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Wayne SDA Collegiate Sabbath School Class

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June 2018

13 – The Return of Our Lord Jesus – 6/23 – 6/29

This week’s lesson – The Return of Our Lord Jesus 

“ ‘For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man’ ” (Matt. 24:27, NIV).

Walking by faith may be considered silly in the world’s eyes, but when Christians attempt to stumble through a dark, sinful world themselves and fail, they realize that faith is a necessity. One day soon, our faithfulness will be confirmed, and Christ’s promise of being visible to the world will finally be fulfilled.

Every bit of doubt will be dispelled, and our living by faith will be rewarded with renewed 20/20 spiritual sight. Until then, daily hold the hand of the One who promises to guide you. He alone can provide the necessary vision to journey through a dark world to a land of eternal light.

 

12 – Babylon and Armageddon – 6/16 – 6/22

This week’s lesson – Babylon and Armageddon

“On her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Rev. 17:5, NKJV).

Standing up in the face of evil or standing alone for God in this world is no easy task. Many of the children of Israel continued to ride the fence between Baal and God. Yet, Elijah’s ministry showed the people that sides must be taken for or against God, and, ultimately, there was victory on Mount Carmel.

Life today can be equally difficult to navigate. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between truth and lies in our world of media blitz and sensation. But God’s Word reveals an absolute side that we can take that will make us heroes of history.

 

Deceive me not

Take aways from last week’s lesson.

How not to be deceived:


Know truth

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”–Joshua 1:8

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.“–Ps. 119:11

Every word of God is flawless;
    he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.“– Prov. 30:5

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”– John 17:17

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”– Rom. 10:17

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.“– 2 Tim. 3:16, 17

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”– Heb. 4:12


Stay connected to God

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.“– Prov. 3:5, 6

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.“– Isa. 41:10

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.“– John 15:4, 5

24 The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’“– Acts 17:24–28

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.  18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.“– Eph. 6:10–18


Be willing to admit you might be wrong

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.“– Prov. 16:18

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a]faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.“– Rom. 12:1–21

Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain. Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.

As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message. On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised. For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. 10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.“– Gal. 2:1–10

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

“– James 4:6–10

What do you know about evolution?

This, as you may know, is one of my favorite subjects.  I can’t believe I went through 50 of my years not engaged in this subject at all, but once I discovered the vast amount of available knowledge I have become all about it.

Psalms 19: 1-3
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.

“God loves you” is the message of the beauty and the vastness of the universe.  You can’t look at the moon and stars in the dark of night without wondering who we are, where we are going, and how we got here.

Continue reading “What do you know about evolution?”

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11 – God’s Seal or the Beast’s Mark – 6/9 – 6/15

This week’s lesson – God’s Seal or the Beast’s Mark

“Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints” (Rev. 15:3).

This week’s lesson examines God’s seal and the beast’s mark. Spend time learning about the sign of the covenant and what role Sabbath plays in that. Do you know the difference between a seal and a mark? There is an important difference in how and when they are created. Do you feel afraid when you think about God’s seal or the beast’s mark? Are you reluctant to discuss with others what these symbols mean and how they are applied in our lives? You aren’t the only person who struggles with this.

The good news is that there truly is good news in the seal of God and the mark of the beast. Don’t be reluctant to search it out. Touch, tilt, look through, and look at. You’ll find the real thing as you ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.

10 – America and Babylon – 6/2 – 6/8

This week’s lesson: American and Babylon

“ ‘At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book’ ” (Dan. 12:1, NKJV).

The book of Revelation is filled with prophetic symbolism and imagery, and with each new president that comes, we look toward the signs of that book. Now, there is nothing wrong with keeping our eyes on what is taking place in the world, but it can sometimes become daunting thinking that this great power will be the one to bring into play the things that we read of in Revelation 13.

Yes, America may be the world’s unchallenged superpower, but we should never forget that in all its power and might, there is One who is greater still. Psalm 47:8 tells us that “God reigns over the nations; / God sits on His holy throne” (NKJV). No matter what takes place on earth, in the present or the future, God still sits on His throne; He is still in control.

As we turn our focus to the role that America plays in Bible prophecy, let us not neglect to remember that John’s book of Revelation is to reveal to us the beauty of Jesus—the Most Supreme!

 

 

 

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