Jesus Desired Their Good discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

Memory text. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often I would have gathered they children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wing, and ye would not!” Matthew 23:37. Should you and I long to take in as our good friends … [Click to read more …]

The Three Peas – A Parable
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And behold, a pea plant flourished in the garden and brought forth a beautiful pod with three peas in it. In the fullness of time, the wind blew and the pea pod fell to the ground and split open, spilling the peas onto the dirt. The first pea, looking around, saw the dark damp earth … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Mingled With People – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Image © Lars Justinen Goodsalt.com

Key Thought: We have a mission to reach out to non-believers and mingle with others desiring their good. Jesus Mingled With People – August 6, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Luke 15:3-7. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. In leaving the ninety-nine … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Mingled With People – Hit the Mark
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Sepia-tone image of the good shepherd reaching for a lost sheep

He saw something no one else saw. In those despised by society, He saw royalty – Sons and daughters of God. Though far away from Him, they were loved, cherished and not forgotten. He heard something that no one else heard. He heard the heart cries of publicans and sinners when no one cared enough to … [Click to read more …]

A Pot of Soup – and a Pinch of Salt
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Too often in church conversations, we quote Bible verses and Spirit of Prophecy quotations, but we share little about the practical application of those passages in everyday Christian life. By contrast last year’s excellent article by Lars Justinen, “Hot Lunch and Syrian Refugees,” is worth reading as a practical application of what this set of lessons is all about. Not all of … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Mingled with People – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

1.  Christ’s Method Alone. Were you touched by the story of the dying man who grasped the hand of a Christian, convinced it was the hand of Jesus? What can you and I do to reach out to people so effectively that they will see Jesus in us? What did Jesus do before inviting people … [Click to read more …]

Jesus on Community Outreach – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: God longs for His church to be a “going” community – reaching people where they live, work, and play with the good news of salvation. Jesus on Community Outreach – July 30, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Luke 10:25-28. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what is the most important … [Click to read more …]

Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 2 – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: Jesus said one big difference between those who will be saved and lost is as simple as who took care of the hungry and thirsty in His name, or for His sake. Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 2 – July 23, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Ezekiel 37:1-6. a. Ask … [Click to read more …]

Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 1 Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought: God never intended for human beings to suffer in poverty, loneliness pain, and brokenness. He has called us to help care for those who are suffering. Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 1 – July 16, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Psalm 146:7-9. a. Ask class members to share a thought … [Click to read more …]

Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 1 – Hit the Mark
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A golden balance

As an American, I find the timing of this week’s lesson on Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 1 providential. Our nation, not unlike nations around the world, is grappling with social unrest that includes the question of Justice and Mercy. How justice is meted out and how mercy is applied leaves a lot … [Click to read more …]