2019 Women's Ministries Emphasis Day, June 8
The Call to Arise and Shine, the sermon resource packet prepared for the 2019 Women's Ministries Emphasis Day, was written by Raquel Arrais, associate director of women's ministries for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church world headquarters.
Arrais connects Ellen White's charge for us to arise and shine, "If there ever was a time in the history of Seventh-day Adventists when they should arise and shine, it is now...It requires moral courage to do the work of God for these last days" (Christ Triumphant, p. 358), to Isaiah's commission for us to arise and shine (Isaiah 60:1, 2):
Arise, shine; for your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the LORD will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you. (NKJV)
The theme of light and darkness winds throughout Arrais' examination of the passage in which we discover that Isaiah's prophetic oracle can be understood in four parts: as a clear message, a wholistic message, a message to serve, and a message to challenge us, particularly, in the darkness of these last days. Be a shining light in all you do!
Download the 2019 Women's Ministries Emphasis Day resource packet, The Call to Arise and Shine
Women Discovering Jesus
With topics like Jesus Is My Friend and Jesus Is My Confidence Builder, this full-color participant booklet with the leader's PowerPoint presentations equips you for leading a small group. Your friends and neighbors will explore twelve roles that Jesus plays in our lives.
Download here, Women Discovering Jesus, small group Bible studies
Hope of Hope and Healing
The Homes of Hope and Healing program involves opening our homes to our neighbors for fellowship and learning and focuses primarily on outreach. These eight topics are founded securely in the Bible, and work well for small groups meetings. We begin with what we call “bridge” lessons that focus on areas of health and personal development: emotions, anxiety, stress, relationships, guilt, good thinking, hope against depress, resilience, and we end by showing how Jesus brings hope and healing.
Download here, Homes for Hope and Healing, a 96-page booklet as PDF, the leader's PowerPoint presentations, and individual lessons in Word.