07: Living Holy Lives – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : In a world plagued by sexual lust and perversion, God desires that His followers lead holy lives that are sexually pure and edify others.

[Teaching plan for "Living Holy Lives" August 13, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read I Thessalonians 4:1-3.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What is sanctification? What is fornication? What does fornication have to do with our sanctification or lack thereof?
C. Personal [...]

06: Friends Forever – Thought Starters
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The following thoughts and questions are provided to help Sabbath school teachers and others in a small group discussion of the lesson for the week.

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[Thought Questions for Friends Forever August 8, 2012]

1. The bond of friendship. Is there any doubt about the affection Paul felt towards the believers in Thessalonica? What does Paul anticipate more than anything else in the prayer that opens this week’s lesson? Was Paul justified in his love for these Christians in Thessalonica? Were they all [...]

06: Friends Forever – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : God’s plan to redeem the world is accompanied by an invitation to become a part of His community of believers.

[Teaching Plan for "Friends Forever"  August 6. 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read I Thessalonians 2:13-16.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. When you joined the church, did you expect opposition? Were you expectations met or was there no trouble? Where did most of your opposition [...]

05: The Apostolic Example – Thought Starters
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The Dwindling Church

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“We simply must DO something to increase our membership,” Angie said.

Sylvia shrugged. “Or get more of our inactive members to show up for church–”

“–With an offering.” Angie broke in.

Fred was peeling an orange as he entered the living room from the kitchen.  “What’s wrong with belonging to a small church?” he said. Angie jumped up and handed him a towel.

Sylvia said, [...]

05: The Apostalic Example – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : A desire to please God and love others will truly be an effective witness for Christ.

 

[Teaching plan for "The Apostolic Example" July 30, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read I Thessalonians 2:1-3.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How can we be positive and persevere in presenting the gospel when things aren’t going so well for us or we have a ton of opposition? Share [...]

04: Joyous and Thankful – Thought Starters
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Thankful Adventists

Once upon a time there was a mid-sized Seventh-day Adventist church with about 150 people attending every Sabbath. As the years rolled on, certain factions developed within the church. There were the hard-working, rough-talking folks. And the genteel ones who could wear a spotless white suit bearing a white orchid and look with disdain on others less well dressed. And people in between. When you walked in the front door of the church you would [...]

04: Joyous and Thankful – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Christians should be thankful for the way God’s grace can transform a person’s life and be encouraging to other growing Christians.

[Teaching plan for "Joyous and Thankful" July 23, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read I Thessalonians 1:1-4.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. For what things is Paul giving thanks? How would these things be manifested in daily life?
C. Personal Application: What encouragement can you draw [...]

03: Thessalonica in Paul’s Day – Thought Starters
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“Mom! Dad! Where’s everybody?” Ariston let his sandals clack against the hard surface of the walkway as he dashed through the Thessalonian house where he lived with his family.

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“Over here!” His mother called from the corner of the house where she was mixing dough for flat bread. “What is so urgent?”

“Can I go see Paul?” Ariston was breathing hard. He crossed his legs and held out his hands to his mother as he sat [...]

03: Thessalonica in Paul’s Day – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Presenting the gospel in a way that meets the needs of others requires a solid grasp of the Word and an understanding of the needs of those we wish to reach.

[Teaching plan for "Thessalonica in Paul's Day" July 16.2012]

1. Have a volunteer read John 11:48-50.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How does the current political situation in your community affect the work of [...]

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 [...]