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“Sometimes, I wonder if my mother has seen me but didn’t recognize me,” 16-year-old Ginny says.
Born in the Haitian countryside, Ginny was given up at birth. She lived in several different homes and even lived on the streets. When Ginny was 4, a woman took her home to live with her. “I got to go to school!” Ginny said. “But when Ginny was 10, the woman invited a man to live in the house. [...]
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Leading a person along in their spiritual journey is like preparing for a harvest. Anyone who has worked a vegetable garden knows that there is a definite time frame and sequence of steps to follow if the desired harvest is to be realized. We must dig in the soil, remove the weeds, plant the seeds, and water the garden. It is also necessary to create the right environment for the plants; some may require [...]
Another Fairly Reliable (FR) Fable
Once upon a time, towards the end of the post-Millerate era of zeal, a seed was planted. Perhaps it was in a small church made of rough boards hewn to fit a frame on a concrete block. Perhaps it was in a barn big enough to accommodate a few hundred believers. Wherever it was, the plant from the seed grew in a slightly different direction from those of other seeds or seedlings in this vast farming community. They grew [...]
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Just because we deliver biblical information through a public lecture, seminar, or Bible study, there is no guarantee that we have influenced those present in a spiritual way. Many people have attended an evangelistic series, a Revelation seminar, a Bible study, or maybe all of the above. Though they might have gained an intellectual understanding of Bible truth, this doesn’t mean that they have integrated these truths into their lives.
How, then, can we better [...]
Our key thought for this week’s SS lesson is, “In all evangelism and witnessing, it is important that we first present the simple truth of the gospel.” Is this true in the last days with so many pressing issues confronting the church and world, as Bible prophecies reach their climax? Yes it is!
“More people than we think are longing to find the way to Christ. Those who preach the last message of mercy should bear in mind that Christ is [...]
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We’re having a Julie Andrews moment here. I’m sure you remember that song:
“Let’s start at the very beginning; a very good place to start. When we read we begin with a, b, c; when we sing we begin with doe, ray, me…”
But when we’re sharing the gospel of Jesus with someone, where do we start?
Have you ever thought about in what order we should present Bible truth? Do you think it matters? I mean, [...]
Key Thought : We lead souls to a loving relationship with Christ and then challenge them to commitment and obedience.
[Teaching plan for "Sequential Evangelism and Witnessing" April 30, 2012]
1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 25:34-36.
A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Is this speaking symbolically about the gospel and salvation, or does it have a literal application as well? Share.
C. Personal Application: Why is it important to [...]
A testing truth is a biblical teaching that, once understood, challenges the individual to make significant changes in his or her personal beliefs or lifestyle. Some testing truths, such as seventh-day Sabbath observance and the avoidance of unclean foods, impact both belief and lifestyle. This underscores once again the necessity of leading people to accept Christ before urging them to do things for Him.
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John 6:54–66 shows that some people turned away from [...]
Compare 1 Corinthians 3:1–3 and 1 Peter 2:2. What do you think Paul and Peter were specifically referring to when they spoke of milk and solid food and the need to grow? In your mind, what is theological milk as opposed to solid food?
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Evidently the members of the church at Corinth had not progressed very far in their spiritual development after Paul had established the group. Consequently, when he preached to them, his message was an [...]
As we have already noted in earlier weeks, the discovery of individual or community felt needs will influence how we approach people and the programs and services that we make available to them. As we understand felt needs, we are better able to plan a sequence of programs that meets those basic needs, whether for an individual or a community.1
Read Luke 9:11. What does this verse indicate regarding Jesus’ desire to heal both physically and spiritually? In our spheres, how can [...]
Read for This Week’s Study:
Matt. 25:35–40, 1 Cor. 3:1–3, 1 Pet. 2:2, John 6:54–66, Luke 8:4–15.
“I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it” (1 Corinthians 3:2, NKJV).
In all evangelism and witnessing, it is important that we first present the simple truth of the gospel.
Sequential evangelism is a strategy based on the understanding that people will move from one church program to another when the programs are arranged in the right sequence. [...]
Discover where your ministry fits into your church’s overall plans.
While most local church departments may have a well-organized program and be quite busy, the chances are that those involved in each department may not know much about what is happening in other areas of church life. Furthermore, there may not be an overall church evangelistic plan of which each department group is aware and, therefore, can contribute toward. For the purposes of encouragement, support, and effective evaluation, it is best [...]