Sabbath School Study
Every Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., you, your family and your friends are invited to study and discuss the Word of God. At the Joy of Troy, we offer the following Sabbath School classes:
- New Believers
- Teens (Ages 14-Collegiates),
- Juniors (Ages 11-13)
- Primary (Ages 7-10)
- Kindergarten/Cradle Roll (Ages 0-6).
- Baptismal class for those persons who are interested in baptism, or for those who simply want to learn about the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Adult & Collegiate Sabbath School Resources
Sabbath School University
Sabbath School University, a weekly half-hour satellite broadcast, first hit the airwaves in early 2002. It was produced at the Adventist Media Center in southern California, but since that time, it has become ever more cosmopolitan in bringing the week’s Sabbath School lesson to young adults around the world.
Hope Sabbath School is a weekly in-depth interactive study of the Word of God.
3rd Quarter 2017
The Gospel in Galatians
The Protestant world is getting ready to celebrate the 500th year anniversary of Protestant Reformation. And one of the key books from which the Reformation arose was Galatians.
What is it about Galatians that has made it such a backbone of the Protestant Reformation? In Galatians, Paul tackles issues such as freedom, the role of the law in salvation, our condition in Christ, and the nature of the Spirit-led life, as well as the age-old question, How can sinful humans be made right before a holy and just God?
Of course, other books, such as Romans, address some of these same questions, but Galatians is different. Not only is it more succinct, but its rich themes are written in a powerfully personal and impassioned pastoral tone that can’t help but touch hearts open to the Spirit of God, even today.
Many scholars believe that Galatians may be the earliest of Paul’s letters. It was written in A.D. 49, shortly after the famous Jerusalem Council (Acts 15). Therefore, the book may be the oldest Christian document known. As Acts and Galatians make clear, the early church found itself in a fierce battle over the nature of salvation, especially in the case of Gentiles. According to a group of Jewish believers, known as Judaizers, belief in Jesus alone was not good enough for Gentiles. Gentiles must also be circumcised and follow the laws of Moses (Acts 15:1).
Recognizing that this false gospel of salvation by faith and works threatened to undermine the work of Christ, Paul wrote the Galatians an impassioned defense of the gospel. In the strongest of words, he identified this false teaching for what it really was—legalism, pure and simple.
This quarter’s Bible study guide invites us to journey with the apostle Paul as he pleads with the Galatians to remain true to Jesus. It also gives us a chance to reflect on our own understanding of the truths that opened the way for Martin Luther’s ultimate break with Rome and the restoration of the biblical gospel.
2nd Quarter 2017
"Feed My Sheep" ; 1 and 2 Peter
Because our study this quarter is 1 and 2 Peter, we are reading the words of someone who was with Jesus at most of the important moments in His ministry. Peter was also someone who had become a prominent leader among the earliest Christians. These facts alone would make his letters worth reading. But these letters take on added interest given that they were written to churches that faced persecution from without and from false teachers within.
Besides Peter’s warning about false teachers, the suffering the churches experienced is a topic that he returns to several times. This suffering, he says, mirrors the sufferings of Jesus, who took our sins in His body when He died on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24).
Peter also has very practical words on how Christians should live. First and foremost, Christians should love each other (1 Pet. 4:8). He sums up his view by saying: “Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind” (1 Pet. 3:8, NRSV).
Peter’s epistles are also a fervent proclamation of the gospel. After all, if anyone should know the saving grace of the Lord, it is Peter, who had been told by Jesus: “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17). These two epistles are examples of Peter’s doing just that—feeding the Lord’s sheep.
And, of course, any part of that feeding would include the great truth of salvation by faith in Christ, a theme that his fellow worker, the apostle Paul, so powerfully proclaimed. This is the truth of God’s grace. Peter knew about this, not just theoretically, or just as a doctrine, but because he had experienced the reality and power of that grace for himself.
Jesus told Peter to feed His sheep. We are among those sheep. Let’s get fed.