Sabbath School

The Thessalonian Letters: The Greco-Roman Context

Two weeks ago I “promised” my wife, “this won’t take long.” This is more in-depth than planned, with generous endnotes for the source-hungry. Take time to read and think, look some things up. If what follows is disconcerting, welcome to reading the New Testament in the world of its initial audience, instead of ours. In doing so, we gain a deeper, multi-dimensional and more complete picture of the context of Paul’s messages.

2 Thessalonians - An Introduction

The commentary for this week is taken from the Introduction to Thessalonians in the Bible Commentary prepared by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown and published in 1871. Last week we looked at 1 Thessalonians, and this week at 2 Thessalonians.

2 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians - An Introduction

The commentary for this week is taken from the Introduction to Thessalonians in the Bible Commentary prepared by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown and published in 1871. This week we will look at 1 Thessalonians, and next week at 2 Thessalonians.

1 Thessalonians

"A perpetual ministry"


"And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning" (John 15:27)

The lesson of this week focuses on the “need to stay involved in witnessing and evangelism ministries . . . as long as we have breath” (Section for Saturday 23 June).

Towards a Biblical Theology of Mission Evaluation

Editor's Note: This is a work in progress, and is part one of a longer work that seeks to establish a Biblical basis for evaluating the effectiveness of Christian mission (in a Seventh-day Adventist context). Increasingly, Adventists recognise the need to stop and take a look at ourselves, to see how we are doing, whether we are doing it as effectively as we might, and whether we have made the best use of resources, whether of money or people.

Statistics and Mission

This week’s lesson emphasises the need to report about witnessing and to keep accurate statistics. This is not the most exciting topic. I taught history and religion at Newbold College for ten years but in one course, on economic history, I regularly taught what I called “quantitative data methodologies for historians”—i.e., statistics. Every year, as the students, realised that, though they were taking a history course, they were going to have to grapple with statistics, I could see certain looks on their faces—first tedium, then often, fear and finally something like betrayal.

A Love Response

My Journey. I grew up in a Wesleyan Methodist family where the church program, daily Bible study and hymn singing, were central in our lives. Sunday was our Sabbath for which the house had been cleaned in readiness on the previous day, hair washed, shoes cleaned. Special meals were eaten, best clothes worn, hospitality practised. Between three services we enjoyed times of friendship, music, reading and admiring our beautiful and spacious garden. It was the only day of the week when my mother’s knitting needles did not go clickitty-clack.

How Beautiful Are the Feet

Commentary on Romans 10:14-15 by John Gill (1697-1771), English Baptist pastor, biblical scholar and theologian.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (KJV)

Equiping for Witnessing

I have lived long enough to be amazed at how many ways and kinds of people God uses in this grand work of inviting/welcoming others into His living kingdom.

Let's begin with the Douglass family in Springfield, Massachusetts, back in the late 1930s. At that time I had three brothers and we lived upstairs in what we called a tenement (today, of course, it was a condo!). My Dad had just bought a 1933 Dodge that was quite a treat for us all, including the neighborhood kids.

The Role of Institutions in Evangelism – A Call to the Adventist Business Community

Last week the lesson was about personal evangelism and this week about team evangelism.  The importance of both seems too self-evident to require prolonged discussion, let alone debate, in this forum of the wise.  I decided therefore to take a slightly different approach.  The inclusion of the word “corporate” in the title of the lesson brought to my mind on first read the potential role of business corporations and institutions (which are a type of corporation) in evangelism.

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