Sunday: The Preachers Pay a Price
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Read Acts 16:9-40. According to the passage, why did the Philippians react so negatively to the gospel? What important principle can we find in their reaction that we always need to be wary of ourselves? In what other ways can this principle be made manifest, even in the lives of professed Christians? The gospel is … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Gospel Comes to Thessalonica
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Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 16:9-40; Acts 17:1-4,12; Jer. 23:1-6; Isa. 9:1-7; Isaiah 53:1-12; Rom. 1:16. Memory Text: “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: A Perpetual Ministry
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Planning to Continue and Grow Your Ministry Everyone involved in a witnessing and evangelism ministry should give attention to how he or she can make it a continuing ministry rather than a once-off event. There are many things we can do to ensure this. We will review a few of the vital ones. Be comfortable … [Click to read more …]

1 and 2 Thessalonians
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Contents | Email Discussion Lists | Ellen White and Bible References When the Lord Descends from Heaven Irish author Samuel Beckett wrote a drama, Waiting for Godot, about two homeless men waiting on the side of the road for someone named Godot who was supposed to come and save them from the meaninglessness of life. … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: My Sister’s Faith
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My family is Buddhist, the traditional religion of Mongolia. I often visited the Buddhist temple to pray and even learned to chant some Buddhist prayers. I planned to become a Buddhist nun when I finished college. Then my younger sister, Mungu, began attending the Adventist church. I told Mungu that her religion was foolish, but … [Click to read more …]

Perpetual Ministry
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“All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.” Mark 4:28, NIV An old story tells of a passerby admiring another man’s beautiful garden. Looking over the beautiful blooms, he remarked that God had certainly produced a wonderful garden, blessed with so many beautiful flowers. … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Back Door
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Have you ever noticed how people often lament the fact that members slip out “the back door”? They even state firmly that the church’s back door must be closed but fail to tell us how to close the door or even the location of the door. Some growing churches may think that their back door … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Reclaiming Former Members
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Backslider is a word we wish did not exist in the Christian vocabulary. It is a fact, however, that many people slide away from church and from a saving relationship with the Lord. Although people do, at times, leave us over doctrine, most of the time they leave over other things, usually personal disputes and … [Click to read more …]

13: A Perpetual Ministry – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Since we are children of God, we will ever seek to promote His kingdom, minister to His children, and share all that we know of His goodness. [Teaching plan for A Perpetual Ministry  June 25, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read Acts 2:42. A. Ask class members to share a short thought … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Training Trainers
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We live in a world where people are highly mobile. Local churches seem to regularly process transfers out and transfers in and often lament the loss of capable members who have been involved in significant ministries. Because of this potential transfer of skills and because the local church’s evangelism and witnessing ministry should continue expanding, … [Click to read more …]