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Reading the lesson for this week, halfway into the first page I was already upset. Perhaps stirring up readers is the author’s purpose when he/she notes that justification, “more than any other truth, brought about the Protestant Reformation. And despite all the claims to the contrary, Rome has no more changed regarding this belief now than it did in 1520, when Pope Leo issued a papal bull condemning Luther and his teachings.

Romans 3:23; Rom 1:16, 17, 22-32; 2:1-10, 17-24; 3:1, 2, 10-18, 23.

Your word is your bond. That saying is often followed by the idea of a firm handshake that signifies a promise or vow that will not be broken. As time has progressed we have created formal ways to acknowledge promises and covenants including writing them down in contracts. Why? As humans, we tend to break our promises. We fail to live up to our word and make excuses.

“I am the Adventist church. You are the Adventist church. This is not North Korea. Nobody is elected for life. Things will change. Don’t let anyone push you out!”  

In 1552, Martin Luther wrote in the preface to his Commentary on Romans:

Boasting in the Cross

Lesson 14: September 23–29, 2017

LISTEN:

Drs. Carl Cosaert and Paul Dybdahl provide the commentary for this week’s lesson. Listen to the audio file below. 

Lesson14-BoastingInTheCross.mp3

Leading Question:  

A number of conservative and progressive Adventist leaders are now trading places in their views about how bad it would be for the denomination to split over ordaining women. This crisscrossing of positions will make the October 5–11 General Conference Annual Council even more interesting than it was already going to be.

¿No es esta porción de la Escritura el quid real de nuestro camino espiritual como familia de la iglesia?  Hemos visto, en Gálatas 5:16-25, una lista que contiene los "actos de una naturaleza pecaminosa", y ciertamente hay algunos problemas de las Grandes Ligas contemplados en ella.  Me siento bastante bien cuando empiezo a leer la lista.  Pero luego llegamos a los "pecados" que afectan a nuestras relaciones.  Parece que Pablo me dijera que "el fracaso

Isn’t this portion of Scripture the true crux of our spiritual journey as a church family? We have seen, in Galatians 5:16-25, a list of the “acts of a sinful nature,” and there are certainly some major league issues listed there. I am feeling pretty good as we get started into the list. But then we get to “sins” that impact our relationships. Paul seems to be saying to me that “moral failure” is more than adultery or acts of public depravity. He gives even more space to acts and attitudes that make me stop and take inventory.

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