I don’t even know where to begin. Not only did this week turn out to be absolutely insane, but this lesson turned out to be harder than I thought it would be, too. Might go back and tweak it later, but for now, here it is.

Throughout the history of the world, prayer and the study of Scripture have proven to be key sources of major revivals and reforms time and time again. It was true in the time of Hezekiah, it was true for Martin Luther, and it is also true in the history of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

The first stirrings of what would build up into the Seventh-Day Adventist Church started in the year 1739 with the arrival of the eloquent young preacher, George Whitefield. His preaching sparked what would come to be known as the First Great Awakening, which itself would go on to influence William Miller, one of the leading figures in the Second Great Awakening.

Without the Great Awakening, a movement that covers the span of over 100 years, the Seventh-Day Adventist Church would never have come into existence. So exactly what was the Great Awakening? Why was it important? And what about it caused the formation of an entirely new denomination? Let’s have a look.

Read it here –> Quarter 1 Lesson 5: The Great Awakening

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So…this week has been, in one word, insane. For what it’s worth, though, this next lesson is complete.

So far, we have talked about what the Bible is, why we should study it, and what it means to pray.

In the world today, many believe that prayer is merely an option, something that can be done but isn’t particularly important. What many don’t realize is that prayer is an inseparable part of the Christian life, an aspect of a believer’s interactions with God that sets the stage for the life he or she will live. It is meant not just to please God but, more specifically, to encourage and strengthen our faith in and relationship with our Creator.

In Steps to Christ, it says:

Unceasing prayer is the unbroken union of the soul with God, so that life from God flows into our life, and from our life, purity and holiness flow back to God (pg. 98).

Examples of prayer can be seen throughout the Bible. Even Jesus prayed. Let’s take a look at some of the types of prayers recorded in the Bible. As you do, think about how these prayers might be applied to your life today.

Read it here –> Quarter 1, Lesson 4: A Life of Prayer

Memory Verse: August 15, 2015

Posted: August 12, 2015 in Memory Verses

My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up (Psalm 5:3).

Quarter 1, Lesson 3 Complete

Posted: August 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

It’s late, but it’s done.

The Bible is, without a doubt, essential to the life of a Christian. It is the “Swiss army knife” of our lives, able to help us through any situation no matter how difficult it may seem. It is also God’s living text message, a collection of warnings and love letters sent from God to us.

But what about the other way around? Can we talk back to God? If the Bible is God’s text message to us, prayer is our response. But what is prayer, exactly? Let’s see what the Bible has to say about it.

Read it here –> Quarter 1, Lesson 3: Talking Back

Memory Verse: August 8, 2015

Posted: August 5, 2015 in Memory Verses

Here’s the memory verse for this week. Recognize it, anyone?

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen (Matthew 6:9-13).

Well, this one is out before Sabbath, at least. Yay! This week’s lesson is on reasons we should study the Bible. I think I got a little long-winded on some of the days. And teenagers, am I using too many big words? Let me know: Is this lesson something you can understand? Is it interesting? Does it seem relevant to your daily lives? Anyway, please read and let me know what you think.

Lesson:

Last week we learned that the Bible is the divinely-inspired Word of God, a book of prophecy, guidance, purification and protection meant to help us and strengthen us in our lives here on this earth.

Ok, so we know what it is, but there is still another question looming over us: Why should we study it?

In the book Steps to Christ, we read:

There is nothing more calculated to strengthen the intellect than the study of the Scriptures. No other book is so potent to elevate the thoughts, to give vigor to the faculties, as the broad, ennobling truths of the Bible. If God’s Word were studied as it should be, men would have a breadth of mind, a nobility of character, and a stability of purpose rarely seen in these times (pg. 90).

In this week’s lesson, let’s dive into the Scriptures and take a look at some reasons to study the Bible. And then, once we have explored that, let’s learn some methods for Bible study.

Read it here –> Quarter 1, Lesson 2: Searching for Truth

I know it’s a little late in coming, but last Sabbath’s lesson is finally complete. Take a look!

What is the Bible?

At the core of every religion is the question of “What do I believe?” and “Why do I believe it?”

For a true follower of God, these questions center around the Bible. But what is the Bible? What sets this collection of 66 ancient books apart from any other book you can pick up off a bookstore shelf? Without understanding what the Bible is, it is hard to understand why we should care about what is inside it.

In 2 Timothy 3:14-17 we read,

But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

So what is the Bible? The Bible has more than one function and purpose in our lives, so much so that it merits a closer look. Let’s take a look at what the Scriptures have to say about themselves.

Read it here –> Quarter 1, Lesson 1: The Greater Light

Memory Verse: August 1, 2015

Posted: July 27, 2015 in Memory Verses

Hey guys! I’ve got the memory verse for this coming Sabbath ready to go. Should be pretty easy, as it is a continuation of last week’s. Here it is:

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17).

Program Launch!

Posted: July 26, 2015 in General/Notes

Hey everyone!

So, yesterday, July 25, marked the official launch of the Compass Initiative Sabbath School Program. Thank you to all who attended and gave me feedback.

For those of you who are coming this next Sabbath, don’t forget that we have a memory verse challenge going with this program, too. If you can memorize the verse for last Sabbath as well as this upcoming Sabbath, even better!

For those of you who were in class yesterday, please feel free to leave comments below this post about your opinions on this first lesson: what you liked, what you didn’t like, what you would like to see implemented. I am building this program for you, after all. 🙂

I’ll be posting updates as I go this week, so keep an eye out for more information, and I look forward to seeing ya’ll next Sabbath!