Peter on the Great Controversy – Hit the Mark

A family in silhouette walking towards a large cross.

They were astonished at His words. With an authority that could not be denied, they heard words of affirmation that were inconceivable just a short while ago. His words pierced through the darkness of their minds and illuminated the reality of heaven – that they were valuable. We call it the Sermon on the Mount … [Click to read more …]

11 Peter on the Great Controversy – Discussion Questions

Peter the scoffer repents and changes. Remember Peter at the crucifixion of Jesus? “Oh, no,” he cries out. “Not me. I don’t know what you’re talking about. Jesus is nothing to me!” Those weren’t his exact words, but do they reflect his thoughts at the time of his betrayal? Didn’t Jesus had every right to throw … [Click to read more …]

Peter on the Great Controversy – Teaching Plan

Key Thought: Peter knows what happens in the face of unbelief. His emphasis is on believers living a life worthy of their calling and reflective of their election. Peter and the Great Controversy March 5-11, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read I Peter 2:9,10. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most … [Click to read more …]

Paul and the Rebellion – Hit the Mark

Warrior in golden armor with sword raised in victory, his foot on a defeated demon. Light shines down from heaven.

The church was organized for service. The church is not a hospital for sinners (I know that goes against tradition). “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” Matthew … [Click to read more …]

10: Paul and the Rebellion – Discussion starters

Who’s winning? Do we know the answer to that question when it is asked about the greatest conflict of all time? Do we ever feel ourselves trembling in fear when we think of the powers of evil unleashed and aimed at the everlasting destruction of Jesus and his people? Is it important to study Satan’s strategies and … [Click to read more …]

Paul and the Rebellion – Teaching Plan

Key Thought : It is important for us to share the hope we have in the resurrection in a world that is full of suffering, pain, and death. Paul and the Rebellion, February 27 –  March 4, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read I Corinthians 3:12-15. a. Ask class members to share a thought on … [Click to read more …]

The Great Controversy and the Early Church – Hit the Mark

Peter and John Before Sanhedrin

It’s called a do-over – a second chance to redeem a failure. The greater the failure, the greater the significance of achievement the second time around. We celebrate those who make the most of their do-overs. To see someone who has failed miserably yet, when again faced with that same situation, triumphs, gives us much encouragement. The … [Click to read more …]

9 The Great Controversy and the Early Church – Discussion starters

Meeting about the Beginning. Why couldn’t Jesus’ disciples–His most loyal followers–understand what God’s immediate purpose was after His resurrection? Are you ever surprised by people who are too stubborn to listen to what Jesus wants to tell them? Were the Romans so oppressing to the Jewish people that getting rid of them was the only thing … [Click to read more …]

Jesus, the Humble Hero

Humble Hero Desire of Ages in modern English.

I just have to share a blessing with you! I am reading, Humble Hero,1 an adaptation of the Desire of Ages in modern English. 2 For me, as a Sabbath School teacher, this “modern English version” is a convenient way for a quick review of Ellen White’s classic version of the life of Christ, when I don’t have … [Click to read more …]

Comrades in Arms – Teaching Plan

Key Thought : Jesus reveals Himself to us and then allows us to choose to receive or reject His revelation. As we choose, we are acting our part in the great controversy Comrades in Arms February 13-19, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Mark 3:14. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the … [Click to read more …]