08: The Mission of Jesus – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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[Thought Questions for The Mission of Jesus May 5, 2015] 1. To seek and save the lost. How well do these words of Luke define the mission of Jesus? Do we need a sense of dedication like this in our lives as well? Did Jesus know who was lost? Did He know where they were? … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Lost Opportunities
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Lazarus and the Rich Man

Although Jesus came to seek and save those lost in sin, He never forces anyone to accept the salvation He offers. Salvation is free and available to all, but one must accept the free offer in faith, which results in a life in conformity with God’s will. The only time we have for such an … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Parable of the Lost Son: Part 2
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The Lost Son

The return home (Luke 15:17-20) was a journey of repentance. The journey began when he came to himself. Recognition of where he was, in comparison with what his father’s home was, drove him to arise and go to his father. The prodigal son returns home with a four-part speech that defines the true meaning of … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Parable of the Lost Son – Part I
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Prodigal Son and the Slippery Slope

Hailed in history as the most beautiful short story ever told on the forgiving nature of love, the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), narrated only by Luke, may well be called the parable of the loving father and two lost sons. One son chose the lawlessness of the distant land over the love … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin
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The Good Shepherd - Searching for the Lost Sheep

Read Luke 15:4-7. What does this tell us about God’s love for us? Why is it so important to understand that it was the shepherd who went looking for the lost sheep? In a world that can appear uncaring and indifferent to us, this parable reveals a startling truth: God loves us so much that … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Mission of Jesus
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Image © Lars Justinen Goosalt.com

Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 15:4-7, Luke 11-32; Luke 16:19-31; Luke 18:35-43; Luke 19:1-10. Memory Text: The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10, NKJV). If we were to write a mission statement for Jesus, we could not do any better than to repeat His … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story – The Banner Man
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The Seventh Day

South Korea – Song Sungsub: Wherever Song Sungsub goes, people follow-sometimes with stares, other times with their feet-and that’s OK with him because he has a message to share. The idea began when I was distributing literature door-to-door, Sungsub explains. We can give [the literature], but of course some people just throw it out. One … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study – Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Prayer
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Bible With Outlet and Heart Plug

Further Study: The soul that turns to God for its help, its support, its power, by daily, earnest prayer, will have noble aspirations, clear perceptions of truth and duty, lofty purposes of action, and a continual hungering and thirsting after righteousness. By maintaining a connection with God, we shall be enabled to diffuse to others, … [Click to read more …]