Jesus and Laodicea
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Marcie’s husband Jack had become increasingly violent, and when he hit her and knocked her over, she was afraid. She scrambled to her feet and ran out the door. Running, she felt so helpless and confused. What was she to do? Where was she to go?  It was early Saturday morning, and the streets were still. Then she remembered the church a couple of blocks away. She had seen people at the church on Saturdays. Perhaps someone there could help [...]

Friday: Further Study: Our Mission
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, Go Teach All Nations, p. 818-828, in The Desire of Ages; The Great Commission, p. 25-34, in The Acts of the Apostles. Every true disciple is born into the kingdom of God as a missionary. He who drinks of the living water becomes a fountain of life. The receiver becomes a giver. The grace of Christ in the soul is like a spring in the desert, welling up to refresh all, and making those who [...]

Hopess: Our Mission
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

Thursday: To Preach the Gospel
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With its characteristic conciseness and clarity, the Gospel of Mark presents the commission in one short sentence: Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15, NKJV). As in Matthew, the verb go in Greek is a participle that indicates not the task but the movement needed to fulfill the task. The mission itself is expressed by the Greek verb Kerusso, given here in the imperative mood. Kerusso means to proclaim aloud, to announce, to [...]

Wednesday: To Make Disciples
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After His resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples in Galilee, at the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them (Matt. 28:16, NKJV). Not only the eleven, but also more than five hundred brethren gathered there to meet the risen Lord (1 Cor. 15:6). The One who had conquered death said to them: All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18, NKJV). His power and authority are no longer voluntarily limited as they were during [...]

09: Our Mission – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : Jesus appointed twelve disciples to preach, and later seventy disciples to evangelize. Jesus entrusted His church with the gospel commission..

[Lesson Plan for Our Mission August 25, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 24:14.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Is this saying that we can hasten Jesus coming by preaching the gospel to everyone?
c. Personal Application: In what ways is your local church preaching the [...]

Tuesday: So Send I You
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John’s gospel also reports Jesus’ first encounter with the disciples in the upper room but mentions other elements not included in Luke’s gospel.

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According to John, in what way did Jesus define the mission of the believers? See John 20:21.

Jesus had already mentioned this concept a few days before, when He prayed: As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world (John 17:18, NKJV). Sending someone implies that [...]

Monday: To Be Witnesses
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Jesus’ first encounter with the disciples after His resurrection was very important. They were fearful, distressed, discouraged, and perplexed. They had locked the doors of the room out of fear, but Jesus came and stood in their midst. With a clear and warm voice He said to them: Peace to you. Startled and terrified as they were, it was difficult for them to believe their eyes and ears. Lovingly, the Lord showed them His hands and His feet and explained [...]

Sunday: To Be the Light of the World
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Read Matthew 5:14-16. What is Jesus saying here to each of us individually and as a church community?

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Throughout the Bible, light is intimately associated with God. The Lord is my light, sang David (Ps. 27:1), and John stated that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5, NKJV). God is the source of light. In fact, the first thing He created was light, because light is indispensable [...]

Sabbath: Our Mission
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 5:14-16; Luke 24:48-49; John 20:21; Matt. 28:19-20; Rev. 14:6-12.

Memory Text: And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14, NKJV).

Early in Jesus’ ministry, He called Peter and Andrew to be His disciples, which meant that they were to lead others to Him: Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men [...]