Saturday, September 22, 2012

Keeping the Church Faithful (2 Thess. 2:13-3:18) / Lesson 13, September 22-28

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Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Thess. 2:13-3:18, Acts 17:11, Luke 10:25-28, Matt. 7:24-27, 18:15-17.

Memory Text: “So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter” (2 Thessalonians 2:15, ESV).

Key Thought: Even with all the grand and glorious promises for the future, we have to deal with daily challenges and struggles in the church. The Thessalonian church was no exception.

Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor at the Sacramento Central Church / Amazing Facts
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Churches are a lot like plants. If a plant does not grow, it will die. In other words, change is wired into the way plants were designed by God. Similarly, a church that does not change and grow will also die. But not all change is good. Change can lead us away from who we are. It can cause us to lose touch with God’s purpose for us. The Seventh-day Adventist Church must be especially on guard, because this present-truth message is being proclaimed by no one but us! That’s a heavy responsibility-one we all, whether laity or ministry, must never forget.

Through revelation and Spirit-guided consensus, God has led the church to even more light. The light of the past helps the church navigate its way through the treacherous waters of change. Paul’s final word to the Thessalonians gives us inspired guidance in this crucial area...
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Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide: "1 and 2 Thessalonians". Standard Edition 3rd Quarter 2012
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