[Thought questions for Equipping for Evangelism and Witnessing May 23, 2012]
1. Good deeds. If all that is good is of God, what do you make of the statement in the quarterly that good deeds can be performed apart from Jesus Christ? Is that possible? What about equipping someone else for a witnessing or evangelistic program? Can you do that? By the grace of God?
Once upon a time, towards the end of the post-Millerate era of zeal, a seed was planted. Perhaps it was in a small church made of rough boards hewn to fit a frame on a concrete block. Perhaps it was in a barn big enough to accommodate a few hundred believers. Wherever it was, the plant from the seed grew in a slightly different direction from those of other seeds or seedlings in this vast farming community. They grew […]
“Spiritual gifts,” Donna said. “Why do I always get nervous when we talk about spiritual gifts?”1
Dean cleared his throat.
“Well, it’s true,” Donna said. “Every time we start talking about spiritual gifts it ends up as a long meeting with even longer forms to fill out, and then we’re assigned to work on a church project using our spiritual gifts.”
“What’s wrong with that?”
“I don’t know. It just doesn’t fit. Seems so artificial.”
“Gentlemen,” the speaker said, “I mean Ladies and Gentlemen.” He nodded to two women sitting on one side of the room. “We are here to discuss the basics of an outline that will soon become the operating plan for the new School of Evangelism and Witnessing at the University of Adventists.”1
Nobody said anything.
“Before we begin, I think it would be well to define our terms. Vis a vis a formal academic program at our university, what do these two […]
“Mom.” Robert took a breath. “It says right here that He’s coming quickly. Those were His own words. He said, ‘I am coming quickly.’ ”
“That’s good enough for me.”
“Mom. Other places in the Bible it says Jesus is coming soon. Some guys at school laughed at me because I told them that. He’s not coming soon, Mom. Already it’s been forever. Thousands of years since He said that. What gives?”
God looked down on His creation and thought. “I’m lonely. I’ll make a man.” So He did. Then He made a woman. 1
Adam fell in love with Eve the instant he saw her. She was beautiful in every respect. Eve loved Adam, too. He was handsome and strong, and he cared for her. Their love for each other grew to heavenly proportions.
One day God told Adam and Eve that they would come close to each other […]