I am taking the liberty to subtitle this week’s topic to “Evidence is Not Enough.”
This week’s lesson on The Apostles and the Law gives additional insight into the validity of the law. From those who knew Jesus best we see a consistency in their understanding of the ongoing role of the Law in the lives of God’s people. This adds to our arsenal of evidence to defend the Law – but evidence is not enough.
It is true that we should carefully [...]
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Jude 1-25, one of the shortest books in the New Testament, is believed to have been written by another brother of Jesus. While the author refers to himself as a slave of Jesus Christ, he does admit to being the brother of James. Because Matthew gives James and Jude as names for two of Jesus’ four brothers (Matt. 13:55), the Jude (sometimes called Judas) of this brief epistle is generally accepted to be the Savior’s brother. As with all the [...]
Have you ever felt like you were a victim of circumstances? Due to lack of education or money you have missed opportunities? Maybe if you had not
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married right out of high school you could have explored the world instead of getting tied down. Now you are sacrificing your own dreams in order to create a better life for your family. Meanwhile others wish they had married so they could be experiencing a family. Now those are examples [...]
Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called? If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors (James 2:7-9, NKJV).
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There is only one book in the New Testament that is attributed to James. While the author does not stipulate which James he [...]
Did Christ’s apostle teach that we no longer have to keep the law? Find out what the Sabbath School author has to say on this week’s edition of “Ask the Author.”
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Key Thought: The apostles made no mention of the law being changed. They mention that grace that comes through Christ compels us to obey the law.
[Lesson Plan for The Apostles and the Law June 9,2014]
1. Have a volunteer read 1 Peter 2:9-15.
a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why does Peter tell Christians to submit ourselves to every law of man?
c. Personal Application: How does obeying man’s law and [...]
John is second to Paul in the number of books contributed to the New Testament. This is the same John who wrote the Gospel, three letters, and the book of Revelation. Like Peter, he was among the first disciples Jesus chose, and he also had a special relationship with Jesus. Because of his closeness to Jesus, he is often referred to as John the Beloved. Judging from the ending of his Gospel (John 21:25), John knew a lot of personal [...]
(1 Pet. 2:9)
Peter was one of Jesus’ closest apostles. Among the first selected, Peter was present at many of the major events in the ministry of Jesus. It was he who, at Caesarea Philippi, made the declaration that Jesus was the Messiah; and Peter followed his Savior to the house of Caiaphas on the night that Jesus was arrested and tried. And on the morning when the resurrected Jesus appeared to the disciples by the sea, it was Peter who [...]
Paul, it has been said, was the true founder of Christianity. That is wrong, of course. Though Paul contributed much to our theological understanding of Christian doctrine, including 13 of the 27 New Testament books, practically all the teachings in his writings can be found elsewhere in Scripture. The main reason why some claim that Paul started a new religion is the misconception over his teaching about law and grace.
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Look at the following texts: [...]
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The story goes of a man who got a job chopping down trees. The first day his foreman noticed he had cut down only ten trees while the other men had cut down a hundred or so. “Oh well,” thought the foreman, “it was his first day,” But the next couple days went the same way, so the foreman decided to have a talk with the new worker. “I am sure you have noticed [...]
Read for This Week’s Study: Rom. 3:31, Rom 6:15, Acts 10:9-14, John 15:1-11, James 2:1-26, Heb. 3:7-19, Jude 5-7.
Memory Text: Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good (Romans 7:12, NKJV).
With so much evidence for the continued validity of God’s law, why do so many Christians argue against it?
First, some (as we have seen) look at certain New Testament texts that condemn a false understanding of the law’s function but conclude that the problem [...]