Inside Story: Faithful Bride – Part 1
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Shanti was raised in a Christian home in Bangladesh. When she was still quite young her father died. Her mother struggled to feed her family. When Shanti was 13 years old, her mother gave her to a Hindu man in marriage. According to custom, when Shanti went to live in her husband’s family, she was … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study (Jesus Master of Missions)
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The Hour Cometh

According to Matthew, Jesus foretold that this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Matt. 24:14 NIV). At the same time, the Scriptures make another point clear:But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Great Commission
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The World As Chess

Jesus spent the 40 days between His resurrection and ascension primarily in preparing the disciples and His church for worldwide evangelism. The best-known and most quoted resurrection account is Matthew’s. However, during this period there were other occasions during which the risen Christ could have given further details on the gospel commission. There were two … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Mission to the Gentiles
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Although Jesus spent the major part of His time among the Jews, serving them in their cultural context, He made clear in His teaching and ministry that His mission was universal. The gospel should be preached to the nations, with Israel as the initial base. The salvation of the Gentiles is part of God’s plan. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Mission to the Jews
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Fresh Growth, New Start

I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel (Matt. 15:24 NIV). Between His first public appearance and His crucifixion, Jesus focused His ministry almost solely on the Jewish, particularly in Galilee. The Lord addressed Himself first to Israel. Before the Cross, there are very few messages of good news to the Gentiles. Apparently … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Jesus in the Old Testament
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Sacrifice

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Desire of Ages
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Jesus Christ is Lord of both the church and the world. His coming is a fulfillment of the Old Testament expectations of a saved community that would extend far beyond the Jewish people. The coming of Jesus, especially His suffering and resurrection, ushered in a new age in which the distinction between Jew and Gentile, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Jesus the Master of Missions
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Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Tim. 1:8-9; Isa. 42:1-9; Dan. 9:24-27; Luke 2:8-14; Matt. 10:5-6; Acts 1:1-14. Memory Text: Again Jesus said, Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you (John 20:21 NIV). According to Scripture, a core activity of the Trinity is mission. Father, Son, and Holy … [Click to read more …]