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Sabbath School Lesson Quarterly, "Acts of the Apostles," tor October to December, 1960, is
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This quarter we continue the study of the Church established by Christ


Himself. These lessons are of vital importance because the first Christian
church is a model for us today. From its history we learn how God works
through the church.
"Christ is the fountain; tile church is the channel of communication."
-Acts of the Apostles, p. 122.
The failures and weaknesses of the early church stand as danger signals
to us today. The manifestations of the care of God and blessings He be-
stowed upon them are for our encouragement. God cares for us today as
much as He did 2,000 years ago. The promises to the early church are
promises for today.
"During ages of spiritual darkness, the church of God has been as a
city set on a hill. From age to age, through successive generations, the
pure doctrines of heaven have been unfolding within its borders. Enfeebled
and defective as it may appear, the church is the one object upon which
God bestows in a special sense His supreme regard. It is the theater of
His grace, in which He delights to reveal His power to transform hearts.
"'Whereunto,' asked Christ, 'shall we liken the kingdom of God? or
with what comparison shall we compare it?' He could not employ the king-
doms of the world as a similitude. In society He found nothing with which
to compare it. Earthly kingdoms rule by the ascendency of physical power;
but from Christ's kingdom every carnal weapon, every instrument of co-
ercion, is banished. This kingdom is to uplift and ennoble humanity. God's
church is the court of holy life, filled with varied gifts, and endowed with
the Holy Spirit. The members are to find their happiness in the happiness
of those whom they help and bless!" -Acts of the Apostles, p. 12.
It is our prayer that the study of these important lessons will be of per-
sonal benefit to each member and friend. May the principles of the gospel
be lived out in the church today.

THE GENERAL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

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Lesson No. 1 - Sabbath, October 1, 1960

THE REGIONS BEYOND

Questions
1. What methods were now used by the unbelieving Jews to stop the
work of the disciples? Acts 14: 1, 2.
NOTE: "In consequence of these charges, the disciples were repeatedly
brought before the authorities; but their defense was so clear and sensible,
and their statement of what they were teaching so calm and comprehen-
sive, that a strong influence was exerted in their favor. Although the magis-
trates were prejudiced against them by the false statements they had
heard, they dared not condemn them. They could but acknowledge that
the teachings of Paul and Barnabas tended to make men virtuous, law-
abiding citizens, and that the morals and order of the city would improve
if the truth~ taught by the apostles were accepted." -Acts of the Apostles,
p. 178.
2. Following the division of the people of Iconium, what were the
apostles compelled to do? Acts 14: 3·7.
3. After healing the crippled man in Lystra, what impressive explana·
tion did Paul give for the origin of this miracle? Acts 14: 8·17.
4. Soon after Paul's miraculous recovery from the stoning, what instruc·
tion did he give the local church leaders, and how were they or·
ganized? Acts 14: 19·23.
NOTE: "As an important factor in the spiritual growth of the new con-
verts, the apostles were careful to surround them with the safeguards of
gospel order. Churches were duly organized in all places in Lyconia and
Pisidia where there were believers. Officers were appointed in each church,
and proper order and system was established for the conduct of all the
affairs pertaining to the spiritual welfare of the believers.
"This was in harmony with the gospel plan of uniting in one body all
believers in Christ, and this plan Paul was careful to follow throughout
his ministry. Those who in any place were by his labor led to accept
Christ as the Saviour, were, at the proper time, organized into a church.
Even when the believers were but few in number, this was done. The
Christians were thus taught to help one another, remembering the prom-
ise, 'Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I
in the midst of them.''' -Ibid., pp. 187, 188.
5. Returning to Antioch by way of Pisidia, Pamphilia, Perga, and At·
talia, what report did Paul render to the Church? Acts 14: 24·27.
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6. Though the church was successful for a few years in gathering souls,
in which way did Satan endeavor to introduce doctrinal and national
dissention? Acts 15: 1·5.
NOTE: "While the apostles united with the ministers and lay members
at Antioch in an earnest effort to win many souls to Christ, certain Jewish
believers from Judea, 'of the sect of the Pharisees,' succeeded in intro-
ducing a question that soon led to wide-spread controversy in the church,
and brought consternation to the believing Gentiles. With great assurance
these Judaizing teachers asserted that in order to be saved, one must be
circumcised, and must keep the entire ceremonial law."
"The Jewish converts generally were not inclined to move as rapidly
as the providence of God opened the way. From the result of the apostles'
labors among the Gentiles, it was evident that the converts among the
latter people would far exceed the Jewish converts in number. The Jews
feared that if the restrictions and ceremonies of their law were not made
obligatory upon the Gentiles as a condition of church fellowship, the na-
tional peculiarities of the Jews, which had hitherto kept them distinct
from all other people, would finally disappear from among those who re-
ceived the gospel message." -Ibid., pp. 188, 189.
7. What was the only satisfactory method which could settle the diffi-
culty? Acts 15: 2.
8. Who were selected as delegates? Acts 15: 6.
NOTE: "God would have His people an understanding people. He has
so arranged matters that chosen men shall go as delegates to our confer-
ences. These men are to be tried and proved. They are to be trustworthy
men. The choosing of delegates to attend our conferences is an important
matter. These men are to lay the plans thilt shall be followed in the ad-
vancement of the work; and therefore they are to be men of understanding,
able to reason from cause to effect." -Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 262.

9. What evidence did Peter produce to show that the answer to the
question was already given? Acts 15: 8.
NOTE: "... The council moved in accordance with the dictates of en-
lightened judgment, and with the dignity of a church established by the
divine will. As a result of their deliberations, they aU saw that God Him-
self had answered the question at issue by bestowing upon the Gentiles the
Holy Ghost; and they realized that it was their part to follow the guidance
of the Spirit.
"The entire body of Christians was not called to vote upon the question.
The 'apostles and elders,' men of influence and judgment, framed and issued
the decree, which was thereupon generally accepted by the Christian
churches. Not all, however, were pleased with the decision; there was a
faction of ambitious and self-confident brethren who disagreed with it.
These men assumed to engage in the work of their own responsibility.
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They indulged in much murmuring and fault-finding, proposing new plans,
and seeking to pull down the work of the men whom God had ordained
to teach the gospel message. From the first the church has had such ob-
stacles to meet, and ever will have till the close of time." -Acts of the
Apostles, p. 196.
10. What simple and clear definition did the Apostle Peter give of God's
plan for the salvation of both Jew and Gentile? Acts 15: 6-9, 11.

11. To what authority did the chairman of the delegation (James) refer
for a correct judgment of the question? Acts 15: 13-21; Amos 9: 11,
12.
12. After agreeing to the decision whom did the delegates send to An-
tioch and Silicia? Acts 15: 22.
13. What was to be the accepted rule for disputed questions? Acts 15: 23-
29.
14. Why were the exhortations of Judas Barsabas and Silas considered
as authoritative? Acts 15.: 30-32.

Lesson No. 2 - Sabbath, October 8, 1960

THE SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY


Questions
1. What notable character was called to the work at this time? Acts
16: 1-3.
NOTE: "Silas, Paul's companion in labor, was a tried worker, gifted with
the spirit of prophecy; but the work to be done was so great that there
was need of training more laborers for active service. In Timothy Paul
saw one who appreciated the sacredness of the work of a minister; who
was not appalled at the prospect of suffering and persecution; and who
was willing to be taught. Yet the apostle did not venture to take the re-
sponsibility of giving Timothy, an untried youth, a training in the gospel
ministry, without first fuIly satisfying himself in regard to his character and
his past life."
"... Those who had taught Timothy in his childhood were rewarded by
seeing the son of their care linked in close fellowship with the great
apostle. Timothy was a mere youth when he was chosen by God to be a
teacher; but his principles had been so established by his early education
that he was fitted to take his place as Paul's helper... ." -Acts of the
Apostles, pp. 203, 204.
2. How closely were the missionaries of this time connected with the
Holy Spirit? Acts 16: 4·10.
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3. After twenty years of its existence, how was the Christian Church
observing the Sabbath? Acts 16: 13.
4. What interesting contrast is shown in the conversions of Lydia (the
seller of purple) and the damsel (a soothsayer) of Thyatira? Acts
16: 14·18.
5. What experience led to the conversion of the jailor and his house-
hold at this city? Acts 16: 19·34.
NOTE: "The severity with which the jailer had treated the apostles had
not aroused their resentment. Panl and Silas had tile spirit of Christ, not the
spirit of revenge. Their hearts, filled with the. love of the Saviour, had no
room for malice against their persecutors."

"Terrible is the struggle that takes place between the forces of good
and of evil in important centers where the messengers of truth are called
upon to labor. 'We wrestle not against flesh and blood,' declares Paul,
'but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the dark-
ness of this world.' Till the close of time, tI1ere will be a conflict between
the church of God and those who are under the control of evil angels.
"The early Christians were often called to meet the powers of darkness
face to face. By sophistry and by persecution the enemy endeavored to
turn them from the true faith. At the present time, when the end of all
things earthly is rapidly approaching, Satan is putting forth desperate ef.
forts to ensnare the world. He is devising many plans to occupy minds, and
to divert attention from the truths essential to salvation. In every city his
agencies are busily organizing into parties those who are opposed to the
law of God. The arch-deceiver is at work to introduce elements of con-
fusion and rebellion, and men are being fired with a zeal that is not accord-
ing to knowledge." -Ibid., pp. 216, 219.
6. Coming to Thessalonica, where did Paul go on the Sabbath day, and
what was the result of his preaching from the scriptures? Acts 17: 1-4.
7. What methods were still applied against those who were teaching
the truth? Acts 17: 5-9.
8. Why were the believers in Berea considered more noble than those
of other centers? Acts 17: 10·12.
NOTE: "Wherever the trutI1s of the gospel are proclaimed, those who
honestly desire to do right are led to a diligent searching of the Scriptures.
If, in the closing scenes of this earth's history, those to whom testing trutI1s
are proclaimed would follow the example of the Bereans, searching the
Scriptures daily, and comparing willi God's word the messages hrought
them, there would today be a large number loyal to the precepts of God's
law, where now there are comparatively few. But when unpopular Bible
truths are presented, many refuse to make this investigation. Though unable
to controvert the plain teachings of Scripture, they yet manifest the utmost
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reluctance to study the evidences offered. Some assume that even if these
doctrines are indeed true, it matters little whether or not they accept the
new light; and they cling to pleasing fables which the enemy uses to lead
souls astray. Thus their minds are blinded by error, and they become sep-
arated from heaven.." -Ibid., p. 232.
9. What caused Paul's spirit to be deeply stirred at Athens? Acts 17: 16-
21.
10. When given opportunity to speak, what strong testimony did he give
against idolatry? Acts 17: 22·31.
NOTE: "When a people are wholly satisfied with their own attainments,
little more need be expected of them." -Ibid., p. 2'39.
"It is the first and highest duty of every rational being to learn from the
Scriptures what is truth, and then to walk in the light, and encourage others
to follow his example. We should day by day study the Bible diligently,
weighing every thought, and comparing scripture with scripture. With
divine help, we are to form our opinions for ourselves, as we are to answer
for ourselves before God." -Great Contl'oveJ'sy, p. 598.
n. What great darkness had settled upon the great men? Acts 17: 32, 33.
12. How many souls accepted the message? Acts 17: 34.
NOTE: Dionysius, a member of the Athenian supreme court (or Areo-
pagus), was one convert in Athens, and Damaris, a woman of unknown
class or social status, was one of the others.

Lesson No. 3 - Sabbath, October 15, 1960

FROM FAITH TO FAITH

Questions

1. Who were closely associated in the missionary work at Corinth? Acts


18: 1·3.
2. How keen was Paul's interest for his kinsmen? Acts 18: 4, 5; Romans
10: 1·4.
3. When is the Lord's servant freed from the guilt of others? Acts 18: 6:
20: 26.
4. With what assurance was Paul encouraged for the difficulties he
must meet? Acts 18: 9·11.
NOTE: "Those who labor for the good of others are working in union
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with the heavenly angels. They have their constant companionship, their
unceasing ministry. Angels of light and power are ever near to protect, to
comfort, to heal, to instruct, to inspire. The highest education, the truest
culture, the most exalted service possible to human beings in this world, are
theirs," -Gospel Workers, p. 515.
5. How did Gallio, the deputy of Achia, defend the principles of true
religious liberty? Acts 18: 12·16.
NOTE: "God never forces the will or the consci~nce; but Satan's constant
resort-to gain control of those whom he cannot otherwise seduce-is com-
pulsion by cruelty. Through fear or force he endeavors to rule the cons-
cience, and to secure homage to himself. To accomplish this, he works
through both religious and secular authorities, moving them to the en-
forcement of human laws in defiance of the law of God," -Great Contro-
versy, p. 591.
6. As Paul concluded this misionary journey for what reason did he
make haste? Acts 18: 18.22; 20: 16.
7. What notable preacher was working at Corinth? Who assisted him
to further light? Acts 18: 24·26.
8. What was the main theme of his message, and what was the founda-
tion of his evidence? Acts 18: 27, 28.
NOTE: "It was at this time that 'a certain Jew named Appollos, born at
Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephe-
sus,' He had heard the preaching of John the Baptist, had received the
baptism of repentance, and was a living witness that the work of the pro-
phet had not been in vain... ," -Acts of the Apostles, p. 269.
9. When the danger of a party spirit threatened the success of the
preaching of Apollos, what advice and warning did the Apostle
give? I Corinthians 1: 10·12; 3: 1-9.
10. How did some of the converts of Apollos who knew only the "baptism
of repentance" taught by John the Baptist, become enlightened
further in present truth? Acts 19: 1·7.
NOTE: "It was by cherishing a humble, teachable spirit that these men
gained the experience that enabled them to go out as workers into the
harvest-field. Their example presents to Christians a lesson of great value.
There are many who make but little progress in the divine life, because
they are too self-sufficient to occupy the position of learners. They are
content with a superficial knowledge of God's word. They do not wish
to change their faith or practice, and hence make no effort to obtain
greater light," -Ibid., p. 283.
"There is still another lesson for us in the experience of these Jewish
converts. When they received baptism at the hand of John, they did not
fully comprehend the mission of Jesus as the sin-bearer. They were holding
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serious errors. But with clearer light, they gladly accepted Christ as their
Redeemer, and with thilt step of advance came a change in their obliga-
tions. As they received a purer faith, thcre was a corresponding change
in their life. In token of this change, and as an acknowledgement of their
faith in Christ, they were re-baptized in the name of Jesus." -Ibid., p. 285.
11. What action became necessary for the safety of the disciples as they
were trained for the work? Acts 19: 9, 10.
NOTE: "The spirit of God had wrought with and through Paul in his labors
for his countrymen. Sufficient evidence had been presented to convince
all who honestly desired to know the truth. But many permitted themselves
to be controlled by prejudice and unbelief, and refused to yield to the
most conclusive evidence. Fearing that the faith of the believers would
be endangered by continued association with these opposers of the truth,
Paul separated from them, and gathered the disciples into a distinct body,
continuing his public instructions in the school of Tyrannus, a teacher of
some note." -Ibid., p. 285.
12. What incident shows how counterfeit efforts were made to brin.!t
reproach upon the message of truth? Acts 19: 13·17.
13. What evidence proves a genuine conversion? Acts 19: 18·20.
NOTE: "By burning their books on magic, the Ephesian converts showed
that the things in which they had once delighted they now abhorred. It
was by and through magic that they had especially offended God and
imperiled their souls; and it was against magic that they showed such
indignation. Thus they gave evidence of true conversion."
"... By retaining these book~ the disciples would have exposed them-
selves to temptation; by selling them they would have placed temptation
in the way of others. They had renounced the kingdom of darkness, and
to destroy its power they did not hesitate at any sacrifice. Thus truth
triumphed over men's prejudice and their love of money." -Ibid., pp. 288,
289.
14. What effect did the preaching of the gospel in the great city of
Ephesus make? Acts 19: 23·26.
15. How was the town clerk used to protect the disciples? Act 19: 29-41.

Lesson No. 4 - Sabbath, October 22, 1960

PAUL RETURNS TO JERUSALEM

Questions
1. During the short visit to Troas, what services were held on the oc·
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casion? Acts 20: 6-8.
NOTE: "Upon the last evening of his stay the brethren 'came together
to break bread.' The fact that their beloved teacher was about to depart,
had called together a larger company than usual. They assembled in an
'upper chamber' on the third story. There, in the fervency of his love and
solicitude for them, the apostle preached until midnight." -Acts of the
Apostles, p. 391.
2. What incident occUl'ed during the service? Acts 20: 9, 10.
3. How was the service concluded, and at what time? Acts 20: 11, 12.
4. What did Paul do after he departed from the company at Troas?
Acts 20: 13, 14.
NOTE: "The ship on which Paul and his companions were to continue
their journey, was about to sail, and the brethren hastened on board. The
apostle himself, however, chose to take the nearer route by land between
Troas and Assos, meeting his companions at the latter city... ." -Ibid.
5. What testimony could the apostle Paul give regarding the discharge
of his ministry? Acts 20: 17-25.
6. How did Paul apply the straight testimony? Acts 20: 26, 27.
NOTE: "... No fear of giving offense, no desire for friendship or applause,
could lead Paul to withhold the words that God had given him for their
instruction, warning, or correction. From His servants today God requires
fearlessness in preaching the word, and in carrying out its precepts. The
minister of Christ is not to present to the people only those truths that
are the most pleasing, while he withholds others that might cause them
pain. He should watch with deep solicitude the development of character.
1£ he sees that any of his flock are cherishing sin, he must as a faithful
shepherd give them from God's word the instruction that is applicable to
their case. Should he permit them in their self-confidence to go on un-
warned, he would be held responsible for their souls. The pastor who
fulfils his high commission must give his people faithful instruction on
every point of the Christian faith, showing them what they must be and do
in order to stand perfect in the day of God. He only who is a faithful
teacher of the truth will at the close of his work be able to say with Paul,
'I am pure from the blood of all men.''' -Ibid., p. 394.
7. What future danger did Paul see would threaten the Apostolic
Church? What example did the apostle give in industry and thor-
oughness? Acts 20: 28-35.
8. What faithful evangelist still labored in Caesarea, and what gift did
his daughters have? Acts 21: 8, 9.
9. What did the Prophet Agabus predict regarding the future of Paul,
and how was this fulfilled? Acts 21: 10·14, 33.
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10. What reception did the travelers receive at the center of Jerusalem?
Acts 21: 17
11. How did the widely scattered churches recognize their obligations to
the general body? Acts 24: 18; Romans 15: 25·27.
NOTE: "On this occasion, Paul and his companions fonnally presented
to the leaders of the work at Jerusalem the contributions forwarded by
the Gentile churches for the support of the poor among their Jewish bre-
thren. The gathering of these contributions had cost the apostle and his
fellow-workers much time, anxious thought and wearisome labor. The
sum, which far exceeded the expectations of the elders at Jemsalem, re-
presented many sacrifices and even severe privations on the part of the Gen-
tile believers.
"These freewill-offerings betokened the loyalty of the Gentile converts
to the organized work of God throughout the world, and should have
been received by all with grateful acknowledgement; yet it was apparent
to Paul and his companions that even among those before whom they now
stood were some who were unable to appreciate the spirit of brotherly love
that had prompted the gifts." -Ibid., p. 399.
12. What weakness was shown by the leading brethren in the advice
they gave to Paul on his visit to Jerusalem? Acts 21: 20·25.
NOTE: "This was the golden opportunity for all the leading brethren to
confess frankly that God had wrought through Paul, and that at times
they had erred in permitting the reports of his enemies to arouse their
jealousy and prejudice. But instead of uniting in an effort to do justice to
the one who had been injured, they gave him counsel which showed that
they still cherished a feeling that Paul should be held largely responsible
for the existing prejudice. They did not stand nobly in his defense, en-
deavoring to show the disaffected ones where they were wrong, but sought
to effect a compromise by counseling him to pursue a course which in
their opinion would remove all cause for misapprehension." -Ibid., p. 403.
"The brethren hoped that Paul, by following the course suggested, might
give a decisive contradiction to the false reports concerning him. They
assured him that the decision of the former council concerning the Gen-
tile converts and the ceremonial law, still held good. But the advice now
given was not consistent with that decision. The Spirit of God did not
prompt this instruction; it was the fruit of cowardice...." -Ibid., p. 404.
13. What was the result of this compromise? Acts 21: 26·38.
14. How did Paul defend the Christian faith and what did he declare
was its basis? Acts 22: 1·16.

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Lesson No. 5 - Sabbath, October 29, 1960

PAUL'S DEFENCE

Questions
1. During the uproar following Paul's arrest, and the intervention of
the Roman guard, what words were echoed by the multitudes? Acts
22: 22, 23; Luke 23: 18.
NOTE: "By the Jewish law, it was a crime punishible with death for an
uncircumcised person to enter the inner courts of the sacred edifice. Paul
had been seen in the city in company with Trophimus, an Ephesian, and
it was conjectured that he had brought him into the temple. This he had
not done; and being himself a Jew, his act in entering the temple was no
violation of the law. But though the charge was wholly false, it served to
arouse the popular prejudice. As the cry was taken up and borne through
the temple courts, the throngs gathered there were thrown into wild ex-
citement. The news quickly spread through Jerusalem, 'and all the city
was moved, and the people ran together." -Acts of the Apostles, p. 407.

2. What legal protection did the Apostle Paul claim from the Captain?
Acts 21: 37-40.
3. When Paul declared how he was converted and called to the minis-
try, what word caused instant tumult? Acts 22: 21-23.
NOTE: "Hitherto the people had listened with close attention, but when
Paul reached the point in his history where he was appointed Christ's
ambassador to the Gentiles, their fury broke forth anew. Accustomed to
look upon themselves as the only people favored by God, they were un-
willing to permit the despised Gentiles to share the privileges which had
hitherto been regarded exclusively as their own. Lifting their voices above
the voice of the speaker, they cried, 'Away with such a fellow from the
earth; for it is not fit that he should live.''' -Ibid., p. 409.
4. How did Paul again remind the officer of his rights? Acts 22: 24-30.
5. At the beginning of his testimony, what provocation did he receive
from the High Priest? Acts 23: 1·5.
NOTE: "The position which the Jews as God's professed people occupied
before an unbelieving world, caused the apostle intense anguish of spirit.
How would those heathen officers look upon them?-claiming to be wor-
shippers of Jehovah, and assuming sacred office, yet giving themselves up
to the control of blind, unreasoning anger, seeking to destroy even their
brethren who dared to differ with them in religious faith, and turning
their most solemn deliberative council into a scene of strife and wild con-
fusion. Paul felt that the name of his God had suffered reproach in the
eyes of the heathen." -Ibid., p. 412.
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6. During the following night who assured him of his safety, and what
was he told? Acts 23: 11.
7. What treacherous plan was laid for the assassination of Paul? Acts
23: 12, 13.
8. How were the leaders equally guilty in this action? Acts 23: 14.

NOTE: "Instead of rebuking this cruel scheme, the priests and rulers
eagerly agreed to it. Paul had spoken the truth when he compared Ananias
to a whited sepulcher." -Ibid., p. 414.

9. How did the courage and loyalty of a voung member of the church
help to save the life of the apostle? Acts 23: 15·24.

10. What safe conduct did Claudius Lysias provide for Paul's protection?
Acts 23: 25·35.
NOTE: "The case of Paul was not the first in which a servant of God
had found among the heathen an asylum from the malice of the professed
people of Jehovah. In their rage against Paul, the Jews had added another
crime to the dark catalogue which marked the history of that people. They
had still further hardened their hearts against the truth, and had rendered
their doom more certain."
"Christ told the Jews at Nazareth a fearful truth when He declared
that with backsliding Israel there was no safety for the faithful messenger
of God. They would not know his worth or appreciate his labors. While
the Jewish leaders professed to have great zeal for the honor of God and
the good of Israel, they were enemies of both. By precept and example they
were leading the people farther and farther from obedience to God,-
leading them where He could not be their defense in the day of trouble."
"The same spirit is still leading to the same results. A neglect to appre-
ciate and improve the provisions of divine grace, has deprived the church
of many a blessing. How often would the Lord have prolonged the work
of some faithful minister, had his labors been appreciated. But if the
church permits the enemy of souls to pervert the understanding, so that
they misrepresent and misinterpret the words and acts of the servant of
Christ; if they allow themselves to stand in his way and hinder his use-
fulness, the Lord sometimes removes from them the blessing which He
gave." -Ibid., pp. 416, 417.

The change from earth to heaven will not change men's characters;
• the happiness of the redeemed in heaven results trom characters formed
in this life, after the image of Christ. The saints in heaven will first have
been saints on earth."-E. G. White, 1890.

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Lesson No.6 - Sabbath, November 5, 1960

THE TRIAL AT CAESAREA

Questions
1. Whom did the Sanhedrin hire to accuse Paul? Acts 24: 1.
2. What false and flattering remarks did Tertullus use to begin his
speech? Acts 24: 24.
3. What falsehoods did he bring in an endeavor to impress the Gover-
nor? Acts 24: 5-9.
NOTE: "Felix had sufficient penetration to read the disposition and
character of Paul's accusers. He knew from what motive they had flattered
him, and he saw also that they had failed to substantiate their charges
against Paul. ..." -Acts of the Apostles, p. 420.
4. What parallel position has been fulfilled in the past and can he
expected in the future? Matthew 24: 9, 10.
NOTE: "As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith
in the third angel's message, but have not been sanctified through obedience
to the truth, abandon their position, and join the ranks of the opposition.
By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to
view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they
are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. Men of talent and pleasing
address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and
mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former bre-
thren. When sabbath-keepers are brought before the courts to answer for
their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to mis-
represent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir
up the rulers against them."
"... Different periods in the history of the church have each been marked
by the development of some special truth, adapted to the necessities of
God's people at the time. Every new truth has made its way against
hatred and opposition; those who were blessed with its light were tempted
and tried. The Lord gives a special trl.lth for the people in an emergency.
Who dare refuse to publish it?" -Great Controversy, pp. 608, 609.
5. With what direct words did the Apostle Paul defend the cause he
loved? Acts 24: 10-13.
6. What did he claim was the foundation of the Christian faith? Acts
24: 14, 15; I Corinthians 15: 13·17.
NOTE: "The apostle realized that the gospel had a claim upon whoever
might listen to his words; that one day they would stand either among
the pure and holy around the great white throne, or with those to whom
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Christ would say, 'Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.' He knew that
he must meet everyone of his hearers before the tribunal of heaven, and
must there render an account, not only for all that he had said and done,
but for the motive and spirit of his words and deeds." -Acts of the Apostles,
p. 423.
7. With what words did he say that he had the right to defend his
character? Acts 24: 16.
8. What did he say was the Bible rule for judgment? Acts 24: 17·20.
9. How were Felix and Drusilla impressed with Paul's outline of the
"faith in Christ"? Acts 24: 24, 25.
NOTE: "The Jewish princess well understood the sacred character of
that law which she had shamelessly transgressed; but her prejudice against
the Man of Calvary steeled her heart against the word of life. But Felix
had never before listened to the truth; and as the Spirit of God sent con-
viction to his soul, he became deeply agitated. Conscience, now aroused,
made her voice heard; and Felix felt that Paul's words were true...."
"How wide the contrast between the course of Felix and that of the
jailer of PhilippiI The servants of the Lord were brought in bonds to the
jailer, as was Paul to Felix. The evidence they gave of being sustained by
a divine power, their rejoicing under suffering and disgrace, their fear-
lessness when the earth was reeling with the earthquake shock, and their
spirit of Christlike forgiveness, sent conviction to the jailer's heart, and
with trembling he confessed his sins and found pardon. Felix trembled,
but he did not repent. The jailer joyfully welcomed the Spirit of God to
his heart and to his home; Felix bade the divine Messenger depart. The
one chose to become a child of God and an heir of heaven; the other
cast his lot with the workers of iniquity." -Ibid., pp. 425, 426.
10. What terrible corruption existed in the Roman courts? Acts 24: 26.
NOTE: "For two years no further action was taken against Paul, yet he
remained a prisoner. Felix visited him several times, and listened attentively
to his words. But the real motive for this apparent friendliness was a
desire for gain, and he intimated that by the payment of a large sum of
money Paul might secure his release. The apostle, however, was of too
noble a nature to free himself by a bribe... ." -Ibid., p. 426.

Lesson No. 7 - Sabbath, November 12, 1960

PAUL APPEALS TO CEASAR

Questions
1. How was Festus influenced by the Jewish leaders? Acts 25: 1·3.
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2. What correct procedure did Festus temporarily follow? Acts 25: 4, 5.

3. How soon was he swayed by the Jews, and where did he wish to
have Paul tried? Acts 25: 6-9.
4. To which higher court did the Apostle appeal? Acts 25: 10·12.

NOTE: "The apostle knew that he could not look for justice from the
people who by their crimes were bringing down upon themselves the
wrath of God. He knew that, like the prophet Elijah, he would be safer
among the heathen than with those who had rejected light from heaven
and hardened their hearts against the gospeL ..." -Acts of the Apostles,
p.430.
5. Who were the next to hear the message in the higher circles? Acts
25: 13.
6. What did Festus tell them? Acts 25: 14·21.
7. How keen was the interest of Agrippa? Acts 25: 22.
8. How had the Lord auanged for the most prominent citizens and of·
ficers of the city to hear the message of salvation? Acts 25: 23.

NOTE: "... The members of the church will individually be tested and
proved. They will be placed in circumstances where they will be forced
to bear witness for the truth. Many will be called to speak before councils
and in courts of justice, perhaps separately and alone. The experience
which would have helped them in this emergency they have neglected to
obtain, and their souls are burdened with remorse for wasted opportunities
and neglected privileges." -Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 463.
9. In what perplexing situation was Festus now placed? Acts 25: 23·2i.
10. Who also had passed through such a trial? John 18: 28·30, 38.

Lesson No.8 - Sabbath, November 19, 1960

ALMOST A CHRISTIAN

Questions
1. Did Agrippa know and understand the doctrines and ceremonies of
the Jews? Acts 26: 3.
2. How well known was the Apostle Paul to his accusers? Acts 26: 4, 5.

3. What mutual hope did the Jews and the Christians share? Acts 26:
6, 7.
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4. How did Paul prove that he had been loyal to the Sanhedrin? Was
his sincerity enough for his salvation? Acts 26: 8·12.
NOTE: "... In his zeal he was a persevering, earnest persecutor of the
church of Christ. His convictions of his duty to exterminate this alarming
doctrine, which was prevailing everywhere, that Jesus was the Prince
of Life, were deep and strong." -Testimonies, vol. 3, p. 429.
"'There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof
are the ways of death.' Ignorance is no excuse for error or sin, when there
is every opportunity to know the will of God. A man is traveling, and
comes to a place where there are several roads, and a gUide-board indicating
where each one leads. If he disregards the guide-board, and takes whichever
road seems to him to be right, he may be ever so sincere, but will in all
probability find himself on the wrong road." -Great Controversy, p. 597.
5. What did he say was his mission? Acts 26: 16-18.
6. What orderly procedure did Paul follow in his conversion and call
to the work? Acts 26: 19, 20.
7. Whom did he say were interested in the message he preached? Acts
26: 21·23.
NOTE: The message which he was preaching before these people who
moved in the higher society of the country, was not a new and strange
theory; it was as old as the fall of man from his high estate. It was the
promise of a redeemer sent from God, who was to return to God, and who
had been the hope of all men, generation after generation.
8. In which way did Satan use Festus to prejudice the judgment of
Agrippa? Acts 26: 24.
NOTE: "The whole company had listened spellbound to Paul's account
of his wonderful experiences. The apostle was dwelling upon his favorite
theme. None who heard him could doubt his sincerity. But in the full
tide of his persuasive eloquence he was interrupted by Festus, .' ..." -Acts
of the Apostles, p. 437.
9. What did the apostle say was the authority upon which he taught
of the death of Christ at Calvary, and His resurrection? Acts 26: 22,
23.
10. How was Agrippa tested? Acts 26: 25·27.
n. What was the spontaneous reply of Agrippa to Paul's question? Acts
26: 28.
NOTE: "Deeply affected, Agrippa for the moment lost sight of his sur-
roundings and the dignity of his position. Conscious only of the troths
which he had heard, seeing only the humble prisoner standing before him
as God's ambassador, he answered involuntarily, 'Almost thou persuadest
me to be a Christian.''' -Ibid., p. 438.
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"There are many at the present day thus clinging to the customs and
traditions of their fathers. When the Lord sends them additional light,
they refuse to accept it, because, not having been granted to their fathers,
it was not received by them. We are not placed where our fathers were;
consequently our duties and responsibilities are not the same as theirs. We
shall not be approved of God in looking to the example of our fathers
to determine our duty instead of searching the Word of truth for ourselves.
Our responsibility is greater than was that of our ancestors. We are ac-
countable for the light which they received, and which was handed down
as an inheritance for us, and we are accountable also for the additional
light which is now shining upon us from the word of God." -Great Con-
troversy, p. 164.
12. What other souls did Paul try to reach in this experience? Acts 26:
29.
NOTE: "... Although he was a prisoner for a great length of time, yet
the Lord carried forward His special work through him. His bonds were
to be the means of spreading the knowledge of Christ, and thus glorifyin~
God. As he was sent from city to city for his trial, his testimony conceminp,
Jesus, and the interesting incidents of his own conversion, were related
before kings and governors, that they should be left without excuse con-
cerning Jesus. Thousands believed on Him, and rejoiced in His name...."
-Early Writings, p. 207.
13. What was the only decision which this court could genuinely find?
Acts 26: 30·32.

Lesson No. 9 - Sabbath, November 26, 1960

THE VOYAGE TO ROME

Questions
1. What provIsIon was made for Paul's journey to Rome for his trial?
Acts 27: 1·7.
NOTE: "In the first century of the Christian era, traveling by sea was at·
tended with peculiar hardship and peril. Mariners directed their course
largely by the position of the sun and stars; and when these did not
appear, and there were indications of storm, the owners of vessels were
fearful of venturing into the open sea. During a portion of the year, safe
navigation was almost impossible." -Acts of the Apostles, p. 439.
2. What was revealed to the apostle in the early stages of the journey?
Acts 27: 8·11.
3. What other Christian believer accompanied Paul? Acts 27: 1, 2.
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NOTE: Like many other characters mentioned in the Bible, the faith-
fulness and loyalty they gave, compared to the more prominent worker~,
is not always noticed. Most scholars agree that Luke wrote the Acts, and
in verse 2 we notice he refers to "us." For this and other missionary
reports of the journeys and experiences we are indebted to Luke.
4. What difficulties followed the decision to continue the journey?
Acts 27: 11-14.
NOTE: "For fourteen days they drifted under a sunless and starless heaven.
The apostle, though himself suffering physically, had words of hope for
the darkest hour, a helping hand in every emergency. He grasped by faith
the arm of Infinite Power, and his heart was stayed upon God. He had no
fears for himself; he knew that God would preserve him to witness at
Rome for the truth of Christ. But his heart yearned with pity for the poor
souls around him, sinful, degraded, and unprepared to die. As he earnestly
pleaded with God to spare their lives, it was revealed to him that his prayer
was granted." -Acts of the Apostles, p. 442.
5. How were the passengers and crew encouraged? Acts 27: 21-26.

6. What warning did he give to the centurion when the crew tried to
desert the ship? Acts 27: 27-32.
7. Huw many lives were in danger at this time? Acts 27: 37.
8. What further danger faced Paul and his companions, besides the
peril of the sea? Acts 27: 42.
NOTE: "Paul and the other prisoners were now threatened by a fate more
terrible than shipwreck. The soldiers saw that while endeavoring to reach
land it would be impossible for them to keep their prisoners in charge.
Every man would have all he could do to save himself. Yet if any of the
prisoners were missing, the lives of those who were responsible for them
would be forfeited. Hence the soldiers desired to put all the prisoners til
death. The Roman law sanctioned this cruel policy, and the plan would
have been executed at once, but for him to whom all alike were under
deep obligation. Julius the centurion knew that Paul had been instrumental
in saving the lives of all on board; and, moreover, convinced that the
Lord was with him, he feared to do him harm. He therefore 'commanded
that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and
get to land: and the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of
the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.' When
the roll was called, not one was missing." -Ibid., p. 445.
9. On what island did they all safely land? Acts 28: 1.

"Faith in God's love and overruling providence lightens the burdens


.of anxiety and care."-Patriarchs and Prophets, p.. BOO.

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Lesson No. 10 - Sabbath, December 3, 1960

STRENGTHENING THE FOUNDATIONS IN ROME

Questions
1. What incident secured the confidence and trust of the islanders
Acts 28: 2·6.
2. What service did the Apostle Paul render to the chief men of the
island? Acts 28: 8, 9.
NOTE: "During the three months that the ship's company remained at
Melita, Paul and his fellow-laborers improved many opportunities to preach
the gospel. In a remarkable manner the Lord wrought through them. For
Paul's sake, the entire shipwrecked company were treated with great kind-
ness; all their wants were supplied, and upon leaving Melita they were
literally provided with everything needful for their voyage. The chief
incidents of their stay are thus briefly related by Luke." -Acts of the
Apostles, p. 446.
3. Continuing the journey to Rome, whom did Paul find at PuteoIi?
Acts 28: 13, 14.
NOTE: "In this place there were a few Christians, and they entreated the
apostle to remain with them for seven days, a privilege kindly granted by
the centurion. Since receiving Paul's epistle to the Romans, the Christians
of Italy had eagerly looked forward to a visit from the apostle...." -Ibid.,
p. 447.
4. What joyful meeting took place at Appi·forum? Acts 28: 15.
NOTE: "Few realize the significance of those words of Luke, that when
Paul saw his brethren, 'he thanked God, and took courage: In the midst
of the weeping, sympathizing company of believers, who were not ashamed
of 'his bonds, the apostle praised God aloud. The cloud of sadness that
had rested upon his spirit was swept away. His Christian life had been
a succession of trials, sufferings, and disappointments, but in that hour
he felt abundantly repaid. With firmer step and joyful heart he continued
on his way. He would not complain elf the past, nor fear for the future.
Bonds and afflictions awaited him, he knew; but he knew also that it
had been his to deliver souls from a bondage infinitely more terrible, and
he rejoiced in his sufferings for Christ's sake:' -Ibid., p. 449.
5. Because of the consistent and sincere behaviour of Paul on the long
journey, what favor did he receive? Acts 28: 16.
6. Whom did Paul invite to his place of imprisonment? Acts 28: 17.
7. Had the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem sent a report to thl,! Jews in Rome
concerning Paul's arrest? Acts 28: 18·21.
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8. What reasonable and sensible attitude did the Jews in Rome take
at Paul's request? Acts 28: 22, 23.

9. What was the only report that they had had concerning the Christian
faith? Acts 28: 22.
10. What was the result of the interview? Acts 28: 24.
11. What prophecy did Paul apply to those Jews who rejected the
solemn call of the gospel? Acts 28: 25·28.

12. What did Paul continue to do while he awaited his trial? Acts 28:
29·31.
NOTE: "Not only were converts won to the truth in Caesar's household,
but after their conversion they remained in that household. They did not
feel at liberty to abandon their post of duty because their surroundings
were no longer congenial. The truth had found them there, and there
they remained, by their changed life and character testifying to the tran&-
forming power of the new faith."
"He whose heart is fixed to serve God will find opportunity to witness
for Him. Difficulties will be powerless to hinder him who is determined
to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. In the strength
gained by prayer and a study of the Word, he will seek virtue and forsake
vice. Looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of the faith, who endured
the contradiction of sinners against Himself, the believer will willingly
brave contempt and derision...." -Acts of the Apostles, pp. 466, 467.

Lesson No. 11 - Sabbath, December 10, 1960

WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS

Questions
1. What was a special channel used by the apostles for the missionary
work? Colossians 4: 16; I Thessalonians 5: 27.
NOTE: From very early times the scattered Jewish communities corres-
ponded with one another, and when synagogues were established in various
parts of Asia and other countries, reliable messengers bearing letters nf
various points constantly passed to and fro. The apostles found this means
of great assistance in the instruction and direction of the churches already.
established.
As the apostles believed that the Old Testament scriptures were to be
considered the rule of faith, and as Jesus Himself had confirmed this, and
had taught the disciples from them, so the apostles claimed the same
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authority for their own teaching. These epistles (letters) were to be con-
sidered equal with the writings of the prophets, "and are built upon the
foundation of the apostles, and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the
chief corner stone." Ephesians 2: 20; II Peter 3: 15, 16.
2. When did the apostle Paul commence this correspondence ministry?
I Thessalonians 1: 1.
NOTE: With the writing of the first and second book to the Thessalonians.
"The arrival of Silas and Timothy from Macedonia, during Paul's so-
journ in Corinth, had greatly cheered the apostle. They brought him 'good
tidings' of the 'faith and charity' of those who had accepted the truth
during the first visit of the gospel messengers to Thessalonica. Paul's
heart went out in tender sympathy toward these believers, who, in the
midst of trial and adversity, had remained tme to God. He longed to visit
them in person, but as this was not then possible, he wrote to them." -Acts
of the Apostles, p. 255.
3. What were some of the instructions that Paul sent to the churches?
I Thessalonians 4: 13-17.
NOTE: We draw attention to this chapter as illustrative of many others.
In this epistle Paul is not introducing new and strange doctrines, but
rather is refreshing their memories of things that they had learned in past
visits. Notice what they incIude:-
1. The state of the dead. Verse 13.
2. The death and resurrection of Jesus. Verse 14.
3. The second coming of Jesus. Verse 15.
4. The resurrection of the righteous. Verse 16.
5. The translation of the righteous living. Verse 17.
"As Paul's epistle was opened and read, great joy and consolation was
brought to the church by the words revealing the true state of the dead.
Paul showed that those living when Christ should come would not go to
meet their Lord in advance of those who had fallen asleep in Jesus. The
voice of the Archangel and the trump of God would reach the sleeping ones,
and the dead in Christ should rise first, before the touch of immortality
should be given to the living." -Acts of the Apostles, p. 258.
4. To counteract a false impression on the minds of some believers
what further explanation did Paul make? II Thessalonians 2: 1, 2.
NOTE: "The instruction that Paul sent the Thessalonians in his fir~t
epistle regarding the second coming of Christ, was in perfect harmony
with his former teaching. Yet his words were misapprehended by some of
the Thessalonian brethren. They understood him to express the hope that
he himself would live to witness the Saviour's advent. This belief served
to increase their enthusiasm and excitement. Those who had previously
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neglected their responsibility aml duties, now became more persistent in
urging their erroneous views.
"In his second letter, Paul sought to correct their misunderstanding of
his teaching, and to set before them his true position. He again expressed
his confidence in their integrity, and his gratitude that their faith was
strong, and that their love abounded for one another, and for the cause
of their Master...." -Acts of the Apostles, p. 264.
5. What great trial and tribulation must first be suffered before the
second coming of Jesus? II Thessalonians 2: 3, 4, 7·9.
6. On which authority did the apostle advise the brethren to depend?
II Thessalonians 2: 15.
7. What was to be recognized as the only reliable witness of the gen·
uineness of each epistle? II Thessalonians 3: 17.
8. Were these epistles to be considered as just personal letters and
local messages, or were they to have a general application? I Thessa·
lonians 5: 27; II Thessalonians 3: 14; Colossians 4: 16.
NOTE: "During this time, the churches that he had established in many
lands were not forgotten. Realizing the dangers that threatened the con-
verts to the new faith, the apostle sought so far as possible to meet their
needs by letters of warning and practical instruction. And from Rome he
sent out consecrated workers to labor not only for these churches, but in
fields that he himself had not visited. These workers, as wise shepherds,
strengthened the work so well begun by Paul; and the apostle, kept in-
formed of the condition and dangers of the churches by constant com-
munication with them, was enabled to exercise a wise supervision over all."
Ibid., pp. 453, 454.
9. What did the apostle Peter state with reference to the writing of
the epistles? II Peter 3: 1, 2.
10. In Paul's last letter what could he say with confidence and joy?
II Timothy 4: 8.

Lesson No. 12 - Sabbath, December 17, 1960

PROMISED GIFTS AND HELP FOR THE LAST CHURCH

Questions
1. Upon what help and power would the "remnant church" depend?
Ephesians 4: 1.8; Zechariah 4: 6.
2. What were some of these essential helps? Ephesians 4: 11; I Cor-
inthians 12: 28.
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3. Why were they to be given? Ephesians 4: 12-16.
4. What promise of the Lord was literally fulfilled in the early church?
John 14: 16, 17, 26; Luke 24: 49.
NOTE: "The great controversy between good and evil will increase in
intensity to the very close of time. In all ages the wrath of Satan has been
manifested against the church of Christ; and God has bestowed His grace
and Spirit upon His people to strengthen them to stand against the power
of the evil one. When the apostles of Christ were to bear His gospel to the
world and to record it for all future ages, they were especially endowed
with the enlightenment of the Spirit. But as the church approaches her
final deliverance, Satan is to work with greater power. He comes down
'having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.'
Rev. 12: 12. He will work 'with all power and signs and lying wonders.'
II Thess. 2: 9. For six thousand years that master-miI;ld that once was
highest among the angels of God, has been wholly bent to the work of
deception and ruin. And all the depths of satanic skill and subtlety acquired,
all the cruelty developed, during these struggles of the ages, will be brought
to bear against God's people in the final conflict. And in this time of peril
the followers of Christ are to bear to the world the warning of the Lord's
second advent; and a people are to be prepared to stand before Him ~t
His coming, 'without spot, and blameless.' II Peter 3: 14. At this time
the special endowment of divine grace and power is not less needful to
the church than in apostolic days." -Great Controversy, pp. ix, x.
5. In which form would the help be specially manifested? Revelation
12: 17.
NOTE: "In his providence the Lord has seen fit to teach and warn his
people in various ways. By direct command, by the sacred writings, and
by the spirit of prophecy, has he made known unto them his will." -Testi-
monies, vol. 4, p. 12.
6. We have seen that the apostles and disciples received a large mea-
sure of the Spirit's power. How may we expect it at the present time?
Matthew 25: 31-40.
NOTE: "Every church is in need of the controlling power of the Holy
Spirit; and now is the time to pray for it. But in all God's work for man
He plans that man shall co-operate with Him. To this end the Lord calls
upon the church to have a higher piety, a more just sense of duty, a clearer
realization of their obligations to their Creator. He calls upon them to be
a pure, sanctified, working people. And the Christian help work is one
means of bringing this about, for the Holy Spirit communicates with all
who were doing God's service." -Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 266.
7. For what should every reformer labor and pray? Zechariah 10: 1.

NOTE: "To us today-as verily as to the first disciples, the promise of the
Spirit belongs. God will today endow men and women with power from
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above, as he endowed those who on the day of Pentecost heard the word
of salvation. At this very hour His Spirit and His grace are for all who
need them and will take Him at His word." -Ibid., vol. 8, p. 20.
8. What is the privilege of every Christian concerning the coming of
the Lord? Matthew 24: 14.
NOTE: "It is the privilege of every Christian, not only to look for, but
to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Were all who profess Hi~
name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be
sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last harvest would be
ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain." -Ibid., p. 22.
9. When is our joy made "full"? John 15: II.
NOTE: "As the divine endowment,-the power of the Holy Spirit,-was
given to the disciples, so it will today be given to all who seek aright. This
power alone is able to make us wise unto salvation, and to fit us for the
courts above. Christ wants to give us a blessing that will make us holy.
'These things have I spoken unto you,' He says, 'that My joy might remain
in you, and that your joy might be full.' John 15: 11. Joy in the Holy Spirit
is health-giving, life-giving joy. In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Him-
self, making Himself a fountain of divine influences, to give health and
life to the world." -Ibid., vol. 7, p. 273.

Lesson No. 13 - Sabbath, December 24, 1960

THE CLOSING WORK

Questions
1. What is the only genuine foundation of a true reformation? Psalm
19: 7.
2. What will be the standard by which all men will be judged? Ec-
clesiastes 12: 13, 14.
NOTE: "Righteousness has its root in godliness. No human being is right-
eous any longer than he has faith in God and maintains a vital connection
with Him. As a flower of the field has its root in the soil; as it must
receive air, dew, showers, and sunshine, so must we receive from God
that which ministers to the life of the soul. It is only through becoming
partakers of His nature that we receive power to obey His command-
ments... ." -Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 194.
3. How far and extensive is the message of the righteousness of Christ
to be carried? Revelation 14: 6, 7; Psalm 50: 6.
NOTE: "The Lord God of heaven will not send upon the world His
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judgments for disobedience and transgression, until He has sent His watch-
men to give the warning. He will not close up the period of probation
until the message shall be more distinctly proclaimed. The law of God is
to be magnified; its claims must be presented in tlleir true, sacred charac-
ter, that the people may be brought to decide for or against the truth.
Yet the work will be cut short in righteousness. The message of Christ's
righteousness is to sound from one end of the earth to the other to prepare
the way of the Lord. This is the glory of God, which closes the work of
the third angel." -Ibid., vol. 6, p. 19.
4. How will provision be made for messengers to proclaim the truth?
Jeremiah 16: 16.
NOTE: "God's work is to be carried forward with power. We need the
baptism of the Holy Spirit. We need to understand that God wiU add to
the ranks of His people men of ability and influence who are to act their
part in warning the world. All in the world are not lawless and sinful. God
has many thousands who have not bowed the knee to Baal. There are God-
fearing men and women in the fallen churches. If this were not so, we
would not be given the message to bear: 'Babylon the great is fallen, is
fallen.... Come out of her, My people.' Rev. 18: 2, 4. Many of the honest
in heart are gasping for a breath of life from heaven. They will recognize
the gospel when it is brought to them in the beauty and simplicity with
which it is presented in God's word." -Ibid., vol. 9, p. llO.
5. In what simple way did Moses foretell the work of the gospel both
in the beginning and closing features? Deuteronomy 11: 14.
NOTE: "The work will be similar to that of the day of Pentecost. As
the 'former rain' was given, in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the
opening of the gospel, to cause the upspringing of the precious seed, so
the 'latter rain' will be given at its close, for the ripening of the har-
vest... ." -Great Controversy, p. 611.
6. Will this wonderful blessing bring joy and gratitude to the apostate
religions of the world, or the same bitterness and hatred as was
directed against the message of the apostles? Matthew 24: 48, 49.
NOTE: "... The power attending the message will only madden those
who oppose it. The clergy will put forth almost superhuman efforts to
shut away the light, lest it should shine upon their flocks. By every means
at their command they will endeavor to suppress the discussion of these
vital questions. The church appeals to the strong arm of civil power, and
in this work, papists and Protestants unite... ." -Ibid., p. 607.
7. What warning did the apostle Paul give to his faithful helper in
the time of the Acts? What did he say would be the position of the
loyal worker? II Timothy 3: 1, 12.
8. What did he say they should do in this great crisis? II Timothy 3: 14.
9. Summarizing our series of lessons on the book of Acts, what should
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be our response to the records of these pioneers of the gospel? II Peter
3.17, 18.
NOTE: "Why has the history of the work of the disciples, as they labored
with holy zeal, animated and vitalized by the Holy Spirit, been recorded,
if it is not that from this record the Lord's people today are to gain an
ihspiration to work earnestly for Him? What the Lord did for His people
in that time, it is just as essential, and more so, that He do for His people
today. All that the apostles did, every church-member today is to do. And
we are to work with as much more fervor, to be accompanied by the Holy
Spirit in as much greater measure, as the increase of wickedness demands
a more decided call to repentance.
"... Zeal for the glory of God moved the disciples to bear witness to
the truth with mighty power. Should not this zeal fire our hearts with a
longing to tell the story of redeeming love, of Christ and Him crucified?
Should not the power of God be even more mightily revealed today than
in the time of the apostles?" ':""Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 33.
10. Who will finish the work of preaching righteousness, and how long
will it take? Romans 9: 28.

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Lesson No. 14 - Sabbath, December 31, 1960

THE CHURCH OF GOD

Questions
1. Upon what foundation is the true church of God built? Matthew
16: 18.
NOTE: "... In the presence of God, and all the heavenly intelligences,
in the presence of the unseen army of hell, Christ founded His church
upon the living Rock. That rock is Himself,-His own body, for us broken
and bruised. Against the church built upon this foundation, the gates of
hell shall not prevail." -Desire of Ages, p. 413.
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2. Of what is the church composed? Romans 12: 4, 5.

3. What provision wa~ made for the government and administration


of the church? I Corinthians 12: 25·28.
4. What position does the true church of God hold in a revolted world?
I Timothy 3: 15.
NOTE: "God has made His church on the earth a channel of light, and
through it He communicates His purposes and His will. He does not give
to one of His servants an experience independent of and contrary to the
experience of the church itself. Neither does He give one man a knowledge
of His will for the entire church, while the church-Christ's body-is left
in darkness. In His providence, He places His servants in close -connection
with His church, in order that they may have less confidence in them-
selves, and greater confidence in others whom He is leading out to advance
His work." -Acts of the Apostles, p. 163.

5. What place does the church have in the education of its members?
Ephesians 4: 12·15.
6. What respect should members give to those appointed as officers
in the church? Hebrews 13: 7, 17; I Timothy 5: 17.

7. What great privilege as well as duty devolves upon those accepted


as church members? Ephesians 2: 19, 20.

NOTE: "Every believer should be whole-hearted in his attachment to the


church. Its prosperity should be his first interest, and unless he feels under
sacred obligation to make his connection with the church a benefit to it
in preference to himself, it can do far better without him...." -Testimonies,
vol. 4, p. 18.
8. What aim should ever be kept before the remnant church? Matthew
5: 48.
NOTE: "God has a church upon the earth who are His chosen people,
who keep His commandments. He is leading, not stray offshoots, not one
here and one there, but a people. The truth is a sanctifying power; but the
church militant is not the church triumphant...." -Testimonies to Minis-
ters, p. 61.
The term "church militant" does not have reference to a church which
is in open apostasy and has betrayed sacred trusts, but rather to the fact
that the church of God is composed of some members who are strong
and some weak in the faith. They have not denied the faith openly, or can
not be charged with living in open sin. They need instruction and educa-
tion that they may grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. Christ
represented this class in the parable of the wheat and tares. The church
will be classified as "triumphant" when the refining process has purged
out all the tares.
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9. What solemn obligation rests with those who have been selected as
watchmen in the church of God? Ezekiel 33: 1·9.
NOTE: "... If wrongs are apparent among his people, and if the servants
of God pass on indifferent to them, they virtually sustain and justify the
sinner, and are alike guilty, and will just as surely receive the displeasure
of God; for they will be made responsible for the sins of the guilty... ."
-Testimonies, vol. 3, p. 266.
10. How does God regard the church when it fails to bring to discipline
those who continue in open sin? Leviticus 19: 17.
NOTE: "... God holds his people, as a body, responsible for the sins
existing in individuals among them. If the leaders of the church neglect
to diligently search out the sins which bring the displeasure of God upon
the body, they become responsihle for these sins... ." -Ibid., p. 269.
"... Sin and sinners in the church must be promptly dealt with, that
others may not be contaminated. Truth and purity require that we make
more thorough work to cleanse the camp from Achans. Let those in re-
sponsible positions not suffer sin in a brother. Show him that he must either
put away his sins or be separated from the church." -Ibid., vol. 5, p. 147.
n. In the time of the general apostasy of the church who made up
the true church of God? Psalm 25: 14.
NOTE: "From the beginning, faithful souls have constituted the church
on earth." -Acts of the Apostles, p. 11.
"... Thank God, all will not be rocked to sleep in the cradle of carnal
security. There will be faithful ones who will discern the signs of the
times. While a large number professing present truth will deny their
faith by their works, there will be some who will endure unto the end."
-Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 10.

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