Jesus Ministered to Their Needs – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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What an Example! The opening note for our lesson this week describes a heart-lifting example of a woman believer in Africa being a minister for her community stricken by AIDS. Do reports like this stir you? Make you wish you could send a few thousand dollars to further this work? Or, go there yourself? Or can … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Showed Sympathy – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

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Sympathy. In the US we often see a big display of “sympathy” cards for sale among all the other greeting cards. If you’ve lost a friend or relative lately and have searched through the available cards, how hard was it to find one with just the right words? Or what about finding the right message for … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Desired Their Good discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

Restoration

Memory text. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often I would have gathered they children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wing, and ye would not!” Matthew 23:37. Should you and I long to take in as our good friends … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Mingled with People – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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1.  Christ’s Method Alone. Were you touched by the story of the dying man who grasped the hand of a Christian, convinced it was the hand of Jesus? What can you and I do to reach out to people so effectively that they will see Jesus in us? What did Jesus do before inviting people … [Click to read more …]

Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament – Discussion Questions
Joyce Griffith

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Mercy to the needy. You were probably touched by the story in the lesson about the child who was treated so kindly by a woman that in amazement he said, “Are you God’s wife?” Isn’t that our primary role in today’s world–to let God’s love show in what we do so strongly that people marvel … [Click to read more …]

Restoring Dominion – Discussion Questions
Joyce Griffith

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1. Restoring Dominion. What a shock it must have been to see the earth and its inhabitants crumble and fall. What do you think Adam and Eve missed the most about their marvelous life in the Garden of Eden? How do you feel about the idea presented in the lesson that Adam’s dominion passed on … [Click to read more …]

The Church in Community – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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1.  Does the church have a role in the community?  Should the church be a deep and personal part of Christian life? What’s wrong with just trying to do good and be good and read the Bible and not have to associate with a church–much less the rest of the people of the community? What … [Click to read more …]

Crucified and Risen – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

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Jesus or Barabbas. Imagine the possible outcome of the life of Barabbas, chosen by the government to go free while Jesus was crucified. Was anything good about Barabbas ever mentioned in Scripture? What did Pilate hope upon hope would happen when the people saw the innocent Jesus compared with the corrupted and evil Barabbas? What did so … [Click to read more …]

Jesus’ Last Days – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

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Free will. Could Jesus have chosen another course? Could He have sidestepped the brutal treatment He received and returned unscathed to the heavenly home He loved so much? Could He have acknowledged the awfulness of sin without dying from its consequences? If He could have, why didn’t He? You and I possess free will just as Jesus … [Click to read more …]

Last Day Events – discussion questions
Joyce Griffith

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Blind Guides. Here is a picture of lapis luzili.  What significance can we place on this beautiful gem in the offering of the covenant between God and His people? (See the lesson guide.) How astonished do you think the top leaders of the new nation were to behold God? How did they respond? How long did their … [Click to read more …]