Sabbath School

Discipling the Powerful

Let me start with the questions: What is power? Who are the powerful?

With the Rich and Famous

The rich and famous have been the subject of many literary pieces. Authors paint them in different shades and angles but a recurring theme pervades—despite their seeming privileges, they have needs that are unmet.

Jesus and the Social Outcasts

I think the lesson’s author did an excellent job of helping us see how Jesus interacted with and treated the social outcasts of His era.

Discipling the Ordinary

Who wants to be considered “ordinary”?  For many of us, the need to be special, to be noticed, is a great human need – anything except “ordinary.”  I would like to suggest that for us to disciple the ordinary, we must first embrace our “ordinariness.” I want to share some of my own story in order to illustrate why many of us struggle with this issue.  I was born on a farm, the second of fifteen children.  Farm life is certainly an ordinary life in many ways: humble, hardworking and in tune with nature.  However, being one of fifteen children does not allow one to re

The Adventist Worldview on Healing

After being nearly bled and drugged to death, President George Washington on his deathbed feebly requested that he, “be permitted to die without further interruption.”1  In the 18th century the scientific method was still in its infancy and the general populace was treated with a variety of very strong medicines, folklore cures and extended confinement in enclosed rooms.  People had a diet high in meat, gravy and spices which often overloaded the system and led to weakness and premature death. 

Discipling Children

 

 When I was a child, I lived in a little village where there’s an Adventist church. On Sabbaths, I’d see the Adventists go to church, neatly dressed, with Bibles in their hand. From our house, I’d hear beautiful music and sometimes I’d beg my mother to be allowed to go.  I felt very shy to enter the church.

Discipleship and Prayer

I must admit that I have a bit of a problem with “prayer.” There are so many slivers of truth about it that have become clichés and left my interest in the topic rather jaded. (God answers prayer with yes, no, or wait; Prayer doesn’t bring God down to us, it brings us up to Him; Prayer is the answer; Prayer doesn’t change God, it changes us; Pray without ceasing; Seven days without prayer makes one weak.) I do not get spiritually excited about prayer breakfasts or prayer walks.

Discipling Through Metaphor

Recently I realised that much of my thinking on discipleship has been provoked by metaphors. While metaphors are inherently limited, each one has provided me with one or two facets of discipleship that have remained memorable—the vine of John 15 for intimacy and communion, the Sanctuary for understanding the relationship between being and doing, and the post-exilic brokenness of Jerusalem for the need of building transformational communities. Collectively they have helped to build a framework to help me think about my life as a disciple and discipler.

Disciples and Scripture

Scripture; what does this word bring to mind? Do you perhaps relate it to God’s Word or Bible study? Or perhaps you associate it with a time when you were eager to learn as much as you could about Jesus or perhaps upon your conversion the experience of reading the Bible for the first time. Or it could be a sense of not spending enough time reading Scripture or not deriving joy in doing so.

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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