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 [...]

Wednesday: Working Together, With God
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Yesterday we noted the importance of working together evangelistically as a church. We must also understand that we are working together to accomplish a divine objective. Therefore, when a church considers witnessing and evangelistic strategies, members must feel strongly that they are working together with God who motivates, directs, empowers, and gives the increase.1

Read Acts 2:47 and 1 Corinthians 3:5–9. What is the result of God’s influence in the church’s attempts to share the gospel?

Read 2 Peter 3:9 and Titus 2:11. What motivates and empowers [...]

Pastors Who Do All The Work Aren’t Doing Their Jobs!
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A while back a lady went into the hospital for a few days. While she was there, a local elder, deacon and an elderly lady came to visit her. However she was released from the hospital before the Senior or Associate pastors of the church could come see her. After her release, she was commenting to me that none of the pastors came to see her in the hospital. I corrected her, and told her that three pastors came to [...]

02: Every Member Ministry – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : As members of the body of Christ, each of us has a personal ministry in the sharing of what He has done for us, and a responsibility to support the local and worldwide work of evangelism.

[Teaching plan for "Every Member Ministry" April 9, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read 2 Corinthians 5:17-20.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does it mean to have the [...]

Tuesday: Individuals but Together
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The local church is not simply a number of disconnected people who sit in the same building for a couple of hours once a week. According to Scripture, the church is a group of people who are as closely joined as are the parts of a human body. The possibility does exist, however, that people can meet together regularly without being a part of the body in a biblical sense. Although this unfortunate fact can be true in many areas [...]

Monday: The Need for Laborers
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Sometimes we are sent to reap where others have turned the soil, sown the seed, and watered the crop. Although there may be the rare occasion where one person digs, sows, waters, and reaps all in one field, this is certainly not the rule. In our fast-paced modern world people move into and out of our sphere of influence, and we must be ready to build upon the evangelistic work that others have begun.1

Read John 4:35–41. While we often get excited [...]

Sunday: Every Member Ministry
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Too often we hear Christians lament that they are not talented enough to do anything significant for God. While the devil would certainly like us to think this way, the Bible tells us that all Christians have a God-given ministry. We need to know what it is and then determine by God’s grace how to use it for His glory.1

Examine Ephesians 4:12 and 2 Corinthians 5:15–20. What do these verses say about each believer’s ministry? 

Paul clearly says that the saints are to be [...]

The Three Angels’ Messages and the Triumph of the Gospel Over Legalism
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“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” Revelation 14:6.

Who is this first angel and who are the three angels?1

Revelation 1:20 says that the seven stars are the seven angels of the seven churches. So an angel would be like a leader or messenger to a church. Jesus begins His message to each church [...]

Sabbath: Every Member Ministry
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Read for This Week’s Study:

Eph. 4:12, 2 Cor. 5:15–20, John 4:35–41, 1 Thess. 1:5–8, Acts 14:27.

Memory Text:

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9, NKJV).

Key Thought:

Too often evangelism and witnessing are seen as the pastor’s job alone; this attitude is wrong.

According to Peter, God’s people are chosen, called to be a “royal priesthood.” Because the priests [...]

Who Will Stand True Against the Majority?
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I recently finished a biography of John Wycliffe, 14th century herald of the reformation. I learned some fascinating info I had not previously known. Like the prophet Daniel, Wycliffe left home as a teen, never to return. John Wycliffe was not merely the first to provide, with his assistants, the entire Scriptures in English, but he was really the first to seriously question the Scriptural authority for the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation and the infallibility of the pope. Wycliffe was [...]

Further Study: Defining Evangelism and Witnessing
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Think about your personal testimony and make sure that you are able to give it when the opportunity arises.

Take some time to sit quietly and consider what areas of church life you enjoy being involved in or that you would consider being involved in if you were asked. Write them down. You may be interested in evangelistic areas in which your church is not currently involved. List these areas too.

Begin to consider in what way you can become involved in [...]

Inside Story: Sharing God’s Love in China
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Deng is a Global Mission pioneer in eastern China. She dreamed of starting a house church in her elderly mother’s home in a village with no Adventist church. Deng traveled to the village twice a week to share God’s love with her mother’s neighbors.

She ministered to the elderly and the sick whom she met during her neighborhood visits, and then she invited them to hear God’s message of love. A little group began meeting in Deng’s mother’s home, and within [...]