Prepared by William Earnhardt, for Sabbath School Class on Sabbath, December 10, 2022.
Main Theme: A proper understanding in Scripture will keep us safe from end-time deceptions.
Read in Class: Matthew 7:21-27. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: In light of Jesus’ own words, what does it mean to build our spiritual house “on the rock” and to build it “on the sand”?
Apply: How can we fight the very human tendency to let our emotions and desires cause us to do things contrary to the Word of God?
Share: Your friend says, “Romans 10:13 tells us all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. It does not matter if we keep the Sabbath or obey the Bible. All we have to do is call on the name of the Lord to be saved now.” How do you answer your friend?
Read in Class: Mark 5:41-43 and John 11:40-44. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: Do any of these passages mention the resurrected people being conscious while they were dead?
Apply: How fascinating that NDEs often now come with the imprimatur of “science.” What does this teach us about how careful we need to be even of things that science supposedly “proves”?
Share: Your friend says while he momentarily died on the operating table he was hovering over the doctors and nurses who were working on him. He says he experienced for himself consciousness while being dead. What do you tell your friend? For hints see Death in Light of the Cross and Every Word of God Proves True.
Read in Class: 1 Samuel 28:3-25. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: What spiritual lessons against any supposed communication with the dead can be drawn from Saul’s experience with the woman medium at Endor?
Apply: How often, under stress, do we do things that we know are wrong? Why are faith, prayer, and obedience to the Word of God our only sure defense against our own selves?
Share: Your friend says that when he was a child he was lost in the woods and his dead grandfather miraculously appeared and led him safely home and then disappeared. What do you tell your friend? For hints see Did King Saul Talk to Samuel After he Died?
Read in Class: 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 and Ephesians 6:10-18. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: What should be our safeguards against such demonic deceptions?
Apply: What does it mean to put on the “whole armor of God?” In a day-by-day practical sense, how do we do this in every area of our lives, not just in dealing with end-time deceptions?
Share: Can you think of a friend who would be edified by something in this week’s Bible study? How can you share it with them this week?