06: Faith that Works – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Faith that Works November 4, 2014]

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1. Faith without works is dead.

James didn’t mince words, did he? Why did he speak so boldly, so plainly, about how faith is as useless as a dead body in the Christian faith? If the doctor-preacher in the story at the beginning of the lesson had survived, what would he need to do to recover from his terrible fall from God’s grace? Would he need […]

02: The Perfecting of Our Faith – Hit the Mark
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Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself. Genesis 18:11-12

Sarah had just overheard Abraham being told again that his wife would bear him a son. It was humanly impossible for Abraham and Sarah to have a child. Although firm believers in God, this promise was more than they could take in.

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Their reaction to the promise of God was quite […]

10: Christ, the Law and the Covenants – Hit the Mark
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prom•ise: an express assurance on which expectation is based.

From the moment man found himself in trouble, God has come beside humanity with a promise of remediation. No crime has been too large, no offence to great. It has always been about the promise.

To Adam, who had unleashed the curse of death on mankind, God lovingly provided a remedy through a promise of a sin bearer. That covenant has yet to cease and still provides hope for you and me so […]

Why Circumcision?
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Sunday’s section of this week’s Sabbath School lesson, mentions circumcision, which some people in Western cultures now classify as barbaric. I have also heard a few good Christians question why God chose circumcision for a sign of belonging to Him? In certain safe circles faithful Christian men have asked, “Why the penis of all places?”

We all know circumcision is no longer a sign of a covenant between God and us, and we’re glad for that. Still it puzzles some believers and unbelievers […]

Tuesday: Sacrifice at Moriah
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Read Genesis 22:1–19. What did Abraham learn about sacrifice?

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What was God’s purpose in this incredible challenge to Abraham’s faith? The patriarch’s life with God had always been accompanied by divine promises: the promise of land, of descendants, and of blessings; the promise of a son; and the promise that God would take care of Ishmael. Abraham sacrificed, but it was always in the light of some promise. However, in the situation described in Genesis 22, […]