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2019 – Qr 3

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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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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