13: The Everlasting Gospel – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Everlasting Gospel December 23, 2014] 1. Where we are today. How long has it been since God made clear the essence of the gospel? Did He explain the gospel to Adam and Eve in the garden? How? Could you explain the gospel in 25 words or less? We are saved by faith, by the … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: By Faith I See
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Told to Enoch Iglesias by Victor Vergara I was born into a very poor family in a little town north of Medellín, Colombia. Our poverty carved out a hard life for us. Our town has no adequate water supply, no electricity, no telephone. Our houses are made of mud pressed over bamboo poles, for we … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Faith that Works
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Further Study: “When self is put entirely away, then you can obtain a new and rich experience, you will discern your own imperfections as you lie low at the foot of the cross, and as you view the perfections of Christ, self will sink into insignificance. Christ will appear to the discerning eye the perfection … [Click to read more …]

“Who’s Allelon?”
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This blog will depart from my usual gentle, winsome tone. I’ve avoided using my posts as a bully pulpit, but I can no longer forbear. It’s time for a stern rebuke regarding our spiritual condition. Earth’s probation will soon screech to a halt when Jesus comes with his glorious retinue of angels, and I must … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Faith That Works
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Faith of Rahab
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Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? (James 2:25, NKJV). Read Joshua 2:1-21. How do we understand this example, again in the context of salvation by faith alone? According to Hebrews 11:31, the inhabitants of Jericho did not believe. Most modern … [Click to read more …]

What Does “Perfect in Christ” Really mean?
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One hot July afternoon at an Oklahoma Camp meeting, I visited a friend in her tent. Just outside sat my friend’s 13-year-old daughter with a friend she had just met. This was her friend’s first camp meeting. He had come with his grandfather who just became a Christian. He did not know what to think about all the meetings … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Abraham’s Faith
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Read James 2:21-24 and compare it with Romans 4:1-5, Rom 4:22-24. How is the faith of Abraham described in these texts, and on what is justification based? Interestingly, both James and Paul quote Genesis 15:6, but they seem to arrive at opposite conclusions. According to James, Abraham was justified by works, but Paul seems, in … [Click to read more …]

06: Faith That Works – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : Faith and works cannot be separated. We can’t be saved by our works, but without them, our faith is useless. [Lesson Plan for Faith That Works November 3, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read James 2:18. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The “Faith” of Demons
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If works are absent, there is only one other way to prove the genuineness of one’s faith: by orthodoxy. If I believe the right things, then I must have faith, right? Read 2 Corinthians 4:2; 1 Timothy 2:4; James 5:19-20; 1 Peter 1:22; and 1 John 3:18-19. What do these verses tell us about how … [Click to read more …]