Boasting in the Cross- Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: True religion is based on the condition of the heart. When it is surrendered to God, a person will more and more reflect the character of Christ as they grow in faith. Lesson 14, September 30, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 6:12,13. a. Ask class members to share a thought on … [Click to read more …]

14 Boasting in the Cross – Discussion starters
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The only thing worth boasting about. Can you imagine a bit of a twinkle in Paul’s eye as he proclaims: “Far be it from me to boast except in the Lord Jesus Christ”? Indeed, is there anything worth boasting about except Christ Jesus our Savior? Doesn’t Jesus deserve every word of praise we can muster, … [Click to read more …]

Singing with Inspiration – Lesson 14: Boasting in the Cross
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Our Memory Text for this weeks’ lesson study suggests: Hymn 312, “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross” along with Hymn 307, “I Am Coming to the Cross”. Sunday’s lesson states: “He simply cannot put the pen down until he pleads with the Galatians once more to turn from their foolish ways” and I am so … [Click to read more …]

The Gospel and the Church – Hit the Mark
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A modern rendition of the prodigal son returning to the open arms of his father. His mother waves in the background. Front yard of house with white picket fence and open gate. Harry Anderson painting.

I’m writing this week’s post from Rome, the ancient city whose past intersects with the life of Paul. It was from Rome that Paul penned the letter to the church in Galatia. Unlike myself and my wife, Paul was not in Rome by his own choice. His presence there was due to the conflicts he … [Click to read more …]

The Gospel and the Church – Teaching Plan
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The Church

Key Thought: When the law of Christ is fulfilled in our lives, we will recognize our weaknesses and care for those who are fallen and burdened. Lesson 13, September 23, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 6:1. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text … [Click to read more …]

Singing with Inspiration – Lesson 13: The Gospel and the Church
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Sabbath Afternoon’s introduction story to the lesson study immediately gives us: Hymn 369, “Bringing in the Sheaves” with the thoughts finalising in: “the Spirit leads us to put others before ourselves” and Hymn 262, “Sweet, Sweet Spirit”. The end of Sunday’s study points us to: Hymn 367, “Rescue the Perishing”. If you are blessed to … [Click to read more …]

13: The Gospel and the Church – Discussion Starters
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Let us do good to everyone. Was Paul grinning or was there a tear in his eyes when he wrote these words: “But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!” Galatians 5:15. Have you ever been attacked by a member of your church? Instead of that, have … [Click to read more …]

Living By The Spirit – Hit the Mark
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The silhouette of a man in a business suit headed towards a white light.

He was an innocent man condemned to die. To ensure his execution, on his last night of life he was locked deep within prison walls, chained between two guards.  His crime? He was an ardent disciple of Christ. His name? Peter. His reaction to his impending death the next morning? He was sleeping like a … [Click to read more …]

12: Living by the Spirit – Discussion Starters
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Living by the Spirit. Did you notice the introduction’s account of how the words of the Christian hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Robert Robinson were changed? I was relieved to see that in the Adventist church hymnal the author’s words in the third stanza remain intact: “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, … [Click to read more …]

Singing with Inspiration – Lesson 12: Living by the Spirit
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We open our singing time with Hymn 334, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” as is noted in the very first sentence of the lesson pamphlet this week. Sundays’ study of ‘Walking with the Spirit’ is unpacked in the following hymns: Hymn 315, “O for a Closer Walk!” Hymn 544, “O Let Me Walk With … [Click to read more …]