How Youth Groups Can Defeat Their Purpose
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The Sabbath School lesson on discipling children reminded me of a post someone shared with me on Facebook that really hit home.

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The article, “Youth Groups Driving Christian Teens to Abandon Faith” mentions that many (not all) church youth groups help teens connect with each other, but fail to connect teens with the church or with God. When they outgrow the youth group, they leave the church and God, which they never were connected to anyway.

Some youth leaders [...]

03: Discipleship and Prayer – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Discipleship and Prayer January 15, 2014]

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INTRODUCTION. What would you do if by some gigantic supernatural power you were denied the gift of prayer? Of course that can’t happen, but doesn’t the very thought of existing without prayer send a chill down your back? In this week’s lesson we consider the value of prayer in our role as God’s witnesses to others on earth.

1. The prayer of compassion. Is there even one [...]

03: Discipleship and Prayer – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : There is power in prayer. Through prayer we develop like minds and learn to live and do according to His will.

[Teaching plan for Discipleship and Prayer January 13, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 14:22-23.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why is it important to have a quiet separate place to pray?
c. Personal Application: What aspects of your prayer life are affected by [...]

Discipleship and Prayer – Hit the Mark
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She seems an unlikely character for this week’s discussion on discipleship and prayer. Throughout her story as recorded in the Gospel of John, prayer is not once mentioned. She is not one of the many who came seeking Jesus for miraculous healing from some incurable illness. As a matter of fact, she didn’t even initially recognize Jesus as they conversed together. Yet, her brief interaction with Him speaks volumes about our experience with God as it relates to prayer.

02: Discipling Through Metaphor – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Discipling Through Metaphor January 8, 2014]

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Introduction. This week’s lesson may tweak your creative instincts searching for the connection between the topic for each day and the material presented. The first gap opens with Monday’s lesson, “Architectural Wisdom” which includes a brief paragraph about construction but nothing on architecture. Tuesday’s lesson, “Agricultural Analogies” hits the target with parables Jesus shared on the reception of the word by different types of soils, and [...]

02: Discipling Through Metaphor
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Hands of Jesus Holding Pearl

Seven miles had never appeared as long as they did that day. Just a few days before, the two friends had expected that their journey home would be joyful and full of good memories. But instead of recounting tales of fellowship and feasts, they were downcast and sad. Unexpected tragedy had replaced all celebration. Now their futures, once full of hope, had become overshadowed with uncertainty and doubt.

As they walk together that fateful day, they are joined by a Stranger [...]

02: Discipling Through Metaphor – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Should we, as Christians, take advantage of personal stories in the form of movies, TV, books, magazines, and personal testimonies to help others understand God?.

Teaching plan for Discipling Through Metaphor January 6, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read 2 Samuel 12:1-7.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. How do you correct a king, boss, or spouse while protecting your relationship and staying out of trouble? Do [...]

HopeSS: Disciples and Scripture
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Current lesson of the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of the Hope Sabbath School “Disciples and Scripture” is below. You can download the lesson outline, MP3 file and MP4 file from the HopeTV Sabbath School