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Wayne SDA Collegiate Sabbath School Class

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July 2019

5 – The Cry of the Prophets – 7/27 – 8/2

This week’s lesson – The Cry of the Prophets

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Mic. 6:8, NKJV).

“True religion is following after the heart of God. As a prophet of God, Isaiah’s message was all about calling God’s people to live a life that reflected the character of the One they claimed to obey. Amos, Ezekiel, Micah, and other prophets also shared a similar perspective on the compassionate nature of God, pointing out our responsibility to respond to the needs of those around us. The biblical narrative in both the Old and New Testaments brings our attention back, again and again, to the necessity of caring for society’s most vulnerable and defining passivity or indifference to their suffering as sin against God. Ultimately, as the passage in Isaiah 42 expresses clearly, relieving suffering is the very work of Christ and the work that He was commissioned to do while He was on earth. The question then remains: what are we willing to do in response to His example?” – From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this Sabbath.  Hope to see you there.

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4 – Mercy and Justice in Psalms and Proverbs 7/20 – 7/26

This week’s lesson – Mercy and Justice in Psalms and Proverbs

“Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked” (Ps. 82:34, NKJV).

Paul tells us to be imitators of Christ (Eph. 5:12). While Jesus was on earth, He spent a lot of time ministering to those who were considered outcasts in society. If we profess to be followers of God, we will work to meet the needs of others. We must be a refuge for the poor and seek justice for the afflicted. In our ministry to the less fortunate, we should also point them to the Savior and eternal life. When we assist those who are least among us, we are doing it to Christ!

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss on Sabbath morning.  Hope to see you then.

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3 – Sabbath: A day of Freedom – 7/13 – 7/19

This week’s lesson – Sabbath: A Day of Freedom

“And He said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath’ ” (Mark 2:27, NKJV).

As we stop to take relief from our busy lives and to worship on the Sabbath, we are reminded that the Sabbath commemorates Creation and affirms God as Creator of the earth.

In Mark 2:27, Jesus says, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.” Christ reminds us that the Sabbath isn’t just a weekly ritual filled with liturgy or one more thing we have to do at the end of the week. Rather, He has given us the freedom to understand and celebrate the Sabbath in its multifaceted biblical depth and beauty. From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and we’ll discuss it Sabbath morning.  Hope to see you then.

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