4: Escape from the World’s Ways – Discussion Starters

  1. Memory verse: “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. . . . He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage” (Proverbs 11:428, NKJV). Does a strong relationship with Christ protect us from evil and prepare us for eternal life with Him? What do you think are the key elements of a strong personal relationship with Jesus? 
  2. A relationship with Christ. “Before any other relationship, Christ must be our first priority.” How did Moses illustrate this priority in his life? Is it possible for you to be so attracted to the world and its pleasures that God can no longer reach you? If you sense such a feeling in your heart, is it possible for you to restore your relationship with God? How? What is the ultimate reward? It is possible in this sin-struck world for God to fill the void in your life resulting from carelessness and sin? Explain. 
  3. In the Word. Our lesson this week tells us that 6 billion Bibles have been distributed worldwide. The world’s population is 7 billion. From that, should we conclude that virtually all people can readily obtain salvation by reading the Bible? What part of the Bible is most important in giving us a true and abiding picture of Jesus? How should we treat that portion of Scripture? In Romans 8:5 how does Paul speaks plainly about regarding the path to finding the “things of the spirit”?
  4. The life of prayer. Do you agree that knowing Jesus as our eternal Friend is the basis for our relationship with God? How can we develop a lasting friendship with Jesus now when we won’t even see Him or hear His voice until the Second Coming? Jesus is the Truth, right? How do we obtain access to that source of divine Truth? What is prayer without faith? What do your prayers reveal about who you are and what your priorities in life really are? 
  5. The life of wisdom. The wisest man who ever lived, we often state, was Solomon. People traveled by foot or by camel to see this amazing man. But how wise was Solomon, really? Without living out and acting out the principles of true wisdom, what happens to man? This type of “wisdom” should be called ______ information, according to our lesson guide. Do you agree? Did Solomon recover from his fall from heavenly wisdom? How and with what results? Do you expect to see Solomon in heaven?
  6. The Holy Spirit. In the awful battle for our souls, how can the Holy Spirit help us to make the right decisions? Can we obtain wisdom by earnest study with our own vision and understanding? What tools does Satan use to distract us so that we will be diverted from finding salvation? In what ways is the Holy Spirit “the ultimate gift that Jesus could give to represent the deity on earth after His ascension”?
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Source: Daily Sabbath School Lessons