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The Adult Sabbath School Lessons are prepared by the Department of Church Ministries of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. This quarter's Bible study focuses on Bible Study. The lesson organization provided here (with explanations) is quoted directly from the Adult Sabbath School Lessons (Copyright 1996 by Department of Church Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), and is used here by permission. Additional comments are taken from the Teacher's Edition, Adult Sabbath School Lessons (Copyright 1996 by Department of Church Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), which is used here by permission.
The Committee that authored this quarter's lessons includes:
V. Bailey Gillespie is professor of theology and Christian personality and director of the John Hancock Center for Youth Ministry at La Sierra University, School of Religion, Riverside, California. He has been with the La Sierra University faculty since 1975. In addition to his teaching assignment, he is the managing editior of the La Sierra University Press.
Born in California, Gillespie graduated from Loma Linda University, Riverside, California, in 1964 with a bachelor of arts degree in theology and biblical languages. He earned his master of arts degree at Andrews University in New Testament and philosophical theology in 1965 and his bachelor of divinity degree at Andrews University Theological Seminary in 1966. He received his doctorate with a focus on religious learning and Christian personality from Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California, in 1973.
Before coming to La Sierra University, Gillespie served with Loma Linda University School of Dentistry as associate dean for student life and admissions and taught with the School of Religion faculty. He has also taught junior-high-school religion, high-school religion and music, and pastored in the Southern California Conference. He was ordained as a ministerin Lynwood, California, in 1973.
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