Tuesday: James and the Gospel
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Unfortunately, perhaps because of Luther’s influence, many Christians have been unable to see the important message James’s epistle contains. Without diminishing the contribution Luther made for the church of his day, we must remember that the Reformation did not . . . end with Luther. It is to be continued to the close of this world’s history, because grave errors were perpetuated by the Reformers and many important truths were still to be revealed.-Ellen G. White, The Story of Redemption, [...]

Monday: James, the Believer
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Read 1 Corinthians 15:5-7 and Acts 1:14. What do they tell us about the changes that happened to James?

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Jesus appeared to many after His resurrection, including Peter and the Twelve (minus Judas Iscariot). Then he appeared to over five hundred people at one time. James, apparently, wasn’t at this meeting with the five hundred; Jesus appeared to him separately, and that appearance must have been special, because it is specifically noted. Whatever happened [...]

Sunday: James, the Brother of Jesus
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The author of this letter must have been well known in the church because there is no more specific information in this letter as to who he is other than what we find in James 1:1: James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

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Thus, we can narrow down the options of his identity pretty quickly. Four people in the New Testament are [...]

Sabbath: James, the Lord’s Brother
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Read for This Week’s Study: John 7:2-5; 1 Cor. 15:5-7; James 1:3, James 2:5; 1 Pet. 2:9-10; Matt. 7:24-27.

Memory Text: You are My friends if you do whatever I command you (John 15:14, NKJV).

We, today, are a long way from the early days of the Christian church, both time wise and culturally. Thus, we have little idea of what it was like to belong to the fledgling Christian movement at a time when many congregations met [...]

Introduction to the fourth quarter lessons: The Book of James
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“An Epistle of Straw”?

The epistle of James has been one of the most misunderstood books of the Bible. In the Leipzig Debate of 1519, Roman Catholic scholar Johann Eck used it to challenge Martin Luther’s view of justification by faith alone, insisting that works needed to be added to the equation.

Luther, in response, eventually denied the epistle’s inspired authorship, mainly on the mistaken claim that it taught justification by works. In the introduction to his 1522 German translation of the [...]

Inside Story: Show Us Your Church
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Ivan and Raveta
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Ivan and Raveta grew up in the traditional church in Macedonia. After their marriage, Raveta continued attending church occasionally, though Ivan didn’t.

Ivan and RavetaCourtesy of GC Office of Adventist Mission

When the Bible became available in the Macedonian language, Raveta bought a copy. But she didn’t read it; she put it on a shelf and forgot it.

Years later Ivan, a lawyer, had a heart attack. While recovering, he asked Raveta for the Bible. I know the laws of our country, [...]

Friday: Further Study: The Second Coming of Jesus
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, On the Mount of Olives, p. 627-636, in The Desire of Ages; Heralds of the Morning, p. 299-316, in The Great Controversy.

Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man’s hand. It is the cloud which surrounds the Saviour and which seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness. The people of God know this to be the sign of the Son of man. In solemn [...]

Thursday: Watch and Be Ready
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Why is it crucial for us always to watch and be ready for Jesus’ coming? See Matt. 24:42, 44.

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The keynote of Jesus’ prophetic sermon is the imperative to watch, to be on alert. It doesn’t mean to wait idly but to be actively vigilant, as is the owner of a house who remains diligent against any potential thief (Matt. 24:43). While watchfully waiting, we have a work to do, as did the faithful [...]

Wednesday: When Will Jesus Come?
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When Jesus said regarding the temple that not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down (Matt. 24:2, NKJV), the disciples were astonished. Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age? (Matt. 24:3, NKJV), they inquired. In their thinking, the destruction of the temple would coincide with the end of history at Jesus’ return.

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13: The Second Coming of Jesus – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : The promised return of Christ displays the fact of a loving Savior who desires to be with His people. We are admonished to daily spiritual preparation and watchfulness..

[Lesson Plan for The Second Coming of Jesus September 22, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read I Thessalonians 4:13-18.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why is it a comfort to know that Jesus is coming a second time [...]