Sabbath School Summary
Families of Faith
Lesson 11
Memory Text: Hebrews 12:1, 2

SATURDAY: Culture is all around us. It’s a powerful force that can exert a positive or negative influence. In some countries, women need to bend down when greeting, other countries have no problem when they stand. Thus, culture is ingrained in our lives. The change of the Sabbath to Sunday is a vivid proof of the power of culture. God bids us to be “families of faith” in the midst of culture (Phil. 2:15).

SUNDAY: Christ died for all—both Jews & Gentiles alike. Our culture should not serve as a barrier to others in receiving the gospel or living a godly life. God demands us to treat everyone with respect (Acts 10:1-28, 34, 35). Gospel pioneers faced the challenge of preaching to other cultures. Yet, they cling to the good aspect of diverse cultures to present the gospel (Acts 15:19, 20, 28, 29; 1 Cor. 2:2; 1 Thess. 5:21, 22).

MONDAY: Culture varies; different settings have different ideas about courtship, marriage, divorce, and relating to children. Although we don’t have a rigid way of presenting the gospel, the gospel missionary should not compromise his faith, and should relate well with others (Gen. 18:19). Our families are impacted by our culture, but we should live by our faith (Gen. 16:1-3, 35:1-4, Ezra 10; 1 Kings 11).

TUESDAY: Everything changes, even culture. Foreseen and unforeseen events—deaths, illness, disasters, etc., can shake the family. A good caretaker sustains his family through all these seasons of change (read Gen. 12:1-5, Esther 2:7-9, Daniel 1, and put yourself in their shoes, how would you have coped?). Family heads should surrender their lives and families to God who knows the future.

WEDNESDAY: The death of Joshua led to the death of the faith of the Israelites. Those after him did not know God. Sadly, the demise of pioneers of most churches/faith results in the death of the faith of the people after them (Judg. 2:7-13). “God has no grandchildren, only children”. Thus, true faith isn’t something inherited or passed on, but knowing Christ for oneself (John 1:12, 13; 3:7; 1 John 5:1).

THURSDAY: There’s no good news to hear aside the gospel. It’s the “message” needed for our world today. As a family, we should learn this message & share it with others (Matt. 28:5-7; John 3:16; Rom. 1:16, 17; 1 Cor. 2:2; 2 Cor. 5:18-21, replace “gospel” with “message” as you read). The disciples united & ran everywhere with the message that Jesus is risen, so should we (Matt. 28:7, John 17:20-23).

FRIDAY: God is impartial; He’s no respecter of persons. Thus, God loves everyone equally. His love has no reference to race, color, or class distinction. “At the feet of Jesus, the rich and the poor, the learned and the ignorant, meet together, with no thought of caste or worldly prominence”. We’ve been all purchased by His blood and we all depend on Him—our Savior & God.

—Ellen G. White, “In the Court of Babylon,” pp. 479-490, in Prophets and Kings; “Words of Caution,” pp. 324, 329; “No Respect of Persons With God,” pp. 330, 331, in Gospel Workers; “Rejoicing in the Lord,” pp. 115-126, in Steps to Christ.

Keywords

Culture- Simply, It’s the way of life of a group of people.

Gospel—it refers to the entire Bible passages. Notably, the first four books of the New Testament are referred to as the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Eugene Peterson in his popular Bible paraphrase refers to the gospel as “The Message”.

Captions

SUNDAY- “Hold Fast What Is Good”
MONDAY- The Power Of Culture On Family
TUESDAY- Sustaining Families Through Seasons of Change
WEDNESDAY- Toward A First-generation Faith
THURSDAY- Twenty-first-century Runners

Discussion Questions

📌 As a class, discuss your answers to Sunday’s study.

📌 What principles can we find in the Ellen G. White quote above that, if applied, would revolutionize our family lives?

📌 How well has your local church done in nurturing the younger generation of believers? What can you as a class do to help the church in this important task?

📌 What are the challenges of trying to pass on faith to another generation?

📌 In what ways does the culture you live in impact your family life for good, and in what ways does it impact it for evil?

For June 8-14. Happy Sabbath.

—Michael

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