Sabbath School Summary
A Community of Servants
Memory Text: Hebrews 10:23, 24
SATURDAY: The church of God is organized for mission—preaching the gospel, & service—helping the needy. Through the church, God’s love is made manifest. We must not be “distracted with keeping the church itself going” while we ignore the evil that exists around us. God has called us out of darkness to shine His light on the oppressed & needy. We’re the hands, feet, voice, & heart of Jesus (1 Cor 12:12-20).
SUNDAY: God’s sentinels do not only announce the gospel, they’re “agents of change”—they’re living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1), Christ’s body (1 Cor12:12-20), ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:18-20), & sweet
perfumes of Christ (2 Cor. 2:14-16). Amidst the violence & conflict
in our world, they stand as faithful witnesses. Action precedes change, as “agents of change”, they put their words into action— serving others.
MONDAY: The distinctive mark of God’s remnant is their love to obey God & testify Jesus Christ (Rev. 12:17). In serving, God’s remnants put others above self. A clear case is Moses & the Israelites (Exod. 32:1-14; Rev. 12:17). When Israel erred & God was about to destroy them, Moses put his life on the line for His people (Exod. 32:32). He did not want God’s blessings alone (vs 10), but for all Israel (PP, p. 319).
TUESDAY: Embodied in the gospel is charity or witnessing, justice or evangelism. One is not apart from the other. Our perfect model is Christ in reaching out to souls; He mingled with men,
sympathize with them, won their confidence, & bade them, “Follow Me”. He cared for the poor, the sick, & the ignorant and commissions us to do same (MH, p. 143, Matt. 10:7, 8, 1 Pet. 2:12, Phil. 2:15, 1 John 3:16-18, James 2:16).
WEDNESDAY: Heaven holds in high esteem those who manifest God’s goodness (Job 1:8) and it’s the will of God that His church serves as a repository of His goodness & mercy (Eph. 3:10). The church is His “household”; there’s no rivalry & disorder but peace (Eph. 2:19, 1 Cor. 14:33). From the local to worldwide church, grace abounds in all her activities. God’s church is a safe place
(John 13:34, 35).
THURSDAY: One cannot deny the injustice, sorrow, & evil in our world. At times, it becomes difficult to accept that God is on our side. Sadness is real. God therefore bid the church community to
be a kind that disseminate His goodness on others (Heb. 10:23-25). Unselfishly, God wants us to work as a team (Rom. 12:3-6). Nothing should stop us from relieving pain & suffering (Gal. 6:9, 10; see Heb. 13:16).
FRIDAY: Nothing reforms an evildoer than love of Christ bestowed upon him; this no court or sword can surpass. God has called us to be co-laborers with Him, to be gospel missionaries. “The work which the disciples did, we also are to do”. We must show love to the needy, comfort the weary, and relieve the oppressed. In the
family of Christ, there’s no slavery, racism, oppression, or selfishness.
—Ellen G. White, “A Faithful Witness,” pp. 546-556, in The Acts of the Apostles; “Kindness the Key to Hearts,” pp. 81-86, in Welfare Ministry.
PP- Patriarch and Prophets
MH- Ministry of Healing
SUNDAY- Agents of Change
MONDAY- A Servant Remnant
TUESDAY- Reaching Souls
WEDNESDAY- Grace Within The Church
THURSDAY- Encourage Each Other To Good Works
There are many people, groups, and organizations seeking to relieve need in the world. What unique strengths, insights, and resources can the Seventh-day Adventist Church bring to this task?
Can you remember a time you felt encouraged and supported by your church community?
Learning from that experience, how can you extend that same encouragement to others?
As well as the support of a church community, what other things can help you avoid becoming “weary in doing good”?
What are some of the justice and poverty projects and initiatives you are aware of that the Seventh-day Adventist Church
around the world is currently supporting?
How might you be able to contribute to this aspect of the church’s work?
Entire Lesson Summary
Yes, as Christians, we are called to minster to the needs of others, especially others who are hurting, suffering, and oppressed. And
though we have our individual responsibilities in this area, as a community focused on ministering to others, we can be much
more effective working together as a church family.
For September 21-27. Happy 13th Sabbath.