Saturday Sabbath School Lesson Read

As I sit here today, I wanted to read today’s Sabbath School reading to be ready for Sabbath next week on September 27.  This week I am going to show what the adult Sabbath School lessons are like.  Once again I am not here to shove my beliefs of being a Seventh-day Adventist down anyone’s throat or wish to convert anyone into my beliefs or religious practices.  I am just here to show what Seventh-day Adventists and Sabbath keepers do every Saturday before worship service. Images cannot be saved here because  I do not have a plus account.  Hang in there.

When I do my Sabbath School studies, I take notes.  My notes will be at the bottom of each page unless they have questions for me to answer, and the answer is underneath the questions.  I use footnotes in my studies as well.  God bless and have a good rest of your afternoon.

Sabbath: The Key to Unity

Posted on October 19, 2018 by Sabbath School Lesson

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Read for This Week’s StudyEph. 1:3-14Gal. 4:7; Eph. 2:11-22; Eph. 4:1-6Eph. 4:11; Matt. 20:25-28; Eph. 5:15-6:9.

 

Memory Text: “Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth-in Him” (Ephesians 1:9-10, NKJV).[1]

 

Ephesus was a major center of commerce and influence in Asia Minor. The church there, in Ephesus, was made up of Jews, Gentiles, and people in all social walks of life. Such a diverse membership might have been as prone to conflicts as the world in which they lived; that is, if it weren’t for Christ and the unity they had in Him as members of the body of Christ. Thus, Paul’s concern for unity among Christ’s followers is the central theme of his Epistle to the Ephesians.

Paul’s concept of unity has two dimensions: unity in the church, where Jews and Gentiles are brought together in one body-Christ; and unity in the universe, in which all things in heaven and earth find their ultimate oneness in Christ.

The source of this unity is Christ. Paul’s expression “in Christ” or “with Christ” is used numerous times in this epistle in order to show what God has accomplished for us and for the universe through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God’s ultimate purpose in the plan of salvation is to reunify all things through Christ. This unity will be made fully manifest only at the end of the age.

 

[1]“He [God] let us know his secret plan.  This is what God wanted, and he planned to do it through [by] Christ.  God’s goal [what God wanted to do] was to finish his plan when the right time came. He planned that all things in heaven and on earth be joined together with Christ as the head” – Ephesians 1:9, 10 ERV

My Friday Thoughts

Another day has come and gone by so quickly.  I thought I would have time to write in my diary earlier today – I did, but the words would not come out.  When that happens, I wait until later in the day.  I got back from another appointment this week at 5:30 PM and DKF, my IRIS hired worker, dropped me off and made sure I got in the building before she went to the Jets hockey game with another client.  My appointment today at 4:45 PM was for my med check for my anxiety, panic, and depression with HL who happens to a nurse prescriber. She is pretty awesome.  I usually do not have appointments so late in the afternoon, but this is one appointment I could no longer hold off and I took what time I could, so I would not miss HL again another month.  In order to make it, DKF worked her schedule around to help me out later this afternoon instead of this morning.  Not having her this morning was strange but accepted with the idea of having some extra time for myself and Bing Crosby the Cat – until 2:30 PM – 3 PM anyway.  It was worth it.  Anyway… my appointment went well, and I was glad to get out of there and home.  At 4 PM I’d rather be home relaxing and getting ready to wind down for the evening before bed.  Today was a little different.  Having appointments late like this do not usually happen.  My next appointment is at 2:30 in February.  Whew.

Now with the evening here, I am glad to welcome the Sabbath and church is just around the corner in the morning.  I do not have a whole lot to say right now except what I have said for the day already.  It was a good day all day long.  A little chilly, but manageable to go out in this afternoon.  I am glad to be home and able to wind down for the night.   I am heading to bed in a few minutes.  I am tired and ready to go to bed.  Good night and God bless.