Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
Table of Contents
A Theology of Sickness and Healing
The Healing Prayer Model
The following questions have been prepared to accompany the Prayer Week sermon on January 2/3, “The Four-Fold Fuel of Prayer” (Psalm 17). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
- I Am Innocent (present, vv. 1–5)
- You Are Faithful (past, vv. 6–9)
- They Are Guilty (present, vv. 10–14)
- I Shall See You (future, v. 15)
Main Point: Past promises, a present hunger, and a future hope fuel our prayers.
From Todd Rasmuson, Pastor for Global Outreach
Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.—John 17:24
Introduction and Prayer
Bethlehem … Jesus wants you home to be with him to see him—and he told his Father so in prayer
“Father, I desire that they also whom you have given me may be with me where I am to see my glory…”
Jesus is majestic in royal splendor; he is both Prince and King
From Gil McConnell, Pastor for Children & Family Discipleship, North Campus
As we head toward Thanksgiving, I am giving thanks for Sam Crabtree and a little 25-year-old booklet he placed in my staff mailbox.
Women in Missions meets monthly to hear from and pray for our Global Partners. We would like to invite you to join us!
From Jason Meyer, Pastor for Preaching & Vision
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my Global Focus 2015 sermon on October 24/25, “Laborers for the Harvest” (Matthew 9:35–38). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
- Plentiful Harvest (v. 37)
- Pitiful Workforce (v. 37)
- Prayerful People (v. 38)
Main Point: A plentiful harvest and a pitiful workforce should make us a prayerful people.
William Carey began his missionary efforts to India in 1792. He likened his mission to a miner penetrating into a deep mine, which had never been explored, with no one to guide. He said to Andrew Fuller and John Ryland and his other pastor friends: “I will go down, if you will hold the rope.” And John Ryland reports: “He took an oath from each of us, at the mouth of the pit, to this effect—that ‘while we lived, we should never let go of the rope.’” (Peter Morden, Offering Christ to the World, p. 167).