Discipling the Nations or Being Discipled by the Nations?

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In the Old Testament God wanted to be Israel’s king, but in 1 Samuel 8:5-7 Israel rejected God as their king and said they wanted to have a king like all the other nations have. Centuries later, Pilate asks the Israelites,

Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.  John 19:15

So for centuries God’s own people were basically saying, “Give us any king but God!”  Instead of discipling the nations, they were discipled by the […]

10: The Willingness to Grow and Change – Thought Starters


“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:6, 7, NKJV).

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[Thought questions for Reformation: The Willingness to Grow and Change September 4, 2013]

1. The gift of grace. Without grace, could we ever experience the joy of eternity with God? Why is that? Is spiritual revival a […]

09: The Outgrowth of Revival – Thought Starters


For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” (Hebrews 2:11, NKJV).

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[Thought questions for Reformation: The Outgrowth of Revival August 28, 2013]

1. What a promise! Look at the Memory Text for this week’s lesson, above. God the Almighty, God the Creator, God the Savior, Jesus the Master of all. How can such a holy […]

06: The Conditions of Revival – Thought Starters


“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy”(Proverbs 28:13, NKJV)

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[Thought questions for The Conditions of Revival August 9, 2013]

1. The gift of repentance. If repenting of our sins means feeling sorrow for committing them, how can repentance be a gift? What are the benefits of repentance? Without repentance, where are you and I bound? Why? What is there about sin that […]

01: Revival: Our Great Need – Thought Starters


“‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me’” (Revelation 3:20, NKJV).

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[Thought questions for Revival: Our Great Need July 3, 2013]

1. Lukewarm. Do you remember how you felt the first time you heard that you belong to the last of the seven churches, Laodicea, the lukewarm church? Did you think: A) Oh, […]