The Sabbath School Lesson

REV. 14: 12 "THIS CALLS FOR PATIENT ENDURANCE ON THE PART OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD WHO KEEP HIS COMMANDS AND REMAIN FAITHFUL TO JESUS." Click on the links for the SABBATH SCHOOL LESSON OF THE ONGOING WEEK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS MESSAGE TO THE RIGHT. And Read THE INTRODUCTION, THE SUBTITLES AND THE CONCLUSION first, then if you just want to have a general idea of the text, read the beginning and the end of each paragraph. ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND AND RELATE TO THE SPECIFIC SUBJECT YOU ARE STUDYING, REMEMBER THE BIG TITLE AND THE SUBTITLES. Always be aware of the context. WHAT IS THE QUESTION AT STAKE? This is what's important...BE BLESSED!!!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Stewardship: Motives of the Heart. From December 30 to March 30 2018

Stewardship: Motives of the Heart


Memory Text: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2, NKJV).

Video of the lesson presented by Pastor Doug Batchelor:

http://www.amazingfacts.org/media-library/media-archives/t/central-study-hour/sq/8/o/4/th/c.aspx


Video of the lesson presented by Dr Derek Norris:

http://hopess.hopetv.org/


The Teachers' Editions

https://www.absg.adventist.org/Teachers.htm

Click on References below by the cell phone signs for the verses of the week

This Quarter’s Weekly Study Contents

  1. The Influence of Materialism • Dec 30 – Jan 5 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  2. I See I Want, I Take • January 6 – 12 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  3. God or Mammon• January 13 – 19 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  4. Escape from the World’s Ways •  Jan 20 – 26 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  5. Stewards After Eden • Jan 27 – February 2  Lesson References Mobile Verson
  6. The Mark of a Steward • February 3 – 9 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  7. Honesty With God • February 10 – 16 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  8. The Impact of Tithing• Feb 17 – 23 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  9. Offerings of Gratitude • Feb 24 – March 2  Lesson References Mobile Verson
  10. The Role of Stewardship • March 3 – 9 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  11. Debt – A Daily Decision • March 10 – 16 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  12. The Habits of a Steward • March 17 – 23  Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  13. The Results of Stewardship • March 24 – 30  Lesson References  Mobile Verson

https://www.absg.adventist.org/
As Christians, we need to recognize our sinful condition before we see a need for change. That change can come only and thoroughly through Christ working in us. And one expression of His work in us is in the area of stewardship. Though stewardship encompasses many different aspects of the Christian’s life, we will define it now, broadly, as managing tangible and intangible possessions for the glory of God.
As taught in the Bible, stewardship becomes, among other things, a powerful tool against the dangers of materialism (the love of owning things), or worldliness in general—one of the great spiritual snares the enemy of souls sets before us. Many people fail to realize that wealth and possessions are cheap, artificial seasonings that eventually lose their flavor. Unfortunately, many souls will be lost because of their failure to break free from their love of the world. The ways of the world—“the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16)—can all be tempered, even avoided, through the principles of stewardship lived out in our lives.
That is why this quarter we will look at stewardship and what it can teach us about how to live as God would have us live, which includes freedom from the love of the world, in all its manifestations. Stewardship is the daily practical expression of what it means to follow Jesus; it is an expression of our love for God, a means of living out the truth that we have been given in Christ. We are stewards because God first loved us.
Our living of the steward’s life, then, involves our attitude, conversion, commitment, self-discipline, and much more. We are to be God’s faithful and trustworthy servants, living selfless lives by connecting to Jesus in everything we do and say. We discover in the school of Christ that the outcome of stewardship is the contentment of righteous living. We are to learn to manage God’s possessions for His glory, funding His mission to finish His work.
God’s stewards now “see in a mirror, dimly” (1 Cor. 13:12, NKJV), but Jesus sees clearly. He entrusts us to do His work. Even through the haze of the lure of the world, we are still responsible for the proper management of our talents, finances, health, and environment. These lessons are geared to teach us what our responsibilities as stewards are and how we can, through God’s grace, fulfill those responsibilities, not as a means of trying to earn salvation but as the fruit of already having it.
Our lives as Christian stewards reflect God’s character to the world. There is beauty, happiness, and godliness in the lives of those who dare to make a stand for biblical principles, especially against the trend and current of our culture. Everyone is tempted to live godless lives; the temptations are all around us, in open and in subtle ways. As Christians, especially as Christian stewards, we have not only been shown how to escape these temptations but promised the power to do so.
In the ultimate end, we are going to hear one of two sentiments spoken to us: “ ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ ” (Matt. 7:23, NKJV), or “ ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ ” (Matt. 25:23, NIV).
It is our hope and prayer that what is taught about stewardship in this quarter’s lesson will help keep us on the path that will indeed make the words, “ ‘Come and share your master’s happiness’ ” the words that we do hear.

Lessons

Standard Edition

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Salvation by Faith Alone – Book of Romans. From September 30, 2017 to December 29, 2017

Salvation by Faith Alone – Book of Romans

Memory Text: “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world” (Romans 1:8, NKJV).

Video of the lesson presented by Pastor Doug Batchelor:

http://www.amazingfacts.org/media-library/media-archives/t/central-study-hour/sq/8/o/4/th/c.aspx


Video of the lesson presented by Dr Derek Norris:

http://hopess.hopetv.org/


The Teachers' Editions

https://www.absg.adventist.org/Teachers.htm

Click on References below by the cell phone signs for the verses of the week

https://ssnet.org/lessons/17d/less01.html

Here We Stand: Luther on Romans

Jesus Only SavesFive hundred years ago this month, Martin Luther, a 33-year-old theology professor, posted his 95 Theses. And although he was seeking, at first, merely to refute a papal charlatan who was milking Luther’s flock by selling indulgences, Luther’s act of defiance became the spark that ignited the Protestant Reformation-and the world has never been the same since.
Of course, much has changed since that day in 1517. But what has not changed is the Word of God and the truths in the Word that gave Luther the theological foundation to challenge Rome and to deliver to millions the great message of salvation by faith alone.

Central to that foundation is our study for this quarter: the book of Romans. Luther wrote in his Commentary on Romans: “The Epistle is really the chief part of the New Testament and the very purest Gospel, and is worthy not only that every Christian should know it word for word, by heart, but occupy himself with it every day, as the daily bread of the soul.”-Martin Luther, Commentary on Romans, translated by J. Theodore Mueller (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1976), p. 8.
Yes, it was in Romans that Luther found the great truth of “justification by faith” alone. It was here that this man, struggling with assurance of salvation, uncovered the great truth-not just of Romans, not just of the New Testament, but of the entire Bible: the truth about the plan of salvation, “which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” (2 Tim. 1:9, NKJV). And this is the truth that salvation is found only in the righteousness of Christ. It is a righteousness credited to us by faith, a righteousness granted to us apart from the keeping of the law. Or as Paul so clearly expressed it in Romans: “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law” (Rom 3,28, NKJV).

It was in regard to this truth, too, that Luther-defying the powers and principalities of the world and of the Roman hierarchy-appeared before the Diet of Worms, in 1521, and declared: “I cannot and will not retract, for it is unsafe for a Christian to speak against his conscience. . . . Here I stand, I can do no other.”-J. H. Merle D’Aubigné D.D., History of the Reformation, translated by H. White (New York: American Tract Society, 1848), p. 249.

And today faithful Protestants also can do nothing either than stand on the Word of God over and against all unbiblical traditions and dogma.
No question that Christianity has greatly advanced since Luther, freeing itself from centuries of superstition and false doctrine that not only distorted the gospel but, in fact, also usurped it.

Yet, over the long years the Reformation stalled. In some places the progress was replaced by a cold formalism, in others people actually turned back to Rome. And now, in an age of ecumenism and pluralism, many of the distinctive truths that spurred the Reformation have become blurred, covered up under a fusillade of semantic chicanery that seeks to hide fundamental differences that have been resolved no more now than they were in Luther’s day. The prophecies of Daniel 7:23-25, 8:9-12, and Revelation 13; 14, as well as the great news of salvation by faith as found in the book of Romans show why those faithful to the Bible must firmly adhere to the truths that our Protestant forefathers defended, even at the cost of their lives.

We are Seventh-day Adventists, and we rest upon the principle of sola scriptura, Scripture alone; hence, we adamantly reject all attempts to draw Christians back to Rome and to pre-Reformation faith. On the contrary, Scripture points us in the opposite direction (Rev. 18:4), and in that direction we proceed as we proclaim “the everlasting gospel” (Rev. 14:6) to the world, the same everlasting gospel that inspired Luther 500 years ago.

This Quarter’s Weekly Study Contents

  1. “The Apostle Paul in Rome • Sep 30 – Oct 6 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  2. The Controversy • October 7 – 13 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  3. The Human Condition• Oct 14 – 20 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  4. Justification by Faith • October 21 – 27 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  5. The Faith of Abraham • October 28 – Nov 3  Lesson References Mobile Verson
  6. Adam and Jesus • November 4 – 10 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  7. Overcoming Sin • November 11 – 18 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  8. Who Is the Man of Romans 7? • Nov 18 – 24 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  9. No Condemnation • November 15 – Dec 1  Lesson References Mobile Verson
  10. Children of Promise • December 2 – 8 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  11. The Elect • December 9 – 15 Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  12. Overcoming Evil With Good • December 16 – 22  Lesson References  Mobile Verson
  13. Christian Living • December 23 – 29  Lesson References  Mobile Verson