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Wayne SDA Collegiate Sabbath School Class

…continuing the conversation…

Month

July 2018

3 – Life in the Early Church – 7/14 – 7/20

This week’s lesson – Life in the Early Church

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people” (Acts 2:4647, NIV).

“Christ has made provision that His church shall be a transformed body, illumined with the light of heaven, possessing the glory of Immanuel. It is His purpose that every Christian shall be surrounded with a spiritual atmosphere of light and peace. There is no limit to the usefulness of one who, putting self aside, makes room for the working of the Holy Spirit upon the heart and lives a life wholly consecrated to God.” – Ellen G. White, Counsels for the Church, p 99.

 

 

2 – Pentecost – 7/7 – 7/13

This week’s Lesson – Pentecost

“ ‘This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear’ ” (Acts 2:3233, NRSV).

Ellen G. White says that the “whole book of Acts is our lesson book.”1 It shares the colorful miracles, signs, and wonders that accompanied the preaching and teaching of the apostles. It is an inspirational history book written “under the direction of the Holy Spirit.”2 Inspiration is the light that made the apostles such heavy but practical theologians.  – 1. The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, 2nd ed., vol. 6 , p. 1055.  2. Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles, p. 593.

 

 

1 – You Will be My Witnesses – 6/30 – 7/6

This week’s lesson – You will be My Witnesses

“ ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ ” (Acts 1:8, NRSV).

The lesson this quarter focuses on the book of Acts. Just from the name, we can see that the narrative deals with things the apostles did after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. When we read the book, we read about how the apostles behaved. The verb to act implies behavior, not thoughts or intentions or motivations. The word acts, as a plural noun, can describe the results of those actions. The book, then, focuses on deeds, not words.

“The gospel commission is the great missionary charter of Christ’s kingdom. The disciples were to work earnestly for souls. They were to go to the people with their message. Their every word and act was to fasten attention on Christ’s name, as possessing that vital power by which sinners may be saved. His name was to be their badge of distinction, the authority for their action, and the source of their success.” – Ellen G. White, From Trials to Triumph, p. 17

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