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Wayne SDA Collegiate Sabbath School Class

…continuing the conversation…

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August 2018

9 – The Second Missionary Journey – 8/25-9/31

This week’s lesson: The Second Missionary Journey

“ ‘Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city’ ” (Acts 18:910, NIV).

When an artist applies the first few strokes of paint to his canvas, to the viewer, it looks a complete mess, but to the artist it’s the beginning of things to come—the beginning of a perfect picture, a picture created with perfection through the cumulative effort of single strokes on a canvas. In his mind, the artist envisions what he wants his masterpiece to look like. Unaware of that vision is the viewer, who judges the picture based on its current “disorganized” state and is confused. Though baffled, the viewer eagerly awaits the picture’s final outcome.

When you take the paintbrush from God and try to finish the picture yourself, you mess up His perfect picture—you mess up your life.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s talk about it this coming Sabbath at 10:00 AM.

 

8 – The Jerusalem Council – 8/18-8/24

This week’s lesson – The Jerusalem Council

“ ‘We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are’ ” (Acts 15:11, NIV).

Scripture teaches us that wherever sin abounds, grace abounds even more (Romans 5:20). History reveals the converse to be, likewise, true— whenever God is at work in the lives of men and women, Satan is always at hand, ever seeking to uproot and counteract the work of grace. Whenever doctrinal or interpersonal conflicts threaten the unity of our churches, our institutions, or our families, we may be sure that Satan is at work, seeking to divide and destroy God’s people from within.

This is especially so in today’s sociopolitical environment.  Though the issue today may not be circumcision, as it was during the period of time in which we are studying this week, there are many similar issues we face today that cause similar divisions in church, in families, and in friendships.

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