Thursday: The Greeks and Jesus


Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. Sir, they said, we would like to see Jesus. Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. Jesus replied, The hour has come … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Ten Lepers

Hug of Thankfulness

Read Luke 17:11-19. What lessons are here for us, regardless of our nationality or origins? Notice first that the unfortunate men all knew Jesus. They called Him by both name and title, pleading for intervention. What’s fascinating, too, is that they were not cleansed right then and there. They were told simply to go and … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Cross Cultural Missions in the Ministry of Jesus

Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Cross Cultural Missions in the Ministry of Jesus” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Dealing With Demons

The Swine

Read Luke 8:26-39 and Matthew 15:21-28. How do these stories help us understand how Jesus related to non-Jews? How do we understand Jesus’ words to the Canaanite woman? Also, what lessons should the disciples have picked up, seeing Jesus minster to those who were not part of the covenant people? The region of the Gadarenes … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Roman Army Officer

Healing Centurion's Son

Read Matthew 8:5-13 (see also Luke 7:1-10). What does this story teach us about how even the largest cultural divides can be breached for the sake of the gospel? In Capernaum a Roman officer of centurion rank (commander of 100 men) sought out Jesus. The Jews resented the occupying Roman army, and many Romans hated … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Samaritan Woman

Woman Emerges From Maze

In the time of Jesus, ancient Israel was divided into three provinces: Galilee, Samaria, and Judea. Samaria was situated between Galilee and Judea. The Samaritans worshiped the God of Israel, but not in the same way the Jews did. As an initial mission field, Samaria was ideal for the apostles because it was close to … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Cross-cultural Missions

Image © Lars Justinen

Read for This Week’s Study: John 4:4-30; Matt. 8:5-13; Mark 5:1-20; Matt. 15:21-28; Luke 17:11-19; John 12:20-32. Memory Text: Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He will declare justice to the Gentiles (Matthew 12:18, NKJV). How interesting that … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study (Jesus Master of Missions)

The Hour Cometh

According to Matthew, Jesus foretold that this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Matt. 24:14 NIV). At the same time, the Scriptures make another point clear:But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels … [Click to read more …]