The Book of Job – Discussion Starters
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Lessons from the Bible.

What is the book of Job? (Lesson for October 1, 2016)The book of Job is written as poetry, loaded with symbolism and parallel structure. The book is carefully constructed, as if it is intended for memorizing and even public presentation. Far greater than that, however, is the message of Job. What does Job have to say … [Click to read more …]

The End – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: The gospel calls us to demonstrate God’s love for the world in practical ways. Lesson for October 1, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Job 42:10-17. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. Why did Job’s captivity turn “when” he prayed … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The End
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “The End” 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: The (Partial) Restoration
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Woman on path the shape of a questio mark

Yes, the story of Job ended on a positive note, in contrast to the story of other Bible characters and often of other people in general. Bible scholars sometimes talk about the “restoration” of Job. And indeed, to some degree, many things were restored to him. But if that were the complete end of the … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Happily Ever After
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Job and his family

Oftentimes children’s stories end with the line, “And they lived happily ever after.” In some languages, it’s almost a cliché. The whole idea is that whatever the drama-a kidnapped princess, a nasty wolf, an evil king-the hero and perhaps his new wife triumph in the end. That’s how the book of Job ends, at least … [Click to read more …]