Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Church: In Service to Humanity│Lesson 8, November 17-23

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Memory Text:  “These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:14-15, NKJV).

Key Thought: “We should remember that the church, enfeebled and defective though it be, is the only object on earth on which Christ bestows His supreme regard.”-Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, book 2, p. 396.

Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor at the Sacramento Central Church / Amazing Facts

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For many, church isn’t what it used to be (whatever that was). Some people are even talking about “a churchless Christianity,” a concept that is self-contradictory. Others rail against “organized religion” (what is better, “disorganized religion”?). The Bible teaches, clearly, about the importance of the church. It’s not an option; it’s a crucial component in the plan of salvation. No wonder, then, that as the great controversy unfolds, Satan works so hard against it, especially because the church is one important means by which sinners are brought into contact with God’s offer of salvation. The church, wrote Paul, was “the house of God,” even “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15, NKJV). The church is not a human invention; it is was created by God for the purposes of bringing erring sinners into a saving relationship with Him ...  Read the entire Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide lesson



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► Principal Contributor: KWABENA DONKOR is an associate director of the Biblical Research Institute at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is editor of The Church, Culture, and Spirits: Adventism in Africa, and he has contributed to numerous journals and the book Reclaiming the Center: Confronting Evangelical Accommodation in Postmodern Times. He and his wife, Comfort, have two adult children.

► Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide: GROWING in CHRIST. 
Standard Edition 4rd Quarter 2012

• Editor: Clifford R. GoldsteinAssociate Editor: Soraya L. Homayouni / Publication Manager: Lea Alexander Greve / Editorial Assistant: Sharon Thomas-Crews / Pacific Press Coordinator: Wendy Marcum / Art Director and Illustrator: Lars Justinen / Concept Design: Dever Design

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