Peter and the Gentiles – Hit the Mark
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Sunset from Joppa.

If I had not read it with my own eyes, I might not have believed it. It’s not that I’m unfamiliar with the miraculous working of God throughout the Bible. Countless times I’ve read about how God has done the impossible. He made the waters of a sea stand up in a salute to let … [Click to read more …]

Cross-Cultural Missions – Teaching Plan
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Image © Lars Justinen Goosalt.com

Lesson for August 15-21 Key Thought : Salvation was never meant just for the Jews; it is good news to all people. We are invited to join Him in His mission to all peoples. 1. Have a volunteer read John 4:7-10 a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point … [Click to read more …]

Cross-Cultural Missions – Discussion Starters
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Compass-commission

1. Gentile culture clashes. Does that fact that Jesus spent most of his early earthly ministry with the Gentiles of Nazareth make any difference in His life on earth? Did He choose Nazareth because it would make an excellent headquarters for the gospel ministry? How much of an impact did Jesus have on the Gentiles … [Click to read more …]

Jesus: The Master of Missions – Hit the Mark
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Announcement From the Temple Steps

His disciples and the crowd gathered around Him must have been shocked. Never in their lives had they heard anyone speak to their revered religious leaders as Jesus was doing. For their generation there was no higher religious authority than the scribes, Pharisees and lawyers. From cradle to grave they were taught to revere them … [Click to read more …]

Jesus: the Master of Missions – Discussion Starters
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Sent to save.  Your lesson editor calls the incarnation of Jesus “a radical  change.” Was His change into human form necessary for our salvation? Why? Do you believe that Jesus retains His humanity today? forever? The Old Testament Jesus. How important was our Creator and Savior in the saga of the Old Testament? What is the Lord’s dominion? We think of ourselves … [Click to read more …]

Jesus the Master of Missions – Teaching Plan
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Lesson for August 8-14, 2015 Key Thought : God still calls on men and women to be available as His representatives in promoting life and the values of the kingdom of heaven. 1. Have a volunteer read Mathew 15:24. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this … [Click to read more …]

Esther and Mordecai – Teaching Plan
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Lesson for August 1-7, 2015 Key Thought : God still calls on men and women to be available as His representatives in promoting life and the values of the kingdom of heaven. 1. Have a volunteer read Esther 1:19-21. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this … [Click to read more …]

Hope for the Hopeless – Hit the Mark
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An Isrealite man prays while working in the early morning hours

“Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.” ~ John Flavel I’m retitling this week’s lesson on Esther and Mordecai to “Hope for the Hopeless.” There are so many times in life when we simply do not know what to do. We find ourselves in difficult situations and often feel as though we are carrying the weight of the … [Click to read more …]

Esther and Mordecai – Discussion Starters
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Right Place

An intriguing story. Of all the events included in the Bible, the story of Esther has close to the greatest appeal of them all. Beauty, competition, intrigue, jealousy and a simple young woman’s conviction: those are the elements. What kind of a party was King Ahasuerus planning? Was there a reason given for this extravagant … [Click to read more …]

Exiles as Missionaries – Hit the Mark
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An Isrealite man holds an lit oil lamp with both hands

I tried to imagine the setting of our topic for this week on Exiles as Missionaries. I tried to picture Daniel, his three companies and many others being forcibly rounded up to be taken from their homeland as captives. The homes they lived in, the streets they played on, the schools they learned in, the … [Click to read more …]