Further Study: Read Ellen G. White,
Who is the Greatest? pp. 436-440; in The Desire of Ages.
The disciples felt their spiritual need and cried to the Lord for the holy unction that was to fit them for the work of soul saving. They did not ask for a blessing for themselves merely. They were weighted with the burden of the salvation of souls. They realized that the gospel was to be carried to the world, and they claimed the power that Christ had promised.-Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles, p. 37.
- What principles from Christ’s training methodology should modern teachers of disciple-making utilize? Imagine what such training would look like in your church.
- In Thursday’s study we looked at the question of language and the way in which language is used. Think through the kind of words that we, as Seventh-day Adventists, often use. Though we might view the words in a certain way, think about how others who are not familiar with our terms might understand those words. In what ways might we need to be more careful about our choice of words, especially with those whom we are seeking to reach?
- Dwell more on the image we saw earlier about
beggars telling other beggarswhere to get bread. How does this so accurately depict that which witnessing and outreach are all about? Why is it important that we not forget that image and what it means?
- What about your local church? Is it more focused on itself and its own needs or on outreach? How can a focus on outreach help the church? Or, to express it another way, if your church were more focused on witnessing and outreach, might it be less concerned about its own needs? How might outreach itself solve those needs?