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Carrying the Cross

Marilyn Sewell, a Unitarian minister, made the following statement while interviewing Christopher Hitchens, a well-known atheist: “The religion you cite in your book is generally the fundamentalist faith of various kinds. I’m a liberal Christian, and I don’t take the stories from the Scripture literally. I don’t believe in the doctrine of atonement 1 (that … [Click to read more …]

03: God As Redeemer – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: From the beginning the Bible points to the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross in order to redeem us from sin’s penalty of eternal destruction. [Teaching Plan for “God as Redeemer” January 18, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read Romans 1:16-18. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Cry on the Cross
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Nothing is more destructive to our grasp of the atonement of Christ than the sentimentality that sometimes passes for Christianity in our day (all in the attempt to make the gospel conform to modern thinking). However, we must ever humbly acknowledge that anything we say about God can never do God justice, especially when we … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Gospels and the Cross
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Despite the astounding miracle of Christ’s incarnation, His profound teaching, and the miracles He performed, these are not the central focus of Christ’s life. Instead, what dominates the thinking of Jesus is the giving of His life. As miraculous as His birth and ministry were, the great mission of Christ’s life was His death.1 In … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Salvation in Isaiah
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On the famous road to Emmaus, Jesus taught the two despairing disciples about the atonement from “Moses and all the prophets” (Luke 24:27). What prophetic materials might Jesus have included in His study of the Atonement? 1 It’s very likely that among the prophets Jesus would have referred to, Isaiah was one. Read Isaiah 53, which describes the … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Gospel in the Old Testament
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When is the first promise of salvation given, and what does it mean? Gen. 3:15. 1 The language here is striking. Adam and Eve have sinned. Now the great controversy is announced to them through the strong language of “enmity” between two opposing sides. This is a precious promise for human hearts now attracted to sin. We … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: At The Cross
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“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). What is this text saying to us?  1 At the cross, in the most humiliating, inconceivable manner imaginable, God triumphs over and shames the enemy. Love, justice and compassion fuse in a singular dynamic act. God forgives sinners … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: God as Redeemer
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Read for This Week’s Study: Rom. 1:18, Gen. 3:15, Rom. 16:20, 1 Pet. 1:19, Mark 10:32–45, Matt. 27:46. Memory Text: “ ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’ ” (Revelation 5:12, NKJV). Key Thought: The Triune God is not only our Creator, He’s our Redeemer, as well. Closely … [Click to read more …]