Lesson 3: Spiritual Gifts and Prophecy

for the week ended January 17, 2009

Hi All and Happy New Year!

Link to this weeks’ Bible study guide: http://ssnet.org/qrtrly/eng/09a/less03nkjv.html

There are a few issues in the lesson that we’ll have a look at this week:

Click on any of the links above to get into the discussion…

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Lessons 7 – 13

Sorry but there has not been any e-Sabbath School during this period. We will be back in 2009.

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Lesson 6: Atonement in Symbols: Part 1

for the week ended November 8, 2008

Link to the current lesson study guide: http://ssnet.org/qrtrly/eng/08d/less06nkjv.html

This week’s study investigates the sacrificial system established in the Old Testament.

The sacrificial system involved the regular killing of many animals – a lot of shedding of blood. It is a very unpleasant set of rituals. Why did a God of love set up this system?

Before we get started – my usual disclaimer when getting into difficult topics – the notes below are my best Continue reading

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Lesson 5: Atonement Announced

for the week ended November 1, 2008

Link to the current lesson study guide: http://ssnet.org/qrtrly/eng/08d/less05nkjv.html

This week’s lesson is all about the early gospel references in the Old Testament.

Outline:

  1. After Eve and Adam’s fall, God provides some cryptic information about the future
  2. God declares His forgiving nature.
  3. Abraham’s Test

Part 1: Let’s start off with the very first reference to the gospel in Genesis 3:15.

“…And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”

This statement foretells the war that was to come between Christ and Satan and their respective followers “offspring”.

Q1: Why has God put ‘hostility’ between the woman and the serpent? Put another way, what would be the situation if this hostility hadn’t been put there?

I think that in line with God’s character of love, this act was for our own protection. Continue reading

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Atonement and the Cross of Christ: Lessons 1 to 4

Sorry but e-sabbath school was in hiatus for much of October ’08 and there were no posts for these weeks.

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Lesson 13: Here Am I; Send Me: The Prophet Isaiah

for the week ended September 27, 2008

This week we’re studying the life of the prophet Isaiah. The format this week will be more of a “Q and A” style where you can select different streams of discussion.

The following excerpt from Isaiah 6:1-6 will be key for our discussion (- this is Isaiah speaking):

It was in the year King Uzziah died[a] that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. They were calling out to each other,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!
The whole earth is filled with his glory!”

Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.

Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”

Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”

I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

Click here if you’d like to think more about Isaiah’s ‘Woe is me’ reaction to seeing the Lord.

Click here if you’d like to discuss the significance of the burning coal.

Click here if you’d like to ponder how Isaiah volunteered himself so quickly

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Lesson 12: Gifted for Service: Philip

for the week ended 20 September 2008

(This week’s lesson has been contributed by Michelle, currently working with a development agency in Mongolia)

What values contained in the Bible message are “fixed” values that can be understood across different cultures?

How do we share our message beyond the borders of our own faith community? To what degree is an insistence on creeds and formulas important?

This week the lesson study focused on Philip, one of the seven deacons discussed in Acts. Philip’s experiences give us important lessons about cross-cultural mission.

Two areas will be discussed – click on the links below to get into the discussion:

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