02: Revelation, and the God Revealed in It – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The key source to the revelation of God is found in the Bible written by men under His inspiration..

[Teaching plan for "Revelation, and the God Revealed in It" October 8, 2012]
1. Have a volunteer read 2 Timothy 3:16,17.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What do you consider “all Scripture”? Do the stories and miracles of Genesis and Exodus fir into all Scripture in [...]

01: The Great Controversy: The Foundation – Thought Starters
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A surprise inside the cover

“What a surprise that is!” Susan held the lesson guide above her head.

“There’s a surprise in the lesson guide for the final quarter of the year?”

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“Yes, dear, there is.”

“Do we get a balloon or a lollipop?”

“No, it’s not that. It’s just that when I saw the title to this quarter’s lessons I was surprised when I opened the guide. The title [...]

01: The Great Controversy – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The great conflict between good and evil has affected every life in the universe. The essential issue centers on each person’s choice between God and Satan.

[Teaching plan for "The Great Controversy: The Foundation" October 1, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 12:7-13.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. In what ways has or does the devil attack the church?.
C. Personal Application: Does the devil [...]

13: Keeping the Church Faithful – Thought Starters
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[Thought Questions for Keeping the Church Faithful September 26, 2012]

1. Change and growth. Can a church grow without changing? Of course not. By definition, growth requires change. Can a church change without growing?  Where does change without growth lead? If you’ve been attending the same church for five years, has the church changed during that time? What about you? Have the past months or years changed your perspective on life in any way? If your church or Sabbath school is [...]

13: Keeping the Church Faithful – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Despite the presence of difficulties in the Christian life, we should hope in the knowledge that God is with us to provide strength to overcome.

[Teaching plan for Keeping the Church Faithful September 24, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What ‘traditions’ do you believe Paul is speaking of here? How can we tell what is a pillar [...]

12: The Antichrist – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Antichrist September, 19, 2012]

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1. Are we there yet? Living two thousand  years ago with the recent memory of a Christ Jesus crucified and resurrected, what earthly reason did our Thessalonian brothers and sisters have for assuming Jesus would come that soon? What about us today? Why are we so sure that Jesus is coming within just a few more years? Are the wars and horrible displays of nature convincing us that [...]

12: The Antichrist – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: The only protection against being overcome by Satan’s deceptions is loving the truth of God’s word.

 

[Teaching plan for The Antichrist September 17,2012]

1. Have a volunteer read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why did Paul warn the Thessalonian church members against those who would “deceive” them by announcing the second coming? Have people been deceived by that announcement in these latter years? [...]

11: Promise to the Persecuted – Thought Starters
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Introduction

Can we modern-day computer-saturated Christians even imagine what communication was like in Paul’s day? Today we consider it a disaster if we’re without electricity for an hour or two. Once current is available, we can flash a message to a relative or friend thousands of miles away and in seconds the message is being read, and an answer arrives on our screen. Or think about the robot, Curiosity, that traveled 350 million miles into space on a trip [...]

11: Promise to the Persecuted – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: God is aware of the injustices inflicted on His followers and will vindicate their faithfulness and punish their enemies when Christ returns.

[Teaching plan for Promise to the Persecuted September 10, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How does our understanding of God’s grace bring us peace, even amid trials and persecution? Share.
C. Personal Application: Share an experience [...]

10: Church Life – Thought Starters
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Introduction

Three admonitions, six imperatives, eight brief admonitions, and closing prayer. This is how Paul concludes his first letter to the Thessalonians. Fasten your seat belts. This could be an exhilarating and life-altering experience for us, sitting with the rest of the last-day believers in church homes and other meeting places around the world. What is Paul’s fundamental message to fellow Christians today?

[Thought Questions for Church Life September 5, 2012]