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The fourth and final evangelism movie from WELS, titled To the Ends of the Earth, is complete. The video tells the story of the apostle Paul’s work in Philippi. There are literally dozens of ways to use it. We thought it might be good to summarize.

Immediate Uses

To the Ends of the Earth can be used to encourage members to invite their unchurched friends and neighbors to your Christmas Eve service. You will find a two-session Bible study HERE. In that study, members fill out a “My Personal Mission Field” document, listing twenty individuals/families that they might encourage to come to church that Christmas Eve. In a 50-minute session, the participants spend about 16 minutes watching a portion of the video, and then the rest of the time talking about the mission Christ has given to his church. This helps your church take part in WELS C18 effort which has the goal of reaching one-million people with the gospel prior to and on Christmas Eve.

To the Ends of the Earth can be used in connection with WELS Mission and Ministry Sunday. The suggested date is October 21st. The encouragement is that WELS congregations use that day to discuss and commit to the mission God has set before our synod. You can find worship resources for that Sunday HERE. The video could be incorporated into the Bible study time, shown after worship, etc.

To the Ends of the Earth can be utilized as part of an Advent by Candlelight celebration. Advent by Candlelight programs provide an opportunity for women of all ages to set aside the business of holiday preparation and focus their minds and hearts on the birth of Christ. It also presents an opportunity for these women to reach out to unchurched ladies they know, inviting them to come to Advent by Candlelight as well. These guests would then be invited back to Christmas Eve worship. You can find Advent by Candlelight resources HERE.

Long-term / Anytime Uses

To the Ends of the Earth is all about the mission of the Church. Thus, it can be used to help congregations refocus on that mission. This might be an especially useful study if a congregation were working at producing or editing a congregational mission statement or core values statement. You can find a six lesson Bible study HERE.

Because To the Ends of the Earth is video based, it makes it very easy to use in a home-based small group study. You can find a four lesson small group study HERE.

To the Ends of the Earth could be used with children in a Lutheran school, helping them to understand the mission of the Church. Resources for children–studies, devotions, coloring pages–can be found HERE.

May this video do more than educate you. May it inspire you to boldly witness for Christ as you do your part to carry his gospel to the ends of the earth.

 

 

 

This module explains the importance of regularly offering instruction about evangelism. It suggests rotating classes: the examples of outreach in Acts, the way to approach friendship witnessing, lifestyle witnesses, evangelism in the workplace, etc.

We are calling it C18–a multi-faceted program to assist WELS congregations in their seasonal effort to boldly proclaim Christ.

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The fourth and final evangelism movie from WELS, titled To the Ends of the Earth, is complete. The video tells the story of the apostle Paul’s work in Philippi. There are literally dozens of ways to use it. We thought it might be good to summarize.

Immediate Uses

To the Ends of the Earth can be used to encourage members to invite their unchurched friends and neighbors to your Christmas Eve service. You will find a two-session Bible study HERE. In that study, members fill out a “My Personal Mission Field” document, listing twenty individuals/families that they might encourage to come to church that Christmas Eve. In a 50-minute session, the participants spend about 16 minutes watching a portion of the video, and then the rest of the time talking about the mission Christ has given to his church. This helps your church take part in WELS C18 effort which has the goal of reaching one-million people with the gospel prior to and on Christmas Eve.

To the Ends of the Earth can be used in connection with WELS Mission and Ministry Sunday. The suggested date is October 21st. The encouragement is that WELS congregations use that day to discuss and commit to the mission God has set before our synod. You can find worship resources for that Sunday HERE. The video could be incorporated into the Bible study time, shown after worship, etc.

To the Ends of the Earth can be utilized as part of an Advent by Candlelight celebration. Advent by Candlelight programs provide an opportunity for women of all ages to set aside the business of holiday preparation and focus their minds and hearts on the birth of Christ. It also presents an opportunity for these women to reach out to unchurched ladies they know, inviting them to come to Advent by Candlelight as well. These guests would then be invited back to Christmas Eve worship. You can find Advent by Candlelight resources HERE.

Long-term / Anytime Uses

To the Ends of the Earth is all about the mission of the Church. Thus, it can be used to help congregations refocus on that mission. This might be an especially useful study if a congregation were working at producing or editing a congregational mission statement or core values statement. You can find a six lesson Bible study HERE.

Because To the Ends of the Earth is video based, it makes it very easy to use in a home-based small group study. You can find a four lesson small group study HERE.

To the Ends of the Earth could be used with children in a Lutheran school, helping them to understand the mission of the Church. Resources for children–studies, devotions, coloring pages–can be found HERE.

May this video do more than educate you. May it inspire you to boldly witness for Christ as you do your part to carry his gospel to the ends of the earth.

 

 

 

To the Ends of the Earth–Special

This group of materials includes:

  • Personal Reflections – a guide to help individuals as they consider the messages and topics addressed in the To the Ends of the Earth movie.
  • Advent by Candlelight – designed especially for these special women’s events. The program focuses on lessons learned from Lydia (Acts 16:3-15).
  • Mission Vignettes – Pictures and stories about WELS mission work around the world.

To the Ends of the Earth–Children and Teen Lessons & Devotions

Resources for WELS Schools, Early Childhood Ministries, Sunday Schools, Home

Dear Christian Friends,

“To the Ends of the Earth!” What an overwhelming and exciting goal! Following is a summary of some of the resources that have been developed to supplement the new movie, “To the Ends of the Earth.” The materials were written by WELS teachers and members for a variety of ages from preschool through teens. Also included is a set of devotions for teachers. The materials were created for use in the classroom, Sunday School, or by parents in the home with their children. May the Lord bless and guide each of you as you share this message of God’s grace that we seek to share with the world, including those near us.

May the Lord bless you and those with whom you share these materials!

“To the Ends of the Earth” Bible Lesson for Early Childhood

This lesson shares the account of the conversion of Paul and his work in spreading the gospel in many places. It includes the story of Lydia and an encouragement for each of us, even little children, to be witnesses for God. Also provided is a cover page with activities, the story page that includes a song, prayer, and section for parents. There is also a coloring page that highlights Paul’s conversion, his witnessing to many, and Lydia’s baptism. This lesson is prepared with children in preschool through kindergarten in mind.

“To the Ends of the Earth” Bible Lesson for grades 1–4.

The story of Paul is a dramatic one filled with a variety of people with whom he shared the gospel. This Bible lesson is written for students in grades 1–4. It highlights Paul’s journey to Macedonia, meeting a little girl who was demon possessed, and his imprisonment. Each part of the story illustrates God’s hand in the work of Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke. The materials include telling the story, retelling the story, and application. There are several extension activities such as writing, illustrating, songs, poems, and scenarios to practice telling others about Jesus.

“To the Ends of the Earth” Bible Study for Middle school/Teens

Middle school and high school students will dig into Scripture to learn more about Paul, an enemy of the gospel turned disciple. Using the Power Point slides, student pages, and leader’s guide, they will delve into the power of the gospel and apply it to their own lives. Students will be led to discuss and reflect on their opportunities to share God’s Word, trusting in the power of the gospel.

“To the Ends of the Earth” Devotions for Children

A set of five devotions are written for school age children. The author uses everyday objects and activities to engage students and connect them with the Word. Through the theme of power, students will consider the power of the gospel to save, to clothe us in Jesus’ jersey, to tell others, to combat fear, and to live our faith. Each devotion includes several questions to help students dig a little deeper and apply it to their own lives.

“To the Ends of the Earth” Devotions for Teachers and Staff

“To the Ends of the Earth” focuses on four individuals: Saul/Paul, Lydia, the demon possessed slave girl, and the jailer. This series of devotions looks at each individual and reflects on their story and the power of God’s grace and love for each of them. While each devotion makes application to us as teachers, the final devotion zeros in on each of us and our role in “taking the gospel to the ends of the earth” in your calling. Each devotion also includes several questions for deeper reflection and application.

To the Ends of the Earth–Adult Study Resources

Jesus came not just to benefit one type of people. Jesus was God’s answer of love for people of every culture or background. The message of Jesus is a power that changes even the most unlikely hearts. It gives truth to the seeker, hope to the hopeless, and freedom to the oppressed. God sends messengers to share the life-changing story of Jesus to the ends of the earth.

There are two Bible studies based on the movie:

  • Adult Bible Study: the objective of this Bible study is that each viewer of the movie, amazed by the grace of God, embraces how fully accepted they are in Christ; how powerful the gospel is for others; and captures the passion and urgency to share it with people of different lifestyles and cultures. Six lessons.
  • Small group study guide: Materials especially designed for small group, family, or individual study. This course helps us see the need for the gospel in our lives that we treasure and trust it as we strive to live according to it and seek to share it. Four lessons.

To the Ends of the Earth–Worship Resources

The Conference of Presidents has designated October 21, 2018 for this year’s Mission and Ministry Sunday. Another Sunday might be preferred in some congregations.

With its focus on missions, the movie is a great resource for this Sunday. The following worship materials serve to expand on the main message of the movie—taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.

  • A sermon outline on Acts 13:38-48.
  • A newly commissioned hymn of four verses with a refrain. The stanzas mention dying souls, doubting cynics, and drifting neighbors—and our Lord’s desire that none perish. Musical options encourage the use of instruments beyond organ or piano and stanza(s) for choir or soloist.

A children’s song suitable also for unison choir or vocal soloist. Available for purchase as a digital download (full score, choral score, mp3 and MIDI accompaniment tracks) at: nph.net.

 

This module explains the importance of regularly offering instruction about evangelism. It suggests rotating classes: the examples of outreach in Acts, the way to approach friendship witnessing, lifestyle witnesses, evangelism in the workplace, etc.

We are calling it C18–a multi-faceted program to assist WELS congregations in their seasonal effort to boldly proclaim Christ.