Inside Story: God of the Impossible
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When my parents died, my grandmother took me in. Her priest hoped I would follow in his footsteps, so he paid my school fees. One day he gave me a sermon and told me to preach it the following Sunday. I didn’t understand it, and the priest wasn’t there to explain it. So I asked an Adventist neighbor to explain it to me. He read the sermon and said the sermon wasn’t biblical. Then he read several Bible texts that [...]

Hope Sabbath School – Christ Our Sacrifice
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Since we installed satellite TV earlier this year, Pastor Derek Morris’s Sabbath School Class on the HopeTV channel has been one of our favorites which we try not to miss. It is “an in-depth, inter-active study of the Word of God.” If you don’t have satellite TV, you can download the video or audio files and the lesson outlines to your computer from the site. And you may send in comments via email.

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Lesson Author Comments on “Christ, Our Sacrifice”
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Professor Martin Pröbstle’s commentary on Lesson 7 is now available through the SanctuaryLesson.org domain on Vimeo.  In his warm, engaging manner this young professor from Schloss Bogenhofen in Austria shares what he sees as the key thoughts of this lesson in just under 7 minutes. (If you haven’t seen the previous videos, we suggest you check them out too through the link above.)

Direct link to Lesson 7: “Christ, Our Sacrifice,” (downloadable) or click on the video below, if you can [...]

Thursday: A Great Danger
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In the book of Hebrews, Paul not only focuses on the theological understanding of Christ’s sacrifice, he also explains some of its practical implications.

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At several places he shows what happens if someone ignores this sacrifice.

Read Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26-31. About what is Paul warning us? What kinds of attitudes does he describe?

In the book of Hebrews, Paul demonstrates how magnificent God’s salvation is, how God has revealed Himself, and what He has done and [...]

07: Christ, Our Sacrifice – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ, Our Sacrifice November 13, 2013]

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1. Substitution. Have you ever been a teacher or held another position where your work was essential that if you couldn’t be there, a substitute had to be found? Does that substitute sometimes prove to be of lesser ability? By contrast, in what ways is Jesus the infinitely superior substitute? What part do humility and obedience play in the substitution of His death for ours? What concept of [...]

Wednesday: Spotless Sacrifice
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Which criteria does a sacrificial animal need to meet? Read Exod. 12:5, Lev. 3:1, 4:3.

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The selection of a sacrificial animal required great care. A person could not just take any animal for an offering; the animal needed to fulfill several criteria, depending on the kind of offering.

However, there is one criterion that all offerings had to meet. They had to be “unblemished.” The Hebrew word (tamim) could also be rendered as “complete,” “unscathed,” “without [...]

07: Christ Our Sacrifice – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Jesus became an atoning sacrifice for you, took your condemnation upon Himself, and gave you eternal life..

[Teaching plan for Christ, Our Sacrifice November 11,2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Isaiah 53:2-6.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why did Jesus have to take on humanity in order to die for our sins?
c. Personal Application : What does it mean that Jesus had no form nor [...]

Tuesday: Christ’s Blood
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The concept of redemptive blood pervades the entire Bible.

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Starting from the earliest sacrifices after Adam and Eve sinned, blood was always present when animal sacrifices occurred. Blood rituals characterized the Israelite sacrificial system in order to illustrate the crucial truth that, without blood, we would not have any chance to be forgiven our sins and to enter into the presence of God. Blood was the only way to receive God’s mercy and to have [...]

Monday: Sufficient Substitution
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Read Hebrews 2:9.

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What does it mean that Jesus “taste[d] death for everyone?” See also Heb. 2:17, Heb. 9:26-28, Heb. 10:12. Jesus died for sinners. He was without sin (Heb. 4:15) so that when He gave His life as a sacrifice He would not die for His own sin. On the contrary, He was “to bear the sins of many” (Heb. 9:28, NKJV), to “make propitiation for the sins of the people” (Heb. 2:17, [...]

Sunday: Jesus in Isaiah 53
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Read Isaiah 53:2-12. What do these verses teach about what Christ did for us?

 

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Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is a powerful description of Christ’s death for the sins of the world. Several aspects in this passage provide clear evidence that Jesus’ death is atonement in the form of penal substitution, which means that He took the penalty that others deserved and, in fact, died as a Substitute for them. Here are some of the implications of this [...]

Sabbath: Christ, Our Sacrifice
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Read for This Week’s Study: Isa. 53:2-12, Heb.2:9, Heb. 9:26-28, Heb. 9:12, Exod. 12:5,Heb.4:15.

Memory Text: “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24, NASB).

Catholic Priest Maximilian Kolbe was imprisoned in Auschwitz for providing shelter to refugees from Greater Poland, including 2,000 Jews. When a prisoner in his barracks vanished (perhaps he escaped), the SS picked 10 prisoners [...]

Friday: Further Study: Day of Atonement
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Further Study: “Now the event takes place foreshadowed in the last solemn service of the Day of Atonement. When the ministration in the holy of holies had been completed, and the sins of Israel had been removed from the sanctuary by virtue of the blood of the sin offering, then the scapegoat was presented alive before the Lord; and in the presence of the congregation the high priest confessed over him ‘all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and [...]