Sunday: The Promised Power
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Christ’s Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 is accompanied by His great promise. What is that promise, what does it mean in a practical sense, and how can we draw comfort from it? Why is that promise so important to us? The disciples preached not in their strength but in Christ’s. According to Paul, in fact, the gospel was … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Promised Revival: God’s Mission Completed
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 28:18-20; James 5:7, 8; Zech. 10:1; Matt.3:11; Rev. 18:1; 19:11-16. Memory Text: “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Reformation: Healing Broken Relationships
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“When the laborers have an abiding Christ in their own souls, when all selfishness is dead, when there is no rivalry, no strife for the supremacy, when oneness exists, when they sanctify themselves, so that love for one another is seen and felt, then the showers of the grace of the Holy Spirit will just … [Click to read more …]

12: Healing Broken Relationships – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Reformation: Healing Broken Relationships September 18, 2013] 1. After the crash. Imagine that you’re a professional cake decorator and are just now putting the finishing touches on a cream-colored four-layer cake with an intricate pattern and pretty red roses made of icing when there’s a loud crash and wooden boards begin falling … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: From Rancor to Restoration
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Read Matthew 18:15-17. What three steps does Jesus give us to help us to resolve conflicts when we are wronged by another church member? How are we to apply these words in our contemporary situations? Jesus’ desire in giving the counsel of Matthew 18 is to keep conflict in as small a group as possible. His … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: From Friction to Forgiveness
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What is forgiveness? Does forgiveness justify the behavior of someone who has horribly wronged us? Is my forgiveness dependent on the offender’s repentance? What if the one with whom I am upset with does not deserve my forgiveness? How do the following passages help us to understand the biblical nature of forgiveness?Rom. 5:8-11; Luke 23:31-34; 2 Cor. 5:20-21;Eph. … [Click to read more …]

12: Healing Broken Relationships – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Jesus longing for His church is for members to respect one another and live in Christian love and unity. [Teaching plan for Healing Broken Relationships September 16, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read 2 Timothy 4:11. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: From Comparison to Complement
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Building a Wall

As we saw in an earlier lesson, the church at Corinth had deep problems. What principles does Paul outline in 1 Corinthians 3:5-11, 12:1-11, and 2 Corinthians 10:12-15 for healing and restoration, all of which are so vital to revival and reformation? In these passages, the apostle outlines critical principles of church unity. He points out that Jesus uses different … [Click to read more …]

Monday: From Slave to Son
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While he was imprisoned in Rome, Paul met a runaway slave named Onesimus who had fled from Colossae to Rome. Paul personally knew Onesimus’ master. The Epistle of Philemon is Paul’s personal appeal to his friend regarding a restored relationship with the runaway slave. Relationships mattered to Paul. The apostle knew that fractured relationships are … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: From Fracture to Friendship
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Paul and Barnabas worked together in witnessing for Jesus. But they had some strife between them (Acts 15:36-39). Paul could not trust one as fearful as John Mark. The potential dangers of preaching the gospel had caused John Mark at one point to desert Paul and Barnabas and return home. “This desertion caused Paul to judge … [Click to read more …]