01: Disciples and Scripture – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Disciples and Scripture January 1, 2014] 1. Jesus and the Bible. Notice the caution built into the memory text. “Search the Scriptures;” it says, “for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of Me.” (John 5:39). Read verse 40 of John 5 as well. Does the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Next Generation
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Without doubt, as we have seen, Jesus places a heavy emphasis on the Bible. Never did He question the authority, veracity, or authenticity of a single Bible text. And yet, through the centuries, and even today, many people do just that. Read Matthew 12:15-21; Mark 1:1-3; Acts 1:16-20; 3:22-24; and Romans 10:10-11. What do these … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Personal Ministry
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Examples of Christ’s public ministry abound. Equally fascinating are Christ’s personal encounters, both with ordinary and elite members of society. These stories offer unique insights into the centrality of Scripture in Christ’s ministry. Read John 13:18-20 and Luke 10:25-28, 24:13-32. What role did Scripture play in these passages? What purpose did Jesus have for quoting … [Click to read more …]

01: Disciples and Scripture – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The lasting power of Jesus’ ministry is evident in the changed lives of His followers to day.. [Teaching Plan for Disciples and Scripture December 30, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Luke 4:1-4. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Public Proclamation
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Jesus attracted people to Himself in various settings, including public ones. Scripture assumed a prominent role in Christ’s public proclamations. Direct quotations and scriptural allusions filled His sermons and public discourse. Read Matthew 5:17-39. In what ways do these verses show how Christ utilized Scripture for public ministry? During Christ’s earthly sojourn, the ordinary Israelites’ … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Authority of Scripture
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Read the following texts. What do they tell us about the way in which Jesus viewed the Bible? Matt. 5:17-20, 12:3-8, 15:3-11, John 10:34-37, 17:14-19, Luke 24:44. Whenever Christ debated with the religious authorities, He relied not on abstract philosophy, not even on personal authority, but on the teachings of Scripture. When determining right from … [Click to read more …]

01: Disciples and Scripture
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This was more than he bargained for. It started out innocently enough, but now things had taken an unexpected direction. With sincerity he had asked the question to which his mind desperately needed an answer. His question, though sincere, was also a potential trap the religious leaders were hoping to use to justify their malice … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Jesus and the Bible
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Because Jesus is the example for all believers, His level of commitment to Scripture becomes more than a matter of passing interest. Read Luke 4:1-12 and 16-21. What do these passages suggest about Christ’s attitude toward the Bible? The narrative of Christ’s wilderness temptations shows that, by quoting Scripture, Jesus rebuffed every satanic challenge and … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Disciples and Scripture
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  Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 4:1-12, Matt. 12:3-8, Matt. 5:17-39, Luke 24:13-32, Acts 1:16-20. Memory Text: Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me (John 5:39). Using a metal detector purchased from a rummage sale, Englishman Terry Herbert discovered gold-plated Anglo-Saxon … [Click to read more …]

Introduction to 2014a: The Master of Discipleship
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[Introduction to The Master of Discipleship December 27, 2013] In the beginning God created a perfect, sinless world. Human beings enjoyed the privilege of honoring, worshiping, and following their Creator. Life should have continued thus for eternity. Satan, however, seduced our first earthly parents, thus robbing humanity of ultimate meaning, purpose, and significance. Rebellion multiplied, … [Click to read more …]