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Great article on “politics in the church.”

https://dialogue.adventist.org/3077/politics-in-the-church-the-moral-management-of-power
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6 – Images of Unity – 11/3 – 11/9

This week’s lesson – Images of Unity

“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12, NKJV).

“The Jewish temple was built of hewn stones quarried out of the mountains; and every stone was fitted for its place in the temple, hewn, polished, and tested before it was brought to Jerusalem. And when all were brought to the ground, the building went together without the sound of ax or hammer. This building represents God’s spiritual temple, which is composed of material gathered out of every nation, and tongue, and people, of all grades, high and low, rich and poor, learned and unlearned. These are not dead substances to be fitted by hammer and chisel. They are living stones, quarried out from the world by the truth; and the great Master Builder, the Lord of the temple, is now hewing and polishing them, and fitting them for their respective places in the spiritual temple. When completed, this temple will be perfect in all its parts, the admiration of angels and of men; for its Builder and Maker is God.” –Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, p.180.

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

 

5 – The Experience of Unity in the Early Church – 10/27 – 11/02

This week’s lesson – The Experience of Unity in the Early Church

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42, NKJV).

Church unity was an important ingredient in the early church. It was one of the ingredients that helped propel the gospel after the ascension of Christ. To the church in Ephesus, Paul emphasized the importance of unity in Christ and encouraged Christians there to “keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3).

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

 

4 – The Key to Unity – 10/20 – 10/26

This week’s lesson – The Key to Unity

“Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him” (Ephesians 1:910, NKJV).

“The Bible sets before us a model church. They are to be in unity with each other, and with God. When believers are united in Christ the living vine, the result is that they are one with Christ, full of sympathy and tenderness and love.” –Ellen G. White, Pastoral Ministry, pp. 267, 268.

“The cause of division and discord in families and in the church is separation from Christ. To come near to Christ is to come near to one another. The secret of true unity in the church and in the family is not diplomacy, not management, not a superhuman effort to overcome difficulties—though there will be much of this to do—but union with Christ.” –Ellen G. White, The Adventist Home, p. 179.

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

 

13 – The Return of Our Lord Jesus – 6/23 – 6/29

This week’s lesson – The Return of Our Lord Jesus 

“ ‘For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man’ ” (Matt. 24:27, NIV).

Walking by faith may be considered silly in the world’s eyes, but when Christians attempt to stumble through a dark, sinful world themselves and fail, they realize that faith is a necessity. One day soon, our faithfulness will be confirmed, and Christ’s promise of being visible to the world will finally be fulfilled.

Every bit of doubt will be dispelled, and our living by faith will be rewarded with renewed 20/20 spiritual sight. Until then, daily hold the hand of the One who promises to guide you. He alone can provide the necessary vision to journey through a dark world to a land of eternal light.

 

8 – Worship the Creator – 5/19 – 5/25

This week’s lesson – Worship the Creator

The world is perishing for want of the gospel. There is a famine for the word of God. There are few who preach the word unmixed with human tradition. Though men have the Bible in their hands, they do not receive the blessing that God has placed in it for them. The Lord calls upon His servants to carry His message to the people. The word of everlasting life must be given to those who are perishing in their sins. Ellen G. White, Christ Object Lessons, p.228

The Bible is God’s word.  The Bible is power.  When we hold it in our hands, read it prayerfully, “eat” it as bread, and digest it mentally, it will change us from the inside, and it will make us everyday evangelists.  It will affect our lives in such a way that the lives of those around us will be made better through our influence–the influence of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

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