Sabbath School Summary
Times of Loss
Lesson 9
Memory Text: Philippians 3:8

Memory Text: “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8, NKJV).

SATURDAY: “Life is marked by losses”; some are subtle, others are life changing. The first loss in the history of our world occurred when man sinned. An animal was slain and God made “coats of skins” to cover Adam & Eve. Shortly, they lost their precious garden. Years later, they lost their son, Abel, and this marked the start of our losses. Losses can be painful, especially when it strikes in the family.

SUNDAY: Sin caused man his immortality; they lost access to “the tree of life”. Thus, man’s health has never been the same. Either we’re afflicted by a disease in our youth or our bones become weak when old. Mothers have to care for their sick children (Mark 5:22-24, 35-43; Matt. 15:22-28; Luke 4:38, 39; John 4:46-54). While sickness is a mystery, God is with us always (Ps. 22:1, Job 42:5, 2 Cor. 1:3-5).

MONDAY: “You can’t buy trust in the supermarket.” It is earned by continual efforts to love. Trust can be lost, but it can be regained. It hurts the most when a close one or a family member betray us. Yet, marriage teaches us that once a trust is broken, it can be rebuilt. Restoring broken trust is a process; the offender must admits his/her guilt, should hide nothing, and plea for mercy (1 Pet. 5:6, 7; 1 John 4:18; James 5:16; Matt. 6:14, 15).

TUESDAY: Scholars asserts that the most violent place is not the club or a war zone, but the home. Charity is not the only thing that begins at home, violence too. Family violence—verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, or neglect, can lead to broken trusts (see Gen. 37:17-28, 2 Sam. 13:1-22, 2 Kings 16:3, 17:17, 21:6). There’s no excuse for violence, it is a choice. We need love in our homes (Rom. 3:10).

WEDNESDAY: Addiction can imprison a person; the person loses his freedom by abusing his freedom of choice. Myriads are addicted to drugs, sex, tobacco, pornography, alcohol, and even food. Addicted people and their families suffer. Addiction enslaves a person (2 Pet. 2:19, read Luke 16:13, Rom. 6:16, James 1:13-15, 1 John 2:16). God’s power is greater than any addiction (Gal. 5:24, Rom. 6:8-13, 13:14).

THURSDAY: Perhaps, the greatest loss in this world is the loss of life. Near-death-experiences and death of a loved one tells us how death is a great enemy (1 Cor. 15:6). Death, however, can be our gain if we die in the Lord. The righteous dead will wake to be clothed in immortality (DA, p. 787). Mourning is natural, but the grieving process—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, is not the same for all (Rom. 8:31-39, Rev. 21:4, 1 Cor. 15:52-57).

FRIDAY: Addiction has resulted in bitter losses than many other sins. Enslaved by addiction, multitudes of people have lost their health, jobs, and freedom. Only Jesus can free a person from addiction (John 8:36, Matt. 28:20, Isa. 43:2). God is able to fight all our battles for us, including addiction, to make us victors not victims (1 Sam. 17:47, 1 Pet. 1:3-9). It’s never too late to cast all your cares to God.

—Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, book 2, p. 268.

Keywords

DA- The Desire of Ages

Captions

SUNDAY- Loss of Health
MONDAY- Loss of Trust
TUESDAY- Loss of Trust, Continued
WEDNESDAY- Loss of Freedom
THURSDAY- Loss of Life

Discussion Questions

📌 What part does forgiveness play in loss of trust and in the healing of a broken relationship? Matt. 6:12-15; 18:21, 22. “Love … doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do” (1 Cor. 13:5, CEV).

📌 What is the benefit of contemplating and recounting the mercies of God while we’re passing through sorrow and affliction?

📌 What are practical ways your church family, as a whole, can help those who are struggling with any kind of loss?

For May 25-31. Happy Sabbath.

—Michael

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