Inside Story: Raquel’s New Church
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Raquel is 10 years old. She lives with her family along the Amazon River in northern Brazil. Raquel’s family doesn’t attend church, but Raquel sometimes attended church with her cousin on Sundays. One Sunday evening Raquel’s cousin didn’t come to take her to church. Disappointed, Raquel wandered outside. She heard people singing in the Adventist … [Click to read more …]

07: Lord of the Sabbath – Thought Starters
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Phil and Sherry stared at each other across the after-dinner clutter on the dining room table. “What are we going to do?” Sherry said, her fingers twisting and turning. “Jeremy doesn’t love the Sabbath.”1 “He used to,” Phil said. “Remember when he was thrilled when we told him it was Sabbath and time to get ready … [Click to read more …]

07: Lord of the Sabbath – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Jesus, our Creator and Redeemer, gave us the Sabbath as a sign between Him and His people. It is His day given to man to enjoy a special time with Him.   [Teaching plan for “Lord of the Sabbath” February 15, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read Mark 2:27,28. A. Ask class members … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Jesus and His Sabbath: Part 2
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“It is finished”(John 19:30).1 Jesus, through His Sabbath miracles, demonstrated what the Sabbath is really about. It is a day for healing and restoration. Jesus intended for the Sabbath to call to mind God’s creative power. Thus, the Sabbath is the day when He frees the captives (Luke 4:31–37), makes the lame walk (Luke 13:10–17, John 5:1–9), and restores sight … [Click to read more …]

Celebrating Freedom – Adventist Black History
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Since February is Black History Month in the United States and Canada, we are going to look at how issues of race, slavery and ministry were addressed by the early Seventh-day Adventist church, as well as how they are discussed in the Bible. Of all possible topics to be discussed, race, religion and politics are … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Jesus and His Sabbath: Part 1
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Books have been written, and are still being written, with the sole purpose of showing that Jesus, when here in the flesh, was pointing people away from the seventh-day Sabbath, either toward Sunday worship or (more commonly today) toward the idea that the seventh day has been superceded and replaced with a more generic and … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Sabbath in Deuteronomy
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Though Seventh-day Adventists are most familiar with the Sabbath commandment as expressed in the book of Exodus, the Lord gave it again (and all the other commandments) in the book of Deuteronomy. What’s fascinating is that, although the commands appear in very similar language, the language isn’t precisely the same. Moreover, the commandment in Deuteronomy … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Sabbath in Exodus
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Read Exodus 20:8–11. What does the Lord tell us to do, and what reason are we told to do it?1 The entire family household, including any servants of either gender, the working class along with the “boss,” are to rest together. Sabbath is the great equalizer, the liberator of all inequities in the social structure. Before … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Lord of the Sabbath
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 2:1–3, Exod. 20:8–12, Deut. 5:12–15, Matt. 12:1–13, John 9, 19:30. Memory Text: “ ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath’ ” (Mark 2:27, 28, NKJV). Key Thought: The seventh-day Sabbath, in every way, points us to Jesus, our Creator and our … [Click to read more …]