Friday: Inside Story – The Stolen Sermons – Part 2

Man Preparing and Giving Lecture

Gamini Mendis I remained in the hospital for two weeks in great pain, but slowly began to recover. Many pastors came to visit me. Some said that God struck me down because I had visited the Adventist church. The Adventist pastor visited me several times and brought me a book titled The Great Controversy. I … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study – Paul: Mission and Message

Flying Butterfly and Dandelion

The apostle Paul has been compared with the Butterfly Effect in Chaos Theory: that the flap of a butterfly’s wings in California causes a hurricane in Asia. His work as a writer and preacher helped turn a Jewish sect in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire into a world religion. The ideas put forth … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Getting Along

Hands Shaking over the Earth

Paul was a hard worker with a strong personality and singleness of purpose. Such persons can be loners with few friends but many admirers. However, on his travels, two or three fellow workers often accompanied Paul. At least eight of these close fellow workers are mentioned by name (Acts 13:2; Acts 15:22, Acts 15:37; Acts 16:1-3; Acts … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Paul: Mission and Message

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Paul: Mission and Message” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Paul: Mission and Message – Hit the Mark

Soldier wearing armor holding sword while praising God.

There are few things more depressing and debilitating than a false sense of hope that is dashed to pieces on the rocks of reality. Just give it to me straight or don’t give it to me at all. Don’t boost my ego at the expense of my destiny. Don’t tell me things you think I … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Cross and the Resurrection

Lighted Bulb

For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2, NKJV). No question, the Cross of Christ was central to all that Paul lived and taught. But Paul didn’t teach the Cross in a vacuum; instead, he taught it in the context of other teachings, as well; … [Click to read more …]

Paul: Mission and Message – Teaching Plan

Key Thought : God invites us to share the good news of salvation in ways that will be attractive and meaningful to different people. Paul : Mission and Message, September 12-18, 2015 Have a volunteer read 2 Corinthians 1:21-24 a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Paul and the Law

Sacrifice and the Law - His Love for All Mankind

Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law (Romans 3:31 NIV) . What law must Paul be talking about here? In English translations of Paul’s letters, the word law appears about one hundred thirty times, and in the Acts of the Apostles, about twenty times. Paul … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Soldiers and Athletes

sword defending armor

As a skilled communicator, Paul in his mission work used the familiar to explain the unfamiliar. He took everyday features of the Greco-Roman world to illustrate the practical reality of new life in Christ. He drew especially from two areas of his converts’ world for his teaching metaphors—athletes with their games and the ever-present Roman … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Greeks and Jews

Christ and National Speakers

Read 1 Corinthians 1:22-24. How do these verses help us to understand the different ways people relate to truth? What can we learn here that can help us in our witnessing to various people groups? In the Exodus from slavery in Egypt, God worked remarkable signs of providential care for Israel. Later generations of Jews … [Click to read more …]