20 Things Your Bible Worker Will Never Tell You
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Since this is my 20th year of being a Bible Worker Lay Pastor, in keeping with the theme of “20”, here is my list of 20 things your Bible Worker will never tell you. While I have put the list together mostly myself from my own experiences, it is not entirely my own.  Other Bible Workers have also chipped in anonymously with a couple contributions of their own.

Things Your Bible Worker Will Never Tell You

If I seem pre-occupied when you try [...]

Wednesday: The Conviction to Return
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Read Luke 15:11-21. What specific attitudes and actions led the prodigal to decide to return home? What principles of revival and reformation do we discover in this passage?

Revival can be defined in different ways. However it may be defined, one factor ought not be missed: Revival is coming home. It is a heart hunger to know the Father’s love in a deeper way. Reformation is the choice to respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading for change and growth. It is the [...]

10: Willingness to Grow and Change – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Change does not occur without a spiritual battle. Reformation occurs by faith as we choose to surrender our habits and attitudes to Him.

[Teaching plan for Willingness to Grow and Change September 2, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read James 4:6,7

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What is the difference in being proud and being self-confident? Does God want us to be self-confident?
c. Personal Application [...]

Tuesday: Confidence and Doubt
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What was wrong with Peter’s attitude before the Cross? Matt. 26:31-35.

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Peter was no match for the wiles of the evil one. He attempted to face Satan’s temptations in His own strength. Filled with a sense of self-inflated confidence, he had little idea of the crisis that was coming. In the courtyard of the high priest and trembling at the sound of a servant girl’s questioning, Peter denied His Lord (Matt. 26:69-75). Jesus had warned Peter earlier, “‘Simon, [...]

Monday: The Power to Choose
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Change comes at the point of choice. Reformation occurs as we chose to yield to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit and surrender our will to God’s will.

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God will never force or manipulate our will. He respects our freedom. His Spirit impresses our minds, convicts our hearts, and prompts us to do right, but the choice to respond to the Holy Spirit’s appeals is, always and only, our own.

Read Philippians 2:12-14. How does this [...]

Sunday: The Grace to Grow
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The lives of the disciples show constant spiritual growth as they walked with Jesus.

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When Christ called His disciples, their attitudes and actions certainly did not reflect the loveliness of His character.

Read Luke 9:51-56 and Matthew 20:20-28. How do these passages reveal James’ and John’s thinking?

James and John had some serious character flaws. They were not prepared to represent Christ’s love to the world. They were not qualified to proclaim a message of grace to others who [...]

Sabbath: Reformation: The Willingness to Grow and Change
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Read for This Week’s Study: 1 John 2:1-9, Phil. 2:12-14, Matt. 26:31-35, John 20:24-29,Luke 15:11-21, John 5:1-14.

Memory Text: “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).

Before Pentecost, the disciples had significant spiritual needs. Their understanding of God’s plan was clouded. They failed to comprehend Jesus’ mission. After they were touched by divine grace, Christ’s love broke their hearts. They [...]

Further Study: Reformation: The Outgrowth of Revival
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“A revival and a reformation must take place under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation are [...]

Inside Story: Home at Last
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Sade Belo was born in a village to Adventist parents in the Solomon Islands. He loved swimming and began competing in swim meets in school.

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He qualified to travel to other islands of the South Pacific to compete, but during this time he lost his way spiritually.

He completed high school and married a woman from a charismatic church. He attended church with her and was asked to be a pastor. He enjoyed his church work, [...]

One God — One Goal — One Glory
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Have you ever been part of a musical group of some kind – like a choir, band or orchestra? Making music together is an amazing experience. Practicing together somehow brings the members together into almost a single organism. Each person has their specific part to play or sing. It may be similar to someone else’s or it may be unique to that one person, but each person and part are crucial in making the performance beautiful.

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09: The Outgrowth of Revival – Thought Starters
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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 [...]

Thursday: Heaven’s Appeal for an End-Time Reformation
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The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a reform movement.

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It was raised up by God to restore biblical truths lost sight of many centuries ago. Although the Holy Spirit worked powerfully through the Reformers, there were vital truths that they did not fully understand. God still had more truth to reveal to His people.

God is not interested in our understanding truth merely to fill our minds with more religious knowledge. Biblical truths are windows into His [...]