TRUTH FOR TODAY

Lesson 1: December 30-January 5
Lesson 2: January 6-12
Lesson 3: January 13-19
Lesson 4: January 20-26
Lesson 5: January 27-February 2
Lesson 6: February 3-9
Lesson 7: February 10-16
Lesson 8: February 17-23
Lesson 9: February 24-March 2
Lesson 10: March 3-9
Lesson 11: March 10-16
Lesson 12: March 17-23
Lesson 13: March 24-30

Lesson 1: December 30-January 5

‘Stablish your hearts’

 

MEMORY VERSE: ‘Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.’  James 5:7-8.

LESSON AIM:  To show how we should live while waiting for Lord’s long awaited return.

 

Introduction

 

‘Though no man knoweth the day nor the hour of His coming, we are instructed and required to know when it is near. We are further taught that to disregard His warning, and refuse or neglect to know when His advent is near, will be as fatal for us as it was for those who lived in the days of Noah not to know when the flood was coming. And the parable in the same chapter, contrasting the faithful and the unfaithful servant, and giving the doom of him who said in his heart, “My Lord delayeth His coming,” shows in what light Christ will regard and reward those whom He finds watching, and teaching His coming, and those denying it. “Watch therefore,” He says. “Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when He cometh shall find so doing.” “If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” Revelation 3:3’ Great Controversy, page 370.

 

‘All things continue as they were’

 

1. What did Peter warn that scoffers in the last days would be saying about Christ’s promise to return? 2 Peter 3:3-4.

NOTE:  ‘Scoffers pointed to the things of nature, to the unvarying succession of the seasons, to the blue skies that had never poured out rain, to the green fields refreshed by the soft dews of night, and they cried out: “Doth he not speak parables?” In contempt they declared the preacher of righteousness to be a wild enthusiast; and they went on, more eager in their pursuit of pleasure, more intent upon their evil ways, than before. But their unbelief did not hinder the predicted event.’ Great Controversy, page 338.

 

2. When the world derides the apparent delay in the promise that Jesus will return, what can we learn from the Flood?  Genesis 7:7-10, 22; 2 Peter 3:5-6.

NOTE: ‘Notwithstanding the solemn scenes which they had witnessed, the beasts and birds entering the ark, and the angel of God closing the door, they still continued their sport and revelry, even making a jest of these signal manifestations of God’s power. They gathered in crowds about the ark, deriding its inmates with a daring violence which they had never ventured upon before. But upon the eighth day dark clouds overspread the heavens. There followed the muttering of thunder and the flash of lightning. Soon large drops of rain began to fall.’ Patriarchs and Prophets, page 98.

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