Significance of One Ordinary Person
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History is full of the stories of great people who have had a monumental influence on the history of their church, their country or the world. But what about ordinary people – people like you and me? Most of us probably know at least intellectually that Christ would have died for just one sinner – … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Discipling the “Ordinary”
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Further Study: Read Ellen G. White, The Lifework, pp. 269, 270, in Education; and Laboring for the Middle Class, pp. 564-566, in Evangelism. In this closing work of the gospel there is a vast field to be occupied; and, more than ever before, the work is to enlist helpers from the common people. Both the … [Click to read more …]

Confessions of a Rich Bible Worker
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“And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.  They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity.” Acts 2:44-46 NLT As a … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: A Classless Society
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Perhaps the most socially attractive feature of primitive Christianity was the absence of class distinctions. Dividing walls had crumbled beneath the gospel’s weight. The common person triumphed through Christ. Christ transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary. Carpenters, tax collectors, stonecutters, queens, domestic servants, priests, Greeks, Romans, men, women, wealthy, and the destitute all became equals … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Discipling the Ordinary
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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 “Discipling the Sick” is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the  lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. Likes(15)Dislikes(0) … [Click to read more …]

06: Discipling the “Ordinary” – Hit the Mark
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The word of the day is Potential. Everyone has potential. No one can decide what its limits are. Only God knows. And we must try to develop potential; not just in ourselves but also in those we serve. Potential. “In the common walks of life there is many a man patiently treading the round of … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Heavenly Evaluation
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An evangelist once celebrated (perhaps bragged about) the attendance of quality upper-class people at his seminars. (One would hope he equally celebrated the attendance of the more ordinary types, as well.)   With Christ, however, no class distinctions existed; no one was ordinary; everyone was an exception. Not surprisingly, Jesus reached the masses with commonplace … [Click to read more …]

06: Discipling the Ordinary – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : People who know their limitations and trust God for guidance can accomplish extraordinary things for Him. [Lesson plan for Discipling the “Ordinary” February 3, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read Luke 2:21-24. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. Why … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: A Flawed Fisherman’s Calling
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In the New Testament, Peter stands out as one of the most influential of all the disciples. In fact, he ended up being one of the most influential people in all of human history. Talk about changing the ordinary into the extraordinary! Read the following texts. How do they help us to understand how Peter … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Transforming the “Common”
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Read John 2:1-11 and Matthew 15:32-39. How did Jesus use simple, everyday desires and needs to make disciples and transform lives? Ordinary people share natural physical, emotional, and social desires. They want physical nourishment, personal significance, and friendship. Jesus understood these characteristics, placing Himself in social situations that provided opportunities to reach people through these … [Click to read more …]