5: Children of the Promise – Teaching Plan

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Key Thought: The Lord called Himself Abram’s Shield. All the families of the earth were to be blessed through Abraham. God promises to be with us always.
May 1, 2021

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 15:1-3.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the most important point is in this passage.
  2. Why did God tell Abram not to fear?
  3. Personal Application: How is God our Shield? Does that mean no physical harm will come our way? How do we understand the image of a shield? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your friends states, “A faithful and active number of our church got Covid and even though he was aged and had heart problems, we prayed that he would get well, but he died. Why didn’t God shield him?” How would you respond to your friend?

2. Have a volunteer read Genesis Genesis 28:14Galatians 3:29..

  1. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
  2. How are all the families of earth blessed in Abraham?.
  3. Personal Application: In what ways are we blessed today? How often do we think about our blessings? Do we take them for granted? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your relatives states: “Why do we think people who don’t know God and are famous for some reason: music, movies, sports, or business, are blessed when they do not give God glory, but receive it to themselves?“ How would you respond to your relative?

3. Have a volunteer read Genesis 18:18.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
  2. Why did the Lord want to make a special nation out of Abraham’s seed? What purpose was this nation to fulfill
  3. Personal Application: Why did God call a special church out of Christianity? What purpose was this church to fulfil? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “Why do you think your church is unique or special? There are many Christian churches who preach and teach the gospel. Your standoffishness is a hinder to the unity of the Christian church.” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Genesis 12:2.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
  2. Why would the Lord want us to make Abraham’s name great? Did He do it for Abraham’s personal benefit, or does it represent something more?
  3. Personal Application: Who deserves a great name? Would God bestow that on a church leader? For what reason?” Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.”Ministry of Healing, p. 148).

4: An Everlasting Covenant-Teaching Plan

This plan was provided by Michael Fracker.

Key Thought: God called Abraham into a special relationship with Him, one that would reveal the plan of salvation to the world.
April 24, 2021

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 17:1-6.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the most important point is in this passage.
  2. Why would God present Himself to Abrah as El Shaddai – the Almighty God- at this time?
  3. Personal Application: How does believing in the Almighty God give us comfort and trust when we are weak and frail and old? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your friends states, “Do you think God calls people today to leave position, wealth, plans and home to do a work for Him in spite of our human frailties? How does one know if it is God’s call?” How would you respond to your friend?

2. Have a volunteer read Genesis 17:7..

  1. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
  2. Why did God change Abram’s name to Abraham?.
  3. Personal Application: What kind of “new name” do you think God is going to give you in heaven? What might that name reveal about you and your character? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your relatives states: “Why does God call His covenant an everlasting covenant with Abraham and his descendents forever? Wasn’t that the Old Covenant that has been replaced?“ How would you respond to your relative?

3. Have a volunteer read Genesis 18:19.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
  2. What important facts do we see about Abraham and why God chose him for the covenant promises?
  3. Personal Application: Is leadership and teaching important factors in the family life as well as church life? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “Obedience seems to be a big factor in Abraham’s walk with God, but obedience doesn’t save anyone; only faith does. So what is the relationship of obedience to faith since we are told we are not saved by faith and works, but by faith only?” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Revelation 14:6,7.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
  2. How is the message of Revelation 14 similar to Abraham’s covenant?
  3. Personal Application: What specific responsibility do we have in living and giving the three angels messages to the world?” Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.”Ministry of Healing, p. 148).

What is the Sabbath School Network, SSNET?

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“The Sabbath school affords to parents and children an opportunity for the study of God’s Word. But in order for them to gain that benefit which they should gain in the Sabbath school, both parents and children should devote time to the study of the lesson, seeking to obtain a thorough knowledge of the facts presented and also of the spiritual truths which these facts are designed to teach. We should especially impress upon the minds of the youth the importance of seeking the full significance of the scripture under consideration.” –Child Guidance, Page 511

Sabbath school is a very vital part of the church. While the worship service is more for worship, hence why it is called the worship service, Sabbath school is where most of the interacting and learning takes place. For years now, part of the purpose of this blog is to share posts based upon the themes of the Sabbath School quarterly. In addition to writing on this blog, for a little over a year now, I have also been writing for, and working with the Sabbath School Network. On most all of my posts I have provided a link to the Sabbath School Network only to learn later, that many people have not clicked onto the link because they were unaware of exactly what it is. Please allow me to show you.

By clicking here you can study the current Sabbath School lesson. These are available for adults and as well as the collegiate, young adult,  youth and children. You can also get an app for your phone or I-pad. This makes it very easy to study the lesson at home and on the go. If you are out of town or missed church, or don’t even have a church in your area, you still have the current lesson always available here.

The Sabbath School Network also offers Resources for Bible Study, Fundamental Beliefs, and other links for Study.

In addition to personal Study, the Sabbath School Network, SSNET.org is like an actual online interactive Sabbath School Class. During the week, writers like Lillianne Lopez, Jennifer Schwirzer, myself and others write posts related to the current lesson theme, where you can comment with questions or your own ideas, and share with other Sabbath School students around the world. Since being a part of SSNET I have a better understanding and appreciation for how Seventh-day Adventists think and worship around the world. For some in remote areas of the world or without transportation, SSNET is their primary Sabbath School family.

SSNET also has a Sabbath School Discussion E-mail list group. You can email and exchange questions and answers, thoughts and ideas with other Sabbath School students around the world.

For Sabbath School teachers, Michael Fracker has a lesson plan for each Sabbath lesson. I have yet to attend a Sabbath School class which made it all the way through the week’s lesson. Most usually get to Monday or Tuesday before they run out of time. Michael Fracker’s lesson plans let you cover the entire lesson. I started using his lessons about ten years ago. They are very easy to use, especially if you are a new teacher.

There is a lot more to SSNET than what I can show you right here. The About Page can tell you more. Please take a look around. If you are like me you will be glad you did! Hundreds of Thousands of other people around the world are glad they did too!

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