Evangelism and Thessalonica
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“For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5, NIV

 

A Parable Loosely Based on Acts 17 and Modern Evangelism

Theophilus was excited! This weekend was the big event! All of Thessalonica would be there! He had seen the painted billboards for weeks. [...]

Perpetual Ministry
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“All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.” Mark 4:28, NIV

An old story tells of a passerby admiring another man’s beautiful garden. Looking over the beautiful blooms, he remarked that God had certainly produced a wonderful garden, blessed with so many beautiful flowers. The gardener, who had been toiling for much of the day in the hot sun and apparently feeling that the admirer did not understand how much [...]

Evaluating Evangelism
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“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15, NIV

A paradox pertaining to the modern Christian church is that many want to evaluate the various ministries and activities of the church, but few want to be the recipients of evaluation, whether the evaluation is fair or not. However, this is not limited to the church. Even in secular [...]

God Hugged Me!
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“The Majesty of heaven, while engaged in His earthly ministry, prayed much to His Father. He was frequently bowed all night in prayer. . . . The Mount of Olives was the favorite resort of the Son of God for His devotions.” (Ellen White, Amazing Grace, p. 167)

Jesus had His favorite place to meet with His Father. Do you have a special place to be with Him?

For the last eight years, while serving as a Bible Worker in the Tampa [...]

Should We Hide Who We Are?
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And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known. Mark 3:11-12

Many people, even in our own ranks, accuse Seventh-day Adventists of being dishonest, when we cover up our church sign when holding evangelistic meetings. Often we drape a makeshift sign over the name “Seventh-day Adventist” with the speaker’s name, or the theme of the meetings. Maybe we [...]

Guilty Bystander
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Do you know what a “wall flower” is? Someone, at a party who spends most of his or her time standing and watching, rather than participating.

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In the online world, “lurkers” are the folks who go into chat rooms or on discussion boards on the internet and just read what everybody was talking about, but don’t contribute to the discussion.

Some of us, for good or bad, are more comfortable standing on the side lines of [...]

09: Releasing into Ministry – Thought Starters
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“Mel, I’m going to throw these bossy lesson guides into the trash. They aren’t helping me a bit!”

“What? That’s a ridiculous thing for a Sabbath school teacher to say. I think these lessons are great.”

“But they’re written like a set of management lessons to give to managers at work.”

 “Except the work is on a higher level. Stewart, these lessons were written to help us do a better job [...]

08: Equipping for Evangelism & Witnessing – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Equipping for Evangelism and Witnessing May 23, 2012]

1. Good deeds. If all that is good is of God, what do you make of the statement in the quarterly that good deeds can be performed apart from Jesus Christ? Is that possible? What about equipping someone else for a witnessing or evangelistic program? Can you do that? By the grace of God?

2. Job preparation. What are some of the [...]

06: Personal Evangelism & Witnessing – thought starters
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A Prediciament

Are any of the following involved in personal evangelism?1

Judy is sitting at her desk at home signing cards to send to children in the primary division for their birthdays.

Matthew is working on a stubborn computer to get it to run again for an equally stubborn old man who lives down the road.

Susan is chopping carrots and lettuce for a salad she is taking to a special after-church lunch.

The Wilson family is driving ten  miles out of their way [...]

The Gospel Presentation
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Our key thought for this week’s SS lesson is, “In all evangelism and witnessing, it is important that we first present the simple truth of the gospel.”  Is this true in the last days with so many pressing issues confronting the church and world, as Bible prophecies reach their climax? Yes it is!

“More people than we think are longing to find the way to Christ. Those who preach the last message of mercy should bear in mind that Christ is [...]