04: Discipling Children – Thought Starters
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  [Thought questions for Discipling Children January 22, 2014 1. The Children’s Ministry. Do you remember special church times just for children? Sabbath school in a children’s division? Story time? Vacation Bible School? Or maybe even children’s church? How important is discipling children in your church family? In your home? By adding “in” after the “n” in … [Click to read more …]

03: Discipleship and Prayer – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Discipleship and Prayer January 15, 2014] INTRODUCTION. What would you do if by some gigantic supernatural power you were denied the gift of prayer? Of course that can’t happen, but doesn’t the very thought of existing without prayer send a chill down your back? In this week’s lesson we consider the value … [Click to read more …]

02: Discipling Through Metaphor – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Discipling Through Metaphor January 8, 2014] Introduction. This week’s lesson may tweak your creative instincts searching for the connection between the topic for each day and the material presented. The first gap opens with Monday’s lesson, “Architectural Wisdom” which includes a brief paragraph about construction but nothing on architecture. Tuesday’s lesson, “Agricultural … [Click to read more …]

01: Disciples and Scripture – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Disciples and Scripture January 1, 2014] 1. Jesus and the Bible. Notice the caution built into the memory text. “Search the Scriptures;” it says, “for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of Me.” (John 5:39). Read verse 40 of John 5 as well. Does the … [Click to read more …]

13: Exhortations from the Sanctuary – Thought Starters
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The theology is understandable. The call to practicality is clear. What then do we need to “live” the faith? [Thought questions for Exhortations from the Sanctuary December 25, 2013] 1. The Golden Chain. The earthly sanctuary had a High Priest who entered the presence of God as represented in the Most Holy Place. How does … [Click to read more …]

12: The Cosmic Conflict Over God’s Character – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Cosmic Conflict Over God’s Character December 18, 2013] 1.The big picture. Can knowing about the great controversy between Christ and Satan bring meaning to your own existence? How? The sanctuary is a living example of the plan or strategy to win this controversy. Do you see this plan in every symbol … [Click to read more …]

11: Our Prophetic Message – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Our Prophetic Message December 11, 2013] 1. “I saw another angel.” What do the messages of the three angels of Revelation have in common? Or are their messages distinct and different? How do the angels communicate their urgent messages with believers on Planet Earth? Would you rather see them flying in the sky … [Click to read more …]

10: The Eschatological Day of Atonement – Discussion Starters
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Introduction. You’ll find a lot of unique Adventist theology packed into this week’s lesson. The “little horn,” for example. Even if you don’t agree that papal Rome is the little horn, you can hold on to the doctrine that Jesus is first and last and that He is not pleased when “innovations” from secular or pagan … [Click to read more …]

09: The Pre-Advent Judgment: Discussion starters
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1. Good news. Do you ever consider how the visions Daniel saw compared with the movies and videos and amazing cinematography of our day? How did Daniel describe what he saw so that others could understand the sequence of events that would bring ‘good news’ to succeeding generations? Imagine you were Daniel and this was your vision. … [Click to read more …]

08: Christ, Our Priest – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ, Our Priest November 20, 2013] 1. We have a high priest. Would our church be accepted by more people if we had priests over us? Why or why not? Why was Christ inaugurated as the high priest after, not before, His crucifixion? Since Christ is God, how can you and I, being the … [Click to read more …]