Friday: Inside Story – The Stolen Sermons – Part I

symbolism fang coiled

-Gamini Mendis- I wanted to call a meeting of all the clergy in my town in Sri Lanka. I thought we needed to pray and fellowship together. I reviewed the list to be sure I hadn’t forgotten any pastor. I knew that some of the clergy wouldn’t be happy that I was inviting the Adventist … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study – Paul: Background and Call

Paul in Athens

I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings (1 Cor. 9:22-23 NIV). Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 NIV. Modern missiology applies the term contextualization to Paul’s mission methods stated here. … [Click to read more …]

Newsflash: Lessons on Jeremiah Now Available

The Kindle version of the new 2015d quarterly on Jeremiah is now available, along with the Ellen White notes, and the companion book by Timothy Joseph Golden. See our Index page for the Jeremiah lessons. (You can also see the lesson titles for the next quarter, but the lessons themselves won’t be available online for … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Mission and Multiculturalism

Pope John Paul

Multiculturalism is a recent term, first appearing in print in the 1960s, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. For many ancient peoples, there were only two categories of humanity—us and them, our tribe and not our tribe. For Greeks, all non-Greeks werebarbarians. For Jews, all non-Jews were Gentiles. As we have seen already, the success … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Paul in the Mission Field

Paul in Prison

From Jerusalem and round about as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ (Rom. 15:19, NKJV). What crucial element for any kind of mission work can we find in this text? See also 1 Cor. 1:23; 1 Cor 2:2; Gal. 6:14; Phil. 1:15-18. One thing is certain about all of Paul’s missionary endeavors: no … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: From Saul to Paul

Jesus Appearing Before Saul

Read Acts 9:1-22, the story of Paul’s conversion. How was this experience linked to his missionary calling? See also Acts 26:16-18. Right from the start, it was clear that the Lord had intended to use Paul to reach both Jews and Gentiles. No other event in Paul’s preparation as missionary and theologian compared in importance … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Paul the Man

Runners in a Race

Personality traits are an individual’s typical responses to surrounding domestic, cultural, or educational circumstances. Character is the combination of traits, qualities and abilities that make up what sort of person an individual is. Read Acts 9:1, Philippians 3:6, Philippians 3:8; 1 Corinthians 15:9,1 Corinthians 15:10; 1 Timothy 1:16; Galatians 1:14; and 2 Corinthians 11:23-33. What do these texts … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Saul of Tarsus

Pharisee in Temple

Saul was born in Tarsus, an important town on the trade route between Syria and western Asia (Acts 22:3). Tarsus was a multicultural center of industry and learning and home for a short time to Rome’s most famous orator and senator, Cicero. Saul’s parents were Diaspora Jews (Jews who were not living in the land … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Paul – Background and Call

Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 9:1, Phil. 3:6, 1 Cor. 15:10, Acts 9:1-22, Acts 26:18, Gal. 2:1-17. Memory Text: But the Lord said to Ananias, Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Inside Story – Despair to Hope: Part 2

The Missionaries

Cambodia – by Chhenghorn Thean That night she sold five books for $5 each. She was convinced that God is the true God. But a month later her husband told her to stop selling books. Your work is bringing shame on me, he said. Cheng’s husband demanded that she stop believing in Jesus and stop … [Click to read more …]