Topic “Alden Thompson”

Salvation

Leading Question: What do Jesus and Gospels tell us about salvation before Jesus died on the cross?

Given the strong emphasis on substitutionary theology in evangelical circles, a position which sees the death of Christ as essential in the salvation process, it is instructive to note the teachings of Jesus on the theme of “salvation,” teachings which would have been given before he died to pay the price for our sin. 

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Son

Leading Questions: Why is it so hard today for some to see Jesus as God incarnate and why was it so hard for the Jews in Jesus’ day?

Why it is hard in our day...

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Father

Our Father which art in heaven . . . (Matt. 6:9, KJV)

Father . . . (Luke 11:2, RSV, NIV)

“We want to learn to pray,” said one of Jesus’ disciples. “Can you help us – like John helped his disciples?”

“Sure!”  responded Jesus.  “When you pray, start like this: ‘Dear Dad.’”

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When Did the Law Turn Sour?

In our day, whenever Gospel and law or grace and law appear together in the same breath, law always takes a beating. Law condemns, but grace redeems. Now to see law viewed as some kind of culprit is an astonishing development, because in the Old Testament Torah is viewed as very good news indeed. The longest of the psalms, Psalm 119, is nothing but a celebration of Torah.

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Exhortations from the Sanctuary

Scripture: Heb 10:19-25

Leading Question: What would happen to our understanding of God and our responsibilities before him if the book of Hebrews were simply to disappear from our Bibles?

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The Cosmic Conflict Over God’s Character

“Theodicy” is a word that bubbles up to the top when we address the issue of the “Cosmic Conflict.” Given the fact that the world is a tragic mess, how could God be both all good and all powerful? The story of the Great Controversy is an attempt to address that question. But it should be noted that the “theodicy” question interests only believers in the free­will tradition. For them, God must win the hearts of his children.
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Our Prophetic Heritage

Scripture: Rev 10; 14:6-12

Leading Question: What is the most effective way today to direct attention to the work of Jesus in the heavenly sanctuary?

Several issues present themselves in connection with the study of the three angels’ message of Revelation 14. Those are addressed below

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The Eschatological Day of Atonement

Scripture: Daniel 8-9

Leading Question: How can Jesus help us address the issues in Daniel 8?

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Rediscovering Lost Adventist Literature

Our commentary on this week’s lesson focuses on Zechariah 14 and two lost-and-found items from our Adventist heritage that are linked with it. One is an astonishing Ellen White quotation on conditional prophecy1; the other, a seminal article from the SDA Bible Commentary that almost no one knows about, “The Role of Israel in Old Testament Prophecy.”2 All this should allow Adventists to take a fresh look at our understanding of the end of time.

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“El agitador predica la paz”

 

Asombroso.  El agitador argumenta a favor de la paz.  Eso es lo que Pablo hace en su primera carta a los creyentes de Tesalónica (1 Tes. 4:10-12).

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Sat, 09/13/2014 | San Diego Adventist Forum
Terrie Dopp Aamodt, PhD

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