Sabbath: Peter and the Rock
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 4:4, Heb. 7:26, Matt. 16:13-20, Eph. 2:20, Matt. 16:21-27, Matt. 17:1-9. Memory Text:“‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’” (Matthew 16:15, NIV). From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Lord of Jews and Gentiles
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People United Around the World

A Christian was speaking to students on a secular campus about the existence of God. After using all the common arguments, he took a different tack, saying: “You know, when I was about the age of most of you, and not believing in God, every now and then, when something would convict me that maybe … [Click to read more …]

Do You Know the Shepherd?
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That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” Matthew 14:15-16 NLT The disciples realized the crowd needed food, but they … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Lord of the Gentiles
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Jesus feeding 4000

Read Matthew 15:29-39 and compare it with Matthew 14:13-21. What are the similarities and the differences between the two stories? Many people don’t realize that there are two feedings of the multitudes in the Gospels: the first for the Jews, the second for the Gentiles. In both instances, Jesus has “compassion” for the people. It’s … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Crumbs From the Table
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Christ and the Syrophoenician Woman

After feeding, healing, and preaching to His own Jewish people, Jesus makes a dramatic decision. He leaves the area of the Jews and enters the region of the outsiders, the Gentiles. Read Matthew 15:21-28. How are we to understand this story? In many ways, this isn’t an easy story to read, because we’re without the … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Lord of Jews and Gentiles
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Lord of Jews and Gentiles” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Hypocrite’s Heart
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Uncommited

“Therefore the LORD said: ‘Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men’” (Isa. 29:13, NKJV). Though this was the Lord speaking to ancient Israel, what message is here … [Click to read more …]

Lord of Jews and Gentiles – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Christ the Creator

Discussion Starters for Lesson 7, May 7-13, 2016 Memory text… “‘I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles’” (Isaiah 42:6, NIV).  Does it trouble you at all … [Click to read more …]

Lord of Jews and Gentiles – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: Jesus is all sufficient to meet every human need. Our aim should be to hold onto Him at all times and at all costs. Lord of Jews and Gentiles, May 7-13, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 14:17-21. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Lord of All Creation
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Peter Sinks in the Water

After the miraculous feeding, Jesus ordered His disciples into their boat (Matt. 14:22). He wanted them away from the mayhem and pressure. A good teacher will shelter his students from what they’re not yet ready to handle. “Calling His disciples,” writes Ellen G. White, “Jesus bids them take the boat and return at once to … [Click to read more …]