Wayne SDA Collegiate Sabbath School Class

…continuing the conversation…


2018 – Qt 4

13 – Final Restoration of Unity – 12/22 – 12/28

This week’s lesson – Final Restoration of Unity

“Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet. 3:13, NKJV).

Knowing that we will never be fully united because of sin, how do we keep trying while hoping for the day we unite with our Redeemer at the second coming?  How do we influence the world around us to also look for that day and hope for an eternity with God?

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this next Sabbath.

12 – Church Organization and Unity – 12/15 – 12/21

This week’s lesson – Church Organization and Unity

“ ‘Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave’ ” (Matt. 20:2627, NKJV).

What is our role as members of a global church organization, and how do we maintain unity when we disagree with decisions made by the church leadership.  What is our responsibility to keep the unity and what is the role of church leadership to keep a high level of unity in the face of having to make hard and at times controversial decision?

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this coming Sabbath.

11 – Unity in Worship – 12/8 – 12/14

This week’s lesson – Unity in Worship

“Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth— to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water’ ” (Revelation 14:67, NKJV).

There are various ways to look at “Unity in Worship” in the context of our worship today.  One way is to make the distinction between our view of worship in our church and they view of worship in the Christian church at large in light of Rev 14.  Another way is to look at the style of worship within our churches in comparison to other churches and various other styles from traditional to modern.  There remains a frustration by some church members about any inclusion of modern styles into our otherwise traditional church services.  The way we coexist is what we must explore as a church.  Our guide must be God’s Word.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss it this coming Sabbath.

10 – Unity and Broken Relationships – 12/1 – 12/7

This Week’s Lesson – Unity and Broken Relationships

“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Rom. 5:10, NKJV).

“Christian unity is a mighty agency. It tells in a powerful manner that those who possess it are children of God. It has an irresistible influence upon the world, showing that man in his humanity may be a partaker of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. We are to be one with our fellow men and with Christ, and in Christ one with God. Then of us can be spoken the words, ‘Ye are complete in Him.’ ” – Ellen G. White, My Life Today, p. 276.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss further this Sabbath.



9 – The Most Convincing Proof – 11/24 – 11/30

This Week’s Lesson – The Most Convincing Proof

“Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad” (John 11:5152, NKJV).

“The Lord has called us to unity in the bonds of Christian fellowship and love. ‘A new commandment I give unto you,’ said Christ, ‘That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.’ ‘If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” – Ellen G. White, “Christian Unity,” Review and Herald, April 27, 1897.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s talk about it this Sabbath.




8 – Unity in Faith – 11/17 – 11/23

This Week’s Lesson – Unity in Faith

“ ‘Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved’ ” (Acts 4:12, NKJV).

The Bible explains that God gave His people the Sabbath as a covenant, “a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them” (Ezek. 20:12). For the people of Israel, the Sabbath was a day of both physical and spiritual rest. It was a day reserved for people to break out of their daily labor routine to have some physical rest. In addition, the Sabbath was a day to commune with God, to take their spiritual burdens to God in prayer and thanksgiving. This, in turn, led to spiritual rest.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss it this Sabbath.



7 – When Conflicts Arise – 11/10 – 11/16

This Week’s Lesson – When Conflicts Arise

“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:2728, NKJV).

During His time of sorrow and agony in Gethsemane, Jesus prayed a beautiful, selfless prayer for us. He specifically prayed for future believers to have unity—not only to experience relational, unselfish love among one another but also to be a powerful witness to the rest of the world. Given Jesus’ attention to this aspect of the Christian church and community, it is critical that we do all we can to support this unity within the church family.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss it this Sabbath.



3 – That They All May Be One – 10/13 – 13/19

This week’s Lesson – That They All May Be One

“ ‘I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me’ ” (John 17:2021, NKJV).

Satan had so successfully painted a picture of God that resembled his own attributes that humans worshiped Him as a vengeful dictator more than an omni-benevolent Lord. So Jesus shows up to fix that, and by His life and ministry He reveals the true character of God because of His intimacy with Him. This oneness between Father and Son is thematic throughout John 17, but Jesus goes further in His prayer, including His disciples in that unity, praying “that they may be one, as we are” (verse 11).

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



2 – Causes of Disunity – 10/6 – 10/12

This week’s lesson – 10/6 – 10/12

“ ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding’ ” (Prov. 9:10, NKJV).

“How sad that so many churches misrepresent the sanctifying influence of the truth, because they do not manifest the saving grace that would make them one with Christ, even as Christ is one with the Father! If all would reveal the unity and love that should exist among brethren, the power of the Holy Spirit would be manifest in its saving influence. In proportion to our unity with Christ will be our power to save souls.”
-Ellen G. White, “The Work Before Us,” Review and Herald, April 14, 1903, p. 7.

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

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