Symbolic Acts – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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Symbols in Scripture. Are you ever amazed by how many symbols we see in Scripture? Isn’t there also a good share of realism in Scripture? Have you ever heard the plaintive plea from a class member, “Is this symbolic or real?” especially while studying final events through the prism of Biblical prophecy? And have you … [Click to read more …]

More Woes For the Prophet – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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Lesson on Woes For the Prophet 1.       Mad at God.  Have you ever been angry about the way people are treating you? Ever been mad at God? What was Jeremiah’s complaint about God? Was it justified? Why can’t God’s followers be treated with the justice and civility they deserve? Have you ever known someone who … [Click to read more …]

The Last Five Kings of Judah – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Josiah discovers the law.

Lesson on The Last Five Kings of Judah 1.       Judah’s last 5 kings. What a disgrace. God’s people. God’s vision for them. Did the people of Judah reveal what they thought of God their ruler? Did God share what He thought of His wayward children? Why didn’t these kings show any sign of angst for … [Click to read more …]

The Crisis (Within and Without) – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Enigma

Current Lesson The crisis. How long can a crisis last? Consider the crisis in the Garden of Eden when our destinies were set in turmoil for thousands of years to come. In this quarter’s lessons, we look at the plight of human beings who deal with constant crisis. Were crises faced during Jeremiah’s service caused … [Click to read more …]

Must THE Whole World Hear? – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

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Link to Current Lesson Welcome Gentiles and everybody else. What is Paul’s plea to fellow believers as he considers the Gentiles and their relationship to Jesus Christ? Do you accept the statement that millions have died without hearing the story of redemption or knowing anything about the plan of salvation? How can these people obtain … [Click to read more …]

Paul: Mission and Message – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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Current Lesson An apology or a promise? Paul sent a message to the early church with an assurance and a promise (Phil 3:13-14.) What were they? Imagine it happening today. What would Paul do with a laptop computer and email? Not to mention our church’s many other communications channels. How far would you be willing … [Click to read more …]

Paul: Background and Call – Questions for discussion
Joyce Griffith

Paul-turnaround

The Lesson Fair warning. Do you believe that Paul was the most important person in the New Testament aside from Jesus Christ Himself? Why? Back before Christ came to live among us, why do you think the Jewish people of the Old Testament really needed to follow such a strict pattern of behavior? What were … [Click to read more …]

10: Philip as Missionary – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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[Discussion starters for Lesson 10, Aug 29 – Sep 4, 2015] Philip who? In this lesson we meet Philip the evangelist and Philip the disciple. Is that right? Or is it one Philip with two titles? What was the outstanding contribution that Philip made to the fledgling Christian church? How important was Philip’s messages at … [Click to read more …]

9. Peter and the Gentiles – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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The first. The apostle Peter wins the award…for what honor? Do you think his hope of bringing Gentiles into the early Christian church was greeted with unanimous acclaim? What types of issues always come up when working with people from different cultures? Peter at Pentecost. Couldn’t God have worked out a different set of beliefs … [Click to read more …]

Cross-Cultural Missions – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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1. Gentile culture clashes. Does that fact that Jesus spent most of his early earthly ministry with the Gentiles of Nazareth make any difference in His life on earth? Did He choose Nazareth because it would make an excellent headquarters for the gospel ministry? How much of an impact did Jesus have on the Gentiles … [Click to read more …]