13: The Cost of Discipleship – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Cost of Discipleship March 26, 1014]

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1. A promise of persecution. Have you ever been persecuted? What do you think of Paul’s admonishing us with these startling words: “All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”? (2 Tim 3:12). What would you say if Peter was the preacher this week and said we’ve been called to follow in Christ’s steps that lead to suffering. Or [...]

13: The Cost of Discipleship – Hit the Mark
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Counting the cost

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. John 6:66

To outward appearances this was a crushing rejection – the defection of a multitude of disciples. Only a day prior these same defectors were intent on making Him the king of the nation. Their enthusiasm had never been higher as they saw in Him the potential to fulfil all their dreams and desires. Now they turned their backs on Jesus and walked away.

What happened? [...]

13: The Cost of Discipleship – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : In order to be a disciple, we must discipline ourselves. We can’t police each other intensively; we need to keep ourselves under Christ and His law.

[Lesson plan for The Cost of Discipleship March 24, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Luke 12:51-53.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What does it mean to put Christ before everyone, including family?
c. Personal Application: In what ways do [...]

12: The Harvest and the Harvesters – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Harvest and the Harvesters March 19, 2014]

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1. “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit.” Imagine us wretched creatures of this earth glorifying God the Father of all! He doesn’t see us as wretched at all, but as fallen sinners that He is ready to glorify and lift to the courts of heaven. Do our evangelists and gospel ministers ever use modern techniques of salesmanship to win converts? Should they? What [...]

HopeSS: The Harvest and the Harvesters
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Current lesson of the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of the Hope Sabbath School “Discipling Spiritual Leaders” is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. You might want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

12: The Harvest and the Harvesters – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : Spiritual gifts are given for nurture and outreach. The question we have is what are my gifts and how can I use them?

[Lesson plan for The Harvest and the Harvesters March 17, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read John 4:28-30.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why would the woman at the well go tell everyone in town that Jesus knew all about her sinful [...]

HopeSS: Discipling Spiritual Leaders
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Current lesson of the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of the Hope Sabbath School “Discipling Spiritual Leaders” is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site.

11: Discipling Spiritual Leaders – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Discipling Spiritual Leaders March 12, 2014]

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1. Choosing the Twelve. Did Jesus choose the twelve disciples because of their broad experience and proven leadership skills? Did He take a chance with each one? Or did He know they’d come out all right? But wait a minute. Did they? How could someone walk with Jesus day by day and then turn away from Him?

2. A few leaders. How did the dozens of other followers of Christ respond [...]

11: Discipling Spiritual Leaders – Hit the Mark
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Mentoring - Leadership

Wax on… wax off. Wax on… wax off

You might recognize that phrase from the 1984 hit movie, “The Karate Kid.” A young student is expecting to learn karate but his teacher, Mr. Miyagi, gives him seemingly mundane jobs that are unrelated to karate. Daniel, the young star of the movie, is given the task of washing a car. As Mr. Miyagi walks away he repeats the simple instruction while making circular motions with his hands, “Wax on… wax off. Wax [...]

11: Discipling Spiritual Leaders – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : Knowledge that includes an experience in faith, hardship, sanctification, and self-sacrifice along with doctrine prepares disciples to become leaders.

[Lesson plan for Discipling Spiritual Leaders March 10, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read John 16:7-12.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Was there more truth that the disciples needed to learn through the study of the Bible and the guidance of the Holy Spirit?
c. Personal Application: [...]