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Sabbath school lesson 10, 1st quarter of 2018


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Sabbath school lesson 10, 1st quarter of 2018

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Sabbath school lesson 10, 1st quarter of 2018

  1. 1. Lesson 10 for March 10, 2018 Adapted From Romans: 13:7,8 “‘Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law." THE ROLE OF STEWARDSHIP
  2. 2. The spokes The doctrines The axle box The Sanctuary The axle Christ our foundation The rim The three angels’ message The iron band Stewardship Stewardship is properly managing the Christian life. All the areas of our lives and of Church are involved in stewardship. Let’s study the role of stewardship with the analogy of an old cart wheel.
  3. 3. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) The wheel—our Christian lives—cannot work without an axle that supports it. Our axle is Jesus. Jesus must be the center and the support of everything we think of and do. We can do nothing without Him (John 15:5) Jesus is changing our lives and shaping our characters which have eternal consequences. The whole Bible is about Jesus (John 5:39). He is the center and the foundation of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Everything in this world was created by Him, and we are alive thanks to Him (Colossians 1:16-18)
  4. 4. The axle box is a metal enclosure which revolves around the axle. It includes the bearings and the wheel hub. The Sanctuary helps us to understand the work of Jesus in our favor. It also gives us the assurance we need to fully trust Him. By studying the Sanctuary, we understand Jesus’ substitutionary atonement, redemption, the role of the Law, the Judgment... That’s a strong anchor that helps us to apply the stewardship principles to our lives. THE AXLE BOX “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:19-20 NIV)
  5. 5. “Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15) The fundamental doctrines radiate from the great truth of salvation by faith in Jesus, like the spokes of a wheel radiate from its center. Paul encouraged us to keep and live the doctrine that is based on the Truth—that is, in Jesus Christ— (John 14:6) and in the Bible (John 17:17) As faithful stewards, we must live according to “sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1)
  6. 6. THE RIM “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”(Revelation 14:12) The members of the remnant church (Revelation 12:17) have a special message to spread (Revelation 14:6-11), always based on Jesus and with a strong doctrinal foundation. The hour of the judgment has come, and we must worship the Creator. The world has rejected the truth. We are justified by faith and we must stand firm by obeying God’s commandments.
  7. 7. THE IRON BAND The Romans found out that wooden wheel rims quickly wore away because of the direct contact with the road. They added an iron band around the wheel to protect it and make it more effective. We are called to spread a message of judgment. That kind of message is not easily accepted. “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” (1Peter 1:15) The iron band is a symbol of the holiness of the stewards that are called to bring that last message from God to the world. People will be willing to listen to our message if they see men and women who live like Christ did.
  8. 8. “Upon every believer in present truth rests the responsibility of working for sinners. God points them to their special work—the proclamation of the third angel’s message. They are to show their appreciation of God’s great gift by consecrating themselves to the work for which Christ gave His life. They are to be stewards of the grace of God, dispensing to others the blessings bestowed on them.” E.G.W. (The Upward Look, December 31)