Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Outreach/Junior Witness
|Skill Level 2|
|Year of Introduction: 1970|
The Junior Witness Honor is a component of the Witnessing Master Award .
1. Be a member of a Pathfinder Club or AY Society.[edit | edit source]
If you do not know where to find a Pathfinder Club or Adventist Youth Society near you, talk to your pastor or the youth director at your conference. They will be able to put you in touch with a Pathfinder Club or AY society near you.
2. Participate in at least five Outreach activities during one year.[edit | edit source]
There are many opportunities during the Pathfinder year for outreach activities. Here is a list of ideas:
- Collecting canned goods for the needy
- Make sack lunches for a soup kitchen
- Nursing home visitation
- Work-a-thon (painting, cleaning, yard work, etc. for the disabled or elderly)
- Mission trip
- Disaster relief
- Literature distribution
- Reading to younger children
- Vacation Bible School
- Adventurers events
3. Enroll at least two people in a Bible correspondence course.[edit | edit source]
Traditionally, this has been done using the postal service, but now it is common to do it over the Internet. These sites have online Bible Studies that you can use. Why not invite your Internet friends to study with you?
4. Know from memory at least two key texts for each of the following Bible teachings[edit | edit source]
a. Second coming of Christ[edit | edit source]
|1 Thess 4:16,17 (KJV)|
|For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.|
|Matthew 24:30,31 (KJV)|
|"At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other."|
|Revelation 1:7 (NIV)|
|Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.|
b. Seventh-day Sabbath[edit | edit source]
|Exodus 20:8-11 (NIV)|
|"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.|
|Genesis 2:2,3 (NIV)|
|By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.|
|Mark 1:21 (NIV)|
|They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.|
c. State of the dead[edit | edit source]
|Ecclesiastes 9:5 (NIV)|
|For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten.|
|John 11:11-15 (NIV)|
|After he had said this, he went on to tell them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up." His disciples replied, "Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better." Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."|
d. Law and grace[edit | edit source]
|John 1:17 (NIV)|
|For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
|Galatians 2:20,21 (NIV)|
|I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!"|
e. Conversion[edit | edit source]
|John 3:3-8 (NIV)|
|In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."|
|John 4:13,14 (NIV)|
|Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.|
f. Judgment[edit | edit source]
|Revelation 20:11,12 (NIV)|
|Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.|
See also Revelation 6-8: , Romans 13, and Zephaniah 1-3
g. Inspiration of the Bible[edit | edit source]
|2 Timothy 3:16,17 (NIV)|
|All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.|
|Acts 17:11 (NIV)|
|Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.|
|Psalm 32:8,9 (NIV)|
|I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.|
h. Spirit of Prophecy[edit | edit source]
|Revelation 19:10 (kjv)|
|At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.|
|2 Peter 1:21 (KJV)|
|For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.|
|1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (NIV)|
|Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.|
i. The saints’ reward[edit | edit source]
|Psalm 23:5,6 (NIV)|
|You prepare a table before me
|John 14:1-3 (NIV)|
|Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. "|
5. Give at least two Bible studies, using the open-Bible method, using visual aids, audio or electronic equipment.[edit | edit source]
Doing this is simpler than you might expect. One way to do this is by having a Friday night vespers for your Bible studies. In this way you are around others that you already know and in a familiar setting. Organize the evening as you would any other vespers service. Have song service, take up prayer requests, exchange dialog about the week (talk about plans for the weekend, the next week, etc.), have some snack food (if you want), and have a devotional thought (that's your Bible study).
It is always best to have taken some time to plan out what you are going to talk about ahead of time (Not just a few minutes, but at least a few hours ago. A day in advanced is best, because it gives you time to relax between preparation and delivery of your devotional thought.) You have your Bible study topic outlined. Begin with prayer. Not only will this calm you down, but it also invites God to be with everyone as they take a look at His Written Word. Then, dive in. Once you begin your Bible study, you will find that the hard part is over. Because you have gotten the group started and they aren't just sitting there waiting on you to open the study session, you will notice that the group may in fact move without your help. That doesn't mean that you can sit back and relax for the rest of the time. You need to monitor the flow of the study and put in comments that will "guide" the conversation where you want it to go. At the end of the Bible study, sum up everything that you (as a group) have discussed and point out a few key things that you wanted to get across to those in the group.
As for the visual aids, including audio or electronic equipment ... Those are tools that will assist you in presenting your thoughts to everyone else in the group. Don't be intimidated by them.
6. Make at least 50 one-to-one contacts using outreach literature, ADRA annual solicitation, health/church survey or other one-to-one contact programs.[edit | edit source]
This is a lot like can collecting. The idea is to go from door to door with outreach literature that you plan on distributing to people you meet. This can be done as an outreach project with an AY Club, Youth Group, or individually. Some clubs distribute literature as they are collecting cans.
Materials that you might use include:
- Outreach literature (ex. the "Discover Series" by "Voice of Prophecy" or other evangelistic material that your church can supply).
- ADRA annual solicitation: This activity is about asking for funds to be used to serve those in needs outside of the NAD (North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists) and "can be done by passing out ADRA's The Original Really Useful Gift Cataloge 2023 or another such type of pamphlet". In the past, the church called this activity Ingathering.
- Health/church survey (In this activity, all you really do is take a survey out to at least 50 people [more is better for the purpose of the survey] of any lifestyle, income, etc. There are two ways to conduct the survey. The first is to ask to do the survey with the person at the present time; the other way to do this is to ask for each person to please fill out the survey and send it to the local church's address or you could return to collect the survey on a designated date.).
- Other one-to-one contact program (This option is here for you to create your own variety of one-to-one contact program that fits your needs as a junior witness).