“And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites
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take tithes:and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house. For the children of Israel and the children . . .” (Neh. 10:38, 39).
Think about your life; think about the brevity of it; think about the utter inevitability of your death (unless Christ returns in your lifetime). Think [...]
When we think about salvation translating into service to others, we cannot avoid the Christian concept of stewardship.
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The Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia defines ‘stewardship’ as “the responsibility of God’s people for, and use of, everything entrusted to them by God – life, physical being, time, talents and abilities, material possessions, opportunities to be of service to others, and their knowledge of truth.”
Look at the following passages. With each one ask yourself, Given my particular circumstances, how can [...]
Read for This Week’s Study: Deut. 8:11-17; Phil. 2:3-4; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; Rev. 22:1-5;Matt. 22:39; Gen. 2:21-25.
Memory Text: “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16, NKJV).
Key Thought: Anyone can call himself or herself a Christian. What, though, does that mean in practical terms?
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save [...]
Read Ellen G. White, pp. 140-146, in A Solemn Appeal; “God’s Law Immutable,” pp. 433-450, in The Great Controversy.
“God would have us realize that He has a right to mind, soul, body, and spirit – to all that we possess. We are His by creation and by redemption. As our Creator, He claims our entire service. As our Redeemer, He has a claim of love as well as of right – of love without a parallel. . . . Our bodies, our souls, our [...]
I’m a young single young adult, and I live with my parents.
Recently some Adventists held meetings in my neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya. I heard some young people talking about the meetings. They said that I could hear some good preaching and see movies about Jesus. I decided to go.
The pastor’s message touched my heart. I decided to go again the next day, and again I was blessed. I wanted to talk to the pastor who had spoken, but he and [...]
[Thought questions for The Law and the Gospel December 5, 2012]
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1. The law and the gospel. Do the words “law” and “gospel” seem somewhat contradictory? Why? Does the concept of “love” belong to both the law and the gospel? Under all circumstances? Under any circumstances? When you’re in love, deeply in love, with someone, how hard is it to do something that person wants you to do? Do you appreciate the freedom God has [...]
In the final question of yesterday’s lesson, we looked at both Exodus 20:11-12 and Deuteronomy 5:15.
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What we see here is the Sabbath pointing us toward two ideas: Creation and Redemption, two concepts that are very powerfully linked in the Bible. God is not only our Creator, He is also our Redeemer; and both these important spiritual truths are brought home to us every week, every seventh day, as we rest on the Sabbath, “according to the commandment” (Luke [...]
It was my first Christmas season in Florida. Shortly after Thanksgiving, a father showed up to our Bible study, very discouraged. It was his daughter’s 11th birthday, and due to finances at home he did not have a single dime to buy her a gift. Several days later, I was surprised when his daughter called me at the church, asking to put an ad in the church bulletin. She was organizing a group at her school to collect Christmas gifts [...]
As we saw in Monday’s lesson, many Christians still believe in the binding nature of God’s law.
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Again, as long as one accepts the reality of sin, it’s hard to see how anyone could believe anything else.
Yet, as we know so well, the whole issue of the Christian obligation to the law suddenly gets very murky when the question of obedience to the fourth commandment arises, particularly in regard to the seventh-day itself. In fact, [...]
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Have you ever seen those dogs who can go outside with their people and they don’t need a leash or a fence? They just stay right in their yard or beside their person. We had a dog like that once. He was a border collie and his name was Shadow. He knew exactly where our (unfenced) yard stopped and didn’t stray from it unless he was walking beside one of us. It was a [...]
Key Thought : God’s entire moral law reveals our sin and need of a Savior. The law and the gospel are inseparable.
[Teaching plan for The Law and the Gospel December 3, 2012]
1. Have a volunteer read I John 2:3,4.
A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does it mean to know God? How does keeping His commandments help us to know Him better?
C. Personal Application: Does anyone actually [...]
Though many understand that the Ten Commandments remain binding in the lives of Christians, the role that they play in the plan of salvation can get confusing.
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If we’re not saved by the keeping of the law, then what is its purpose?
How do the following texts help us to understand the role of the law in the lives of those who are saved by grace?
The law was never designed to be a means [...]