Daily Lessons

Sunday: The Call of Abraham
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The LORD had said to Abram, Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Abraham: The First Missionary
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 12:1-3; Gen. 14:8-24; Heb. 11:8-19; Gal. 3:6; Gen. 12:6-7; Gen. 18:18-19. Memory Text: So also Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study – Missionary Nature of God
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Rooster and Fountain Pen

We have dealt with some aspects of the missionary nature of God. Mission is an enterprise of the triune God. Mission is predominantly related to Jesus Christ, whose Incarnation is central to Christian faith and mission. By His life and death, Jesus has paved the way for the salvation of all the human race. We … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Metaphors of Mission
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Mission is God’s initiative to save lost humanity. God’s saving mission is motivated by His love for each one of us. There is no deeper reason for it. God sent Christ on a mission to bring salvation for the whole world. John’s Gospel alone contains more than forty declarations of the cosmic dimension of Jesus’ … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Missionary Nature of God
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Abraham the First Missionary” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: God’s Initiative to Save Us
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Promise of the Snake's Demise

The Bible shows that after the Fall of our first parents, it was God who came looking for them, not vice versa. On the contrary, the man and woman tried to hide themselves from the presence of the Lord. What a powerful metaphor for so much of the fallen human race: they flee the One … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Free Will
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Creation and Creator

Embedded in the Creation account is the warning God gave about not eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil  (Gen. 2:9). So, right from the start, we can see the moral element granted humanity, something not seen in any of the other living creatures. As we said yesterday, the capacity for moral … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: God Created Man and Woman
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Creation of Eve

One of the perennial questions humans have asked is, Where do I come from? In the first two chapters of the Bible (in fact, all through the Bible) we have been given the answer to what many would consider the most important question a person can ask. After all, only by knowing where we came … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Missionary Nature of God
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 1:26-28; Gen 2:15-17; 1 John 2:16; John 3:14-15; 2 Cor. 5:21; Matt. 5:13-14. Memory Text: See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of the peoples (Isaiah 55:4 NIV). Our world is a mess, and as humans we are the big reason it … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: New Life From Death
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Resurrection of the Just

Japan – Masaaki Toge As a mortician in Japan, I am surrounded by death every day as I prepare bodies for burial and direct funerals. For years I have watched people mourn the death of a loved one and go through the ceremonies their religion requires in order to assure that the deceased have a … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study – Crucified and Risen
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Spirit of Preaching

  The angels ascribe honor and glory to Christ, for even they are not secure except by looking to the sufferings of the Son of God. It is through the efficacy of the cross that the angels of heaven are guarded from apostasy. Without the cross they would be no more secure against evil than … [Click to read more …]

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