02: Preserving Relationships – Thought Starters
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A journey through time

“Would you look at that? A perfect illustration of the god particle.” Fred held up the second week’s lesson of the Bible Study Guide and pointed to the picture of two hands reaching for each other.

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“Whatever are you talking about?” Sherry said, her eyebrows lifting toward her hairline. “Whatever in the world does the god particle have to do with the lesson this week?”

Fred folded back the pages [...]

02: Preserving Relationships – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Evangelism is not just a mere acceptance of Christian beliefs. The whole life – physical, mental, and emotional is involved in our Christian faith..

[Teaching plan for "Preserving Relationships" July 9, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Acts 17:5-9.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. In what ways as Seventh-day Adventist Christians, both positive and negative, do our lives affect the people we interact with from [...]

A Brief History and Geography of Thessalonica
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This quarter’s lessons focus on two of Paul’s letters to the church at Thessalonica. Today the city is called Thessaloniki and is a major a sea port of Greece on the northwestern shore of the Aegean Sea. It has a history that spans more that 2300 years.

The Cryptoporticus (Wikipedia article “Thesssaloniki”)

From its beginning in the kingdom of Macedon in 315, Thessalonica quickly became one of the most important sea ports of the kingdom due to its strategic location as [...]

01: The Gospel Comes to Thessalonica – Thought Starters
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Salina, Robert, and Kim, three youngsters, aged five, seven, and eight were ready to swing in the swings and play in the sandbox and take Rupert the dog for a walk. But it was pouring rain. Salina was still sniffling from a bad cold. Kim was pouting because she didn’t get two pieces of pie for dessert. Robert, the eight-year-old, decided he’d better take over.

“Let’s play church!” he said. “Kim, why [...]

01: The Gospel Comes to Thessalonica – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : We need to be grounded in the Bible and its truth, as the Word is ultimately important in our lives, mission, and witness.

 

[Teaching Plan for "The Gospel Comes to Thessalonica" July 2, 2012]

 1. Have a volunteer read Acts 16:18-30.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why did the Philippians react so negatively to the gospel?
C. Personal Application: What are the things of the world [...]

13: A Perpetual Ministry – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Since we are children of God, we will ever seek to promote His kingdom, minister to His children, and share all that we know of His goodness.

[Teaching plan for A Perpetual Ministry  June 25, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Acts 2:42.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What is the importance of fellowship among believers? Where is the linbe between spiritual and social fellowship?
C. [...]

Evaluating Evangelism
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“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15, NIV

A paradox pertaining to the modern Christian church is that many want to evaluate the various ministries and activities of the church, but few want to be the recipients of evaluation, whether the evaluation is fair or not. However, this is not limited to the church. Even in secular [...]

12: Evaluating Witnessing & Evangelism – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Our work for God needs to be evaluated in regards to the timing of the three angel’s messages for these last days.

 

[Teaching Plan for Evaluating Witnessing and Evangelism June 18, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read I Timothy 3:1-17.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why is it important to evaluate our leadership and keep them to high standards?
C. Personal Application: How would you evaluate [...]

11: Let the Church Know – Thought Starters
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My first job after graduating from Walla Walla College was in the public relations department of the General Conference. Now, nearly 50 years later, I am self-employed. I joke about how far I’ve fallen in my career, but it is a joke.

One of my main tasks at the “GC” was helping to produce a periodical called Tell.” Its purpose was to share with local church members where and how ministers and church members had enjoyed success in their [...]

11: Let the Church Know – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Reporting on our witnessing efforts helps to encourage others, plan for the future, and glorify God in what He has done through us.

 

[Teaching plan for Let the Church Know June 11, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Acts 4:13,14,23.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why is it important to share our witnessing experiences with the church?.
C. Personal Application: How important is Scripture in your [...]