09: The Disappointed Pastor – Thought Starters


Carol knew the nausea would go away, but it was too much to endure sitting in the pews. At home she slept a while and then turned on the computer and within a couple of hours she was listening to Pastor Randy Roberts preaching at the Loma Linda University church.1

What was that he was saying? What?

Pastor Roberts was speaking with urgency. He was saying that no doctrine, no teaching, no lifestyle issue, no Scriptural interpretation—nothing—was as important […]

03: The Sabbath and Worship- Teaching Plan

Key Thought: Sabbath worship immortalizes God’s act of Creation, delivers us from sin, and gives us restoration to holiness.

[See Lesson 3: The Sabbath and Worship]

1. Have a volunteer read Exodus 20:11.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. Why did God rest on the Sabbath? He doesn’t get tired. Why did He bless it and make that particular day holy?

C. Personal Application: In what ways do you make sure you […]

13: Clothed in Christ – Thought questions

“Today we studied the second law of thermodynamics,” Robert said at mealtime.
“You’re getting a lot of knowledge in your head. What is the second law of thermodynamics?” Dad said.
“Um, I’m not sure, Dad. It’s about something called time’s arrow, so we know how things change over time.”
“Can you tell me how an arrow tells us about change?”
“Sure, Dad. If you take a lot of pictures of the same person or mountain or rock and you […]

13: Clothed in Christ – Teaching Plan

Key Thought: To be clothed in Christ means that God not only sees us as justified and righteous now, but also as we live Christ’s life, we are daily remade into God’s likeness.

1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 3:26-29.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. What does it mean we have “put on” Christ? Is that like putting on a garment? How do we “wear” Christ?

C. Personal Application: How […]

12. More clothing imagery: Thought questions

This morning I played for special music at my church. I was almost 68 when I bought a cello and started to learn to play. Now I’m 70 and am still catching on to how a cello is played. It’s not easy.

Today I was playing a duet with my teacher, Lorie. I had the solo part; she was accompanying me.

The first thing that went wrong was too many people for music today. The piano. The praise team. An electric bass. […]

12. More clothing imagery: Teaching plan

Key Thought:  Christ wore simple clothing. He humbly bore mocking and insults in humiliation as they tore His clothes..

1. Have a volunteer read Luke 8:43-48.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. Why did the woman think that just by touching Jesus’ garment she would be healed? Were there any magical powers in the garment He wore?

C. Personal Application:  How do we deal with faith and submission when […]

Never Give Up


“because she thought, If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Mark 5:28, NIV

Twelve years before, two events had taken place that would come together later on a single day in Jesus’ ministry.  At that time, Jesus himself was a young man still working in Joseph’s carpenter shop in Nazareth. He had not yet been baptized by John. He had not called any disciples. Few thought of him as anything but Joseph and Mary’s son, one of several […]

The Wedding Garment

“Then the angel said to me, Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:9, NIV

Who doesn’t love a wedding? Not long ago, the entire world watched enthralled as Prince William and Kate Middleton were joined in a royal wedding at Westminster Abbey. Some referred to it as the “perfect wedding.” Soon all who have chosen to have a relationship with Jesus will […]

11. The wedding garment: Teaching plan for 2011-06-11

Key Thought:  All are invited, not all accept. Among those who show up, some chose not to wear the robe provided by the king.  It’s not enough to accept the invitation, we must have the robe.

1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 22:1-8.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. Why are so many people unconcerned about salvation and heaven and so preoccupied with earthly pursuits?

11. The wedding garment – Discussion starters


When Prince William and Kate Middleton began planning their royal wedding, people all over England began clamoring for the honor of attending this lavish event.

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife were high on the list of non-relatives invited to attend. Other notables included the performer Sir Elton John, soccer player David Beckham and his fashion designer wife Victoria, filmmaker Guy Ritchie, soul singer Joss Stone, and reigning monarchs from Denmark, Belgium, Bulgaria, Lesotho, Norway, and […]