Friday: Further Study: The Church


Further Study: Ellen G. White, Christian Unity, p. 236-248, in Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5; One With Christ in God, p. 239-243, in Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8. Union is strength; division is weakness. When those who believe present truth are united, they exert a telling influence. Satan well understands this. Never was … [Click to read more …]

Is Uniformity of Belief Necessary for Unity?

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So is there a difference between uniformity and unity? In “uniformity,” you will find the word “uniform.” And that serves as a good illustration. When I taught in a Christian school with school uniforms, all the students look equally good. But do you believe their uniforms make them equally good in heart and character? In … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Restoration of Unity

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Why is reconciliation with an offended brother a prerequisite for acceptable worship? See Matt. 5:23-24. There were different kinds of offerings brought to the altar, but Jesus was probably referring to an animal sacrificed so the sinner could receive divine forgiveness. Before we can obtain God’s pardon, however, we must make things right with others. … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: A Great Obstacle for Unity

James 3:5-6
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How can Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:1-5 help us to avoid divisions and conflicts in the church? It is much easier to see the faults in others than to see our own. To criticize gives a false sense of superiority, because the critic compares himself with other human beings who seem to be worse than … [Click to read more …]

How the Church Failed Mo

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Mo is a pretty cool dude. I don’t say super cool because, after all, he is my brother and so pretty cool will have to do. (I’m sure such a “theorem” would be reciprocated by a hearty “my sentiments exactly” on his part.) Anyhow, the point is he’s pretty cool. Now Candice, my special lady, … [Click to read more …]

08: The Church – Lesson Plan


Key Thought : The church is not an invention of man. The church was established by Jesus Christ to continue His covenant relationship with man. [Lesson Plan for The Church August 18, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 16:18. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Church


You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Christ’s Provision for Unity

What is the basis for the unity that Jesus prayed about for His church? See John 17:23 and John 15:1-5. You in Me, and I in you (John 14:20, NKJV) expresses the intimate relationship we need to have with Jesus. The presence of Jesus in our hearts produces unity. He brings to our lives two … [Click to read more …]