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Greg Brothers is an Adventist pastor in Oregon.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

A real God for real people

On any given Sabbath, roughly three-fourths of the adults in church will be women.

Think what that means for a Sabbath School lesson on families.

If your church is like mine, as a matter of fact, the biggest single group of people in your church will be single women – widowed, divorced, or never-married.

Think what that means for a Sabbath School lesson on families.

In short, most of the people in your class this week will not measure up to the traditional “ideal” of a married couple with two lovely children (and a dog named “Spot”) who all go to church every week (and help out with Pathfinders on Wednesday night). And all through this quarter’s lessons, they’ve been wondering just exactly what God thinks of people in their situation.

Think of what that means for a Sabbath School lesson on families – and the chance it gives you to point out how God can work with us in any situation.

I Corinthians 7:8-9
What advice does Paul give to singles in these verses? What reasons does Paul give in verses 32-35 as to why might it be better for some to stay single? Can you think of other reasons why this might be the case? What reason does Paul give for getting married? Single or married -- what advice would Paul give to all believers?

I Corinthians 7:10-16
What advice does Paul give to someone whose spouse is not a Christian? Why might some think they should get a divorce? Why does Paul discourage this? What are some of the ways a Christian can “sanctify” (or make holy) the other members of their family?

I Corinthians 7:17-40
Skim these verses quickly, and notice how often Paul says something to the effect of “each one should remain as they are now.” What specific examples of this principle does Paul give? Is Paul saying that we should never do anything to improve our lot in life?

Reflection
Many times, we like to daydream about all the ways our life could be better. “If only I had married somebody else,” we say. “If only I had a better job, or a nicer car, or children who really appreciated all I had done for them.” How helpful is this kind of thinking? What danger does it pose? What advice would Paul give to someone who is daydreaming like this – and what advice would he give to you today?

1 Comments:

Blogger Timothy said...

Pastor Greg, What happend in Montana? It seems you had a calling. What do you call this? Is anyone reading your blogs besides me? I dont mean to be cruel, like Elvis, but it seems to me you have more up your sleve than meets the eye. Did I tell you I knew George Vandeman? No of course I didnt. I only met him once. It was very inspiring. We have a great work to do before the 2nd advent of our Lord Jesus Christ. What do you know? Ive got the scoop on how and why, as for when, posibly 2-3 generations. Yes its going down hill very fast. Thats why I call it; AmericaTheBroken

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