07: Corporate Evangelism and Witnessing – Thought Starters
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“I don’t like the word ‘corporate’ in the title of our Sabbath school lesson about witnessing,” Beth complained.

“Why not?” Her husband Matt rubbed his chin.

“Because it makes it sound like evangelism is big business.”

“And you think that evangelism is little business?”

“No, not really. I just don’t think that God expects us to run our church and even our evangelism programs like a business.”

“What’s the alternative?”

“Each person witnessing for himself, or herself. You know. Grow where […]

06: Personal Evangelism & Witnessing – thought starters
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A Prediciament

Are any of the following involved in personal evangelism?1

Judy is sitting at her desk at home signing cards to send to children in the primary division for their birthdays.

Matthew is working on a stubborn computer to get it to run again for an equally stubborn old man who lives down the road.

Susan is chopping carrots and lettuce for a salad she is taking to a special after-church lunch.

The Wilson family is driving ten  miles out of their way […]

05: Sequential Evangelism & Witnessing – Thought Starters
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Another Fairly Reliable (FR) Fable

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 […]

04: Evangelism & Witnessing as a Lifestyle – Thought Starters
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A QUESTION WITHOUT AN ANSWER
(true story)

My doctor handed me some papers and asked me to read the radiologist’s report to him.1

I was stunned. I couldn’t fully understand the medical terminology, but it sounded like I had a terrible brain disease and was headed for the coffin. I just sat there.

“I don’t know how I can help you,” he said. “Live a good lifestyle and who knows?”

He wrote a prescription for a walker with wheels […]

03: Spiritual Gifts – Thought Starters
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Gifts of the spiritual kind

“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.”

“Do you think the […]

02: Every Member Ministry – Thought Starters
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Into the tent where the gypsy boy lay
Dying alone at the close of the day.
News of salvation we carried; said he
“Nobody ever has told it to me.”

Tell it again, tell it again!
Salvation’s story repeat o’er and o’er.
‘Til none can say of the children of men
Nobody ever has told me before.

I heard this song when I was in the primary division of Sabbath school. It made me so sad to think of a young boy dying alone […]

01: Defining Evangelism and Witnessing – Thought Starters
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“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 […]

13: The promise of His return – Thought Starters
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“When is Jesus coming? Do you know?”1

“No. Do you?”

“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?”

“Does God look at time […]

12: Love Stories from God – Thought Starters
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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 […]

11: God as artist – Thought Starters
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“My wife is the most beauiful woman in the world,” Stan announced to Barry while lunch being prepared by his wife Donna, who was in the kitchen with Barry’s wife Joanne.1

“You think so!” said Barry.

“Did you see that dress she was wearing today?”

“Yes, I did. It was pretty. I like the way the colors were so nicely blended.”

“I like the way it shows off her faultless frame and makes her look years younger.”

There […]