The Sermon on the Mount – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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He taught with authority.  Were Jesus’ listeners amazed that He spoke with authority even before they knew He was Jesus Christ? In other words, was it “who He was” or “How He spoke” that first impressed them concerning Jesus?The “Sermon on the Mount” is fairly short, but it is “the most powerful sermon ever preached,” according to … [Click to read more …]

The Ministry Begins – Hit the Mark
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Jesus summons the fisherman to follow Him.

If one didn’t know better they might think that Jesus could have benefited from a savvy P.R. marketing manager. We know that first impressions are lasting, and it is imperative for any public figure to get their debut right. The society in which Jesus began his ministry was very religious. At the top of the … [Click to read more …]

2 The Ministry Begins – Discussion Questions
Joyce Griffith

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“Come follow Me…” Our lesson begins by wondering if we all tend to think, sometimes, that we don’t really know why we’re here and what we’re doing where we are. Do you ever sense doubts that deep? Or at least wonder what your purpose in life is? “Another day, another dollar.” Why are we tempted to let ourselves … [Click to read more …]

The Ministry Begins – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Jesus Begins His Ministry

Key Thought: Matthew presents repentance, victorious living, and discipleship as essential features of the kingdom of God. The Ministry Begins April 2-8, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 3:7-12. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.b. What message did John have for the leaders … [Click to read more …]

Son of David – Hit the Mark
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The Wise Men Journey to Jerusalem

In this week’s lesson on the Son of David I originally planned to focus on the character of Joseph, since he is often marginalized in our discussions of the incarnation of Christ. Mary rightly draws our attention, as it was she who actually carried to birth the long-awaited Messiah. But it was the lineage of Joseph that the … [Click to read more …]

01: Son of David – Questions for discussion
Joyce Griffith

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The Son of David. Do you have a hard time with the expression that Jesus was “the Son of David?” What does this phrase mean? What special meaning does this title give to Jesus? Why is it important to believe that Jesus was the “son” of David? Another Genesis. If the account of Jesus’ genealogy in … [Click to read more …]

13th Sabbath Offering for South Pacific
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At the beginning of a new quarter, it’s time to plan for our 13th Sabbath offering which will go to the South Pacific Division. In this post you will find some patterns for making 13th-Sabbath offering boxes for your family or for your whole church. “The Adventist Church is built on mission. Our commission comes from … [Click to read more …]

Redemption – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: Every person has a choice to accept the victory won by Christ, or to reject it and perish Redemption March 19-25, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 20:1-3. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. What does the binding of Satan … [Click to read more …]