Paul and the Rebellion – Hit the Mark
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Warrior in golden armor with sword raised in victory, his foot on a defeated demon. Light shines down from heaven.

The church was organized for service. The church is not a hospital for sinners (I know that goes against tradition). “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” Matthew … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Last Enemy
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Empty Graves After the Second Coming

Evidently some in the church at Corinth were confused about the resurrection. Paul carefully explains its importance as a key element of the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4). It seems there is some concern about the believers who have died (1 Cor. 15:6), and some are suggesting that those who have died would miss out on … [Click to read more …]

10: Paul and the Rebellion – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

War-Machine

Who’s winning? Do we know the answer to that question when it is asked about the greatest conflict of all time? Do we ever feel ourselves trembling in fear when we think of the powers of evil unleashed and aimed at the everlasting destruction of Jesus and his people? Is it important to study Satan’s strategies and … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Armor of God
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Armor of God

The reality of the great controversy, and that we are in a literal battle with a real enemy (Eph. 6:11), is revealed by Paul’s use of war imagery in Ephesians 6:1-24. Read Ephesians 6:11-17. What do these verses tell us about how real, and personal, the battle is? It is not what the various pieces … [Click to read more …]

The Head of the Body Always Feels the Pain First
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…Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. Ephesians 5:23 NLT  When you pray and tell Jesus about the trials of your day, do you ever stop and ask Jesus how His day was? Remember, while you may have seen one person being abused, Jesus saw every … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Paul and the Rebellion
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Paul and the Rebellion” 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 …]

Paul and the Rebellion – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought : It is important for us to share the hope we have in the resurrection in a world that is full of suffering, pain, and death. Paul and the Rebellion, February 27 –  March 4, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read I Corinthians 3:12-15. a. Ask class members to share a thought on … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Church as a Body
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God's Helpers

The role and functions of the church are clearly spelled out in 1 Corinthians 12:1-31. Here we find the church likened to a body, and with the role of each of its members clearly defined and working together as a harmonious whole (1 Cor. 12:12). Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-26. What is the essential message of … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Church “Building”
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People Caring for Church

“The church of Christ, enfeebled and defective as it may be, is the only object on earth on which He bestows His supreme regard.”-Ellen G. White, In Heavenly Places, p. 284. Nowhere is this classic Ellen G. White statement better illustrated than in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. In 1 Corinthians 3:1-23, Paul likens … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Adam and Jesus
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Adam and Jesus

While Paul is best known for his clear exposition of the gospel, his explanation of the great controversy is also crucial. In the midst of his teaching the Good News, he summarizes his main points: we have been “justified by faith” through Jesus (Rom. 5:1); we have direct access to God, and we “rejoice in … [Click to read more …]