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AA ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
1. AA368-9 "These
words present before the worker for Christ a high attainment, yet this
attainment ALL CAN REACH who, putting themselves under the control of the Great
Teacher, learn daily in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST. The
power of God's command is limitless, and the minister who in his great need
shuts himself in with the Lord may be assured that he will receive that which
will be to his hearers a savor of life unto life."
2. AA 524
"Trial is part of the education given in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST to
purify God's children from the dross of earthliness.
It is because God is leading His children that trying experiences come to
them. Trials and obstacles are His
chosen methods of discipline, and His appointed conditions of success."
3. AA 576, "Through
trial and persecution the glory---character---of God is revealed in His chosen
ones. The believers in Christ,
hated and persecuted by the world, are educated and disciplined in the SCHOOL OF
CHRIST. On earth they walk in
narrow paths; they are purified in the furnace of affliction."
AH ADVENTIST HOME
4. AH 319 "When
we have good religion, we will have excellent meeting religion. Hold the fort at
home. Concentrate your family to
God, and then speak and act as a Christian. Be kind and forbearing and patient
at home, knowing that you are teachers. Every
mother is a teacher, and every mother should be a learner in the SCHOOL OF
CHRIST that she may know how to teach, that she may give the right mold, the
right form of character to her children."
BC SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY (The only reference in all the
5. 6BC 1075 "There
must be a growth. Many, having
learned a little in school, think they are ready to graduate. They think they know about all that is worth knowing.
We are not to think that as soon as we are baptized we are ready to
graduate from the SCHOOL OF CHRIST. When
we have accepted Christ, and in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit have pledged ourselves to serve God, the Father, Christ and the Holy
Spirit--the three dignitaries and powers of heaven--pledge themselves that every
facility shall be given us if we carry out our baptismal vows to "come out
from among them, and be..seperate,..and touch not the unclean thing." When
we are true to our vows, He says, "I will receive you." (MS 85, 1901).
6. CG131 "Sacrifice Should Become Habitual.---By
precept and example, teach self-denial, economy, largeheartedness, and self
reliance. Everyone who has a true
character will be qualified to cope with difficulties and will be prompt in
following a "Thus saith the Lord." Men are not prepared to understand
their obligation to God until they HAVE LEARNED IN CHRIST'S SCHOOL to wear His
yoke of restraint and obedience. Sacrifice
is the very beginning of our work in advancing the truth and in establishing
institutions. It is an essential
part of education. Sacrifice must
in all our character building in life, if we would have a building not made with
hands, eternal in the heavens."
CM COLPORTEUR MINISTRY
7. * CM31 "Learn
in the School of Christ.--As students, you are ever to be LEARNING IN THE SCHOOL
OF CHRIST; You are to bring your entrusted capital of physical and mental energy
into your work. God will not accept
of a divided heart.
There are men and women WHO SHOULD BE EDUCATING THEMSELVES
for canvassers, and for Bible readers (Bible instructors).
8. * CM35 "The
knowledge of the most learned man, IF HE HAS NOT LEARNED IN CHRIST'S SCHOOL, is
foolishness so far as leading souls to Christ is concerned.
God can work with those only who will accept the invitation: "Come
unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For
My yoke is easy, and My burden
is light." Matthew
9. CM59-60 "Constantly Improving.---The follower of
Jesus should be constantly improving in manners, in habits, in spirit, in labor.
This is done by keeping the eye, not on mere outward, superficial
attainments, but on Jesus. A transformation takes place in mind, in spirit, in
character. The Christian is EDUCATED IN THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST to cherish the
graces of His Spirit in all meekness and lowliness.
He is fitting for the society of heavenly angels."
CHRIST OBJECT LESSONS
the follower of Christ will believe His word and practice it, there is no
science in the natural world that he will not be able to grasp and appreciate.
There is nothing but that will furnish him means for imparting the truth
to others. Natural science is a
treasure house of knowledge which every student in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST may
COL337-8 "All who would
advocate the principles of truth need to receive the heavenly oil of love (the
Holy Spirit) Under all circumstances reproof should be spoken in love.
Then our words will reform but not exasperate.
Christ by His Holy Spirit will supply the force and the power. This is His work…
Not one word is to be spoken unadvisedly. No evil speaking,
no frivolous talk, no fretful repining or impure suggestion, will escape the
lips of him who is following Christ. The apostle Paul, writing by the Holy
Spirit, says, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your
mouth." Eph. 4:29. A corrupt communication does not mean only words that
are vile. It means any expression contrary to holy principles and pure and
undefiled religion. It includes impure hints and covert insinuations of evil.
Unless instantly resisted, these lead to great sin.
Upon every family, upon every individual Christian, is laid
the duty of barring the way against corrupt speech. When in the company of those
who indulge in foolish talk, it is our duty to change the subject of
conversation if possible. By the help of the grace of God we should quietly drop
words or introduce a subject that will turn the conversation into a profitable
It is the work of parents to train
their children to proper habits of speech. The very best school for this culture is the home life.
From the earliest years the children should be taught to speak
respectfully and lovingly to their parents and to one another. They should be taught that only words of gentleness, truth, and purity
must pass their lips. LET THE
PARENTS THEMSELVES BE DAILY LEARNERS IN THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST".
CH COUNCILS ON HEALTH
CH319 "Christ gives to
all the invitation: "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. Take My
yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall
find rest unto your souls, for My yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Matthew 11:28-30. If all will wear Christ's yoke, if all will learn IN HIS
SCHOOL the lessons that He teaches, there will be sufficient means to establish
gospel medical missionary work in many places."
* CH355 "Christians should
carry with them, wherever they go, the sweet fragrance of Christ's
righteousness, showing that they are complying with the invitation, "Learn
of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest in your
souls." Matthew 11:29, 30. Are you LEARNING DAILY IN THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST--learning how
to dismiss doubt and evil surmisings, learning to be fair and noble in your
dealings with your brethren, for your own sake and for Christ's sake?"
CH500 "We need, oh, so
much! physicians for the soul who have been educated in THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST and
who can work in Christ's lines. Our
work is to gain a knowledge of Him who is the way, the truth, and the life.
are to interest the people in subjects that concern the health of the body as
well as the health of the soul. Believers
have a decided message to prepare the way for the kingdom of God. The great
questions of Bible truth are to enter into the very heart of society, to convert
and reform men and women, bringing them to see the great need for preparing for
the mansions that Christ declared He would prepare for all who love Him.
WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT SHALL DO ITS OFFICE WORK, HEARTS OF STONE WILL
BECOME HEARTS OF FLESH, AND SATAN WILL NOT WORK THROUGH THEM TO COUNTERACT THE
WORK THAT CHRIST CAME TO EARTH TO DO."
COUNCILS TO SABBATH SCHOOL WORK
CSW38 (Also found in GC599) "Many a portion of scripture which
learned men pronounce a mystery, or pass over as unimportant, is full of comfort
and instruction to him who has been TAUGHT IN THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST.
One reason why many THEOLOGIANS have no clearer understanding of God's
word is, they close their eyes to truths which they do not wish to practice.
An understanding of Bible truth depends not so much on the power of the
intellect brought to the search as the singleness of purpose, the earnest
longing after righteousness."
CT COUNCILS TO PARENTS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
connection with the below quote from CT20 read also Gal. 1:11-18 where the
apostle Paul was trained for three years in the School of Christ. Jesus COULD
NOT USE THE THEOLOGICAL TRAINING of Paul, learned while sitting at the feet of
finite "Arms of flesh." Neither can we.)
the training and education of a lifetime must be discarded, that one may become
a learner in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST. The
heart must be educated to become steadfast in God."
SCHOOL OF CHRIST".....In the SCHOOL OF CHRIST STUDENTS ARE NEVER GRADUATED.
Among the pupils are both old and young,
Those who give heed to the instructions of the DIVINE TEACHER constantly
advance in wisdom, refinement, and nobility of soul, and thus they are prepared
to enter the higher school where advancements will continue throughout
"Those who become so absorbed in less
important studies that they cease to learn in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST are meeting
with infinite loss. They insult the
divine Teacher by the rejection of the provisions of His grace,"
CT65 "The teacher may
understand many things in regard to the physical universe; he may know about the
structure of animal life, the discoveries of natural science; the inventions of
mechanical art; but he cannot be called educated, he is not fitted for his
work as an instructor of the youth, unless he has in his own soul a knowledge of
God and Christ. HE CANNOT BE A TRUE
EDUCATOR UNTIL HE IS A LEARNER IN THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST RECEIVING AN EDUCATION
FROM THE DIVINE INSTRUCTOR."
teachers who work in this part of the Lord's vineyard need to be self-possessed,
to keep their temper and feelings under control, and in SUBJECTION TO THE HOLY
SPIRIT. They should give evidence
of having, not a one-sided experience, but a well-balanced mind, a symmetrical
character. Learning daily in the
SCHOOL OF CHRIST such teachers can wisely educate the children and youth.
Self-cultured, self-controlled, under discipline to Christ, having a
living connection with the Great Teacher, they will have an intelligent
knowledge of practical religion; and keeping their own souls in the love of God,
they will know how to exercise the grace and patience and Christlike
he attempts to guide the youth, a teacher should learn to control himself.
If he is not a constant learner in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST; if he has not
the discernment and discrimination that would enable him to employ wise methods
to his work; if he cannot govern those in his charge with firmness, yet
pleasantly and kindly, how can he be successful in his teaching?"
teacher's safety lies in learning daily in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST.
He who learns in this school will hide himself in Jesus and will remember
that as he deals with his students he is dealing with a blood- bought heritage.
In this school he will learn to be patient, humble, generous, noble.
The molding hand of God will bring out in the character the divine
temptation to be first would be quenched in the lessons daily learned in the
SCHOOL OF CHRIST. They would not
lean so confidently to their own understanding."
teachers are willing to sit in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST and learn of the Great
Teacher, they will know far less in their own estimation then they do now.
When God becomes the teacher, He will be acknowledged, His name will be
magnified. The students will be as were the young men in the school of
the prophets, upon whom the Spirit of God came, and they prophesied."
who are seeking the efficiency for the exalted work of God by perfecting their
education in the schools of men will find that they have FAILED of learning the
more important lessons. By
NEGLECTING to submit themselves to the impressions of the Holy Spirit, by not
living in obedience to all of God's requirements, their spiritual efficiency has
been weakened; they have lost what ability they had to do successful work for
the Lord. ABSENTING THEMSELVES from the SCHOOL OF CHRIST, they have forgotten
the sound of the Teacher's voice, AND HE CANNOT DIRECT THEIR COURSE."
human agent must place himself as a willing student in the School of Christ.
As he accepts the grace freely offered him, the presence of the Saviour
in the thoughts and in the heart will give him decision of purpose to lay aside
every weight, that the heart may be filled with the fullness of God."
CT514 "Those especially who have the ministry in view should feel
the importance OF THE SCRIPTURAL METHOD OF MINISTERIAL TRAINING.
They should enter heartily into the work, and while they study in the
schools, they should learn of the Great Teacher the meekness and humility of
Christ. A convent-keeping God has
promised that in answer to prayer His Spirit shall be poured out upon these
LEARNERS IN THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST, that they may become ministers of
CW72 "One of the greatest curses in our world (and it is seen in
churches and in society everywhere) is the love of supremacy.
Men become absorbed in seeking to secure power and popularity.
This spirit has manifested itself in the ranks of sabbathkeepers, to our
grief and shame. But spiritual success come only to those who have learned
meekness and lowliness in THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST."
DA DESIRE OF THE AGES
DA330 "Learn of
Me," says Jesus; "for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find
rest." WE ARE TO ENTER THE
SCHOOL OF CHRIST, to learn from Him meekness and lowliness.
Redemption is that process by which the soul
is trained for heaven. This
training means a knowledge of Christ. It
means emancipation from ideas, habits, and practices that have been gained in
the SCHOOL OF THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS. The
soul must be delivered from all that is opposed to loyalty to God."
below is a graphic picture of the first SCHOOL OF CHRIST taught by Jesus
Himself, while still on earth.
ED85 "The first PUPILS OF
JESUS were chosen from the ranks of the common people.
They were humble, unlettered men, these fishers of Galilee; men
unschooled in the learning and customs of the Rabbis, but trained by the stern
discipline of toil and hardship. They
were men of native ability and of teachable spirit; men who could be instructed
and molded for the Saviours work. In
the common walks of life there is many a toiler patiently treading the round of
his daily tasks, unconscious of latent powers that, roused to action, would
place him among the world's great leaders.
Such were the men called by the Saviour to be His co-laborers.
And they had the advantage of three years' training by the GREATEST
EDUCATOR THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN."
EV205 "STORIES, ANECDOTES,
JESTING, AND JOKING" "An
Ambassador for Christ----The minister of the gospel who is a laborer together
with God, WILL LEARN DAILY IN THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST......No light, trifling words will fall from his lips; for
is he not an ambassador of Christ, bearing a divine message to perishing souls?
All jesting and joking, all lightness and trifling is painful to the
cross-bearing disciple of Christ."
FE FUNDAMENTALS OF EDUCATION
FE101 "The young have many
lessons to learn, and the most important one is to know themselves. They should have correct ideas of their obligations and
duties to their parents, and SHOULD BE CONSTANTLY LEARNING IN THE SCHOOL OF
CHRIST to be meek and lowly of heart."
FE116 "Let those who
are competent to teach youth, STUDY THEMSELVES IN THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST and learn
lessons to communicate to youth."
FE169 "The class of
educators and learners who deem themselves wise, KNOW NOTHING AS THEY OUGHT TO
KNOW IT. They need to learn
meekness and lowliness in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST that they may esteem highly what
heaven regards as excellent."
FE191 "In the name of
the Master I appeal to the young men and women who claim to be sons and
daughters of God, to obey the word of God.
I appeal to teachers in our schools to set a right example to those with
whom they are associated. Those who would be qualified to mold the character of the
youth, MUST BE LEARNERS IN THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST, that they may be meek and lowly
of heart, as was the divine Pattern."
FE223 "Those teachers
who have not a progressive religious experience, who are not learning DAILY
LESSONS in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST, that they may be ensamples to the flock, but
who accept their wages as the main thing, ARE NOT FIT FOR THE SOLEMN, AWFULLY
SOLEMN, POSITION THEY OCCUPY ......Let the teachers who claim to be Christians be
learning daily in the School of Christ His lessons."
FE255 "They do not
realize that in order to be a savor of life unto life they must be under
spiritual discipline and training, learning in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST.
Without this spiritual discipline, they become inefficient, ignorant, and
undeveloped, and see no necessity for the spiritual training and knowledge which
would qualify them to hold positions of influence and usefulness."
FE260 "When a teacher
manifests impatience or fretfulness toward a child, the fault may not be with
the child one half as much as with the teacher.
Teachers become tired with their work, then something the children say or
do does not accord with their feelings, but will they let Satan's spirit enter
into them, and lead them to create feelings in the children very unpleasant and
disagreeable, through their own lack of tact and wisdom from God?
There should not be a teacher employed, unless you have evidence by test
and trial, that he loves, and fears to offend God.
If teachers are taught of God, if their lessons are daily learned in the
SCHOOL OF CHRIST they will work in Christ's lines.
They will win and draw with Christ; for every child and youth is
FE278 " Every teacher
has his own peculiar traits of character to watch lest Satan should use him as
his agent to destroy souls, by his own unconsecrated traits of character.
The ONLY SAFETY FOR TEACHERS IS TO LEARN DAILY
IN THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST, HIS MEEKNESS. His
lowliness of heart, then self will be hid in Christ, and he will meekly wear the
yoke of Christ, and consider that he is dealing with His heritage."
FE280 "A Christlike
nature is not selfish, not unkind, and will not hurt the souls of those who are
struggling with Satan's temptations. It
will enter into the feelings of those who are tempted that the trials and
temptations shall be so managed as to bring out the gold and consume the dross.
This is the practice which God appoints to all.
In this, CHRIST'S SCHOOL, all
may learn their lessons daily, both teachers and pupils, to be patient, humble,
generous, noble. You will all have
to seek God most earnestly in prayer mingled with living faith, and the molding
hand of God will bring out His own image in your character.
TEMPTATIONS WILL COME, BUT NOT OVERCOME."
FE303-4 "Jesus says,
"I call you not servants;....but I have called you friends."
When you appreciate His wondrous love, love and gratitude will be in your
heart as a well spring of joy......Flattery is a part of the world's policy, but
it is no part Christ's policy. Through
flattery poor human beings, full of frailty and infirmities, come to think that
they are efficient
and worthy, and become puffed up in their fleshly mind.
They become intoxicated with the idea that they possess ability beyond
what they do have, and their religious experience becomes unbalanced.
Unless in the providence of God they shall be turned from these
deceptions, and become converted, and learn the A B C of religion in the SCHOOL
OF CHRIST, THEY WILL LOSE THEIR SOULS."
FE343 "A knowledge of
the attributes of the character of Christ Jesus cannot be obtained by means of
the highest education in the most scientific schools.
This wisdom is learned FROM THE GREAT TEACHER ALONE.
The lessons of Christlike meekness, lowliness of heart, reverence for
sacred things are taught nowhere effectively EXCEPT IN THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST. Moses had been taught to expect flattery and praise because
of his superior abilities; but now he was to learn a different lesson.
As a shepherd of sheep."
FE352 "Many are ruining
themselves physically, mentally. and morally, by overdevotion to study.
They are defrauding themselves for time and eternity through practicing
habits of intemperance in seeking to get an education.
They are losing their desire to learn, IN THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST, lessons
of meekness and lowliness of heart. Every
moment that passes is fraught with eternal results.
Integrity will be the sure result of following in the way of
that the schools of men listed below means ALL SCHOOLS OF MEN-- BOTH SECULAR AND
THEOLOGICAL, SDA AND ALL OTHERS. This was the problem with Paul that the Holy
Spirit solved by totally re-training him in Christ's School. Pauls training in
the school of theology (Rabbi's) was useless to God. See Gal 1:11-20.)
* FE355 "Many are seeking
efficiency for the exalted work of God BY PERFECTED THEIR EDUCATION IN THE
SCHOOLS OF MEN, will find that they have failed of learning the more important
lessons which the Lord would teach them. By
neglecting to submit themselves TO THE IMPRESSIONS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, by not
living in obedience to all of God's requirements, their spiritual efficiency has
become weakened; they have lost what ability they had to do successful work for
God. BY ABSENTING THEMSELVES FROM
THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST, they have forgotten the sound of the voice of the Teacher,
AND HE CANNOT DIRECT THEIR COURSE.
FE357 "We have not a
temporal millennium in which to do the work of warning the world.
There is need of transformation of soul.
The most effective intelligence that can
be obtained will be obtained in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST. Understand that I say nothing in these words to denounce
education, but to warn those who are in danger of carrying that which is lawful
to unlawful extremes, AND OF MAKING ALTOGETHER TOO MUCH OF HUMAN
FE361 "YOU NEED TO BE
LEARNING IN THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST TO-DAY. The
Lord has power to work with His agents. You
are loading down POOR FINITE MEN WITH WEIGHTY ADVANTAGES to do a large work,
when they will have NO OPPORTUNITY OR CALL to use a large share of the burden of
studies that they have undertaken to master."
FE381 "Those who are
preparing for the heavenly abodes should be recommended to make the Bible their
chief book of study."
"These popular authors have not
pointed out to the students the way that leads to eternal life.
"And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent." The authors of books current
in our schools are recommended and exalted as learned men; their education is in
every way deficient, unless they themselves have been educated in the SCHOOL OF
CHRIST and by practical knowledge bear witness to the world of God as the most
essential study for children and youth."
FE397 "God holds
teachers responsible for their work as educators. They must learn daily in the
SCHOOL OF CHRIST in order to uplift the youth who have a lax training at home,
and who have not formed studious habits, who have little knowledge of the future
immortal life, for which the highest price was paid by God of heaven in giving
His only begotten Son to live a life of humiliation
and die a most shameful death, "that whosoever believeth in Him
shall not perish, but have everlasting life."
unfolding of God, as represented in Jesus Christ, furnishes a theme that is
grand to contemplate, and that will, if studied, sharpen the mind, and elevate
and enable the facilities. As the
human learns these lessons in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST, trying to become as Christ
was, meek and lowly of heart, he will learn the most useful of all
lessons,----that intellect is supreme only as it is sanctified by a living
CONNECTION WITH GOD."
FE520 "It is the
privilege of all who bear responsibility in the work of the gospel to be apt
learners in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST. The
professed follower of Christ must not be led by the dictates of his own will;
his mind must be trained to think Christ's thoughts, and enlightened to
comprehend the will and way of God. Such
a believer will be a follower of Christ's methods of work."
FE525 "Every teacher
should be a daily learner in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST, lest he lose the sense of
what constitutes true physical, mental, and moral excellence.
No one should place himself as a teachers of others WHO IS NOT CONSTANTLY
WORKING OUT HIS OWN SALVATION BY RECEIVING AN ALL- ROUND EDUCATION."
WHO ARE SEEKING TO ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE IN THE SCHOOLS OF EARTH SHOULD REMEMBER
THAT ANOTHER SCHOOL ALSO CLAIMS THEM AS STUDENTS,-----THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST.
FROM THIS SCHOOL THE STUDENTS ARE NEVER GRADUATED."
"Those who become so absorbed in less important studies that they
cease to learn in the SCHOOL OF CHRIST, ARE MEETING WITH INFINITE LOSS."
"Let the Truth Cut"
Gifts Vol. 2, page284-5. "Preachers
should have NO SCRUPLES to reach that truth as it is found in God's word.
LET THE TRUTH CUT. I have been shown that why ministers have not had more
success, THEY ARE AFRAID OF HURTING
FEELINGS, FEARFUL OF NOT BEING COURTEOUS, and they lower the standard of
truth, and conceal if possible the peculiarity of our faith. I saw that God
COULD NOT MAKE SUCH SUCCESSFUL. The
truth MUST BE POINTED, and the necessity of a decision urged. And as false shepherds are crying, peace, and are PREACHING SMOOTH
THINGS, THE SERVANTS OF GOD MUST CRY LOUD, AND SPARE NOT, AND LEAVE THE
RESULTS WITH GOD,"
* References of the School of Christ revealed by the Holy
Spirit to me just before re-printing that I did not even know existed.
The Holy Spirit desires this information is accepted so that He can
prepare you for salvation.