10: A Love Response – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Christ’s loving service to us should awaken a loving response as the basis for our witness as reflected in our loving ministry to others.

 

[Teaching plan for A Love Response  June 4, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read I John 4:18,19.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Does this mean that we aren’t supposed to fear God? Why do other texts tell us to fear God [...]

09: Releasing into Ministry – Thought Starters
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“Mel, I’m going to throw these bossy lesson guides into the trash. They aren’t helping me a bit!”

“What? That’s a ridiculous thing for a Sabbath school teacher to say. I think these lessons are great.”

“But they’re written like a set of management lessons to give to managers at work.”

 “Except the work is on a higher level. Stewart, these lessons were written to help us do a better job [...]

09: Releasing Into Ministry – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : All church members have a field of labor where they may utilize their spiritual gifts in ministry.

 

[Teaching Plan for Releasing Into Ministry May 28, 2012]

 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 7:17-20.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What kind of fruit is talked about here? Our actions, attitudes, and lifestyle, or winning souls?
C. Personal Application: How do we distinguish between good and bad fruit?
D. [...]

08: Equipping for Evangelism & Witnessing – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Equipping for Evangelism and Witnessing May 23, 2012]

1. Good deeds. If all that is good is of God, what do you make of the statement in the quarterly that good deeds can be performed apart from Jesus Christ? Is that possible? What about equipping someone else for a witnessing or evangelistic program? Can you do that? By the grace of God?

2. Job preparation. What are some of the [...]

08: Equipping For Evangelism & Witnessing – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : We can learn to be equipped for evangelism by direct instruction, observation, participation, and cooperation together with fellow church members.

 

[Teaching Plan for "Equipping for Evangelism and Witnessing" May 21, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 11:4-6.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What kind of reporting would you feel was important to share with others?
C. Personal Application: How can we go and show others [...]

07: Corporate Evangelism and Witnessing – Thought Starters
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STORY

“I don’t like the word ‘corporate’ in the title of our Sabbath school lesson about witnessing,” Beth complained.

“Why not?” Her husband Matt rubbed his chin.

“Because it makes it sound like evangelism is big business.”

“And you think that evangelism is little business?”

“No, not really. I just don’t think that God expects us to run our church and even our evangelism programs like a business.”

“What’s the alternative?”

“Each person witnessing for himself, or herself. You know. Grow where [...]

07: Corporate Evangelism & Witnessing – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Under the direction of the Holy Spirit to set goals, plan, and evaluate our witnessing and evangelistic progress, we can draw together in mutual support.

 

[Teaching Plan for "Corporate Evangelism and Witnessing" May 14, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read 2 Timothy 2:2.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why is it important that the truth of Christ be shared with those who will share it [...]

06: Personal Evangelism & Witnessing – thought starters
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A Prediciament

Are any of the following involved in personal evangelism?1

Judy is sitting at her desk at home signing cards to send to children in the primary division for their birthdays.

Matthew is working on a stubborn computer to get it to run again for an equally stubborn old man who lives down the road.

Susan is chopping carrots and lettuce for a salad she is taking to a special after-church lunch.

The Wilson family is driving ten  miles out of their way [...]

06: Personal Evangelism & Witnessing – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : A personal witness is a testimony to invite others to take a closer look at the difference that God has made in our lives.

 

[Teaching Plan for "Personal Evangelism and Witnessing" May 7, 2012]

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

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What should a person who has been with Jesus be like? What did John and Peter’s relationship with Jesus [...]

05: Sequential Evangelism & Witnessing – Thought Starters
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Another Fairly Reliable (FR) Fable

Once upon a time, towards the end of the post-Millerate era of zeal, a seed was planted. Perhaps it was in a small church made of rough boards hewn to fit a frame on a concrete block. Perhaps it was in a barn big enough to accommodate a few hundred believers. Wherever it was, the plant from the seed grew in a slightly different direction from those of other seeds or seedlings in this vast farming community. They grew [...]