Wahroonga, New South Wales
The Great Controversy is a cornerstone message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the theme of this quarter’s Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide.
What really matters is knowing that ‘if God is for us, who can be against us?'
While the guide—entitled “Rebellion and Redemption”—is being used by church members around the world, it holds a special significance for the South Pacific Division (SPD) because it was put together by Avondale College Ministry and Theology senior lecturer Dr David Tasker.
The former SPD Field Secretary worked on the lessons for more than two years, completing the project in November 2012. He spent an additional two years developing a companion book for the Bible Study Guide.
“I was invited to write the lessons mid 2010 during my last year of teaching at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) in the Philippines,” said Dr Tasker. “It was an exciting challenge to revisit the topic of the Great Controversy.”
The Adult Sabbath School quarterly (left) and companion book (right).
The message is a relevant one to revisit, with recent events from around the world—such as acts of terrorism and natural disasters—providing further evidence of the soon coming of Jesus.
However, Dr Tasker says church members need to approach the Great Controversy as “a discussion that affects our daily lives rather than seeing it as scary events during the end of time.”
It was with this mindset he put together the lessons for the Sabbath School quarterly, choosing to focus on stories from Scripture rather than on theological studies.
“We need to be sure of our relationship with Him, and that He is big enough to face our biggest perplexities and fears,” said Dr Tasker, who in recent years has overseen the SPD’s Biblical Research Committee. “The best way to achieve that is to recount the stories of the biblical heroes of faith who were people just like us, facing difficulties mostly bigger than we will ever have to face, yet they maintained their faith in the God who delivered them.”
“What really matters is knowing that ‘if God is for us, who can be against us*?’”
Dr David Tasker.
The “Rebellion and Redemption” Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide runs from December 26, 2015 to March 25, 2016.
Click HERE to download the lessons.
* Romans 8:31