Jesus Ministered to Their Needs – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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What an Example! The opening note for our lesson this week describes a heart-lifting example of a woman believer in Africa being a minister for her community stricken by AIDS. Do reports like this stir you? Make you wish you could send a few thousand dollars to further this work? Or, go there yourself? Or can … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Showed Sympathy – Hit the Mark
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Hospital Visitation

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it…” That was the opening line in the television series Mission: Impossible. The show was based around a group of secret government agents who would be given, via a tape recording, secret tasks of grave danger. After delineating what the mission entailed, the recording would go on to … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Showed Sympathy – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

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Sympathy. In the US we often see a big display of “sympathy” cards for sale among all the other greeting cards. If you’ve lost a friend or relative lately and have searched through the available cards, how hard was it to find one with just the right words? Or what about finding the right message for … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Showed Sympathy – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: To follow Jesus’ example of sympathy, we should learn to be gentle, kind, listening, and healing to others. Jesus Showed Sympathy – August 20, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read I John 3:17. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. How do … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Desired Their Good – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: Christians should mingle with people to show Christ’s character of love – to care for people and want the best for them. Jesus Desired Their Good – August 13, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 5:43-48. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Desired Their Good discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

Restoration

Memory text. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often I would have gathered they children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wing, and ye would not!” Matthew 23:37. Should you and I long to take in as our good friends … [Click to read more …]

The Three Peas – A Parable
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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 …]

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 …]

Jesus Mingled With People – Hit the Mark
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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 …]