Salvation is Not a “Zero Down” Deal
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In my last post1 I went over the four most common versions of salvation in the world and in the church. In the end I concluded all of them were pretty lame. However, I also proposed that the Bible teaches a fifth version, or better put the only version, and that is our topic today. So … [Click to read more …]

Don’t Sleep Through Harvest Time!
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Early this morning before I even got out of bed, I was reading my Proverbs reading plan on my YouVersion Bible android app. I ran across this passage: A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace. Proverbs 10:5 NLT When I read that I immediately remembered reading … [Click to read more …]

The Be-atittudes of Jesus
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The beatitudes, sometimes referred to as be-“attitudes,” are building blocks to a complete conversion. Each be-“attitude” gives us a glimpse of Christ, and what we may become when our attitude is converted to His attitude. Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 NKJV The poor in spirit … [Click to read more …]

Off With The Old, On With The New
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The summer of 2000 was brutally hot in Texas. It was not a good time to be trained in as a UPS delivery driver. I had worked a couple years inside the hub as a sorter, and jumped at the opportunity to become a delivery guy, but being a UPS delivery guy was unlike any … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Salvation
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, The Sinner’s Need of Christ, p. 17-22, in Steps to Christ; The Subject Presented in 1883, p. 350-354, in Selected Messages, book 1. Looking upon the crucified Redeemer, we more fully comprehend the magnitude and meaning of the sacrifice made by the Majesty of heaven. The plan of salvation is … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Christ Gives Us Eternal Life
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Because of our sins, we deserve to die. But Christ took our place on the cross and paid the death penalty that, otherwise, rested on us. He, being innocent, took on our guilt and received our punishment so that we, being sinful, could be declared innocent. Through Him, instead of perishing we receive eternal life. … [Click to read more …]

04: Salvation – Hit the Mark
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When did we stop believing? When did we begin to take pride in declaring our doubts about our salvation? I was in a Sabbath school class recently when, during a discussion about salvation, a long-time member raised a hand for comment. “We should never say that we’re saved!” A partial but oft-quoted Ellen White statement was … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Free From Sin
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Without Christ, we were slaves of sin, slaves to the evil impulses of our fallen human nature. We lived in a self-centered way, pleasing ourselves instead of living to the glory of God. The unavoidable result of this spiritual slavery was death, because the wages of sin is death. But Jesus came to proclaim liberty … [Click to read more …]

04: Salvation – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : As we review the gift of God’s grace through Christ, let us renew our faith in Jesus as our personal Savior. [Lesson plan for Salvation July 21, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read Luke 18:9-14. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Required Death
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John the Baptist described Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29, NKJV). This image was easy for any Israelite familiar with the sacrifices offered in the temple and the sacred history recorded in the Old Testament to understand. Abraham had revealed his faith that God will … [Click to read more …]