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2019 – Qr 3

13 – A Community of Servants – 9/21 – 9/27

This week’s lesson – A Community of Servants

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works” (Heb. 10:2324, NKJV).

There is a well-known saying that goes, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Christ in His Word has time and time again outlined His perfect will for the church. He not only teaches us but came to this earth to give us a living example and make a way for us to walk in the “new and living way” (Heb. 10:20). Christ calls us to reject the easy, mechanical, and cold way we’ve been purporting service to be. He’s made a way for us to reach out in true service to those who need it the most. Hebrews 10 is a love letter; it’s a call for God’s people to be who He’s called them to be. To be authentic. To be real. To be a community of servants in a world where to be served seems most important. Let us support each other and encourage each other, and by God’s Holy Spirit, let us hold fast, without wavering, and do the good works we have been chosen to do.  From this week’s lesson – Friday

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

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12 – To Love Mercy – 9/14 – 9/20

This week’s lesson – To Love Mercy

“Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man deals graciously and lends; he will guide his affairs with discretion” (Ps. 112:45, NKJV).

Social justice has become heavily politicized in recent decades, and especially so in recent years. This has caused many Christians to abstain from becoming involved in such issues. However, by Jesus’ example, we see that we are called to be active participants in this arena.

Much of Jesus’ ministry while on earth was focused on providing justice and mercy to oppressed and marginalized individuals. Jesus fulfilled the words of Isaiah that stated that He would “ ‘tell the Good News to the poor’ ” and “ ‘tell the prisoners of sin that they are free, . . . tell the blind that they can see again’ ”and “ ‘free those who have been treated unfairly, and to announce the time when the Lord will show kindness to his people’ ” (Luke 4:1819, ICB).

Ultimately, as we seek to follow Jesus’ mandate to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, take care of the sick, and visit the imprisoned, our involvement must be rooted in a desire to see God’s love and mercy shared with all people across all sectors of life.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

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

 

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11 – Living the Advent Hope -9/7 – 9/13

This week’s lesson – Living the Advent Hope

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58, NKJV).

In this desolate world on the brink of the most cataclysmic finale, we have been placed for such a time as this. With despair, suffering, homelessness, disease, and death knocking at the door, we need hope. You and I are the ones who must teach people today to look with confidence to the promised return of Jesus to save us from this sin-filled world. The truths of the Bible must be visible in our lives so that we might be living examples to testify of what we profess to believe, as light shining in the darkness.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

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

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10 – Living the Gospel – 8/31 – 9/6

This week’s lesson – Living the Gospel

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:8–10, NKJV).

There is a basic nature to the righteous, and a portion of that is how we respond to the cause of the oppressed. This is not something you do to gain favor with God; it is evidence that the Spirit of the Most High God dwells within you. And here we find that a marker of the wicked is their inability to empathize with those whom God empathizes with. And is not the God of the Bible the God of the oppressed? We would do well to consider our positions on the issues that will define our times.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

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

 

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9 – Ministry in the New Testament Church – 8/24 – 8/30

This week’s lesson – Ministry in the New Testament Church

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27, NKJV).

As Seventh-day Adventist young adults, it behooves us to touch lives so as to create a community in which everyone contributes to the needs of other people. Christ left for us the mantle of service, which we must hold high until He comes to take us home. When our hearts fill with compassion, we can passionately reach out to touch the lives of the people around us through material donations, service, and more important, drawing them closer to Christ. This week’s lesson is a challenge for us to put our faith into practice. From this week’s lesson – Friday.

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

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8 – The Least of These – 8/17 – 8/23

This week’s lesson – The Least of These

“ ‘And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me” ’ ” (Matt. 25:40, NKJV).

“Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins” (Eccles. 7:20, ESV). All of us are in need of a savior. All of us need help at times. We are the body of Christ—created beautifully to support each other without pride or looking down on one another. And what an honor it is to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. “Walk . . . with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love” (Eph. 4:12, ESV). That “small” act of compassion could make all the difference in the world. So let’s actively look to see how we can make a positive difference. From this week’s lesson – Friday.

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

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7 – Jesus and Those in Need – 8/10 – 8/16

This week’s lesson – Jesus and Those in Need

“ ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord’ ” (Luke 4:1819, NKJV).

In a world that discriminates, exploits, and subjugates the disadvantaged, the sweet embrace of Jesus engulfs those who are marginalized and outcast. In Luke 4:18 Jesus said He was anointed by the Spirit to proclaim good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for the prisoner, to give recovery of sight for the blind, and to set the oppressed free. Just like Mary Magdalene, the apostle Peter, the blind, the deaf, and the Jews who were blessed by Jesus, today as Christians we have a duty to share our gift of knowing Christ to those who are in spiritual need. This will enable those around us to experience Jesus’ embrace too. Let us follow in the footsteps of Christ, the epitome of service, salvation, and sacrifice.  – from this week’s lesson – Friday

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

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6 – Worship the Creator – 8/3 – 8/9

This week’s lesson – Worship the Creator

“ ‘Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?’ ” (Isa. 58:67, NKJV).

God requires us to recognize His presence in our lives through worship. He wants us to render true worship that brings honor and glory to His name. If we worship Him in Spirit and truth, we can have a lasting connection with Him in our hearts, and this will be demonstrated in our actions. Besides, God has provided, in His Word, everything that we need for our spiritual growth and development. The truth in the Bible sets us free to worship God and to serve our fellow humans by His standards.

From this week’s lesson – Friday

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

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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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