05: Discipling the Sick – Hit the Mark

He had only one hope. No other options. No other solutions. He had used every resource at his disposal and everything that concerned family members and friends could do had been done. Now dangling in a bed let down through the roof of Peter’s house, he was at his moment of truth.

The familiar story of the paralytic shared in Luke 5 contains many of the shared experiences of those facing sickness personally or dealing with loved ones who are sick. […]

05: Discipling the Sick – Lesson Plan


Key Thought : There is an intimate correlation among physical, emotional, and spiritual health. We need to minister to the total person.

[Lesson plan for Discipling the Sick January 27, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read John 9:1-3.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. How do we understand the seeming unfairness of those who are born with handicaps and less than normal physical or mental health? Can it be […]

How Did the Boy Jesus Learn the Scriptures?


Since this interesting question came up in our comments, I did a little research. And it leads me to conclude that the contemporaries of Christ were far more literate than we like to give them credit for.

Now I’m not an expert in history or biblical languages, nor a mathematician, but I’m thinking that we can draw a few deductions from the biblical story and other sources. The Bible demonstrates that Christ had an intimate knowledge of the Scriptures as early […]

04: Discipling Children – Thought Starters

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[Thought questions for Discipling Children January 22, 2014

1. The Children’s Ministry. Do you remember special church times just for children? Sabbath school in a children’s division? Story time? Vacation Bible School? Or maybe even children’s church? How important is discipling children in your church family? In your home? By adding “in” after the “n” in “discipling,” have we spelled out a word for something we need more of for our children? Or not?

2. The Hebrew child. Can […]

04: Discipling Children – Hit the Mark

It was a make or break moment. His future was riding on what he would do. Confinement and possible death on one hand. Favor, prosperity and possible freedom on the other. He was a young man without a home, alone in a foreign land, living the life of a slave. He had few opportunities that promised anything more than a continued life of the same. Now everything was on the verge of change.

The odds had been […]

04: Discipling Children – Teaching Plan


Key Thought : We should cultivate our young people’s talent and enthusiasm and train disciples for Christ at an early age.

[Teaching plan for Discipling Children January 27, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Deuteronomy 6:6-7.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. How can we, in whatever situation or background we come from: love, protect, and nurture the children within our homes and influence?
c. Personal Application: Are there children […]

How Youth Groups Can Defeat Their Purpose


The Sabbath School lesson on discipling children reminded me of a post someone shared with me on Facebook that really hit home.

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The article, “Youth Groups Driving Christian Teens to Abandon Faith” mentions that many (not all) church youth groups help teens connect with each other, but fail to connect teens with the church or with God. When they outgrow the youth group, they leave the church and God, which they never were connected to anyway.

Some youth leaders […]

HopeSS: Discipleship and Prayer


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 Through Metaphor” is below. You can download the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School

03: Discipleship and Prayer – Thought Starters

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[Thought questions for Discipleship and Prayer January 15, 2014]

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INTRODUCTION. What would you do if by some gigantic supernatural power you were denied the gift of prayer? Of course that can’t happen, but doesn’t the very thought of existing without prayer send a chill down your back? In this week’s lesson we consider the value of prayer in our role as God’s witnesses to others on earth.

1. The prayer of compassion. Is there even one […]

03: Discipleship and Prayer – Teaching Plan


Key Thought : There is power in prayer. Through prayer we develop like minds and learn to live and do according to His will.

[Teaching plan for Discipleship and Prayer January 13, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 14:22-23.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why is it important to have a quiet separate place to pray?
c. Personal Application: What aspects of your prayer life are affected by […]