Tuesday: Enmity and Atonement

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Read Genesis 3:14-15. What does God mean when He says to Satan, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers” (Gen. 3:15, NIV)? What hope can we find here for ourselves? The word enmity in Hebrew shares its root with the Hebrew word hate and the word enemy.By … [Click to read more …]

The Church in Community – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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1.  Does the church have a role in the community?  Should the church be a deep and personal part of Christian life? What’s wrong with just trying to do good and be good and read the Bible and not have to associate with a church–much less the rest of the people of the community? What … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Fall and Its Aftermath

Adam and Eve After the Fall

The Bible does not say how long a period of time existed between the finished Creation and the Fall. Days, weeks, years, we just don’t know. What we do know, however, was that there was a Fall, and the consequences were immediate and apparent. The first mentioned result of Adam and Eve eating of the … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Image of God

Who You See in a Mirror

The Bible says that humanity was originally created in the “image” (Gen. 1:27) of God. An image may be either two-dimensional, such as a mirror reflection or photograph, or three-dimensional, such as a statue or hologram. An image can also be intangible, such as a mental image, an idea that we have in our heads. … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: “The Restoration of All Things”

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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 1:26-27; Deut. 6:5; Gen. 3:8-19; James 4:4; Gal. 4:19; Mark 2:1-12; John 10:10. Memory Text: “So God created mankind in his own image, in theimage of God he created them; male and female he created them”(Genesis 1:27, NIV) . All one has to do is look around, at the … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Introduction – The Role of the Church in the Community

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The Whole Gospel A pastor held up his Bible before the congregation. It was in tatters, full of holes. In seminary he and some classmates had gone through his Bible and underlined every passage that dealt with justice, poverty, wealth, and oppression. Then, with a pair of scissors, they cut out every verse dealing with … [Click to read more …]

13th Sabbath Offering for East Central Africa


At the beginning of a new quarter, it’s time to plan for our 13th Sabbath offering which will go to the East Central African Division. In this post you will find some patterns for making 13th-Sabbath offering boxes for your family or for your whole church. “The Adventist Church is built on mission. Our commission comes … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Crucified and Risen

The Meaning of Baptism

As did all the other Gospel writers, Matthew wrote about the resurrection of Jesus. Also, as did his fellow writers, he wrote next to nothing about what the meaning of the Resurrection itself was. Though they depicted the story of the Resurrection, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John gave us no real theological explanation of it, … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Great Commission

Go to the World

For many people, one of the most hard-to-understand things Jesus did was to return to heaven and entrust the gospel ministry to humans. How often we disappoint Him and ourselves, and as the Gospels show, His early followers were no exception. Yet, it’s by entrusting us with ministry that Christ shows His love for us … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Risen Christ

Jesus Appearing at Resurrection

The Christian faith centers not only on the cross but on the empty tomb. The truth is, the majority of people in the world, including non-Christians, believe that a man named Jesus of Nazareth died on a cross. Not long after Jesus lived we find historical references such as this one from Tacitus, a Roman … [Click to read more …]