Further Study: Every Member Ministry
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Choosing a Ministry in Which to Become Involved In

Last week you were encouraged to consider all of the witnessing and evangelistic areas of church life in which you like being involved or in which you would become involved if asked. The challenge this week is for you to decide upon an evangelistic activity and to become involved in it. The following are this week’s key areas of focus.

Review the list of evangelistic activities in which you could possibly become involved. […]

Thursday: Reporting to the Church
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This week we have noted some important aspects of a believer’s work for God. We now can touch on the topic of “reporting” (we will look at this in more detail in week 12). Reporting to the church on witnessing and evangelism activities builds a climate of encouragement and blessing. Those reporting can receive the encouragement of the church membership, and those hearing the reports are blessed as they realize what God is accomplishing through His people.1

Read Acts 14:27 and 15:4. Why do […]

Wednesday: Working Together, With God
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Yesterday we noted the importance of working together evangelistically as a church. We must also understand that we are working together to accomplish a divine objective. Therefore, when a church considers witnessing and evangelistic strategies, members must feel strongly that they are working together with God who motivates, directs, empowers, and gives the increase.1

Read Acts 2:47 and 1 Corinthians 3:5–9. What is the result of God’s influence in the church’s attempts to share the gospel?

Read 2 Peter 3:9 and Titus 2:11. What motivates and empowers […]

02: Every Member Ministry – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : As members of the body of Christ, each of us has a personal ministry in the sharing of what He has done for us, and a responsibility to support the local and worldwide work of evangelism.

[Teaching plan for “Every Member Ministry” April 9, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read 2 Corinthians 5:17-20.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does it mean to have the […]

Tuesday: Individuals but Together
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The local church is not simply a number of disconnected people who sit in the same building for a couple of hours once a week. According to Scripture, the church is a group of people who are as closely joined as are the parts of a human body. The possibility does exist, however, that people can meet together regularly without being a part of the body in a biblical sense. Although this unfortunate fact can be true in many areas […]

Monday: The Need for Laborers
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Sometimes we are sent to reap where others have turned the soil, sown the seed, and watered the crop. Although there may be the rare occasion where one person digs, sows, waters, and reaps all in one field, this is certainly not the rule. In our fast-paced modern world people move into and out of our sphere of influence, and we must be ready to build upon the evangelistic work that others have begun.1

Read John 4:35–41. While we often get excited […]

Sunday: Every Member Ministry
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Too often we hear Christians lament that they are not talented enough to do anything significant for God. While the devil would certainly like us to think this way, the Bible tells us that all Christians have a God-given ministry. We need to know what it is and then determine by God’s grace how to use it for His glory.1

Examine Ephesians 4:12 and 2 Corinthians 5:15–20. What do these verses say about each believer’s ministry? 

Paul clearly says that the saints are to be […]

Sabbath: Every Member Ministry
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Read for This Week’s Study:

Eph. 4:12, 2 Cor. 5:15–20, John 4:35–41, 1 Thess. 1:5–8, Acts 14:27.

Memory Text:

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9, NKJV).

Key Thought:

Too often evangelism and witnessing are seen as the pastor’s job alone; this attitude is wrong.

According to Peter, God’s people are chosen, called to be a “royal priesthood.” Because the priests […]