Friday: Further Thoughts – Victory in the Wilderness
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Cosmic Conflict

Though one can find writers through the centuries touching on the theme of the great controversy, and though some evangelicals today are looking at the idea more closely-no one has a deeply developed great- controversy worldview as does the Seventh-day Adventist Church. A literal, physical, moral, and spiritual conflict between Christ and Satan is, indeed, … [Click to read more …]

Victory in the Wilderness – Hit the Mark
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Views of Rev. Martin Luther King, as he was stabbed in chest with letter opener.

“I’m so happy that I didn’t sneeze.” Martin Luther King, Jr. On September 20, 1958, as he sat signing autographs for his book, Martin Luther King Jr was stabbed and nearly killed. He was whisked to the hospital with the blade of the knife still stuck in his chest. It would take a delicate and … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Devil Worship
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God over All

In Matthew’s version, while the first temptation focused on appetite and the second on manipulating God, the third was a direct challenge to Christ Himself, to His kingship and to His ultimate mission on earth. Read Matthew 4:8-10, Deuteronomy 34:1-4, and Revelation 21:10. What is the significance of the “exceeding high mountain” that Satan took … [Click to read more …]

Victory in the Wilderness – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Jesus came to restore that which Adam lost, to save sinners from their sins, and to reveal the true character of God. Victory in the Wilderness -January 30 – February 5, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 3:7-12. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Another Temptation
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Simply Bow Down

The first temptation parallels the Exodus but had its roots in the Fall. By placing a priority on faithfulness to God, instead of giving in to appetite, Jesus recovered the ground that Adam lost at the tree of knowledge. However, to completely bridge the gap from where the human race had descended since the time … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Stones Into Bread
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Living under the word

Read Matthew 4:1-3. What is happening, and why? How do we see the great controversy being played out here? “When Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted, He was led by the Spirit of God. He did not invite temptation. He went to the wilderness to be alone, to contemplate His mission and … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Jesus’ Baptism
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walk adult bridge

The appearance of John the Baptist must have sent ripples of excitement throughout the region. Here was someone who looked like the prophet Elijah (Matt. 3:4, 2 Kings 1:8). He was the first prophetic voice the people had heard in 400 years. God had never been silent for so long before. Now He was speaking … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Immanuel to the Rescue
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Love Sign

Read Matthew 1:20-23. What is the significance of the name given to Jesus: “Emmanuel?” Why did Jesus come to this earth to be “with us?” First, He came to restore the dominion that Adam lost (Rom. 5:12, 15). We catch a glimpse of the royal aspect of Jesus (having dominion) when He inspired the crowds (5,000 … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Victory in the Wilderness
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 1:20-23, John 9:39, Matt. 3:7-12, Matt. 4:1-10, Deut. 34:1-4, Rev. 21:10. Memory Text: “‘For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost’” (Luke 19:10, NKJV) . “When Satan heard that enmity should exist between himself and the woman, and between his seed … [Click to read more …]