13: A Perpetual Ministry – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Since we are children of God, we will ever seek to promote His kingdom, minister to His children, and share all that we know of His goodness.

[Teaching plan for A Perpetual Ministry  June 25, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Acts 2:42.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What is the importance of fellowship among believers? Where is the linbe between spiritual and social fellowship?
C. […]

Tuesday: Training Trainers
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We live in a world where people are highly mobile. Local churches seem to regularly process transfers out and transfers in and often lament the loss of capable members who have been involved in significant ministries. Because of this potential transfer of skills and because the local church’s evangelism and witnessing ministry should continue expanding, there is a great need to multiply these ministries.

What principles concerning the training of trainers can we glean from Paul’s instructions to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:1–7? […]

A Purpose For Every Life
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“And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
But he passing through the midst of them went his way.” Luke 4:28-30

From the moment Jesus was born, Satan used Herod and countless others to try to destroy Him and to prevent Him from […]

Monday: A Nurturing Environment
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A vital part of evangelism takes place in church every week. This aspect of evangelism is called “nurture” and “incorporation.” We have been very good at inviting people to our churches, but we have not always done so well in the creation of an environment that will encourage them to return and settle into the fellowship. If we are to make disciples, we must give attention to the establishment and nurture of every new Christian.

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Sunday: Never Ending Witnessing and Evangelism
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It must be emphasized, again, that witnessing and evangelism must continue as long as there are people who need salvation. It is God’s plan to save as many people as possible. Those, meanwhile, who have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior are called upon to work with God in this soul-saving work. No matter who we are, where we are, in what situations we find ourselves, if our hearts are tuned to Christ, if we have a deep-seated appreciation for […]

Sabbath: A Perpetual Ministry
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Read for This Week’s Study:

John 4:7–30, Acts 2:42, 11:19–23, 2 Tim. 2:1–7, 2 Cor. 5:18–20.

Memory Text:

“ ‘What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches’ ” (Luke 13:18-19, NKJV).

Key Thought:

Evangelism and witnessing are the means by which the mustard seed (the church of God) becomes a huge […]

Further Study: Evaluating Witnessing and Evangelism
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Inviting Others to Join Your Ministry

Have you ever heard of a one-man band? This is a band in which one person plays all the instruments in the band. The drum is strapped to his back and operated by a foot pedal; cymbals are strapped between the knees and so on. In the metaphorical sense, a one-person band is one in which one individual plays all parts.

One-person bands have the potential to burn out because they have no physical or emotional […]

Inside Story: Learning Lessons of Love
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I had been assigned to a congregation in Cameroon that was facing a huge crisis.

A man had given the church land on which the congregation built a simple church. But the land transfer had not been completed when the man died, and his widow wanted the land back. She took the church to court, and the judge ruled that the church must buy the land for a huge sum of money or vacate the land within two weeks.

I called the […]

Thursday: Evaluating for Church Growth
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The very reason why our church exists is the reason why we evaluate. We believe that the Seventh-day Adventist Church has been raised up at this particular time in earth’s history as part of God’s plan to take the gospel to the world. In other words, we exist to win souls for the kingdom.

Read Revelation 14:6-7. How do we understand these verses in relationship to our identity as Seventh-day Adventists? 

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Evaluating how we are doing is […]

Evaluating Evangelism
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“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15, NIV

A paradox pertaining to the modern Christian church is that many want to evaluate the various ministries and activities of the church, but few want to be the recipients of evaluation, whether the evaluation is fair or not. However, this is not limited to the church. Even in secular […]