Thursday: Spirit-Led Obedience
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The Holy Spirit played a major role in every aspect of Jesus’ life. He was “conceived of the Holy Spirit” (NKJV) at birth and “anointed . . . with the Holy Spirit and with power” (NKJV) at baptism-the birth of His ministry (Matt. 1:20; 3:16-17; Acts 10:34-38). Throughout Christ’s life, He was obedient to the Father’s will (John … [Click to read more …]

Legalism vs. Temperance
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I have found that there are some important topics that nobody wants to talk about. I went to all my regular websites and found an entire category suspiciously missing. It goes by several names – temperance, moderation, abstinence, self-control, balance … Part of my problem, I think, is that a couple of those terms have taken … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Sensitivity to the Spirit’s Call
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Throughout his ministry, Paul was guided by the Spirit, convicted by the Spirit, instructed by the Spirit, and empowered by the Spirit. In his defense before King Agrippa, he described the heavenly vision on the Damascus Road. He then testified that the purpose of his ministry to both the Jews and Gentiles was “‘“to open … [Click to read more …]

05: Obedience: The Fruit of Revival – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Revival always leads to obedience. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit results in the fruits of the Spirit manifested in the life. [Teaching plan for Obedience: The Fruit of Revival July 29, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Acts 6:3-10. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: When the Spirit Surprises
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Although Saul was misguided in his fierce persecution of Christians, he thought he was doing God’s will in confronting what he believed to be a fanatical sect. As Saul journeyed to Damascus to capture Christians and drag them back to Jerusalem, Jesus dramatically surprised him. Saul’s Damascus Road experience changed not only his life, but … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The High Cost of Obedience
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One of the early examples of faith, and the cost of faith, can be seen in the life of Stephen. How is Stephen described in the following passages? Acts 6:3-10, 7:55. The infilling of the Holy Spirit led the disciples to live unselfish, godly lives. Their faith led them to obedience. At times the spiritual warfare was fierce, … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Transformed Life
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Revival does not simply result in some warm, fuzzy feeling of supposed closeness to Jesus. It results in a changed life. There were times when the Bible writers felt extremely close to Jesus, and at other times they felt distant. There were times when their spirits soared in ecstasy, and they delighted in the joy … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Obedience: The Fruit of Revival
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 26:69-74, Acts 5:28-32, 6:3-10, 9:1-9, Phil. 2:5-8. Memory Text: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, NKJV). … [Click to read more …]

The “Perfect” Debate
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In Christ’s day in Palestine, you could start a heated debate in the church by just saying the word “resurrection.” Today you can accomplish the same thing during fellowship lunch by just casually using the word “perfect.” In my 47 years of being an Adventist I have observed something ironic. I have met people who … [Click to read more …]

The Great Controversy and the Sin of Unbelief
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In order to have victory over sin, we must properly define sin. I believe the sin defined in John 16:9 is the cause of the sin in 1 John 3:4. Thus we must deal with the sin of unbelief in John 16:9 as our primary definition of sin. As we take a look at this … [Click to read more …]