Seventh-Day Adventist Sabbath School Discussion Class
Q3L7 Topic: Suffering and the cosmic conflict between God and lucifer
Why did God send the children of Israel into exile? What purpose is served by God's people being in Babylon that would never happen if they were in Israel? What message was God sending Job when he asked him 60+ questions? We explore the theme of the great controversy in-depth to answer these issues.
Q3L6 Topic: Handling addictions, making a choice for God
(missing 1st hour) Mark 9:43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell.
What do we do with addictions? What does God demand that we do? How can we overcome lifelong habits, guilt, and shame?
Q3L5 Topic: The worst cases of suffering in the bible
Why would God be so willing to risk being misunderstood by putting his followers in such extreme situations? Our discussion examines some of the most difficult and challenging stories in the Bible, exploring how God’s purpose could be achieved in such contexts.
Q3L4 Topic: If God is good and infinitely powerful, why is there suffering?
Many different models explaining suffering exist: predestination, free will, character development, cosmic conflict, limited God or cruel/nonexistent God. Which model fits the world we live in best? Which model fits stories of suffering in the Old and New Testament?
Q3L3 Topic: Does God bring us into situations where we suffer?
We first look at an analogy presented by the author Ellen White about the birdcage and ask why does suffering occur? Does God ever cause suffering? We examine both Old and New Testament stories to try to answer these questions.
Q3L1 Psalms 23: God's promises of difficulty and blessings
Just what is Psalms 23 saying? We will not want anything, but we will be led into a dark valley of death? What is the path of righteousness? Can other scriptural references to sheep and shepherds enlighten what the psalmist is trying to say?