Why Does it Matter Which Day We Keep?
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A while back, my community Bible study group that meets Wednesday mornings at my church decided to have a luncheon and invite some friends and neighbors. As we began to have lunch the next Wednesday, one of our guests asked me why we go to church on Saturday. I explained to her that since we believe Jesus is our only example and our only source of salvation, we observe the day that He made holy and that He observed. For [...]

05: Christ and the Sabbath – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : Christ came to magnify the Sabbath as the symbol of Creation and of Redemption.

[Lesson plan for Christ and the Sabbath April 28, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Exodus 20:8-11.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why does the commandment also tell us to work six days? Can a person be guilty of breaking this commandment by not working the other six days?
c. Personal Application: [...]

Tuesday: A Time for Enjoyment
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(Mark 2:27-28)

Many who claim to keep the Sabbath do not always understand what Sabbath keeping entails. As did some of the Pharisees in Jesus’ time, people even today have imprisoned the Sabbath behind rigid walls of rules and regulations (while others have almost made it a day no different than any other). The Sabbath is supposed to be a delight, not a burden, but it is still a day to be kept holy.

During the time when Jesus walked this earth, [...]

Sabbath – The Reminder of the Evidence
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Andrew Legall recommended this video, writing that “it changed my view of the Sabbath radically.”

This conversation was recorded 30 years ago by the late Graham Maxwell, professor of New Testament studies at Loma Linda University, and Louis Venden of the PUC church. It is from a series of Friday evening programs called, “Conversations About God.” If you’ve never heard Graham Maxwell speak, you’re in for a treat – not just because of his marvellous speaking voice, but also because of how he [...]

Monday: A Time for Rest and Worship
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(Luke 4:16)

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According to Colossians 1:16 and Hebrews 1:2, the pre-incarnate Christ was directly involved in the creation process. These texts declare that all created things came into existence through Him. Paul further expresses that Christ had a part in creating invisible things (Col. 1:16-17), which would, of course, include the Sabbath. Although Christ was central in the creative process, when He was transformed into human flesh, He subjected Himself to His Father’s commandments (John 15:10). [...]

Sunday: The Jewish Sabbath?
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(Exod. 20:8-11)

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Although many refer to the seventh day as the Jewish Sabbath, the Bible reveals that the Sabbath predates the Jews by many centuries. Its roots go back to the Creation itself.

Genesis 2:1-3 declares that after God had completed His acts of creation in six days, He rested on the seventh day and then blessed the seventh day and made it holy (NIV). This clearly shows the high place of the Sabbath in God’s creation. [...]

Sabbath: Christ and the Sabbath
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 2:1-3, Heb. 1:1-3, Acts 13:14, Mark 2:23-28, John 5:1-9, Isa. 65:17.

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).

The vast majority of Christian denominations observe Sunday as the day of rest and worship (even though the vast majority of Sunday keepers don’t really rest on Sunday). Sunday keeping is so prevalent among modern Christians [...]

Inside Story: Patricia’s Prayer
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Patricia lives in central Cameroon. She’s a lot like other girls. She likes to jump rope and talk with her friends. But in some ways Patricia is different from other children. She has HIV and often feels sick. Two years ago Patricia’s mother died of AIDS, and Patricia and her sister went to live with their grandmother. Her father couldn’t pay the girls’ tuition at the Adventist school they had been attending, so [...]

Friday: Further Study: Christ and the Law in the Sermon on the Mount
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, The Sermon on the Mount, pp. 298-314 in The Desire of Ages.

Jesus takes up the commandments separately, and explains the depth and breadth of their requirement. Instead of removing one jot of their force, He shows how far reaching their principles are, and exposes the fatal mistake of the Jews in their outward show of obedience. He declares that by the evil thought or the lustful look the law of God is transgressed. One who [...]

HopeSS: Christ and the Law in the Sermon on the Mount
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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.

04: Christ and the Law in the Sermon on the Mount – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ and the Law in the Sermon on the Mount April 23, 2014]

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1. Destroy or fulfill? If you make a promise and keep it, does the promise still exist? Or has it vanished? Since the law points to our errors and mistakes, what is there to love about it? Do you love the law? Are you relieved when you see traffic laws such as speed limits and traffic lights? What about God’s law? [...]