Thursday: In the Midst of a Crooked Generation
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People Fellowshiping With Jesus Outside of Church

No question, the world needs what we have been given in Christ. It’s nothing in us, ourselves, that makes what we have so important. Rather, it is only by virtue of what we have received from Christ that gives us our imperative to reach others. And it’s precisely because we have been given so much … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Mingling Wisely
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Man's Head Being Filled Through His Eyes

A speaker asked a group to tell how many “non-Adventist friends” they had. One man in the back of the room stood up and triumphantly proclaimed, “I’m proud to say none!” That man might have meant well, but his words said a lot about what kind of light to the world he was. As we … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Jesus Mingled With People
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Jesus Mingled With People” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Eating With Sinners
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Breaking Bread With a Friend

Read Matthew 9:10-13. What crucial message should we as individuals take away from Jesus’ response to His critics? Read Hos. 6:6. Jesus is reclining at the dinner table, where He is fellowshiping and eating with what this society would deem “undesirables.” What kind of people does your culture deem “undesirables”? Interrupted by the Pharisees’ question of … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Lost and Found
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Two People Lost in a Maze Being Shown the Way Out

Jesus tells three parables in Luke 15:1-32, in direct response to the accusation of the Pharisees and teachers of the law that Jesus “welcomes sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15:2, NIV). Read the following passages and note the essence of Jesus’ answer to these accusations. Luke 15:3-7 Luke 15:8-10 Luke 15:11-24 Each parable begins … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Christ’s Method Alone
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Jesus Fellowships With Young People

Ellen G. White, in an often-quoted paragraph, summarizes what Jesus did in order to reach out and bring the people to salvation.(See also Matt. 9:35-36.) “Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Jesus Mingled With People
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Image © Lars Justinen Goodsalt.com

Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 1:22-23; John 1:14; Luke 15:3-24; Matt. 9:10-13; Ps. 51:17; 1 John 2:16; Phil. 2:13-15. Memory Text: “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them’” (Luke 15:1-2, … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Jesus on Community Outreach
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Filled With Light

Read other teachings of Jesus that inform you and your church’s role in the community: Matthew 7:12, Matthew 23:23, Matthew 25:31-46, Mark 4:1-34, Mark 6:1-13, Luke 6:36, Luke 11:42, Luke 12:13-21, Luke 14:16-24, Luke 16:13, Luke 18:18-27, Luke 19:1-10, John 10:10, John 12:8, John 17:13-18. Read Ellen G. White, “ ‘The Least of These My Brethren,’ … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Church Planting
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Man on Tightrope Balancing High Bloodpressure

Read Matthew 10:5-10. Why would Jesus send His disciples out into the surrounding towns and villages without any resources? It seems strange that Jesus’ disciples would have direct orders to enter their ministry territory with little to sustain themselves. Apparently, Jesus placed His disciples in this situation to teach them dependence on God and also … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: On Being a Farmer
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Homeless, Sick, in Prison

Read John 4:35-38. What is Jesus telling us here about the different steps needed in reaching souls? The work of a farmer is multifaceted. Other types of farming work must be done before a harvest can be plentiful (Matt. 9:35-38). Not only reapers are needed in the Lord’s harvest field. Can you imagine a farmer … [Click to read more …]