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 …]

13th Sabbath Offering for East Central Africa
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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 …]

Crucified and Risen – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

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Jesus or Barabbas. Imagine the possible outcome of the life of Barabbas, chosen by the government to go free while Jesus was crucified. Was anything good about Barabbas ever mentioned in Scripture? What did Pilate hope upon hope would happen when the people saw the innocent Jesus compared with the corrupted and evil Barabbas? What did so … [Click to read more …]

Jesus’ Last Days – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

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Free will. Could Jesus have chosen another course? Could He have sidestepped the brutal treatment He received and returned unscathed to the heavenly home He loved so much? Could He have acknowledged the awfulness of sin without dying from its consequences? If He could have, why didn’t He? You and I possess free will just as Jesus … [Click to read more …]

Last Day Events – Hit the Mark
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“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10 The Pharisees and religious rulers were standing in the way of salvation. Matthew 23 is a scathing condemnation of the most revered men in Jewish society. The reverence, respect and fear of these men touched all areas … [Click to read more …]

Jesus in Jerusalem – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Discussion starters for Lesson 10: Jesus in Jerusalem    1. The rejected one would become the chief cornerstone. Have you ever wondered how Jesus was able to tolerate the abuse and misunderstanding that marred His ministry on earth? Why did He allow Himself to be brought so low? Was He not fully qualified to be the … [Click to read more …]

Peter and the Rock – Hit the Mark
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A man walking with his shadow carrying the cross

One of the men I admire most in my life is T. Marshall Kelly. I admired his rich baritone voice as he sang meaningful gospel songs. What a privilege it was for me to one day entertain him and his wife at my house for a Sabbath dinner. One of the songs T. Marshall Kelly is … [Click to read more …]

Lord of Jews and Gentiles – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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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 …]