Monday: How Much Must One Know?

Dove Flying Open Door

Picking up where we left off on Sunday, we can see that although the work of Christ provides the only means of salvation, some believe that explicit knowledge of Christ is not necessary in order for one to be saved. This does not imply that salvation is available apart from Christ but that God is … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: No Other Name Under Heaven

Fireman Putting Out Grass Fire

Some Christians have the conviction that only those who hear and respond positively to the Christian gospel can be saved. The people, sometimes called exclusivists, regard all non-Christian religions as constructs of fallen humans, which express willful rebellion against God. Non-Christians are, they believe for that reason, outside the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Some … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Must the Whole World Hear?

Image © Lars Justinen

Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 4:12, Ps. 87:4-6, John 10:16, Rom. 2:12-16, John 14:6, Rom. 1:18. Memory Text: Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study – Paul: Mission and Message

Flying Butterfly and Dandelion

The apostle Paul has been compared with the Butterfly Effect in Chaos Theory: that the flap of a butterfly’s wings in California causes a hurricane in Asia. His work as a writer and preacher helped turn a Jewish sect in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire into a world religion. The ideas put forth … [Click to read more …]

God Doesn’t Want you Bringing Dead Cats to His Door

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV Ever been haunted by your past? … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Getting Along

Hands Shaking over the Earth

Paul was a hard worker with a strong personality and singleness of purpose. Such persons can be loners with few friends but many admirers. However, on his travels, two or three fellow workers often accompanied Paul. At least eight of these close fellow workers are mentioned by name (Acts 13:2; Acts 15:22, Acts 15:37; Acts 16:1-3; Acts … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Paul: Mission and Message

Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Paul: Mission and Message” 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: Mission and Message – Hit the Mark

Soldier wearing armor holding sword while praising God.

There are few things more depressing and debilitating than a false sense of hope that is dashed to pieces on the rocks of reality. Just give it to me straight or don’t give it to me at all. Don’t boost my ego at the expense of my destiny. Don’t tell me things you think I … [Click to read more …]