9. Peter and the Gentiles – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith


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


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 …]

Jesus: the Master of Missions – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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Sent to save.  Your lesson editor calls the incarnation of Jesus “a radical  change.” Was His change into human form necessary for our salvation? Why? Do you believe that Jesus retains His humanity today? forever? The Old Testament Jesus. How important was our Creator and Savior in the saga of the Old Testament? What is the Lord’s dominion? We think of ourselves … [Click to read more …]

Esther and Mordecai – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Right Place

An intriguing story. Of all the events included in the Bible, the story of Esther has close to the greatest appeal of them all. Beauty, competition, intrigue, jealousy and a simple young woman’s conviction: those are the elements. What kind of a party was King Ahasuerus planning? Was there a reason given for this extravagant … [Click to read more …]

Exiles as Missionaries – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

A light in a dark place

[Discussion starters for Lesson 5, July 25—31, 2015] 1. A handbook for missionary activity. Have you ever wished for a, comprehensive handbook for church activity? During my missionary years I could always obtain good advice, but if only I’d had a systematic presentation of all the things I should know…  How could the book of Daniel help … [Click to read more …]

4 The Jonah Saga – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

Jonah flees in boat

1.  Take a trip with Jonah! You may have traveled to thirteen countries, lived on three continents, and changed addresses two dozen times, but have you EVER experienced a trip like the one Jonah took to Nineveh? What was Jonah’s attitude when he started his journey by ship?  [See Lesson 4: The Jonah Saga] 2.  A prophet with … [Click to read more …]

12: Jesus in Jerusalem – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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[Thought questions for Jesus in Jerusalem June 16, 2015] 1. The last week. With what emotional armor did Jesus face the trials and rewards of the last week of His earthly life? Could He have confronted them with dignity if He’d had any spark of worldly desire within Him? All of the world spun in suspension, as it were, … [Click to read more …]

11: The Kingdom of God – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

I Am the Way image

[Thought questions for The Kingdom of God, June 13, 2015] 1. Coming from all points. At our church’s General Conference Session starting July 2, will the stream of people coming from all points of the world resemble in any way the scene described in Luke 13:20? How does it make you feel to realize that we are … [Click to read more …]

10: Following Jesus in Everyday Life – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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[Thought questions for Following Jesus in Everyday Life June 2, 2015] Jesus the theologian. If theology is the study of God, was anybody ever better qualified than Jesus to teach this subject? Why do you think Jesus didn’t seem to be interested in establishing Himself as the world’s leading theological expert? Instead of longing to … [Click to read more …]

09: Jesus, the Master Teacher – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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[Thought questions for Jesus, the Master Teacher May 26, 2015] 1. “And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority.” Luke 4:32. When did words spoken with authority last get your attention? Why were Jesus’ listeners so astonished? Can you and I also experience surprise as we absorb God’s Word? Where … [Click to read more …]