Sunday Morning 3/28: Unit 30, Session 4: Guarding the Truth

In New Testament times, Corinth was an important city in ancient Greece. About eighteen years after Jesus’ death on the cross, Paul preached the gospel to the Corinthians and established the church there. (See Acts 18.) He stayed in Corinth for at least 18 months.

In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote to help believers solve some problems within the church. In his second letter, written just a few weeks later, Paul wrote to encourage the church and to assure them that God loved them—even when they had troubles. Of all Paul’s letters in the New Testament, none reveals his heart as much as 2 Corinthians. In it, Paul showed his passion for Christ as he fiercely defended his ministry against false teachings.

Paul wrote of the dangers he faced as a disciple of Christ—stonings, beatings, imprisonment, hunger, and hardship. But he also wrote of the comfort and the strength to endure that Jesus gives to those who trust in Him. Nothing could keep Paul from sharing the good news of Jesus—a  lesson for the believers at Corinth and for all believers everywhere.

As you talk about 2 Corinthians 11, emphasize that God gives us power to stand up for the gospel. Paul cared about the believers in Corinth, and he wanted them to be faithful to Jesus and remember the gospel. Paul may not have been an eloquent speaker like those who preached lies, but he refused to back down. Paul suffered and nearly died to share the gospel.

Second Corinthians teaches us that sharing Jesus with the world is not always easy. There will always be some who try to stop the good news from spreading. God calls believers to follow and obey Jesus no matter what. Like Paul, we guard the truth because God, the Father of the Lord Jesus, deserves to be praised.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • False teachers were saying things that were not true.
    • Paul wrote a letter to the church at Corinth.
    • Paul wanted people to remember what is true about Jesus.
    • Believers follow Jesus and obey Him no matter what.
    • The church worships God.
  • Preschool
    • Paul wanted people to remember what is true about Jesus.
    • Why does the church exist? The church exists to glorify God.
  • Kids
    • God gives us power to stand up for the gospel. 
    • Why does the church exist? The church exists to glorify God by worshiping Him, showing His love, and telling others about Jesus.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Colossians 1:18

NEXT WEEK 

“EASTER: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection” (Matthew 26–28; John 20)

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