SDA Sabbath School Lessons
March 23, 1996

#12 Study of Bible Teachings

Read for this week's study: Gen. 2:1-3; Exod. 20:8-11; Mark 2:28; Matt. 24:20; Isa. 58:13, 14; Rom. 15:4.

Memory text: Matt. 24:20, RSV

Key thought:

This week we discover the overall teaching of the Bible on a particular doctrine (teaching). We will investigate the Bible doctrine of the Sabbath.

Repeat Jesus' teaching and practice.

Jesus outlined the work of His followers until His second coming: "teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you" (Matt. 28:20, NRSV). Jesus' teaching includes the entire Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16). Therefore, when we seek to discover Jesus' teaching on a particular Bible doctrine, we investigate that doctrine throughout the entire Bible.

For example, on the doctrine of the Sabbath, the first step is to look up every text in the Bible that mentions the Sabbath. With the help of a concordance (or Bible Gateway), study all the Sabbath passages. This is a time-consuming but very rewarding process. Having listed and examined all these passages, the next step is to organize them under subheadings suggested by the Bible discussion of the Sabbath.

In this lesson, we will assume that all Bible texts dealing with the Sabbath have been examined. The subheadings that we will consider are: (1) What is a Sabbath? (2) Which day is the Sabbath? (3) Should we still keep the Sabbath? (4) How should we keep the Sabbath? (5) How do we apply the Bible Sabbath doctrine to our situation today?



Following the Bible-study method that seeks understanding of a Bible doctrine or teaching, we have discovered important truth regarding the Sabbath. The Sabbath day is God's memorial of His creative and redemptive work. The seventh-day Sabbath is to be observed by God's faithful people until the end of time. we are to observe the Sabbath as the Scriptures instruct; it is a day of worship and fellowship, from which secular work and pleasure is excluded. Sabbath observance is a crucial aspect of our righteousness-by-faith/grace relationship with God, and it is an inseparable part of the lifestyle of those who will receive the end-time seal of God.

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