Urban Ministry in the End Time – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

An injured man down on the ground gets first aid.

Common–or uncommon–sense? [Lesson 12 for September 17] Advice to God’s people confined to exile: Work for the good of the country where you are taken. “If it prospers, you too will prosper.” Stunning words? or common wisdom? More people live in cities today than in the country or less populated areas. Does that mean we should … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Make it Personal
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Men studying Bible on construction site.

Read John 15:12-13; James 1:27; and Galatians 6:2. Together, what are they saying to us that is so crucial for any serious outreach? Because of the massive size of urban populations, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that faith is personal. The bottom line in reaching the cities, or any other place, … [Click to read more …]

Urban Ministry in the End Time – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Jesus over city

Key Thought: Cities have a special place in God’s heart. As we enter the cities, we are called to follow Christ’s method of ministry. Lesson for September 17, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 13:18-23. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Sowing and Reaping in Cities
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Read Matthew 13:3-9, Matthew 13:18-23. Though this is a familiar story, how can we take what it teaches in order to help us better understand how to minister and to witness to our communities, including the cities? Though set in a rural context, this parable is, in fact, more important in urban ministry than in … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Hurting Place
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Jesus Healing the Sick

As Christ made His way through Jerusalem, Capernaum, and other cities of His time, the sick, disabled, and poor crowded around Him, the Healer. His heart went out to suffering humanity. In the city, there is more of everything-more people, more buildings, more traffic, and more problems. This presents a real challenge for churches. Those … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Nature of Cities
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Cities bring together many different cultures, ethnic groups, languages, and religions. Traditionally, each group had its “quarter,” or defined territory. Increasingly, all kinds of people live next door to one another throughout metropolitan regions. This multicultural reality creates risk and complexity, but it also provides great opportunity for the gospel. There is greater tolerance for … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Urban Ministry in the End Time
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Jesus over city

Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 18:1-28; Exod. 2:23-25; Matt. 13:3-9, Matt. 13:18-23; John 15:12-13; 2 Pet. 3:9. Memory Text: “ ‘Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper’ ” (Jeremiah 29:7, NIV). … [Click to read more …]