Further Study: Reformation: The Willingness to Grow and Change
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“Let no man present the idea that man has little or nothing to do in the great work of overcoming; for God does nothing for man without his cooperation. Neither say that after you have done all you can on your part, Jesus will help you. Christ has said, ‘Without Me ye can do nothing’ (John … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Faith to Act
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Jesus revealed the Father’s compassion and love through the miracles that He performed. He healed palsied bodies in order to reveal an even greater ability to heal palsied souls. He restored twisted arms and legs in order to demonstrate His greater desire to restore twisted hearts and minds. Jesus’ miracles teach us something about how … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Conviction to Return
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Read Luke 15:11-21. What specific attitudes and actions led the prodigal to decide to return home? What principles of revival and reformation do we discover in this passage? Revival can be defined in different ways. However it may be defined, one factor ought not be missed: Revival is coming home. It is a heart hunger to … [Click to read more …]

10: Willingness to Grow and Change – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Change does not occur without a spiritual battle. Reformation occurs by faith as we choose to surrender our habits and attitudes to Him. [Teaching plan for Willingness to Grow and Change September 2, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read James 4:6,7 a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Confidence and Doubt
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What was wrong with Peter’s attitude before the Cross? Matt. 26:31-35. Peter was no match for the wiles of the evil one. He attempted to face Satan’s temptations in His own strength. Filled with a sense of self-inflated confidence, he had little idea of the crisis that was coming. In the courtyard of the high priest and … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Power to Choose
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Change comes at the point of choice. Reformation occurs as we chose to yield to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit and surrender our will to God’s will. God will never force or manipulate our will. He respects our freedom. His Spirit impresses our minds, convicts our hearts, and prompts us to do right, … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Grace to Grow
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The lives of the disciples show constant spiritual growth as they walked with Jesus. When Christ called His disciples, their attitudes and actions certainly did not reflect the loveliness of His character. Read Luke 9:51-56 and Matthew 20:20-28. How do these passages reveal James’ and John’s thinking? James and John had some serious character flaws. They were … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Reformation: The Willingness to Grow and Change
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Read for This Week’s Study: 1 John 2:1-9, Phil. 2:12-14, Matt. 26:31-35, John 20:24-29,Luke 15:11-21, John 5:1-14. Memory Text: “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:6, 7, NKJV). Before Pentecost, the disciples had significant spiritual … [Click to read more …]