Inside Story: Making a Difference

Willem Hifikepunye
Courtesy of CG Adventist Mission

When I was a child, my family lived near the Adventist church in our town in northern Namibia. Mother took us to church, though we weren’t Adventists. I liked church. On Sabbath afternoon, we’d go to Himba villages to sing and talk to them about God. Then when I was 8 years old, we moved … [Click to read more …]

03: Christ and Religious Tradition – Lesson Plan


Key Thought : While tradition has its place in the church, no human has the authority to create religious traditions and elevate them to the level of Divine law. [Lesson plan for Christ and Religious Tradition April 14, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 15:8,9. a. Ask class members to share a thought on … [Click to read more …]

02: Christ and the Law of Moses – Hit the Mark

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Straining to reach through the crowd, a nameless woman refuses to lose her opportunity for healing. Just beyond the crowd was her miracle. Just beyond the crowd was the start of a new life. It would not be an easy task, but it was worth any discomfort to achieve the desire of her life. The … [Click to read more …]

12: The Harvest and the Harvesters – Thought Starters

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[Thought questions for The Harvest and the Harvesters March 19, 2014] 1. “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit.” Imagine us wretched creatures of this earth glorifying God the Father of all! He doesn’t see us as wretched at all, but as fallen sinners that He is ready to glorify and lift to the courts … [Click to read more …]

12: The Harvest and the Harvesters – Lesson Plan


Key Thought : Spiritual gifts are given for nurture and outreach. The question we have is what are my gifts and how can I use them? [Lesson plan for The Harvest and the Harvesters March 17, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read John 4:28-30. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the … [Click to read more …]

09: Discipling the Powerful – Lesson Plan


Key Thought : The wealthy, world-loving souls can be drawn to Christ, but they are the most difficult to access. [Lesson plan for Discipling the Powerful February 24, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read Romans 13:1-7. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Centurion

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While several of Christ’s encounters with powerful people ended acrimoniously, there were notable exceptions, such as with Nicodemus. Another constructive meeting involved a Roman centurion (ranking military officer).   Read Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. What can we learn from these accounts about witnessing to people in power? When the centurion learned that Jesus was … [Click to read more …]

Monday: “Have You Not Read . . .?”

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Unfortunately, some of the most powerful and influential people with whom Jesus dealt were the religious leaders of His time, many of whom were openly hostile to Him. Yet, even in His encounters with them, Jesus always sought to be redemptive. He wasn’t seeking arguments; He was seeking the salvation of all people, even of … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Nurturing Spiritual Roots

Mi Eh Kim was disappointed. She had arrived in Tokyo from China to study, but she couldn’t find a Chinese Adventist congregation and didn’t yet understand enough Japanese to understand people. She was used to worshipping God every Sabbath in China, and she worried about her spiritual life when she couldn’t go. She prayed to … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Exhortations from the Sanctuary


Further Study: “The Mediator, in his office and work, would greatly exceed in dignity and glory the earthly, typical priesthood. . . . This Saviour was to be a mediator, to stand between the Most High and his people. Through this provision, a way was opened whereby the guilty sinner might find access to God … [Click to read more …]