Prepared by William Earnhardt for Sabbath School class on May 20, 2023.
Main Theme: The Sabbath is an everlasting sign that God is our Creator and Redeemer.
Read in Class: Revelation 14:7, Romans 14:10 and James 2:8-13. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: What does judgment imply about issues such as accountability and responsibility? How are the judgment, the commandments of God, and worship linked?
Apply: How does our understanding of Creation influence our behavior? What relationship does heredity and environment have to the choices we make daily? How can we, by God’s grace, overcome character defects that we didn’t choose to have in the first place?
Share: Your friend says that all religions are made up by man as a way to manipulate and control others. The Bible is not real. Religious leaders just made it all up as a way to use guilt and some make believe heaven as a way to manipulate and control people. What do you tell your friend?
Read in Class: Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11 and Deuteronomy 5:12-15. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: Why would you connect Sabbath worship with this call in Revelation 14:6,7 to worship Him who made the heavens, earth, and everything in them? Also how is the Sabbath linked to both creation and redemption? See Twice Mine.
Apply: How is the Sabbath commandment hinted at in Revelation 14:6, 7, and why is it important to our end-time message? (See Exod. 20:8-11).
Share: Your friend asks why Seventh-day Adventists make such a big deal about the Sabbath? And what’s the big deal if we keep Saturday or Sunday? What do you tell your friend? See Why Does it Matter Which Day we Keep.
Read in Class: Psalm 33:6,9 and Hebrews 11:3. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: What do these clear Bible passages tell us about how God created the world?
Apply: What significance would the Sabbath have if God did not create the world in six twenty-four hour periods of time? Can one be an evolutionary Creationist and a Seventh-day Adventist?
Share: Your friend asks if the world was created in six literal days or if it could have been a thousand years for each day? What do you tell your friend?
Read in Class: Isaiah 65:17, Isaiah 66:22, 2 Peter 3:13 and Revelation 21:1. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: How does keeping the Sabbath point us forward to eternity?
Apply: How can you personally make the Sabbath a foretaste of heaven in your own life and your family?
Share: Can you think of someone you know who you could invite to church next week and spend the entire Sabbath with so you can share the joy of Sabbath keeping?