Sabbath: Discipling the Nations

Read for This Week’s Study: Isa. 56:6-8; Matt. 11:20-24; John 12:20-32; Rom. 15:12; Acts 1:7-8. Memory Text: For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations. (Isaiah 56:7, NKJV) Christ’s message, from its inception, was destined for everyone everywhere. Early on the gospel went worldwide, because it is universally applicable. Doubtless, … [Click to read more …]

Authority and Individual Conscience

Sunday’s section of this week’s Sabbath School lesson states that “Over the long centuries, people have struggled to understand the role and function of government and how citizens should relate to it. What gives rulers the right to rule?” It is worthwhile for all of us to think about the role of government and our … [Click to read more …]

09: Discipling the Powerful – Hit the Mark

I saw it the minute I pulled into the parking lot of a large, modern church building. There in bold letters was a clear indication of the spirit of this church. You’re probably thinking I am referring to the church marque. It’s usually there where a church makes an attempt to share a little of … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: God’s Surprising Answer

I wanted to attend university after high school, but I didn’t score high enough on some of my exams to qualify for the public university. So I decided to work part-time while I studied to retake the exams. My employers were Adventist Christians. They suggested that I apply to study at Valley View University, the … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Discipling the Powerful

Further Study: Read Ellen G. White, The Centurion, pp. 315-318; Before Annas and the Court of Caiaphas, pp. 698-715; In Pilate’s Judgment Hall, pp. 723-740, in The Desire of Ages; Ministry to the Rich, pp. 209-216, in The Ministry of Healing; Almost Thou Persuadest Me, pp. 433-438, in The Acts of the Apostles. “It is … [Click to read more …]

09: Discipling the Powerful – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

[Thought questions for Discipling the Powerful February 26, 2014] 1. Introduction.  Have you ever thought of yourself as powerful? Have you ever held a position of authority that led others to think of you as powerful? When you were a youngster, did you ever long for a position that would place you as the person … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Early Explosion

Christ’s earliest disciples energetically advanced the gospel throughout the civilized world. Houses, synagogues, public stadiums, judgment halls, and royal palaces became stages for kingdom proclamation. Jesus, however, prophesied arrests, trials, and hostile royal audiences for those disciples (Matt. 10:16-20). Unfortunately, those saturated with earthly power were slowest to receive Christ. Read through as much of … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Discipling the Powerful

Current lesson of the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of the Hope Sabbath School “Discipling the Sick” is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. Amen!(6) … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Judgment Day

Read Matthew 26:57-68; 27:11-14; Luke 23:1-12; John 18:19-23, 31-40; 19:8-12. What can we learn from Jesus’ witness to these powerful men? Within these final scenes of Jesus’ earthly sojourn, Christ’s followers glimpse the painful price of unflinching faithfulness. From arrest until crucifixion, Christ bears witness before the most powerful in the land: monarchs, governors, priests. … [Click to read more …]

09: Discipling the Powerful – Lesson Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought : The wealthy, world-loving souls can be drawn to Christ, but they are the most difficult to access. [Lesson plan for Discipling the Powerful February 24, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read Romans 13:1-7. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. … [Click to read more …]