Monday: Mosaic Law: Civic
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Although the Jews were under Roman rule at the time of Jesus, they were granted authority over those issues that were unique to their customs and religion (see Acts 18:15). The legislative body responsible for administering Jewish law was called the Sanhedrin. Sometimes referred to as the council (John 11:47, Acts 5:27), the Sanhedrin consisted … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Roman Law
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Read Luke 2:1-5. What lessons can we learn from the ways in which these two faithful followers of the Lord interacted with their political environment? A medieval depiction of the Roman Senate picture from Wikimedia commons Since the time of the early republic, the Romans recognized how important written laws were for the governance of … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Laws in Christ’s Day
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Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 2:1-5, Heb. 10:28, Deut. 17:2-6, Lev. 1:1-9, Luke 14:1-6, James 2:8-12. Memory Text: For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves (Romans 2:14, NASB). In most societies, various laws function at … [Click to read more …]

13: The Cost of Discipleship – Thought Starters
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Persecution of Christians

[Thought questions for The Cost of Discipleship March 26, 1014] 1. A promise of persecution. Have you ever been persecuted? What do you think of Paul’s admonishing us with these startling words: “All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”? (2 Tim 3:12). What would you say if Peter … [Click to read more …]

The Law and Love – An Introduction to 2014b lessons
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by Keith Augustus Burton From the very beginning of the great controversy in heaven it has been Satan’s purpose to overthrow the law of God.”-Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 582. Why? Because the law, as the foundation of God’s government, expresses the moral integrity of the cosmos; and to overthrow that law would … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: The carpenter’s Tools: An Allegory
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Some tools lived together in a carpenter’s shop. They were having some problems getting along, and some complained that others were not doing their share of work. They met to discuss their issues. The Hammer spoke first, for he served as the chairman. “Brother Drill,” he began, “you and your family are so noisy. And … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: The Cost of Discipleship
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, In the Regions Beyond, pp. 219, 220; Berea and Athens, pp. 241, 242; in The Acts of the Apostles. Fire comes down from God out of heaven. The earth is broken up. The weapons concealed in its depths are drawn forth. Devouring flames burst from every yawning chasm. The very … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: A Better Resurrection
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Read Hebrews 11:32-12:4. What do these verses say to you, personally, about the cost and the reward of discipleship? Image © Pacific Press from GoodSalt.com What a powerful concept this passage reveals, especially in the verse that says: Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Comparing Costs
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Corporations explore the viability of proposed projects through cost-benefit analysis. Do specific proposals contain the ingredients necessary for bringing successful returns on investments? Does benefit outweigh outlay? Another frequently used measurement is durability. Does the proposal offer sustainable returns? The rewards of discipleship may likewise be measured through comparison with costs. Those costs may include … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Cost of Discipleship
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Current lesson of the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of the Hope Sabbath School “Discipling Spiritual Leaders” is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. You might want to bookmark the HopeSS … [Click to read more …]