Archive for August, 2015

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).