1st Quarter 2016: Rebellion and Redemption

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Somehow, and we don’t know exactly why, sin arose in God’s perfect creation, and that sin became the starting point for what we understand as the great controversy. One thing, though, we do know, and very well too: as human beings, we are caught in the middle of this controversy. It’s a battle that none of us escape.

Throughout Scripture, God is constantly defeating Satan’s purposes. Jesus’ coming as Immanuel, “God with us,” recovered the territory stolen from Adam and Eve. Jesus succeeded where Adam failed. In His ministry, Jesus showed His authority over creation and the forces of evil. Just before His return to heaven, Jesus recommissioned His followers and at Pentecost empowered them to extend the borders of His heavenly kingdom.

Jesus has won the decisive victory at the cross. The challenge has always been where we place our loyalties: on the side that has won or on the side that has lost. Though the choice should be easy and obvious, because the controversy still rages and the deceptions are ever-present, the battle for our hearts and minds continues. Our hope and prayer, then, is that this quarter’s lessons will reveal some of these deceptions and thus help us not just to choose Christ but to remain with Him because, as He has promised, “ ‘He who endures to the end shall be saved’ ” (Matt. 24:13, NKJV).

JDavid Tasker, field secretary of the South Pacific Division, has a PhD in Old Testament and has been a church pastor in his native New Zealand, mission president in the Solomon Islands, and lecturer in Biblical Studies at Pacific Adventist University (Papua New Guinea) and at Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (Philippines). He and his wife, Carol, have two married sons (Nathan and Stephen) and three grandchildren.

Obtain and read PDF lessons here or as HTML web pages on SSnet.org 


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Lesson Title Webcast Video Audio Notes
1 - Crisis in Heaven (jan 2)
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2 - Crisis in Eden (jan 9)
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3 - Global Rebellion and the Patriarchs (jan 16)
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4 - Conflict and Crisis: The Judges (jan 23)
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5 - The Controversy Continues (jan 30)
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6 - Victory in the Wilderness (feb 6)
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7 - Jesus’ Teachings and the Great Controversy (feb 13)
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8 - Comrades in Arms (feb 20)
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9 - The Great Controversy and the Early Church (feb 27)
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10 - Paul and the Rebellion (mar 5)
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11 - Peter on the Great Controversy (mar 12)
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12 - The Church Militant (mar 19)
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13 - Redemption (mar 26)
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