The Three Peas – A Parable
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3 peas

And behold, a pea plant flourished in the garden and brought forth a beautiful pod with three peas in it. In the fullness of time, the wind blew and the pea pod fell to the ground and split open, spilling the peas onto the dirt. The first pea, looking around, saw the dark damp earth … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Jesus Mingled with the People
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Isolated Church

Read Ellen G. White, “Our Example,” pp. 17-28, in The Ministry of Healing; “Levi-Matthew,” pp. 272-280, in The Desire of Ages. The church’s mission is to the world, not only unto itself. It was organized for service to others. A church of another faith community has a sign at the end of the driveway, just before … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: In the Midst of a Crooked Generation
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People Fellowshiping With Jesus Outside of Church

No question, the world needs what we have been given in Christ. It’s nothing in us, ourselves, that makes what we have so important. Rather, it is only by virtue of what we have received from Christ that gives us our imperative to reach others. And it’s precisely because we have been given so much … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Mingled With People – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: We have a mission to reach out to non-believers and mingle with others desiring their good. Jesus Mingled With People – August 6, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Luke 15:3-7. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. In leaving the ninety-nine … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Mingling Wisely
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Man's Head Being Filled Through His Eyes

A speaker asked a group to tell how many “non-Adventist friends” they had. One man in the back of the room stood up and triumphantly proclaimed, “I’m proud to say none!” That man might have meant well, but his words said a lot about what kind of light to the world he was. As we … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Jesus Mingled With People
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Jesus Mingled With People” 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 from the HopeTV Sabbath … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Mingled With People – Hit the Mark
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Sepia-tone image of the good shepherd reaching for a lost sheep

He saw something no one else saw. In those despised by society, He saw royalty – Sons and daughters of God. Though far away from Him, they were loved, cherished and not forgotten. He heard something that no one else heard. He heard the heart cries of publicans and sinners when no one cared enough to … [Click to read more …]

A Pot of Soup – and a Pinch of Salt
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Soup

Too often in church conversations, we quote Bible verses and Spirit of Prophecy quotations, but we share little about the practical application of those passages in everyday Christian life. By contrast last year’s excellent article by Lars Justinen, “Hot Lunch and Syrian Refugees,” is worth reading as a practical application of what this set of lessons is all about. Not all of … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Eating With Sinners
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Breaking Bread With a Friend

Read Matthew 9:10-13. What crucial message should we as individuals take away from Jesus’ response to His critics? Read Hos. 6:6. Jesus is reclining at the dinner table, where He is fellowshiping and eating with what this society would deem “undesirables.” What kind of people does your culture deem “undesirables”? Interrupted by the Pharisees’ question of … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Mingled with People – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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1.  Christ’s Method Alone. Were you touched by the story of the dying man who grasped the hand of a Christian, convinced it was the hand of Jesus? What can you and I do to reach out to people so effectively that they will see Jesus in us? What did Jesus do before inviting people … [Click to read more …]