Jesus Won Their Confidence – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Serving the Underserved

Winning Confidence. [Lesson 10 for September 3] What type of confidence winning do you see most? (1) a Spirit-led first step to making friends for Jesus; (2) A Satan-driven attempt to feel good following his ways. Wait a minute. Can winning someone’s confidence be bad as well as good? Explain. Can churches and belief systems exist … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Jesus Won Their Confidence

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

Wednesday: The Value of Social Capital

Healthcare Costs

Churches are largely volunteer groups, which operate on limited budgets. Social capital helps improve the chance that your church can reach significant goals. The old tradition in some countries of farmers helping other farmers bring in their harvest is an example of social capital. That is, though we need to look at each situation on … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Social Capital

Man Stands Out in a Crowd

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” (Prov. 22:1, NIV).  How does the concept expressed here relate to our community witness and outreach? What is “social capital”? When you make investments in a bank account, its value grows. Social capital consists of positive, productive … [Click to read more …]

Monday: A Careful Balance

Protection When We Walk the Tightrope

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in an African country is growing rapidly. What is the secret? Church leaders have stated that there is a strong connection between this growth and the unselfish and unconditional service of the church members to people in communities throughout the country. The widespread confidence in the Seventh-day Adventist Church came to … [Click to read more …]

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 …]

Jesus Ministered to Needs – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Jesus with People

Key Thought: Effectual ministry today must follow Christ’s example and care for the whole person – physically, mentally, and spiritually.. Jesus Ministered to Their Needs – August 27, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Mark 2:8-12 a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. What … [Click to read more …]