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Wayne SDA Collegiate Sabbath School Class

…continuing the conversation…

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January 2016

This Week’s Lesson – 1/30/16 – 2/5/16

This week’s Lesson – Victory in the Wilderness

“ ‘For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost’ ” (Luke 19:10, NKJV).

“The adversary of souls is not permitted to read the thoughts of men; but he is a keen observer, and he marks the words; he takes account of actions, and skillfully adapts his temptations to meet the cases of those who place themselves in his power.”
–Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, bk. 1, pp. 122, 123.

“Just as surely as we have a personal Saviour, we have also a personal adversary, cruel and cunning, who ever watches our steps, and plots to lead us astray. . . . Wherever the opinion is entertained that he does not exist, there he is most busy. When we least suspect his presence, he is gaining advantage over us. I feel alarmed as I see so many of the youth yielding to his power while they know it not.”
— White, Sons and Daughters of God, p. 79.

This Week’s Lesson – 1/23/16 – 1/29/16

This week’s Lesson – The Controversy Continues

“And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, ‘Let us rise up and build.’ Then they set their hands to this good work” (Neh. 2:18, NKJV).

“All who in that evil day would fearlessly serve God according to the dictates of conscience, will need courage, firmness, and a knowledge of God and His word; for those who are true to God will be persecuted, their motives will be impugned, their best efforts misinterpreted, and their names cast out as evil.

Satan will work with all his deceptive power to influence the heart and becloud the understanding, to make evil appear good, and good evil. The stronger and purer the faith of God’s people, and the firmer their determination to obey Him, the more fiercely will Satan strive to stir up against them the rage of those who, while claiming to be righteous, trample upon the law of God. It will require the firmest trust, the most heroic purpose, to hold fast the faith once delivered to the saints. . . .

“God desires His people to prepare for the soon-coming crisis. Prepared or unprepared, they must all meet it; and those only who have brought their lives into conformity to the divine standard, will stand firm at that time of test and trial. . . . When every other trust fails, then it will be seen who have an abiding trust in Jehovah. And while the enemies of truth are on every side, watching the Lord’s servants for evil, God will watch over them for good. He will be to them as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.”
–Ellen G. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 167.

 

This Week’s Lesson – 1/16/16 – 1/22/16

This week’s Lesson – Conflict and Crisis: The Judges

“And Hannah prayed and said: ‘My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation’ ” (1 Sam. 2:1, NKJV).
“From the very first communication of God with them at Sinai, they had been warned against idolatry. Immediately after proclamation of the law, the message was sent them by Moses, concerning the nations of Canaan: ‘Thou shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works; but thou shall utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. And you shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee’ (Exodus 23:24, 25). The assurance was given so that so long as they remained obedient, God would subdue their enemies before them.”
–Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 543.
“Like Israel, Christians too often yield to the influence of the world and conform to its principles and customs, in order to secure the friendship of the ungodly; but in the end it will be found that these professed friends are the most dangerous of foes. The Bible plainly teaches that there can be no harmony between the people of God and the world. ‘Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.’ 1 John 3:13. Our Savior says, ‘Ye know that it hated Me before it hated you.’ John 15:18. Satan works through the ungodly, under cover of a pretended friendship, to allure God’s people into sin, that he may separate them from Him; and when their defense is removed, then he will lead his agents to turn against them and seek to accomplish their destruction.”
–Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 559.

This Week’s Lesson – 1/9/16 – 1/15/16

This week’s Lesson – Global Rebellion and the Patriarchs

“ ‘Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you’ ” (Gen. 28:15, NKJV)

“The sacrifice required of Abraham was not alone for his own good, nor solely for the benefit of succeeding generations; but it was also for the instruction of the sinless intelligences of heaven and of other worlds. The field of the controversy between Christ and Satan—the field on which the plan of redemption is wrought out—is the lesson book of the universe. Because Abraham had shown a lack of faith in God’s promises, Satan had accused him before the angels and before God of having failed to comply with the conditions of the covenant and as unworthy of its blessing. God desired to prove the loyalty of His servant before all heaven to demonstrate that nothing less than perfect obedience can be accepted, and to open more fully before them the plan of salvation. . . .

Continue reading “This Week’s Lesson – 1/9/16 – 1/15/16”

This week’s lesson – 1/3/16 – 1/8/16

This week’s Lesson – Crisis in Eden

“ ‘And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel’ ” (Gen. 3:15, NKJV).

“Satan commenced his work with Eve, to cause her to disobey. She first erred in wandering from her husband, next in lingering around the forbidden tree, and next in listening to the voice of the tempter, and even daring to doubt what God had said, ‘In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.’ She thought that perhaps the Lord did not mean just what He said, and venturing, she put forth her hand, took of the fruit and ate. It was pleasing to the eye and pleasant to the taste. Then she was jealous that God had withheld from them what was really for their good, and she offered the fruit to her husband, thereby tempting him. She related to Adam all that the serpent had said and expressed her astonishment that he had the power of speech.

“I saw a sadness come over Adam’s countenance. He appeared afraid and astonished. A struggle seemed to be going on in his mind. He felt sure that this was the foe against whom they had been warned, and that his wife must die. They must be separated. His love for Eve was strong, and in utter discouragement he resolved to share her fate. He seized the fruit and quickly ate it. Then Satan exulted. . . . He had fallen and caused others to fall with him.

And he had now tempted the woman to distrust God. . . . Satan knew that the woman would not fall alone. Adam, through his love for Eve, disobeyed the command of God, and fell with her.”1

“Sorrow filled heaven, as it was realized that man was lost, and that world which God had created was to be filled with mortals doomed to misery, sickness, and death, and there was no way of escape for the offender. The whole family of Adam must die.”2

1. Ellen G. White, Early Writings, pp. 147, 148.
2. Ibid., p. 149.

This Week’s Lesson – 12/26/15 – 1/2/16

This week’s Lesson – Crisis in Heaven

“Because of Satan’s accusing power, it was not the plan of God to deal with him as he deserved. The tempter would throw all the blame of his course upon others who were below him. He would make it appear that if he could have moved according to his own judgment all this demonstration of rebellion would have been avoided. . . .

“He claims to be officiating as the voice and power of God, claims that his decisions are justice, are pure and without fault. Thus he takes his position on the judgment seat and declares that his counsels are infallible. Here his merciless justice comes in, a counterfeit of justice, abhorrent to God.”1

“God could employ only such means as were consistent with truth and righteousness. Satan could use what God could not—flattery and deceit.

. . . God permitted him to demonstrate the nature of his claims, to show the working out of his proposed changes in the divine law. His own work must condemn him. Satan had claimed from the first that he was not in rebellion. The whole universe must see the deceiver unmasked.”2

“God sees that the same course of action is being pursued the world over. Men and women come to the place where the road diverges: it is either right or wrong. Thousands upon thousands clothe themselves in what they supposed to be an impenetrable disguise, and choose the wrong. . . . God does not force anyone. He leaves all free to choose.”3

 

1. Ellen G. White, Christ Triumphant, p. 11.
2. Ibid., p. 12.
3. Ibid., p. 14.

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