Further Study: Growing in Christ
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Read Ellen G. White, The Book of Books, p. 136, in Fundamentals of Christian Education;

Spiritualism, pp. 394, 395, in The Story of Redemption; Agency of Evil Spirits, pp. 511-517, in The Great Controversy.

“A battle unseen by human eyes is being waged. The army of the Lord is on the ground, seeking to save souls. Satan and his host are also at work, trying in every possible way to deceive and destroy. . . . Day by day the battle goes on. If our eyes could be [...]

Thursday: A Murderer Revealed
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Christ came into the world for the purpose of destroying the works of the devil (Heb. 2:14).

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This, He has done at the cross. But if Christ has been victorious over the devil and principalities and powers, why are we still wrestling with principalities and powers? Why is the devil still able to roam about like a lion looking for prey to devour?

Study Colossians 2:15 carefully. Look at the three different verbs that Paul uses in order to [...]

Wednesday: Principalities and Powers: Part 2
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As we saw, the word translated as principalities could refer to world rulers or supernatural powers that attempt to exercise control over human life.

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Another Greek word that is used in conjunction with the word principalities (archai) is the word stoicheia, which literally means elements, or elementary substances or principle. The contexts in which stoicheia is used reveal other aspects of this fallen world from which we have been redeemed by Christ’s victory on the cross.

Given the context of what we [...]

Growing Up From Flower Girl to Bride
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When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  1 Corinthians 13:11

Many of us became Christians for childish reasons. We just wanted to go to heaven. That is okay. Jesus tells us to come as children, but He does not tell us to stay like children. “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of [...]

05: Growing in Christ – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Jesus proved victorious over evil in His life and at the cross. He also showed that Satan’s challenges to God’s government were based on lies.

 

[Teaching plan for Growing in Christ October 29, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Romans 6:12-16.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Since we are under grace that gives us freedom from sin’s dominion, how is grace understood here in relationship [...]

Tuesday: Principalities and Powers: Part 1
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The Bible pictures our world as being under the dominion of evil forces seeking to control and to ultimately destroy us.

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The great controversy is, of course, the result of the Lord’s work against these powers. The great news is that, after the Cross, victory against them is assured, even though the battle continues to rage. The conflict is dramatic, cosmic, and fierce, but the victory belongs to God, a victory in which we can [...]

Monday: Slaves Set Free
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When we understand redemption as freedom from a form of enslavement that required external assistance, we may conclude that sinful humanity is bound by a power or influence stronger than itself.

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The question that needs to be answered is, by what power or agency has sinful humanity been so bound?

Study Romans 6:12-23. Notice that in verses 18, 20, and 22, Paul speaks about freedom. What is the context of this freedom? What is Paul talking about [...]

Sunday: The Redemption
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Christianity is a religion of redemption, in which people are saved from the devastation of sin through what someone else − in this case, Jesus − has done for them.

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Thus, the Christian religion may be distinguished from a religion of law, where one may rectify his or her doom by one’s own efforts at doing good works. We need this redemption because, according to the Bible, people without Christ are enslaved to sin (John 8:34) and [...]

Sabbath: Growing in Christ
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Read for This Week’s Study: Isa. 35:10, Mark 10:45, Rom. 6:12-23, Eph. 6:12, Col. 1:16, Gal. 4:1-11, Col. 2:15.

Memory Text: Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it (Colossians 2:15, NKJV).

Key Thought: Christ’s victory on the cross defines the scope of the victory into which the Christian may grow.

The amendment to the church’s fundamental beliefs, voted at the fifty-eight General Conference Session (in 2005), was titled Growing in Christ. When the statement is analyzed, the following significant points become evident Jesus has [...]