Sabbath School Summary
Living the Gospel
Memory Text: Ephesians 2:8-10
SATURDAY: It is a deception to think that our own works can purchase salvation. Even our good deeds are like “filthy rags” before God. All the nobler works of man presented before angels as a means to earn salvation will be seen as treason in heaven (FW, p. 24). We’re tempted to think our works can save us when we talk of the law. What’s true is that faith goes with works—showing love.
SUNDAY: The plan of salvation centers on saving men but it also involves restoring the world (mute animals included) to its Edenic state. Though salvation is personal, as one family in Christ, we ought to rejoice in the salvation of others (John 3:16, 17, 5BC, p. 929, Rom. 8:20-23). God’s love is not only for us but all humanity/creatures; those we dislike or are afraid of. He gives life to everyone (Matt. 5:45).
MONDAY: Evil abounds in this world, even in our lives. This is a bitter truth that we have to accept. The Psalmist lamented, Jeremiah sorrowed, & Jesus wept over the evil in this world. It’s okay to feel hurt & sorrow because of the greediness, selfishness, injustice & prejudice in our world (Matt. 9:36; 14:14; Luke 19:41, 42, John 11:35). Our first task in correcting this evil is to confess our sins (1 John 1:9).
TUESDAY: The cries of the widow, the calls of the poor & needy is something that should arrest our attention. Amongst “other things”, we were created to worship God and to serve others.” God wants us to be colaborers with Him in relieving sorrow & pain in others’ life (Eph. 2:8-10). The grace we’ve received should be put into good works (MH, p. 103). Yet, we’re only saved by the Cross (1 John 3:16, 17).
WEDNESDAY: Children, women, lepers, leaders, the sick, the poor, rich, Samaritans, all found solace in Christ. No one came to Him with a pure motive and left unattended to. He was impartial, this the early believers learned. Amidst all doubts (Acts 10:9-20, 15), they learnt that the gospel is for all humanity. We’re one in Christ; in serving, we ought to serve all (Mal. 2:10, Acts 17:26, Rom. 3:23, Gal. 3:28, 1 Cor. 12:13).
THURSDAY: The “everlasting gospel” conveys three key themes; judgement, worship, and creation (Rev. 14:6, 7; John 3:16). Firstly, God is just. He’ll avenge the oppressed & do away with evil. Also, true worship & good deeds are linked (Isa. 58:6, 7). Finally, God gives value to everything He has created. He’ll restore everything to it’s perfect state. He bids us to be faithful unto the end (Rev. 14:8-12).
FRIDAY: Though Satan is the “Prince of this world”, God is the “God of the universe”. Thus, “though now [the world] in the hands of the usurper, it belongs to God”. He created the world & He came to redeem it from sin (John 3:16). Every life testifies of God’s great love for this unthankful race. We ought to love all for we’re all made one in Christ (Gal. 3:28; Eph. 2:13).
—Ellen G. White, “ ‘God With Us,’ ” pp. 19-26, in The Desire of Ages; “Saved to Serve,” pp. 95-107, in The Ministry of Healing. Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 301, 302, 386, 387.
5BC- SDA Bible Commentary, Volume 5.
FW- Faith and Works.
SUNDAY- “For God So Loved . . .”
MONDAY- Compassion And Repentance
TUESDAY- Grace and Good Works
WEDNESDAY- Our Common Humanity
THURSDAY- The Everlasting Gospel
📌 In seeking to do good works and help others, how can we resist the temptation to think that this somehow makes us better and gains us merit that God should recognize?
📌 Is your church a community in which there is “no difference”—but all are one in Christ? How can it become more so? How inclusive of others is your church?
📌 How do we find the right balance in doing good for those in need, if for no other reason than that they are in need and we can help them, while at the same time reaching out to them with the truths of the gospel? How can we learn to do both, and why is it always better to do both?
Entire Lesson Summary
God’s love as expressed in the plan of salvation and enacted in the life and sacrifice of Jesus offers us forgiveness, life, and hope. As recipients of this grace, we seek to share this with others, not to earn salvation, but because it is what we have been created and re-created to do. As such, the gospel transforms relationships and moves us to serve, particularly those most in need.
For August 31-September 6. Happy Sabbath.