11: Sabbath : A Gift From Eden – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : God gave us the Sabbath as a tool to help humanity remember who they are and establish their relationship with Him..

[Teaching plan for Sabbath: A Gift From Eden March 11. 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Mark 2:27,28.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How is the Sabbath made for man? What does this mean? For what purpose did God give us the Sabbath?
C. Personal Application: [...]

Tuesday: Jesus and the Sabbath
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Read Mark 2:27, 28.

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What crucial truth about the Sabbath does Jesus reveal here? How can we take this principle and apply it to our own Sabbath experience?

Jesus and His disciples had just walked through a field of grain, and the disciples, hungry, had picked some of the grain and eaten it. The act of picking grain while one was passing through a field was not a problem, as the rules of the society permitted this. Food [...]

Monday: The Rich Meaning of Sabbath Rest
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Read Deuteronomy 5:12-15.

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How does the emphasis of the Sabbath commandment here differ from Exodus 20:8-11?

Here Moses reminds the Israelites that they should keep the Sabbath, and he states that they should do this because God delivered them from Egypt. The texts say nothing about the six days of Creation or about the Sabbath being God’s rest. Instead, the emphasis here is on Salvation, on deliverance, on Redemption, in this case the redemption from Egypt, a symbol [...]

Sunday: Creation and the Seventh-Day Sabbath
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In Exodus 20:8-11, the fourth commandment refers directly to the Creation week.

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This is important, because it points back to Eden itself, to a world without sin, a perfect world coming fresh from the Creator. “The Sabbath is not introduced as a new institution but as having been founded at creation. It is to be remembered and observed as the memorial of the Creator’s work.”-Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 307.

Read Genesis 2:1-3. How is the seventh-day [...]

Sabbath: A Gift From Eden
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Read for This week’s Study: Gen. 2:1-3; Heb. 4:3, 4; Deut. 5:12-15; Ezek. 20:12; Mark 2:27,28; 2 Pet. 3:3-7.

Memory Text: “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day” (Matthew 12:8).

At the end of the sixth day, the Creation had been completed

(Gen. 2:1, 2). The world had been formed into a habitable place, and it had been filled with living creatures. Adam and Eve had been created in God’s own image and had been given a beautiful, well-provisioned Garden in which to live. They had formed [...]

Further Study: Stewardship and the Environment
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“Christ’s followers have been redeemed for service. Our Lord teaches that the true object of life is ministry. Christ Himself was a worker, and to all His followers He gives the law of service—service to God and to their fellow men. Here Christ has presented to the world a higher conception of life than they had ever known. By living to minister for others, man is brought into connection with Christ. The law of service becomes the connecting link which [...]

Inside Story: A Heart Full of Thanks
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Ujjal is a young man, but a hole in his heart had left him chronically tired and

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subject to fainting spells. He couldn’t work or even ride his bicycle.

One day Ujjal’s friend Panalal told him that he was learning about Jesus, the powerful and loving God whom Christians worship. Panalal invited Ujjal to a meeting in his home. Ujjal went, hoping that the God of the Christians would heal him. He listened intently as Gopal, [...]

To Protect and To Serve
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Wangi Point, Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia. Photo by Maurice Ashton

“And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it.” Genesis 2:15

A few years ago, when we were hearing quite a bit about lowering our carbon footprints, my kids and I had an ongoing joke. Because there seemed to be such a push to do away with all carbon output, taken to its logical, albeit extreme, conclusion all [...]

10: Stewardship and the Environment – Thought Starters
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“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish or the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” Genesis 1:28 NKJV

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[Thought questions for Stewardship and the Environment March 6, 2013]

1. The environment. Is caring for the environment a Seventh-day Adventist objective? If not, why not? If yes, how good [...]

Thursday: Stewardship Principles
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“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the

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heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV). How does this text help to set the foundation for a biblically based concept of stewardship?

We often tend to think of stewardship in terms of money. As we’ve seen this week, however, stewardship involves much more than just that. Yet, whether dealing with money or with environmental concerns or our [...]

Wednesday: Stewards of Our Health
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As we have seen throughout this quarter, God’s original Creation was “good,” even “very good.”

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Everything and everyone came forth from the hand of the Creator in a state of perfection. There was no sickness, no disease, no death. Contrary to the evolutionary model—in which disease, sickness, and death are part of the very means of creation—these things came only after the Fall, after the entrance of sin. Thus, it is only against the background of the Creation [...]

Sex and Marriage – Sacred or Sinful?
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Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil…Isaiah 5:20

I occasionally hear people, both single and married, tell demeaning jokes about marriage. For example, a Three Stooges fan told me about an episode where Moe asked someone, “Are you married or happy?” That’s a sad joke. While many of us are happily single, we can still appreciate happy marriages, and hurt with those in unhealthy marriages, instead of making jokes.

Marriages should not be known for unhappiness. Marriage reminds us of [...]