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Ezra and Nehemia Bible Study Guide

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The Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guides (once called Sabbath School Lessons) are prepared by the Office of the Adult Bible Study Guide of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The 2019 first quarter’s Bible study is entitled, Ezra and Nehemiah. (Click on link for Lesson Index.)

 

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Jiri Moskala, author and professor of Old Testament exegesis and theology at Andrews University, also wrote the companion book, Ezra and Nehemiah, in the Bible Bookshelf series, available in Kindle and Paperback format. For more of Jiri Moskala’s books, click this link. (The Kindle version is downloadable now, in time for the new quarter!)

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Amen!(213)

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Adult Sabbath School Study Guides & More — 72 Comments

    • The Sabbath School online information are very helpful and I have benefited a lot more from it. Please send me more information.
      Firm regards.

      Amen!(0)
  1. thank much for ur concerning am always visit your website but my request in that lesson are always available in english and ather language but there are people from east african countries who wishes to read the lesson through internet but they dont english it si our request the kiswahili copy to be available in website so aspeople from east africa can understand the word of God. THANK MUCH MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

    Amen!(177)
    • Hi Sarah, You may like to seek help from the Zaire Mission as they know both Swahili and English. Hope this helps

      Amen!(58)
    • Dear Arop,

      We do not send out lessons weekly. You can access our weekly lessons by going to our front page and clicking on one of the options above and below the lesson cover at the top of the left sidebar.

      We do send out daily lessons. To receive these by email, you need to subscribe yourself to one of our email distribution lists.

      To do so, go to our front page and click on "Discuss." Underneath, you will see a drop-down menu, which includes "Posts by Email." Click on that and choose the appropriate option. For the Daily Lessons, choose the option for your area of the world.

      If at some time you should want to unsubscribe, use the link at the bottom of one of the posts you received.

      Amen!(36)
    • The short answer is that there is no single "best bible version to study." If at all possible, it is best to consult several different versions to get an idea of what translations are possible from the original text.

      The bottom line is probably that the best Bible version for you is one you will actually read. The "best bible version" that mainly sits on the shelf is not nearly as good as a "lesser" version that you read.

      And most important of all is to ask the Holy Spirit to interpret the Bible to you. He inspired the Bible in the first place, and He can and will make it as clear to you as necessary.

      Amen!(76)
      • Amen.... I really agree with answer given above, thank you.
        We must not merely listened to the word and deceive ourselves, we have to do what it says.

        Anyone who listen to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror & after looking at his face goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

        Yes of course, we can go on and read as many Bible as we can BUT we really need the Holy Spirit to guide and teach us what we are reading so we understand what exactly the Bible tells us to do. (James 1:22 -24)

        Amen!(15)
      • Versions of the Bible ARE significant. Words, phrases and punctuation all have meaning and can change meaning in a text. You should consider utilizing the King James Version of the Bible as your authoritative version of the Bible. Happy Sabbath!
        Elder JB Taylor, Head Elder
        Watts New Hope SDA Church
        Los Angeles, California 90059

        Amen!(14)
          • You need to do a little more serious study on how the KJV (AV 1611)came to be and the documentary evidence concerning it's absolute accuracy. Papyri going back as far as around 90 A.D agree totally. There is a great deal more evidence to prove it's genuineness and accuracy than I can list here.
            Nonetheless, any reliable translation is good for reading and casual study. Doctrinal studies and word studies should stay with the KJV (AV 1611). Take note that some KJV editions have been edited by one group or another and may contain word or phrase changes. Most put those changes in parenthesis.

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          • I have done the serious study and a brief summary of that is found in the article I have written. I marvel at its accuracy but at the same time I am aware that certain phrases and expressions were deliberately used to support the Church of England. That bias is well documented. That does not detract from the translation but it is worth bearing in mind.

            Furthermore the KJV that we currently use is the 1769 revision and not the 1611 original. This is also documented in the article that I wrote.

            Amen!(6)
        • I agree with J Taylor. Be sure when reading a newer version be sure it agrees with the KJV. Even one little word can change the meaning of the verse, like the article ‘a’ or ‘the’. Believe me, it does happen.

          Amen!(3)
          • The KJV like any other translation was published with an agenda in mind. We need to understand this. Furthermore, the use of definite and indefinite articles in the English language is not directly related to the original, particularly in Hebrew. In ancient Hebrew, there was no indefinite article and the definite article had a different intention to the English usage. Translation is much more than just word conversion.

            Amen!(6)
      • Thanks for this answer. I bumped on this article while looking for the Lesson site.

        This Translations thing has been my worry as some translations really vary on certain verses so widely one wonders if we are reading the same Bible.

        I have been doing how you advised above; reading many versions on a biblical story or subject at ago.

        The main important thing is to pray that the Holy Spirit guide you.

        Phelix Odiango

        from Kenya.

        Amen!(1)
  2. Thanks a lot Brethren for the lessons. we are growing rich with the word of our God every day as we study.

    let all churches both local look for a formula of studying our lessons as we do not read and finish on time. let us be good steward of time.

    be blessed all.

    Amen!(44)
    • Samuel, I would like to suggest a more helpful approach than going through the lesson, page by page.

      I recommend that each teacher study the lesson at least three times:
      1) Once, with the question, "What does God want to say to me in this lesson?"
      2) What is the most important point in this lesson for my Sabbath School Class? What is the main theme?
      3) Study with the idea of coming up with good questions to allow the class to conclude what the teacher concluded in (2).

      If teachers follow this format, they will always be able "cover" the most important points in the lesson for their classes. They can arrange their lesson outline in the order of most important to "also important" and "helpful," followed by a summary of the most important points just before closing.

      And as Sabbath School "students," please appreciate a teacher doing serious preparation and not following the lesson outline day by day.

      Amen!(67)
      • Thanks for your help to identify the best sabbath school teachers, just to add lets avoid these types of words when share the lessons: i do not agreed with him or her, i want to contradicte what he or she said,or i want to support what the AB said contrary to what C said.
        Plz we are sharing what we know even what we do not know only the Holy Spirit itself helps us to understand the main idea,plz lets pray for these teachers who think that they know while they do not ......

        Amen!(10)
  3. The lesson is helpful, it helps u walk in the lord's on a daily basis the only challange the we face in our local church is the way teachers are nominated. What are the best way of mominatimg teachers? Should there be any criteria?

    Amen!(27)
    • Currently we do not know of anyone producing the lesson in PowerPoint, but that doesn't mean that no one does.

      If anyone would like to offer a PowerPoint version, they can let us know.

      Amen!(18)
        • Yes, I see that this is an attractive PowerPoint presentation. It can be an aid to study, like some of the classes viewable on the internet, but it should not be used as a substitute for personal study guided by the Holy Spirit.

          Above all, we do not recommend using PowerPoint presentations for teaching purposes. And here's why:

          • A PowerPoint presentation encourages a lecture-type approach, while an ideal Sabbath School class is highly interactive. See, for example, the Hope Sabbath School class, also viewable on Youtube.
          • A presentation encourages the mindset of a "correct view" to be accepted, rather than God's Word to be explored with the aid of the Holy Spirit - which is the view we want to encourage.

          Electronic presentations can also result in more attention on the media than the Word of God. We want to encourage individual study of the Bible, in the consciousness that the Holy Spirit is equally available to all believers, whether or not they are pastors or teachers. The same God who inspired the Scriptures is by the side of each believer to teach us individually. When we recognize this, the Sabbath School class becomes a forum where we share the insights God has given to each of us, because the Holy Spirit adapts His teaching to our individualities.

          The insights a "teacher" gains are not intrinsically better than those a "student" gains. In fact, I personally love teaching a Sabbath School class from all the insights I gain from the "students."

          Here's some advice for teachers to ensure a productive, interactive Sabbath School class:

          1. Pray and study the Sabbath School lesson early in the week to see what God has to say to you (teacher) personally.
          2. Pray and stdy the Sabbath School lesson again to discover what God may want to say to the members of your particular class, as you know them. This should be in the form of one main message with two or three supporting points.
          3. Pray and formulate questions that will allow your class to reach the conclusions you reached in No. 2. Questions should be open-ended - that is, not answerable by "yes" or "no" or a factoid. Use a lot of "why" and "how" questions. Once in a while you may suggest, "I think ... what do you think?" Encourage your class members to believe that the Holy Spirit is as available to them as to you. It's quite okay if they don't reach the same conclusions - as long as your questions made them think and engage.
          4. Make a written outline with the questions you formulated and use them in teaching. Be aware that open discussion may not follow your outline exactly. That's just fine, if you are well prepared. Allow productive discussion that is a little sideways from the lesson, but try to avoid arguments. That means acknowledging an argumentative comment and then quickly moving on to another point.

          It should be evident that that approach will not result in a day-by-day catechism approach of the lesson. Begin with whatever part of the lesson suits your teaching purpose - usually the part you deem most significant in your situation. Then, if there's a lot of discussion on that point and you don't get around to other points, you'll have covered the most important point(s) of the lesson.

          Recognize that the Sabbath School Quarterly is a guide to study. It is not a catechism to be learned. It should be used as a springboard for discussion and further Bible study.

          Amen!(2)
  4. I wanted to know if there is a site you can recommend where people around the world participate in the weekly lesson discussion online so that i can gather a wider range of views. I am a lesson teacher and i like taking a practical approach in my teaching as it makes a greater impact to my class as opposed to just reading the written text.

    Amen!(14)
    • Alex, you are on that site! It is called Sabbath School Net. 🙂

      If you'll go to our front page or to the Daily Lesson page, you'll see comments from people all over the world. I suggest you consult our Frequently Asked Questions page if you need a little help understanding our site.

      As far as I know, this is the only site with this many exchanges from people around the world. 🙂

      I suggest you also review our Comment Guide Lines, which ask you to use your first and last name, among other things. 🙂

      Amen!(13)
      • Thank Anderson you for the guidance. At first, I was just rushing through the page as i was working with several windows on the same. I have taken time to view through the comments and am finding very useful contributions on this weeks lesson. Thank you again and God bless you.

        Amen!(13)
  5. prise the lord sir, i thank god first for i got this site,and please add sabbath school lesson in videos format that is very helpful for us

    Amen!(8)
  6. Dear Sugi,

    If you will check our front page, you will see that we already feature one video every week, and there are more in our Audio-visual section.

    That said, the intent of the Sabbath School lessons is to give you and your friends a subject to study and discuss for yourselves - not to watch others discussing. 😉

    May the Lord bless you as you use the weekly lessons as an aid to getting to know Christ better through the study of His Word.

    Amen!(11)
  7. Thank you all for the wonderful comments. One asked which is the best bible version? To all that are reading this comment, experience has shown that if you are SDA don't go out on a bible study without KJV as your standard reference bible, if not the NKJV. You can use the other translations to compare but don't forget the KJV lest you be amazed when you are stuck and have no where to turn to and are bombarded with questions and you discover the version you have has some verses not included. Happy sabbath.

    Amen!(11)
    • Stephen, the texts "left out" in reliable modern versions are the ones not found in the most respected ancient documents. It is best to leave out questionable texts when we give Bible studies, no matter which Bible version we use. All our doctrines can be demonstrated from nearly any translation of the Bible, including the "New World" translation (Jehovah's Witness).

      We need to remember that the KJV is available only to English speakers, and God has people in all language groups of the world, not just the English-speaking world. The KJV is a beautiful translation, and that's one of the reasons many of us love it. (I have memorized a lot of texts out of the KJV.) And there's reason for its beauty - the translators were charged with creating a translation with beauty of language. When they had a choice of how to translate a text (and those choices do happen in translation), they chose beauty of language over accuracy.

      That said, the KJV is still a good translation for the many people who love it. But we should not insist on using only the KJV because it presents a real hurdle to younger people we want to reach with the gospel - the hurdle of learning a new language, since the KJV is not written in the language of today.

      Amen!(10)
        • The writings of Ellen White are a blessing for those who believe and are not intended to be used to persuade others to believe as we do.

          That said, however, some of her writings are quite suitable to share with those who do not believe as we do - books like Christ's Object Lessons, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings, Steps to Christ and every book of the Conflict of the Ages series. We need to pray for wisdom to match the literature to the needs of people we meet, remembering it is not our job to convict, but only to share.

          Amen!(12)
          • I appreciate the way you say, "it is not our job to convict, but only to share." This stands in contrast to what I've heard some say, who I'm sure are well meaning, that "we ought not push some subjects on people; the Holy Spirit will teach them." (These comments usually come up in the context of discussing Christian standards.) May God give us all eyes to see the opportunities that we have for sharing, with the words to express His will in attractive ways.

            Amen!(10)
  8. am from Ethiopia,here what i want to suggest is,really happy by being one of sabbath school lesson student. please would you send the whole copy as pdf to my mail. the base for my knowledge is mainly based on the sabbath school lesson, therefore i would like to study it seriously! please send me,

    Amen!(3)
  9. Hi there,
    There is this Adult lesson study guide titled Daniel, a 2004 fourth quarter study guide. Well, I easily got it on internet but I'm looking for that study guide in KOREAN language. I'm currently living in Korea.

    Amen!(2)
  10. I'm a greeter for the Adventist world church and love to study the bible, but I'm looking for any more ideas for preaching biblical hermeneutics. I'm an avid spirit of prophecy person who enjoys reading the deeper truths in SOP including diet reform purity and last day events. I also tell children's story and do special music on piano for the Hazelton B.C. Seventh-day Adventist church. I've been doing Music ministry at my church for a long time now and would love to know more about preaching bible based messages. and where are the opportunities to do so. Thanks a million Blessings love and prayers Andrew Whitaker

    Amen!(3)
    • Dear Andrew,

      We're happy to hear that you enjoy studying the Bible. The object of Bible study is to get to know Jesus better, and if you ask Him to speak to you through His Word at the beginning of your study, He will speak to you.

      As for where there are preaching opportunities, I gather you mean other than in your community. If so, I suggest you contact ShareHim.org.

      The best place to practice preaching is in your home church. 🙂 You will learn as you practice and ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom. "Hermeneutics" is about interpreting the message of the Bible. Usually people go to college and the seminary to study under that big word, but the Holy Spirit is quite willing to interpret His Word to anyone who asks. So ask that the Spirit will speak to you as you read and study. It's no good preaching to others what you have not experienced yourself.

      If you want a little taste of biblical hermeneutics, you can go to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Interpretation of Scripture on our site and study through the material referenced there.

      May God bless you as you study.

      Amen!(8)
  11. If you want to download the lesson in PDF format, look further up on the page for "Current Adult Bible Study Guides in PDF format." You will have to download these one lesson at a time.

    For the HTML lessons, see the link on the left to the topic of the quarter.

    Amen!(8)
  12. I am having a lecturer that is an atheist I would like to get some innovative ways I can reach him.Any Ideas out there saints?Thank you.Love you and God bless.

    Amen!(3)
    • I have had many Atheist lecturers in my career, and have developed strong friendships with some of them. My best advice is that if you live your life as a Christian should, sooner or later lecturers who have become your friends will ask you questions about your lifestyle and beliefs. There are a few things to keep in mind.

      1) Show respect for the beliefs of others. Many of my atheistic friends have thought long and hard about what they believe and come by their beliefs quite honestly. Telling them that their beliefs are wrong and that you have the truth is a fairly sure fire way to end any discussion of spiritual values. If you show them respect for what they believe, they will show you respect.

      2) Atheists speak a different language. It is no use using christian "terminology" to explain what you believe as the vocabulary you would use is like a foreign language to them. You will need to be quite innovative in thinking of ways to communicate your ideas to them.

      3) Spend more time listening than talking. My PhD supervisor had relationship issues. At our weekly research meetings I would often spend as much time listening to him unburden himself about the issues with his wife, and later, girlfriend, as we did discussing research. He appreciated the fact that I would listen and not lecture him on what he should or should not be doing.

      4) At the end of the day, how you act is always going to speak much more than what you say.

      Amen!(11)
  13. my name is nangana from zambia , im also requesting for the study guide pdf to my email. may our good lord continue blessing you all.

    Amen!(3)
  14. I enjoy these lessons but i also need the Bible class lessons for my fiance who is about to be baptised. How do i get them?

    Amen!(2)
    • Every cover I paint is, of course, a reflection of that quarter's content, Ben. Some covers are more symbolic, some more interpretive, and some are simply representative of the lessons.

      In the case of The Book of Job cover, I have painted a close up of Job's face showing the boils that tormented him, illustrating the bewilderment he felt at the horrors that He believed God had inflicted on him in such quick succession. Job's eyes show him pondering what has happened, and trying to understand why God has allowed it. The body language of his three friends illustrates that they are concerned, but are puzzled as well, initially unsure themselves why their friend seems to be cursed of God.

      The Book of Job is one of the most plainly written answers to the basic questions of life and suffering that we have in Scripture. It gives us a very straight forward revelation of Satan, the battle between good and evil, and the invisible world that we are connected to. Our existential questions are answered directly. And I like that.

      I hope that helps answer your question.

      Amen!(6)
  15. Dear Brethren,
    I want to thank the Lord for the good work pursued and may He bless thee.
    It is in this vain that I would love to know whether I can access a soft-copy of a "bible study guide". If yes, I humbly need to be helped.

    I am looking forward to hear from you soon

    Amen!(1)
    • I think you mean a paper copy of the Bible Study Guide?
      Where in the world are you located?
      Wherever it is, we suggest you find the nearest Seventh-day Adventist Church and ask there.

      Amen!(0)
  16. [Moderator's note: Can anyone Help Noel with a link to a website that provides these lessons?]

    I am asking for the website for the kinyarwanda study guides. Thank you

    Amen!(1)
  17. thank you for the opportunity to be able to read all the comments, question and answer segments there really help me to understand and at the same time relate with others what the Word of God is saying to me through youll.

    Amen!(1)
  18. [Moderator's Note: This appears to be a link to the Spanish version of the Sabbath School Study guide. Perhaps some of our Spanish speaking readers can check this out for us.]

    Aqui puede encontrar la lección de escuela sabática en español actualizada, ademas de comentarios y resumen en ppt. https://www.recursos-biblicos.com/2014/03/leccion-de-escuela-sabatica.html

    Amen!(3)
    • Yes, you have come to the right place. If you look near the top of this page you will find a link to Amazon.com where you can buy the electronic version of the lesson. It is in Kindle format but you can get a free Kindle app for just about any computer/phone/tablet available. The cost of the Kindle version of the Lesson is usually about $4 but it depends on which currency you are using.

      Amen!(1)
  19. yes i would like to start bible study...
    My Name is Rommy Kambi from Kenya..I have never gone to church bt a beginner and because of that i want to start with the study then i will be going to church.Now i want to grow with you first ..am 59 yrs bt still very strong...I leave i to you to decide what kind of lessons to start and hopefully advice me arcordingly.
    Because sometimes the phones fail to work i preffer postal study.This is my adress.
    ROMMY KAMBI
    80200 MALINDI
    KENYA. EAST AFRICA
    [email address not published for your protection.]

    Amen!(1)
    • Dear Rommy, we are so happy that you want to study the Bible. Be sure to pray that the Lord will give you wisdom and understanding, and He will not fail you.

      You are welcome to study the daily Sabbath School lessons with us. You can see them listed on the front page of our site. We post a new lesson every day. If you want to see just the lessons, click on Daily Lessons.
      If you want someone to contact you personally for studies, you could try writing to bible Studies, P.O. Box 89251, Mombasa, Kenya.

      You can also find some links to online studies on our Bible Study Center page. Some sites offer studies by mail if you contact them. (Unfortunately we can only offer online studies.)

      Amen!(2)
    • Hi Victor Hugo, Sabbath School Net is not responsible for any Android Apps. You will need to contact another source for that.

      Amen!(1)

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