying Monday’s lesson about the works of the law, … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Righteousness by Faith Alone
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Spectacles on Bible

Further Thought: “The danger has been presented to me again and again of entertaining, as a people, false ideas of justification by faith. I have been shown for years that Satan would work in a special manner to confuse the mind on this point. The law of God has been largely dwelt upon and has … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Justification by Faith Alone
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Justification by Faith Alone” 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: Does Faith Promote Sin?
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Joy in the Lord

One of the main accusations against Paul was that his gospel of justification by faith alone encouraged people to sin see (Rom. 3:8, Rom. 6:1). No doubt the accusers reasoned that if people do not have to keep the law to be accepted by God, why should they be concerned with how they live? Luther, too, faced … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Obedience of Faith
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Obedience of Faith

Paul makes it clear that faith absolutely is foundational to the Christian life. It is the means by which we lay hold of the promises we have in Christ. But what is faith exactly? What does it involve? What do the following texts teach us about the origin of faith? Gen. 15:5; John 3:14-16; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; Gal. 5:6. Genuine … [Click to read more …]

4: Justification by Faith Alone – Discussion starters for July 22
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Strife in the church? Things are getting tense. What does Paul find in Peter’s experience in Antioch that trouble him? What would it have been like if you had been at that “potluck” as a friend of Peter’s? Imagine that you are an invisible guest in that church as you go through the issues and answers we … [Click to read more …]

Singing with Inspiration – Lesson 4: Justification by Faith Alone
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The word “Faith” in the title of this weeks’ lesson study opens a plethora of hymns in our Seventh-day Adventist Church Hymnal. Here are a few from which to choose to enhance your worship time: Hymn 100, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” Hymn 132, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” Hymn 169 or 170, “Come, You Faithful” … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Basis of Our Justification
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Christ Our Intercessor Harry Anderson painting

“And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith” (Phil. 3:9, NKJV). We should not assume Jewish Christians were suggesting that faith in Christ was not important; after all, they were all believers in … [Click to read more …]