October 12, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sabbath School)

October 12, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sabbath School)

Soraya Homayouni offered the opening prayer. Ramon Canals, GC Director of Sabbath School & Personal Ministries, welcomed the attendees to the Sabbath School, reminding them that God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Reconciler of all life, of family relationships, and of the Church as Head of the body. He encouraged the audience to regard the Sabb

From Persecutor to Radical Christ Follower:  The Backdrop to Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

From Persecutor to Radical Christ Follower: The Backdrop to Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

  The story of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, in this quarter’s Sabbath school lesson, begins with its author. To learn about this main character, the reader must turn to other materials in the New Testament to discover who Paul is and what motivates his reaction to the situation that arose in the church in Galatia. Acts 7 introduces a malevo

Showing Honor to the Woman: Reflections on Marriage in 1 Peter

Showing Honor to the Woman: Reflections on Marriage in 1 Peter

In today’s culture, households are usually either hierarchical or egalitarian institutions. Unfortunately, when some read the New Testament (NT) they misunderstand and misappropriate the divinely inspired counsel overemphasizing either of these modern notions of society. One concept that is misunderstood and misused is the concept of submission. Th

From Unbelief to Disbelief to Faith (Sabbath School 3-31-2017)

From Unbelief to Disbelief to Faith (Sabbath School 3-31-2017)

Peter’s journey with Jesus displays a pivotal aspect of discipleship: growing in faith. In fact, in his second letter, Peter makes this point (2 Peter 1:5–7). Like a diamond, there are facets of faith, that move us from unbelief (absence or rejection of belief) to disbelief (unwillingness, or inability to believe that something is the case) to a li

The Compass Sabbath School

The Compass Sabbath School

  I feel a deep interest in our Sabbath schools throughout the land, because I believe them to be instrumentalities of God for the education of our youth in the truths of the Bible. 2 Testimony Treasures 567.2   Here at The Compass Magazine, our mission is to help young people to construct a worldview based on the Bible and the Spirit of

The Work of the Holy Spirit and a Search for Relevance (Sabbath School 3-25-2017)

The Work of the Holy Spirit and a Search for Relevance (Sabbath School 3-25-2017)

A fond word in our so-called Post-modern age is “Relevance.” One way to understand this phenomenon is to see as one of its underlying tenets, that somehow what we already have is in a certain sense antiquated, or more benignly culturally inappropriate. With the advent of a highly technological society of smartphones, hybrid electric cars, touch scr

Reflections on The Holy Spirit, the Word, and Prayer (Sabbath School 3-11- 2017)

Reflections on The Holy Spirit, the Word, and Prayer (Sabbath School 3-11- 2017)

Problematic Prayers As I was reading about the Prosperity Gospel[1] and how the Christian message is being distorted into an individualistic, selfish mantra for personal gain and growth, it occurred to me that this happens because of a misunderstanding of the Person and purposes of the Spirit of God, the mishandling of the Word of God, and/or a pra