Sunday: Winning Confidence

Man in the Hand of God

After desiring their good, showing sympathy, and ministering to their needs, Jesus “won their confidence.” Confidence in Latin is composed of the words con,meaning “with,” and fides meaning “faith.” Throughout the Bible several words are employed to get across the meaning of the word faith. In Hebrew the main root for “faith” is amn, from … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Jesus Won Their Confidence

Jesus with people, smiling

Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 15:6, Num. 14:11, 1 Cor. 3:1-9, Dan. 6:1-3, Neh. 2:1-9, Deut. 4:1-9, Acts 2:42-47. Memory Text: “But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities” (Luke 5:15, ESV). For several years, a Seventh-day Adventist … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Jesus Ministered to Their Needs

Paul and the Unknown God

Read Deuteronomy 15:11, Job 29:11-17, Proverbs 14:31, Proverbs 19:17, Acts 3:6, James 1:27-2:5; Ellen G. White, “Pioneering in Australia,” pp. 327-338, in Welfare Ministry. Paul, like Jesus, was involved in meeting the expressed needs of people. We can see this, for example, in the famous story of Paul at Mars Hill in Athens. In Acts … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Church at Work

People Looking at Large Map

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” (Prov. 16:3, NIV). Once your church has a clear vision of how it can minister to the community, it is important to develop a plan whereby all church departments can work together in order to make this vision a reality. Even though … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Dorcas in Joppa

Dorcas With the Children

Read Acts 9:36-42. What did Dorcas do in Joppa when she discovered the needs around her? In Acts 9:41 what does the phrase “the believers, especially the widows” (NIV) imply? Dorcas was a disciple of action. “In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha” (Acts 9:36, NIV). Can it be said, “In [the name of … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Jesus Ministered to Their Needs

Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Jesus Ministered to Their Needs” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Deeper Needs

Woman Thinking About Her Family

Jesus, as the Lord, knew more about the people than they knew about themselves. There are many accounts in the Gospels where Jesus showed that He not only knew what people were thinking at the present (see Mark 2:8)-He knew their histories as well (John 4:18). Read Psalm 139:1-13. What is the Word of God … [Click to read more …]

Monday: How Can I Help You?

Man's Ear

Read Mark 10:46-52 and John 5:1-9. In both cases, Jesus asked questions. Why would He do that? Notice, in both cases, that Jesus asked what they wanted, even though it was obvious what they wanted. And even if it weren’t, Jesus would have known what those needs were anyway. However, by asking these questions, Jesus … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Interruption for Ministry

The Interruption

Jesus steps off the boat on the shore near Capernaum. (See Mark 5:1-43.) His disciples are still reeling from the harrowing encounter with the demon-possessed man in Decapolis. As usual, a crowd is there to meet Him. Eager to get His attention, individuals in the throng jostle to be near Jesus. Immediately He is asked … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Jesus Ministered to Their Needs

Jesus with People

Read for This Week’s Study: Mark 5:22-43, Mark 10:46-52, John 5:1-9, Ps. 139:1-13, Mark 2:1-12, Acts 9:36-42. Memory Text: “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness” (Matthew 9:35, NIV). A retired Seventh-day Adventist woman in an African … [Click to read more …]