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Weekly updates and training helps for use with the Bible Studies for Life Adult Curriculum.

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Weekly updates and training helps for use with the Bible Studies for Life Adult Curriculum.

    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – The Church God Desires – Session 4

    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – The Church God Desires – Session 4

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    Date: June 27, 2021

    Strong in Purity

    The Point: Purity in all things impacts your service for Christ.

    Get Into the Study

    Use the following to introduce today’s session.

    We don’t usually look to rodents for advice. But Magawa, a heroic rat, has proven himself a trustworthy source when it comes to detecting landmines. Magawa was trained by the nonprofit organization APOPO to sniff out explosives in countries where dangerous remnants of war remain buried in their land.  Magawa has found 71 landmines and 38 items of unexploded ordinance, earning him a medal for life-saving bravery. But after a five-year career, Magawa is retiring with honor. The “hero rat” is considered so trustworthy, that his handlers will often play soccer on the fields he has cleared. Ignoring Magawa’s warnings about a landmine would be foolish and life-threatening.

    Of course, rats can make mistakes. Jesus on the other hand is completely trustworthy all the time. He issued a warning to the church in Thyatira to avoid the spiritual landmines of sexual immorality and idolatry. In this session, we will see how foolish it would be to ignore these warnings today.

    Get Into the Study (Option for the Daily Discipleship Guide)

    Use the following teaching idea before launching into Discussion Question #1 and the Bible Meets Life. Introduce the concept of a warning by playing an audio clip of a warning sound. Click here for an audio clip. Ask, “What does a sound like this tell us?” Allow time for discussion. Follow up by asking Question #1: When has ignoring a warning been a mistake?

    Get Into the Study (Option from Adult Leader Guide)

    In advance, play a video showing a warning sign being ignored. Then ask Question #1.

    Live It Out

    Use the following to conclude today’s session. This linked article includes video and photos you may want to share.

    The New York Times recently ran a feature on highway wildlife crossings. In states like Wyoming and Utah, the Department of Transportation has partnered with state wildlife agencies and nonprofits to build wildlife overpasses where highways have disrupted the animals’ migration paths. These wildlife bridges allow the animals to reach their destination without having to cross a large roadway.

    But the animals aren’t the only ones at risk. Wildlife crossings across the country are estimated to cause between one and two million vehicle collisions per year, resulting in over 26,000 human injuries and approximately 200 human deaths. Having a clear and safe path protects the animals and the drivers.

    Life can be tricky to navigate. Sometimes you may feel like a deer trying to make it across a busy highway. Thankfully, there is a better path. God has promised to guide us. Call on volunteers to read the following verses: Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 119:105, Psalm 32:8.

    Veering off God’s designated course into idolatry and sexual immorality puts us in danger and puts others in danger as well. Trust God to lead you on His path and commit to following His way.

    Nikki Wilbanks wrote these Leader Extras. She grew up in Tennessee before heading to California to study literature at Pepperdine University. After graduation, she enjoyed a decade-long career as a commercial real ...

    • 22 min
    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – The Church God Desires – Session 3

    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – The Church God Desires – Session 3

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    Date: June 20, 2021

    Uncompromising with Truth

    The Point: When it comes to biblical truth about Christ, there is no room for compromise.

    Get Into the Study

    Use the following to introduce today’s session.

    The BBC has issued an apology after an investigation revealed that Martin Bashir used falsified documents and deceit to secure his 1995 interview with Princess Diana. Although the interview occurred over 25 years ago, the compromise in ethics and standards is causing repercussions today. The U.K. home secretary, Priti Patel, said the BBC’s reputation has been “highly damaged.”

    Compromise can help us avoid conflicts, but there are times when we cannot compromise. Today we will study why Jesus rebuked the church at Pergamum for compromising.

    When it comes to Biblical truth about Christ, there is no room for compromise.

    Get Into the Study [Option from Adult Leader Guide]

    In advance, play a video of a product that offers no compromise. Then ask Question #1.

    Live It Out

    Use the following to conclude today’s session.

    People love their pets. And people love to love on their pets. You’ve probably seen a child trying to grab hold of a cat for a hug. You may have seen someone sharing an ice cream cone with a dog. But now the CDC has issued a new warning about pets: don’t kiss your chickens. The CDC has linked a recent salmonella outbreak to backyard poultry. The truth is that even if they look healthy and clean, ducks and chickens can carry and spread salmonella. So even though you may not want to hear it, listen to the CDC and “don’t kiss or snuggle backyard poultry,” no matter how much your chicken likes to cuddle.

    People don’t always want to hear the truth, but that doesn’t change the fact that they need to. We know the truth about Christ and should be careful not to compromise this truth. The consequences of false teaching are infinitely worse than a stomach illness. As believers, we should always seek to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

    Nikki Wilbanks wrote these Leader Extras. She grew up in Tennessee before heading to California to study literature at Pepperdine University. After graduation, Nikki enjoyed a decade-long career as a commercial real estate appraiser and investor. Having returned to Tennessee with her husband, she is now thrilled to be a stay-at-home mom and writer.

    Additional Questions

    Icebreaker



    * When have you really felt like a fish out of water?

    * When has compromise helped you avoid conflict?

    * What’s one of the silliest conspiracy theories you’ve heard?



    Revelation 2:12-13



    * What challenges do we experience in our culture in trying to live for Christ?

    * What essential truths about Christ need to be defended in your community?

    * What are some ways we hold onto the name of Jesus?



    Revelation 2:14-15



    * When have you seen a compromise on something biblical lead to harm?

    * How can we determine whether a teaching or teacher is false?

    * How does false teaching become a problem in the church?



    Revelation 2:16-17



    * How are we to respond when people (or our overall culture) reject God’s truth?

    • 23 min
    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – The Church God Desires – Session 2

    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – The Church God Desires – Session 2

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    Date: June 13, 2021

    Steadfast in Difficulties

    The Point: We need not fear because we are rich in God’s grace.

    Get Into the Study

    Use the following to introduce today’s session.

    Brood X cicadas are emerging for the first time in 17 years. Encountering one of these large, red-eyed insects can be scary. Fortunately, cicadas don’t bite. But snakes do. Pest control experts are issuing warnings about copperhead snakes during the Brood X cicada emergence. The poisonous snakes are expected to come out in larger numbers to feast on the cicadas.

    While there is no reason to fear the cicadas, experts advise caution around copperhead snakes.

    Ask: Does this advice mean we should fear copperhead snakes? What is the difference between caution and fear?

    This week we will study the church in Smyrna, which was facing danger and persecution. Nonetheless, Jesus encouraged them not to fear. We will see how God’s grace helps us stand strong despite danger or persecution.

    Get Into the Study [Option from Adult Leader Guide]

    In advance, play a video that deals with fear in a light-hearted way. Then ask Question #1.

    Live It Out

    Use the following to conclude today’s session.

    Gold-medal gymnast, Simone Biles, is preparing for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, and on May 22, she debuted a new move at the U.S. Classic. Competing for the first time since 2019, Biles successfully performed a Yurchenko double pike on the vault, making her the first woman to land the move in competition. 

    A short video of the performance can be shared.

    Ask: What fears could have held Biles back from successfully performing this move? Fear of failure or fear of injury could have prevented Biles from following through and landing the move.

    Ask: What or whom did Biles need to trust to successfully perform this move? For example, Biles had to place trust in herself, her training, the equipment, and her coaches.

    As believers, we cannot let fear hold us back from completing the tasks set before us. But we don’t have to put our trust in ourselves, or other people. When we trust God’s grace, we can stand strong even when difficulties or persecution arise.

    Nikki Wilbanks wrote these Leader Extras. She grew up in Tennessee before heading to California to study literature at Pepperdine University. After graduation, Nikki enjoyed a decade-long career as a commercial real estate appraiser and investor. Having returned to Tennessee with her husband, she is now thrilled to be a stay-at-home mom and writer.

    Additional Questions

    Icebreaker



    * When have you been frightened by something that turned out to be a false alarm?

    * When have you been reminded of either extreme wealth or extreme poverty?

    * What are some ways you might consider yourself “rich?”



    Revelation 2:8-9



    * In what ways are we rich in God’s grace?

    * How would it change things in your life to realize that Jesus knows your situation?

    * Why are we tempted to focus on physical realities and downplay or ignore our spiritual blessings...

    • 20 min
    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – The Church God Desires – Session 1

    EXTRA! Ideas for Adults – The Church God Desires – Session 1

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    Date: June 6, 2021

    Characterized by Love

    The Point: Ground everything you do in love for Christ.

    Get Into the Study [Option from Adult Leader Guide]

    In advance, play a video illustrating how crazy love can be sometimes. Then ask Question #1.

    Study the Bible

    Use the following illustration after your discussion of Revelation 3:4-6.

    A month ago, we started seeing shortages of ketchup due to supply chain issues. Restaurants were scrambling to find ketchup packets as Kraft Heinz was unable to keep up with demand. Now Chick-fil-a is limiting their dipping sauces, as supply chain issues have also led to a “shortage in select items.” Many locations are only giving out one dipping sauce cup per menu item. This raises some questions: Is it even worth it to get fries if you can’t have any ketchup? What good are Chick-fil-a nuggets without some CFA sauce?

    Actually, you can still enjoy an order of waffle fries and chicken nuggets, even without their traditional accompaniments. However, we will learn in this session about another pairing that must stay together. In Revelation 2:4-6, Jesus commends the church at Ephesus for their good works, but then reminds them that love for Him must accompany their acts of service.

    Live It Out

    Use the following as you conclude today’s session.

    Target has announced the store will stop carrying Pokémon cards, citing safety concerns for guests and employees. As demand for Pokémon and other trading cards has grown, people have begun camping out in parking lots overnight and there have been reports of fights and confrontations.

    The Pokémon cards were originally used by young fans of the Pokémon franchise for a strategy game. These cards originally attracted kids because of their love of the characters. However, the cards have recently seen a recent surge in value with collectors. In March, one Pokémon card, a holographic Charizard card, sold for over $300,000. Love of the game and characters is no longer fueling the Pokémon card market.

    We must be careful not to lose sight of what first drew us to serving Jesus. Our service and good works should not be fueled by a desire for personal gain, praise, or even a sense of duty. Rather we must ground everything in love for Christ.

    Encourage group members to choose one of the Live It Out applications.

    Nikki Wilbanks write these Leader Extras. She grew up in Tennessee before heading to California to study literature at Pepperdine University. After graduation, she enjoyed a decade-long career as a commercial real estate appraiser and investor. Having returned to Tennessee with her husband, she is now thrilled to be a stay-at-home mom and writer.

    Additional Questions

    Icebreaker



    * What’s the greatest compliment you’ve ever received?

    * Who in your life provides the best example of genuine love?

    * What’s something you’d like to be known for?



    Revelation 2:1-3



    * How might Jesus compliment our church?

    * Why is endurance an important aspect of a Christian’s good deeds?

    * What are some specific ways to “test” those who are leaders within the church?



    Revelation 2:4-6



    * What is the relationship between our love for Jesus and our good works?

    • 21 min
    Extra! Ideas for Adults – How to Share Christ – Session 6

    Extra! Ideas for Adults – How to Share Christ – Session 6

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    Date: May 30, 2021

    Trust God to Work

    The Point: Share Christ in all situations, but leave the results to God.

    Get Into the Study

    Use the following information to introduce Question #1.

    Forbes magazine recently published an article titled “The Best Bucket List Experience to Plan for 2021 and 2022.” The article suggested that as travel becomes easier and safer again, people will be wanting to travel. Here are some of the bucket-list trips suggested:

    * Joining a cattle drive in Montana, where you ride with professional wranglers to round up cattle.

    * Book a private island in Queensland off the coast of Australia, where you’ll have a personal chef and private masseuse.

    * Travel to Prince Edward Island for the annual oyster festival.

    * Ride the world’s largest ferris wheel in Dubai, that takes you to a height of 820 feet for a birds-eye view of the city.

    * Go camel trekking in Israel, where you ride in the desert before dawn.

    Say: Everyone’s bucket list is different. Then call attention to Question #1 (What is something you have completed on your bucket list?) and invite volunteers to respond.

    Information for this post was gleaned from:

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/katiebell/2021/03/01/the-best-bucket-list-experiences-to-plan-for-2021-and-2022/?sh=2abdc32655ce

    Get Into the Study [Option from Adult Leader Guide]

    In advance, play a video clip about making a bucket list. Then ask Question #1.

    Study the Bible

    Use the following information to introduce Question #3.

    In a recent Baptist Press article, Bruce Plummer described how he came to faith in Christ. Plummer, a Native American, was born on the Fort Belknap reservation. At age 21, he found himself drunk and having suicidal thoughts during a rainstorm in Portland, Oregon. Seeking shelter from the pouring rain, he crawled under a pine tree that was located in the yard of a church. The next day watching cars coming into the church parking lot, Plummer says God spoke to him there under that tree. “For the first time in my life, I heard God. That surprised me,” Plummer said. “He said, ‘Bruce, I want you to go down there and talk to a man.’”

    The man inside the church was a Lutheran pastor who welcomed Plummer and took him home for Sunday dinner. The pastor and his wife offered him a shower, gave him fresh clothes, washed his dirty clothes, and fed him. They invited Plummer to spend the night. Plummer said he argued with the pastor for about two weeks. “He’d tell me, ‘All I can tell you is this: John 3:16.’ He said, ‘Jesus is God. If you ask Him, God will come into you.’

    Plummer explained that “What attracted me to Christianity was that he said, ‘Bruce, God can give you a brand new start. He can take all the sins and wipe them all away.’ ‘Holy cow,’ I thought. ‘I wonder if I could get a brand new start? If I could get a chance, I would do it.’”

    Plummer asked God to forgive his sins and he put his faith in God. That was in 1973. Soon Plummer was headed to Oklahoma Baptist University to enroll as a student. There he found a church home at the First Indian Baptist Church of Shawnee.

    Since that time, Plummer says, “Every morning, when I open my eyes, I begin with the same prayer, ‘Good morning Father, help me walk with you today in my life. Thank you for your love, your grace, and your mercy, and the hope that I have in Creator Sets Free, Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior, Aho.’”

    Say: The Lutheran pastor found Bruce Plummer in a desp...

    • 23 min
    Extra! Ideas for Adults – How to Share Christ – Session 5

    Extra! Ideas for Adults – How to Share Christ – Session 5

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    Date: May 23, 2021

    Share the Message

    The Point: Our daily conversations are opportunities to share Christ.

    Get Into the Study

    Use the following information to introduce Question #1.

    Parade magazine recently published an article titled, “Let’s Talk! 250 Perfect Conversation Starters for Any Social Situation.” The article offered ideas a person could use to start a conversation with someone they meet for the first time or if they want to initiate a deeper conversation with a person. Here are just a few of the suggested conversation starters “for any situation”:

    * What made you smile today?

    * What was the last good book you read?

    * What do you think is the best show on Netflix right now?

    * Are you a cat person or a dog person?

    * What’s your strangest hidden talent?

    * What superpower do you wish you could have?

    * What’s the best holiday?

    * How did you spend your last birthday?

    Say: You all would likely have some more ideas for conversation starters. Then call attention to Question #1 (What are some topics you’re always ready to talk about?) and invite volunteers to respond.

    Information for this post was gleaned from:

    https://parade.com/969981/parade/conversation-starters/

    Study the Bible

    Use the following information to introduce Question #4.

    Arthur Gonçalves had a desire to help marginalized people, so in 2019 he started a ministry in downtown Sanford, Florida. For Gonçalves, the idea for a ministry there started when he served with a group from his church at a homeless center in the downtown area. Soon the leaders at the center asked him to come and hold a Bible study each week. Every Monday evening for a year, he led a Bible study at the homeless center. During that time, God spoke to Gonçalves and his wife. “We saw that there was a great need for mercy ministry but also for preaching and Gospel ministry,” he said.

    Gonçalves’ next step was to begin praying for the downtown Sanford area. He met weekly with 6 or 7 people to pray about the ministry. Soon they were getting involved in the community, helping the police department give gifts to children at Christmas and delivering groceries to elderly neighbors.

    Over time the ministry team grew 20 to 30 people and their ministry in the community has expanded too. Since last June, Gonçalves and his ministry team have been serving a meal and holding a worship service every week. They have had as many as 35 people come for the meal and stay for worship. In the past year, six people have placed their faith in the Lord and two people have been baptized.

    Gonçalves plans to officially launch Restoration Church in January 2022. He is now a North American Mission Board church planter. Central Baptist Church in Sanford is the sending congregation for the new church plant. “We are so excited to have Arthur and his family serve in our city to reach our community for Christ,” said Alan Brumback, Central Baptist’s pastor. “Arthur has a contagious passion for sharing the Gospel and making disciples of all people and we are excited to be a part of the journey.”

    “It is messy coming alongside people, but that is our ministry – spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical restoration of others,” said Gonçalves.

    Say: Arthur Gonçalves is building bridges for sharing the gospel by helping neighbors and providing meals in the downtown Sanford area. Then call attention to Question #4 (What are some bridges to sharing the gospel in our culture?) and invite volunteers to respond.

    Information for this post was gleaned from:

    a href="https://www.baptistpress.

    • 27 min

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