07: The Bond of Revival – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith


I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to have a walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3, NKJV). [Thought questions for The … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Church Organization: The Structure for Unity

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The New Testament reveals that the early church had a definite organizational structure. This structure helped to preserve the doctrinal purity of the church and keep it focused on mission. In Acts 6, a small group of disciples met together to solve the problem of the distribution of food to the widows of the Greek converts. … [Click to read more …]

07: The Bond of Revival – Teaching Plan

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Key Thought : A praying congregation with a common message and mission will revive the power of the Holy Spirit. There is priority in church unity and good relationships between members. [Teaching plan for The Bond of Revival August 12, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read John 17:9-11. a. Ask class members to share a … [Click to read more …]

Relationships: Life Changing or Time Wasting?

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In her post, Life-Changing or Time Wasting, Lillianne Lopez cites that only 31% of Americans believe the Bible is inspired. Why do you think that is? I received a clue while I enjoyed reading Lillianne’s post. A lady friend of mine instant-messaged me, saying she was frustrated with the singles websites, because the men contacting … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Elements of Unity: Our Mission and Message

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The unity experienced by the New Testament believers was based on far more than emotional warmth between members. Read Acts 1:8, 4:33, 5:42, 9:31, and 28:28-31. What was the all-consuming passion of the New Testament church? How did this passion unite them? The disciples were consumed with something much larger than themselves. Christ’s commission to take the gospel to the … [Click to read more …]

Monday: New Testament Illustrations of Unity

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The New Testament world of the first century was divided by caste, social status, and gender. It was a society in social turmoil. The concepts of equal rights, freedom, and human dignity were not the accepted norms. Then Christianity burst upon the scene. It created a social revolution. Jesus’ teachings of equality, justice, concern for … [Click to read more …]