Wednesday: While We Were Yet Sinners

Baby Mug Shot

What do the following texts say about human nature? What powerful evidence do we have about the truth of these sentiments? Rom. 3:9-10; Romans 5:8; John 2:25; Jer. 17:9. As has often been stated, but is worth repeating, the Bible does not paint a rosy picture of humanity or human nature. From the Fall in Eden … [Click to read more …]

01: Son of David – Questions for discussion
Joyce Griffith


The Son of David. Do you have a hard time with the expression that Jesus was “the Son of David?” What does this phrase mean? What special meaning does this title give to Jesus? Why is it important to believe that Jesus was the “son” of David? Another Genesis. If the account of Jesus’ genealogy in … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Jesus’ Early Family Tree

Escape From Jericho

Beyond David, who else do we find in Jesus’ family tree? Matt. 1:2-3. Women weren’t even typically listed in genealogies; so, why would a woman named Tamar be listed here? Who was she to begin with? Tamar was a Canaanite woman who had been married sequentially to two sons of Judah. Both of these sons … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: A Book of Genesis

Family Tree

“This is the genealogy of Jesus Christ … the son of David” (Matt. 1:1, NIV). Right from the start, Matthew calls his work a “book” (from the Greek word, biblos, which can mean a “sacred writing”), a “book of the genealogy,” of the ancestry of Jesus. In fact, the Greek word translated “genealogy” or “generation” is … [Click to read more …]

Introduction: The Book of Matthew


During his birth in Winchester, Massachusetts, Rick Hoyt was strangled by the umbilical cord, leaving him brain damaged and unable to control his limbs. Months later, doctors told the Hoyt family that Rick would live in a vegetative state the rest of his life and should be put in an institution. “But the Hoyts weren’t … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Son of David

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Read for This Week’s Study: Matthew 1; Mark 12:35-37; Isa. 9:6-7, Rom. 5:8; John 2:25; Jer. 29:13; Matt. 2:1-14. Memory Text:“He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21, NKJV). Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Matthew began his book with a genealogy; but not with just any genealogy but with that of Jesus Christ. … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Redemption

Inspecting the Record

Think about the millennium, and about our understanding of it. Though we are not told a lot, we are told enough to know a few things. First, the millennium occurs before the final destruction of the lost. Second, before that final destruction, the saved spend this time getting a lot of questions answered. So much … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Redemption

Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Redemption” 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 School Site. You … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: No More Tears

Jesus Dines With Friends

Read Revelation 21:3-5. What do the tears there mean? We are all experienced with what it means to cry. We are also familiar with the action of wiping tears from another’s eyes: a mother tenderly comforting her child; a close friend comforting a companion; or one parent comforting the other in the midst of heartache … [Click to read more …]