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2018 – Qt 3

13 – Journey to Rome – 9/22 – 9/28

This week’s lesson: Journey to Rome

“ ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar’ ” (Acts 27:24, ESV).

Many times in our walk with Christ, we feel guilty because we fall short of who He is. Guilt comes as a result of the spiritual conviction that takes place after sin. The cycle of living for Christ, then falling short, and then asking for forgiveness happens more than we’d like to admit. However, God is relentless!

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

 

 

12 – Confinement in Caesarea – 9/15 – 9/21

This week’s lesson: Confinement in Caesarea

“ ‘Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that not only you but also all who are listening to me today might become such as I am—except for these chains’ ” (Acts 26:29, NRSV).

Paul was “mad about Jesus.” From the moment he accepts God’s call after his Damascus Road encounter with Christ, Paul seems never to hesitate at any task. Even Moses and Elijah, great servants of God, exhibited reluctance to follow God’s plan for them, considering the extraordinary sacrifices concomitant. Yet Paul yields completely. It’s as though he relishes walking the martyr’s path. When warned by a prophet that he would be captured should he journey to Jerusalem, Paul declares his readiness “not only to be jailed . . . but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 21:10–13, NLT).

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

 

 

11 – Arrest in Jerusalem – 9/8 – 9/14

This week’s lesson: Arrest in Jerusalem

The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, ‘Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome’ ” (Acts 23:11, NIV).

Paul wrote in his letter to Timothy, “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12). If the Holy Spirit led Paul to write this to a young adventist in the early church, how much more relevant are those words for young Adventists living as the church fulfills its earthly destiny?

Does the word “persecution” instill fear in us?  Does it generate fear in relation to how much we believe that persecution will come or that we will be able to withstand it when it does?

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

 

 

10 – The Third Missionary Journey – 9/1 – 9/7

This week’s lesson: The Third Missionary Journey

“ ‘I do not count my life of any value to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace’ ” (Acts 20:24, NRSV).

In the Bible, the story of Paul points us to one of the disciples of Christ who embarked on several journeys for a cause. In his third missionary journey, Paul focused on Ephesus, where there were some converts of John the Baptist. Paul’s life was a complete turnaround, from a persecutor of Christians to the most effective missionary of all time. A notorious oppressor who experienced total transformation through the gospel, Paul defied the magicians, soothsayers, and the state law officials of Ephesus and planted Christian churches in the region.

Like He did for Paul, God has a cause for you.

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

 

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.

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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