Have you ever been part of a musical group of some kind – like a choir, band or orchestra? Making music together is an amazing experience. Practicing together somehow brings the members together into almost a single organism. Each person has their specific part to play or sing. It may be similar to someone else’s or it may be unique to that one person, but each person and part are crucial in making the performance beautiful.
For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” (Hebrews 2:11, NKJV).
[Thought questions for Reformation: The Outgrowth of Revival August 28, 2013]
1. What a promise! Look at the Memory Text for this week’s lesson, above. God the Almighty, God the Creator, God the Savior, Jesus the Master of all. How can such a holy [...]
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a reform movement.
It was raised up by God to restore biblical truths lost sight of many centuries ago. Although the Holy Spirit worked powerfully through the Reformers, there were vital truths that they did not fully understand. God still had more truth to reveal to His people.
God is not interested in our understanding truth merely to fill our minds with more religious knowledge. Biblical truths are windows into His [...]
We’ve had a tremendous amount of rain this year, with five inches just last Friday. When I was driving in the pouring rain with the grandchildren, I told them we needed a boat, as every now and then, the water splashed up 20 feet or so on either side of the van. When the sun came out the next day, we saw washed-out driveways and big pot holes where the rain had washed away parts of roads. It [...]
When we think of the word reformation , our minds are naturally drawn to the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther.
Until then, western Christianity was for the most part locked in tradition. The tenets of the church overshadowed the teachings of Jesus. Tradition became more quoted than Scripture. Multitudes were dominated by fear. They had little or no assurance of salvation. Confused and bewildered, they struggled to believe that God really longed to save them.
Key Thought : Reformation is a change in our thinking whereby we see sin as it is and surrender any practice, habit, or attitude that is not in harmony with God’s will.
[Teaching plan for The Outgrowth of Revival August 26, 2013]
1. Have a volunteer read 2 Corinthians 7:8-12.
a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What is the difference between Godly sorrow and worldly sorrow?
c. Personal Application : [...]
The seven churches described in Revelation 2 and 3 are representative of the Christian church throughout the centuries.
This is a view that has been taken by Bible students through the centuries. Seventh-day Adventist expositors have historically taken this position, as well.
The angel instructs John to “‘write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this’” (Rev. 1:19, NKJV). The vision of the seven churches relates to [...]
In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he expresses great concern regarding their spiritual condition. Many members had drifted from God’s ideal.
The situation was serious, including sexual immorality that, Paul said, was not seen even among the pagans (1 Cor. 5:1). A whole host of problems arose that Paul had to address. In light of this background, it is not difficult to understand why the Corinthian church needed revival and reformation.
What counsel did Paul give the Corinthians [...]
God often sent His prophets to lead Israel into revival. Reformation regularly accompanied these times of revival.
It is important to notice that even when God’s people drifted away from Him, they were still His chosen people. Again and again, He sent His messengers to guide them back. The examples of revival and reformation recorded in the Old Testament often have similar characteristics.
Revival and reformation occurred in the Old Testament when there was a renewed [...]
Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Chron. 20:17-20; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Rev. 2:1-6; Rom. 1:16-17;Rev. 14:6-7, 12.
Memory Text: “For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren” (Hebrews 2:11, NKJV).
Revival is an ongoing process. Daily our Lord invites us into the joy of His presence. Just as Israel was nourished by the manna that fell from heaven, Jesus spreads out a spiritual banquet for us every day. Daily [...]
“The promise of the Spirit is not appreciated as it should be. Its fulfillment is not realized as it might be. It is the absence of the Spirit that makes the gospel ministry so powerless. Learning, talents, eloquence, every natural or acquired endowment, may be possessed; but without the presence of the Spirit of God, no heart will be touched, no sinner be won to Christ. On the other hand, if they are connected with Christ, if the gifts of [...]
Mila [MEE-lah] is 6 years old, but already she’s a prayer warrior. She prays for people until God answers.
One day at school Mila saw her teachers outside during their break smoking cigarettes. Mila knows that smoking is dangerous, so right there she prayed for them. “Dear Jesus,” she said, “please help my teachers know that smoking is bad for them. Help them to stop smoking before it makes them sick. Amen.”
That evening when Father [...]