02: Every Member Ministry – Thought Starters
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Into the tent where the gypsy boy lay
Dying alone at the close of the day.
News of salvation we carried; said he
“Nobody ever has told it to me.”

Tell it again, tell it again!
Salvation’s story repeat o’er and o’er.
‘Til none can say of the children of men
Nobody ever has told me before.

I heard this song when I was in the primary division of Sabbath school. It made me so sad to think of a young boy dying alone [...]

Whom Does Jesus Call?
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Sometimes we tend to think that Jesus only commissions certain kinds of people, but Matthew 28:19-20 sounds like a pretty inclusive mandate to me. No one is excluded from going into all the world to teach the gospel, no hand is to be held back that could be involved in service and outreach. Jesus commissions all of us! Without waiting for committee action or heated dialogue, Jesus ascended into heaven, expecting His adherents’ complete obedience to His command. 1

Ellen White [...]

Paul’s Authority and Ours
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“Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father…” Galatians 1:1, NIV

If you have ever been to the drag races, you know that it is a noisy place. Powerful engines using explosive fuel mixtures can make it seem like you are in a war zone. Drivers use several techniques to get an edge in the competition where victory can hinge on differences of mere hundredths of a second.

Racers will burn rubber [...]

Ordained as Priests
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“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; 
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
and clever in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20-21, NASB

Today, most Christian denominations are hierarchical in structure with layers of clergy administering other clergy from the top down until reaching the level of the local church where a carefully controlled laity works in secular occupations to support that structure.

Some laity and [...]