Sunday: To Be the Light of the World
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Read Matthew 5:14-16. What is Jesus saying here to each of us individually and as a church community?

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Throughout the Bible, light is intimately associated with God. The Lord is my light, sang David (Ps. 27:1), and John stated that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5, NKJV). God is the source of light. In fact, the first thing He created was light, because light is indispensable [...]

Sabbath: Our Mission
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 5:14-16; Luke 24:48-49; John 20:21; Matt. 28:19-20; Rev. 14:6-12.

Memory Text: And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14, NKJV).

Early in Jesus’ ministry, He called Peter and Andrew to be His disciples, which meant that they were to lead others to Him: Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men [...]

Inside Story: The Tithe Receipt
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Charlie Tui
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Charlie Tui, like many young men in the island nation of Vanuatu, had come from an outer island to the capital city looking for work. Charlie found a job and moved into a barracks with other young men from his home island. The friends spent their weekends drinking and smoking.

Charlie TuiCourtesy of GC Office of Adventist Mission

But one man was different. Jeffery didn’t smoke or drink, and he wasn’t interested in using marijuana. The other men learned that Jeffrey [...]

Friday: Further Study: The Church
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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 he more determined than now to make of none effect the truth of God by causing bitterness and dissension among the Lord’s people. — Ellen [...]

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?

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In His intercessory prayer, Christ prayed for unity in the body of believers, asking that …

” … they may all be one, just [...]

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.

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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. Reconciliation requires a humble recognition of our faults. Without this attitude, how could we ask for God’s forgiveness?

What [...]

Wednesday: A Great Obstacle for Unity
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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?

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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 he is. Our aim, however, is not to compare ourselves with others but with Jesus.

How many problems could [...]

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.

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Now Candice, my special lady, is awesome. This awesome lady of mine was clever enough to plot a secret reunion between my pretty cool brother [...]

08: The Church – Lesson Plan
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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 text is.
b. Who is the Rock that the church is founded upon? Why is it important to know that the church is founded on Jesus Christ?
c. [...]

HopeSS: The Church
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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. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

Tuesday: Christ’s Provision for Unity
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What is the basis for the unity that Jesus prayed about for His church? See John 17:23 and John 15:1-5.

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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 things that are indispensable for unity: the divine Word and divine love.

If we have Jesus, we will also have [...]

Monday: Christ’s Prayer for Unity
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It was Thursday night. After the Last Supper, Jesus and the disciples went toward the Mount of Olives. On their way to Gethsemane, Jesus stopped and prayed for Himself, for His disciples, and for all who later would believe in Him through the apostles’ preaching. Although the agony of the Cross was before Him, His greatest concern was not for Himself but for His followers. John 17 presents Jesus’ longest intercessory prayer recorded in the Bible. It is encouraging to [...]