02: The Son – Hit the Mark
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I never really thought about this until this week’s lesson on The Son. Hyperbole in speech is so common that unconsciously I took for granted some of the words Jesus spoke to His disciples. But this week, examining who Jesus is, gave me an opportunity to look deeper into my beliefs and convictions.

Jesus had been intensely preparing His disciples for the climatic events that would soon follow. Who He was to them would determine their futures. The nation was stirred [...]

Heavenly Credentials
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When Jesus returned to the Temple and began teaching, the leading priests and elders came up to him. They demanded,

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“By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?” Matthew 21:23 NLT

That makes me think of what a friend told me about when she was first sitting on a church board. In one of her first meetings she brought up an idea. It was totally ignored. Then later in the same meeting [...]

Thursday: Christ’s Mission
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After considering who Jesus was, we are in a better position to understand what He came to do for us.

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Satan made accusations against God. In order to meet those accusations, Jesus came to represent the Father’s character, and to correct the false concept that many had developed about the Godhead. He wanted us to know God, because to know Him is indispensable in order to have eternal life (John 17:3). However, we need more [...]

Wednesday: Christ’s Divine Nature: Part 2
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Jesus declared and demonstrated that He had the same power as the Father to overcome death. As the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will (John 5:21, NKJV). Only God can state: I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25, NKJV).

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Another clear indication of His divinity is found in His assertion to preexistence. He came down from heaven (John 3:13, NKJV) [...]

02: The Son – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : The Lord Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, existed from eternity, a distinct person, yet one with the Father.

[Lesson plan for The Son July 7, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 24:30, 25:31.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why does Jesus call Himself the Son of man in these words? What is He emphasizing here?
c. Personal Application: Why is it important to know [...]

Tuesday: Christ’s Divine Nature: Part 1
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The deity of Christ is the foundation of our faith. A human being could never be our savior, no matter how extraordinary his life may have been. Throughout the entire New Testament, we have evidence of His divinity. We will focus on what Jesus Himself taught about this subject.

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It was, for starters, not a simple matter for Jesus to explain who He was. His mission required Him to make known that He was the [...]

Monday: The Son of God
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The title Son of God was used not only by Gabriel (Luke 1:35) but also by several people when addressing Jesus (Matt. 14:33, Mark 15:39, John 1:49, John 11:27). He accepted that title but was very careful not to apply it directly to Himself, lest He be stoned to death. Nevertheless, the Bible does reveal in different ways His special relationship with the Father.

The Father acknowledged Jesus as His Son at His baptism [...]

Sunday: The Son of Man
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This title, the Son of Man, was Jesus’ favorite designation for Himself. He referred to Himself as Son of Man more than eighty times. Other people never addressed Him that way. He, of course, selected this special designation for Himself with a purpose in mind.

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This idiomatic expression was common in the Old Testament. With just one exception, it always referred to a human; thus, Jesus used it in order to emphasize His humanity.

Scripture presents [...]

I Could . . .
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Today in the U.S. we commemorate the signing of America’s Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776.

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When we finally won the war in 1783, America (named the United States in 1777), became a “sovereign state.” Notice the word “reign” in “sovereign,” indicating that we reign over ourselves. Are you thankful as I am for this? It came as a free gift to us, but at the ultimate cost to a host of forgotten soldiers. [...]

Sabbath: The Son
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 24:30; Dan. 7:13-14; Matt. 11:27; Luke 5:17-26; John 8:58; Matt. 20:28.

Memory Text: For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45, NKJV).

After more than two years of public ministry, Jesus asked His disciples: Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am? (Matt. 16:13, NKJV). It was not difficult for them to report what they [...]

Inside Story: On Our Way Rejoicing
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I met the Savior while studying in a simple little Adventist school in my home village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. God gave me a burden to spread the message of the Adventist faith, and I began to share my faith in the neighborhood around my home church.

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Then I learned about Global Mission and began working to plant a church in an impoverished suburb of Kinshasa. I found a few [...]

Friday: Further Study: Our Loving Heavenly Father
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, A Personal God, pages 263-278, in Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8.

In order to strengthen our confidence in God, Christ teaches us to address Him by a new name, a name entwined with the dearest associations of the human heart. He gives us the privilege of calling the infinite God our Father. This name, spoken to Him and of Him, is a sign of our love and trust toward Him, and a pledge of His [...]