What Is the Gospel?
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A couple of years ago I had the privilege of conducting my “In Light of the Cross” gospel seminar in New England. While there, a kind and gracious member of the Adventist Church I was speaking in, gave me a tour of the region and several old New England churches. Being a history buff, and realizing … [Click to read more …]

09: Our Mission – Lesson Plan
Michael Fracker

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. … [Click to read more …]

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. 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 … [Click to read more …]

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 … [Click to read more …]

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 … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Restoration of Unity
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Why is reconciliation with an offended brother a prerequisite for acceptable worship? See Matt. 5:23-24. There were different kinds of offerings brought to the altar, but Jesus was probably referring to an animal sacrificed so the sinner could receive divine forgiveness. Before we can obtain God’s pardon, however, we must make things right with others. … [Click to read more …]

How the Church Failed Mo
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Mo is a pretty cool dude. I don’t say super cool because, after all, he is my brother and so pretty cool will have to do. (I’m sure such a “theorem” would be reciprocated by a hearty “my sentiments exactly” on his part.) Anyhow, the point is he’s pretty cool. Now Candice, my special lady, … [Click to read more …]